NFL Preseason Week 2

NFL Preseason Week 2 Review 2016

NFL Preseason Week 2 Review 2016 by Utter-Fantasy Football 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 2, that Utter-Fantasy hopes you find useful and helpful.



OAK @ GB  (12-20)

• OAK QB D Carr played a couple series for Oakland- 9/13 and 1 INT
• OAK QB Matt McGloin started 2nd half with RB D Washington
• OAK RB L Murray started (6 for 19 yards)- RB T Jones followed Murray and was used on kick offs
• OAK WR M Crabtree started opposite WR A Cooper  with A Roberts
• OAK starters played the entire 1st half
• OAK defense blocked punt recovery in end zone for TD

• GB QB A Rodgers did not play – back up QB B Hundley started followed by Pre Week 1 starter QB Joe Callahan
• GB RB E Lacy started and went 9/ 45 yds and 1 TD run. RB J Starks came in on 2nd series
• GB RB J Crockett started 2nd half- nice 10 yd TD run in 3rd qtr
• GB WRs J Nelson and R Cobb did not play
• GB WRs Ty Montgomery and D Adams were in 1 st series
• GB WR J Abbrederis used on punt returns


CINN @ DET (30-14)

• CINN QB Dalton and WR AJ Green both started and played into 2nd qtr.
• CINN QB AJ McCarron came into game soon in 2nd qtr- started 2nd half
• CINN RB J Hill had a nice 10 yd TD run ( no ill-effects from Pre Week 1 index finger injury to his left hand )
• CINN RB Gio Bernard did not appear in CINN’s 1st series, but came in 2nd series
• CINN RB Burkhead was 3rd RB for the Bengals- RB Peerman came in 3rd qtr
• CINN WR rookie T Boyd had a TD reception in Pre Week 2 ( 12 yards)
• CINN WR LaFell did not play. WR B Tate was in with 1st series and handled a punt return
• CINN Derron Smith returned an interception 60 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter

• DET QB Matt Stafford started with RB Theo Riddick…RB A Abdullah did not play
• DET QB Orlovsky came in for Stafford in the 2nd qtr. QB Rudock ended the game
• DET RB Z Zenner came in during the 2nd qtr ( 4/ 4yards ) No preseason magic this year
• DET WRs starting were Golden Tate, Marvin Jones, A Bolden with TE M Mulligan
• DET WR Marvin Jones was targeted deep in 1st series
• DET TE Eric Ebron did not play
• DET WR A Roberts was used as a kickoff returner
• DET R Washington was featured in the 4th qtr and had a 5 yd TD run


PHIL @ PITT (17-0)

• PHIL QB S Bradford started 1st and 2nd series- 14/19 for 115
• PHIL QB Chase Daniels opened the second half, leading the Eagles on a 15-play, 87-yard touchdown drive
• PHIL RB Ryan Mathews started with QB Bradford- 5 carries for 18 yards
• PHIL RB Kenjon Barner played in 1st and 2nd half and scored a TD. He was also used in the return game- Likely 2nd RB to Mathews
• PHIL RB D Sproles came into game during 4th series
• HIL WRs starting were C Givens, J Huff, N Agholor
• PHIL TEs Z Ertz and B Celek both played in Preseason Week 2
• PHIL WR undrafted rookie WR Paul Turner played alot and is a “strong contender” to make the final roster

• PITT QB B Roethlisberger did not play – QB Landry Jones started and threw four INTs- 1st pass in 2nd series was picked by Philly and taken to the house ( TD)
• PITT RB Troussaint started- RB De Williams did not play
• PITT RB D Richardson came in on 2nd series of game for Steelers
• PITT WRs starting were D Heyward-Bey, Sammie Coates and Eric Rogers
• PITT WR D Heyward-Bey was targeted deep by QB Jones ( incomplete but flag)
• PITT WR S Coates- predicts WR Wheaton (DNP) starts over Coates
• PITT TE Jesse James and 2 receptions for 7 yards


MINN @ SEA (18-11)

• MINN QB T Bridgewater was expected to play, but did not. QB Shaun Hill started – 10/17 and 129 yards- 0 TDs
• MINN RB A Peterson DNP. RB McKinnon started and had a 1 yd TD run in 2nd qtr
• MINN RB Matt Asiata came in late in 2nd qtr- 3 carries for 2 yards
• MINN WRs who stared were S Diggs, A Thielen, and C Patterson.
• MINN TEs K Rudolph and M Pruitt both played
• MINN RB C Ham came into game in 2nd half – Not quite as nice a week as he had in Pre Season Week 1
• MINN DEF M Sherels had a 53 yd INT/ TD in 4th qtr

• SEA QB R Wilson started and went 5/11 for only 77 yards. O-Line looks bad. 11-0 at halftime.
• SEA QB  T Boykin started 2nd half with RB A Collins
• SEA RB Thomas Rawls did not play
• SEA RB C Michael started and went 10/55 yards- RB T Pope had 4 yd TD run in 4th qtr
• SEA WR Doug Baldwin started with T Lockett and J Kearse. Lockett is still being  used on punt returns
• SEA TE Luke Willson played with starters. TE Jimmy Graham DNP
• SEA WRs Kenny Lawler and A Goodley saw action in 3rd and 4th qtrs


ATL @ CLEV (24-13)

• ATL QB M Ryan started and went 6/11 for 78 yards ( 0 TDs)…and has gone 6/ 15 in the preseason with 0 TD pases
• ATL RBs D Freeman and T Coleman rotated with starters. RB Freeman had a nice 19 yd TD run in the 1st qtr
• ATL QB M Schaub came in game in 2 qtr w/ RB B Wilds ( RB Wilds again looks like a great dynasty stash- 8/ 49 yards and TD run)
• ATL WR Julio Jones started opposite WR M Sanu and TE J Tamme
• ATL WR Justin Hardy started with 1st string in 3 WR sets and used in punt returns
• ATL WR Aldred Robinson came in 2nd qtr, along with TE A Hooper- ATL WR N Williams struggled in this game
• ATL QB Matt Simms hooked up with WR Devin Fuller in 4th qtr with a 10 yd TD pass to seal the win

• CLEV QB RG11 started with RB I Crowell. RG3 had a very good game going 6/8 for 96 yards and 2 TDs
• CLEV RB Duke Johnson had 3 carries for 6 yards with the starters- 2 receptions
• CLEV starting wide outs were T Pryor and T Gabriel with TE G Barnidge-  ( WRs C Coleman, A Hawkins and J Gordon DNP )
• CLEV WR Terrelle Pryor continues his strong preseason- 50 yard TD reception from QB RG3 in Preseason Week 2- sleeper wide out for 2016
• CLEV WR T Gabriel started but was held without a catch but used on punt return
• CLEV TE G Barnidge had a beautiful 29 yd TD reception in 2nd qtr from QB RG3


CHI @ NE (22-23)

• CHI QB J Cