Preseason Week 1

NFL Preseason Week 1 Review 2016

NFL Preseason Week 1 Review 2016 by Utter-Fantasy Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles

Well my fellow fantasy football fanatics…If you missed any of the NFL Preseason Week 1 games, you are in luck. I did not. Here is a review of all the games, with the information you need to know about the action from Preseason Week 1, that Utter-Fantasy hopes you find useful and helpful.

IND vs GB- HOF Game  AUG 7

• Cancelled

THURS AUG 11

JACK @ NYJ (13-17)

• JACK QB Bortles started 6/7 – 105 yards (QB Henne came in for Bortles for rest of 2nd half)
• JACK RB Yeldon had token start, but RB Ivory was in 2nd series and ripped off 13 yards on 1st carry, later 1 Yd TD run
• JACK RB Denard Robinson 3rd RB in the game for Jags
• JACK TE Ju Thomas dropped easy 10 slant TD pass
• JACK WR Allen Robinson looked amazing – ready for reg. season

• NYJ QB R Fitz started. 3/4 72 yards.
• NYJ RB Powell started over RB Forte (hammy) – 4 yd TD run 2nd qtr – “must own handcuff”
• NYJ WR Q Enunwa key in Preseaon 1 offense. (QB Fitz called Enunwa “most improved player”)
• NYJ WR J Marshall kick returner is an interesting prospect

CAR @ BALT (19-22)

• CAR QB Cam Newton had one series-replaced by Derek Anderson
• CAR RB Fozzy Whitaker started – RB Jon Stewart sat out. Later RB Tolbert had a few carries
• CAR WR Ted Ginn Jr targeted by QB Newton often and in the endzone – he is still part of this offense.
• CAR WR D Funchess had 1 catch – 10 yard TD
• CAR WR K Benjamin – 1 series – 1 catch – 5 yards
• former MINN QB Joe Webb was 3rd QB in for CAR

• BALT QB J Flacco did not play. QB R Mallett started.
• BALT RB T West started – ended with 9 carries/25 yards and 2 TDs
• BALT TE Maxx Williams played well entire 1st half – seemed to have chemistry with QB Mallett who started
• BALT TE N Boyle is a good athlete and interesting

N.O. @ NE (22-34)

• NO QB D Brees played 1 series – threw only 1 pass – followed by QB G Grayson
• NO RB Mark Ingram started. 7 carries for 18 yards and 2 (1 yard) TD runs – 1 fumble
• NO RB T Hightower clear #2 running back for Saints
• NO WR M Thomas is a special wide out as advertised. (hope Brees likes him as much as QB Grayson/L McCown do)
• NO Defense already looks improved

• NE QB started J Garoppolo played entire 1st half in win. QB T Brady was not at the game (funeral)
• NE RB L Blount started. 9/20 and 1 yard TD run.
• NE RB J White played – good in the screen game. RB B Bolden 4 carries for 44 yards.
• NE RB Tyler Gaffney 44 yd TD run in 3rd qtr.  TOO many RBs in NE
• NE TE M Bennett targeted often by QB J Garoppolo
• NE WR rookie Malcolm Mitchell out up to a month after gruesome elbow injury

WASH @ ATL (17-23)

• WASH QB K Cousin started – 5/5 – 39 yards – 0 TDs  (followed by QB C McCoy)
• WASH RB Matt Jones started – 2 carries only 1 yard – (he’s better in the passing game)
• WASH WR Ryan Grant involved in offense
• WASH WR D Jackson 1 catch 5 yards
• WASH O-Line looks suspicious so far

• ATL QB M Ryan started – 0/4
• ATL RBs D Freeman and T Coleman rotated with starters
• ATL RB B Wilds looks like a great dynasty stash
• ATL WR M Sanu targeted a lot by QB M Ryan
• ATL WR Justin Hardy started with 1st string in 3 WR sets
• ATL WR Aldred Robinson ( deep threat/special teamer ) made a nice case for making team 3/118 yards
• ATL O-Line looks suspicious so far

TB @ PHIL (9-17)

• TB QB J Winston started – 7/9 yards – 1 TD pass to WR R Shepard
• TB QB Mike Glennon was 2nd QB and looked bad
• TB RB Doug Martin 5/13 yards. 1 catch for 11 yards
• TB RB Mike James came in 3rd qtr
• TB WRs Mike Evans and V Jackson each had 1 catch
• TB may have found their 3rd WR in Russell Shepard – top preseason Week 1 WR – 3/62 – 1TD
• TB WR Kenny Bell fumbled kicked off return- TB won’t like this!

• PHIL QB S Bradford started – only 1/1 for 3 yards but looks 100% healthy & best QB for PHIL now
• PHIL QB rookie C Wentz was erratic and high with his throws (needs work despite gushes from analyst Mike Mayock)
• PHIL QB rookie C Wentz was injured – (ribs) will not be able to throw “hard” for two to three weeks
• PHIL RB R Mathews started – 2/15 and 1 TD run – Looks good!
• PHIL RB K Barner followed Mathews into game – 7/35
• PHIL TE Z Ertz (3/26) is going to be a big part of offense – TE B Celek not so much
• PHIL WR R Randle may have (bad) played himself OFF of team

DEN vs CHI (22 -0)

• DEN QB M Sanchez started – 10/13 and 1 TD
• DEN QB T Siemian was 2nd QB into game, not QB P Lynch
• DEN RB C J Anderson (2/8 yds) started- rotated with RB R Hillman (3/13)
• DEN RB rookie D Booker was 3rd RB in game – RB K Bibbs most in 2nd half – 15/ 53 yards
• DEN WR Dem Thomas started – 2/43 and had DEN’s lone TD
• DEN WR Cody Latimer (7/82) was targeted often and might be bigger part of offense than expected (but started out like this in 2015)
• DEN TE Virgil Green is listed behind TE J Heuerman but had 3 catches to Heuerman’s 1

• CHI QB J Cutler (3/4 – 18 yds) started, followed by QB B Hoyer 7/10 – 81 yds
• CHI RB J Langford started but couldn’t find any running room (4/ 7 yds)
• CHI WR A Jeffrey had 1 reception – QB J Cutler’s 1st target
• CHI WR K White started w/ WR A Jeffrey
• CHI offense looked flat and O-Line suspicious

FRI AUG 12

DET @ PITT (30-17)

• DET QB Matt Stafford only threw 4/6 for 58 yards
• DET RB A Abdullah did not play
• DET RB T Riddick started and was easily stopped by PITT DEF (better in passing game)
• DET RB Z Zenner (normally preseason star) was just OK
• DET WR M Jones was targeted often
• DET WR A Boldin 1/30 yards (DET is going to happy about this signing!)
• DET WR A Roberts was QB D Orlovsky’s favorite target in 2nd qtr
• DET TE Cole Wick started and was said to be “a star in OTAs”

• PITT QB B Roethlisberger did not play – QB Landry Jones started
• PITT RB De Williams did not play
• PITT RB D Richardson (drafted by the St. Louis Rams in the 7th round of 2012 NFL Draft) ended w/ 11/44 yds
• PITT WR D Heyward-Bey started the day rough, but had a nice 29 yd TD catch in 2nd qtr (lone catch)
• PITT WR S Coates did not looked good as well…wondering now if he can “be the guy” in PITT?????

MIA @ NYG (27-10)

• MIA QB R Tannehill – QB Matt Moore followed Tannehill (Moore 10/14 122 yds and 1 TD)
• MIA RB J Ajayi stared, and was ineffective – (2/ 6 yds). Fantasy football do not draft this guy high!
• MIA WRs J Landry and K Stills started – I did not see WR D Parker in the game
• MIA grinded the ball on the ground, more interested in running down clock than scoring
• MIA & NYG had many turnovers and penalties in this game

• NYG QB Eli Manning did not play
• NYG QB R Nassib played entire 1st half and started 2nd half (7/15 – 0 TDs – 2 INTS)
• NYG RB R Jennings had a nice 3 yd TD run in 1st qtr
• NYG had 8 running backs with carries preseason Week 1 ( is Tom Coughlin still the head coach???)
• NYG WR rookie S Shepard started opposite WR OBJ and was targeted often deep and in the endzone
• NYG TEs W Tye and L Donnell both stared and were featured in 2 TE sets
• NYG Giants first-round CB Eli Apple suffered a knee injury

MINN @ CINN (17-16)

• MINN QB T Bridgewater started – 6/7 and 1 TD (beautiful 49 yd lob to WR Ch Johnson)
• MINN QB T Bridgewater had 1 TD in this game and averaged 1 TD every game in 2015
• MINN QB Sh Hill was 2nd QB
• MINN RB A Peterson did not play
• MINN RB J McKinnon started (5/14)
• MINN RB C Ham came into game in 2nd half – He’s interesting! 12/ 35 yds and 1 nice 10 yd TD run
• MINN WR St Diggs started opposite WR Ch Johnson and L Treadwell

• CINN QB Dalton and WR AJ Green both started (Green 3/26 yds)
• CINN QB AJ McCarron came into game soon in 1st qtr
• CINN RB J Hill had 3 carries for 21 yds before suffering an index finger injury to his left hand (minor)
• CINN WR rookie T Boyd has a nice 40 yd reception
• CINN WR Alex Erickson had a 3yd TD pass from QB McCarron AND 80 yd punt return (dynasty stash?)

CLEV @ GB  (11-17)

• CLEV QB RG11 started and targeted WR T Pryor on nearly every pass
• CLEV QB RG11 threw an INT near the goal line – (it was to TE G Barnidge who wasn’t expecting the throw)
• CLEV RB I Crowell started but only had 1 carry – RB Duke Johnson came in on 2nd series – also 1 carry
• CLEV WRs rookies C Coleman and A Hawkins did not play
• CLEV WR T Gabriel started but was held without a catch

• GB QB A Rodgers did not play – back up QB B Hundley did not play. QB Joe Callahan started
• GB RB E Lacy started and looks trimmer (4/ 24 yds)
• GB RB J Starks rotated in w/ Lacy in a limited fashion – 5/ 13
• GB WRs J Nelson and R Cobb did not play
• GB WRs Ty Montgomery and J Abbrederis clearly passed WR J Janis on depth chart BEFORE Janis’ broke his right hand in practice
• GB K M Crosby hit 2 – 54 yd FGs

OAK @ ARI  (31-10)

• OAK QB D Carr played 2 series for Oakland
• OAK QB Matt McGloin came in after Carr in 1st qtr – threw 2 TD passes – (to TE C Walford & WR A Holmes)
• OAK RB L Murray started (4/21)
• OAK RB G Atkinson came in 2nd half and ate up ARI back up DEF (5/97 and 2 TD runs)
• OAK WR M Crabtree started opposite WR A Cooper – (Looks like another good year in store for Crabtree)
• OAK aggressive DEF got 2 nice turnovers in 1st qtr

• ARI QB C Palmer in his one series directed a 73 yard drive for a field goal
• ARI QBs D Stanton, M Barkley and J Coker followed Palmer into game respectively
• ARI RB David Johnson had 3 carries for 31 yards
• ARI RB Chris Johnson was 2nd RB into game for Cardinals, followed by RB A Ellington (who looked sharp w/ TD run)
• ARI RB E Penny ran down clock in 2nd half (15/ 43 yards)
• ARI WRS Michael Floyd and L Fitz each had 1 catch in 1st series
• ARI 3rd-round CB Brandon Williams is considered the favorite to start opposite Patrick Peterson

SAT AUG 13

SEA @ KC (17-16)

• SEA QB R Wilson started and went 3/6 with 1 INT
• SEA QB J Heaps & T Boykin came in after Wilson
• SEA RB Thomas Rawls did not play
• SEA RB C Michael started and went 7/44 yards
• SEA WR Doug Baldwin started and was QB Wilson’s favorite target as usual
• SEA WR Paul Richardson played in 2nd series
• SEA WR T McEvoy caught fluke “hail Mary” pass at very end of game…which led to win

• KC QB Alex Smith directed 1st impressive drive for TD
• KC QB Nick Foles was 2nd quarterback into game
• KC RB J Charles did not play – RB Spencer Ware started (5/24 yds and 1 TD)
• KC WRS J Maclin, Chris Conley, and Albert Wilson started in 1st series 3 WR sets
• KC WR and former Raider Rod Steater saw some action
• KC TE T Kelce did not play
• KC TEs R Travis and  D Harris targeted often in 1st half
• KC 1st string O-Line looks great
• KC DEF.. Eric Berry, Tamba Hali and Justin Houston did not play

DAL @ LAR (24-28)

• DAL QB T Romo did not play
• DAL QB Dak Prescott started and looked impressive – 10/12 139 yds and 2 TDs
• DAL RB Zeke Elliott and TE J Witten did not play
• DAL RB Alfred Morris started- he hasn’t missed a game in 4 years!
• DAL WR Lucky Whitehead ran opening kick off 101 yds for TD ( likely securing #5 WR on team)
• DAL WRS Dez Bryant (2/28 and 1 TD), Cole Beasley, and T Williams (1/32 and 1 TD) all started

• LAR QB Case Keenum started 1st 2 drives
• LAR QB Jared Goff struggled after QB Keenum in the 2nd qtr, 4/9 for 38 yards and 1 INT
LAR QB Goff was pulled after tweaking his non-throwing shoulder
• LAR QB S Mannion handled all 2nd half – showed ability – 18/25 for 147 and 3 TDs (1 INT)
• LAR RB Todd Gurley did not play
• LAR RB Benny Cunningham started (4/23 rushing 1 TD – 1 reception for 20 yds)
• LAR RB Malcolm Brown was 2nd RB into game for Rams (8/66 yards)
• LAR WRs K Britt, T Austin and Brian Quick all started

SD @ TENN (24-28)

• SD QB Rivers started – threw a TD screen pass to RB M Gordon (44 yards)
• SD QB K Clemens followed Rivers, then former Titan Z Mettenberger
• SD RBs M Gordon and D Woodhead were both in 1st series
• SD RB Oliver – 3 carries in 2nd qtr – RB K Farrow played a lot following (16/ 60 yds – 2 rec/ 25 yds)
• SD recent signing WR James Jones played in 2nd qtr w/ WR Inman
• SD TE J Cumberland played 1st half

• TENN QB M Mariota started (5/5 45 yds)
• TENN QB Matt Cassel is TEN 2nd string QB
• TENN RB De Murray and D Henry started together in backfield 1st play of game
• TENN RB McCluster 3rd RB in game – RB Sankey 41 yd TD in 4th qtr
• TENN RBs Murray and Henry good games (DM 6/93 and 1 – 71 yd TD run…DH 10/74 and 1 TD)
• TENN WRs starting were rookie T Sharpe (one to watch!)…H Douglas and Andre Johnson
• TENN WR D Green-Beckham surprisingly played entire game
• TENN 10 different WRs caught passes for the Titans (TOO MANY!)

IND @ BUFF (19-18)

• IND QB Scott Tolzien ( 12/23 and 1 TD) played the entire 1st half . QB A Luck did not play
• IND QB Stephen Morris played 2nd half ( 5/9 and 1 TD)
• IND RBs R Turbin ( 42 yd TD  REC) and Trey Williams followed RB J Ferguson, did little in running game
• IND WRs TY Hilton, P Dorsett and D Moncrief all started. Moncrief was held without a catch
• IND WR TY Hilton was nicked up in 1st qtr, and did not return
• IND WR Q Bray was used on punts and kick off returns- WR J Boyce saw action in 2nd qtr
• IND WR rookie Ch Rogers had 57 TD reception in 4th qtr from QB S Morris

• BUFF QB Tyrod Taylor played 1st series only
• BUFF QB EJ Manuel played rest of 1st half  ( 10/18 and 1 TD)
• BUFF RB Gillislee started and rotated with RB Jonathon Williams ( RB Karlos Williams suspended)
• BUFF RB Reggie Bush used on punt returns
• BUFF WRS R Woods started with M Goodwin, Greg Little and L Hankerson
• BUFF WR Sammy Watkins did not play
• BUFF WR W Powell was targeted a ton in 2nd qtr ( 4/88 yds)
• BUFF TE C Gragg is listed as 3rd TE on depth chart, but one to watch! ( 2/ 26 yds and 1 TD)
• BUFF rookie QB Cardale Jones nearly won game in the final seconds w/ TD pass top WR J Boykin

SUN AUG 14

HOU @ SF   ( 24-13 )

• HOU QB Brock Osweiler started and looked like he has work to do- 4/7 and only 27 yards
• HOU 2nd string QB was T Savage, 14/24 and 2 TDs, followed by B Weeden at the end of the game
• HOU RB Lamar Miller was strong in debut, 4/30, and played entire 1 st qtr
• HOU RB Kenny Hilliard came in 2nd, and had the most carries 12/40
• HOU WRS starting were D Hopkins, J Strong and W Fuller with Br Miller in 4 WR sets
• HOU DEF had the first score of the game w/ a block punt recovery for TD
• HOU DEF players Cushing, Clowney and Watt did not play

• SF QB Blaine Gabbert started with inaccurate throws, but settles down 4/10
• SF QB Thad Lewis played much of 1st half and 3rd qtr w/ RB Mike Davis-UPDATE: QB Thad Lewis tore his ACL in this game
• SF QB C Kaepernick did not play
• SF RB Carlos Hyde started and went 5/27 yards- one very nice 22 yd run
• SF WRs starting were Q Patton, B Ellington ( used on kick offs) and T Smith
• SF TE Vance McDonald looks like the play maker to watch 2/54 yds and 1 TD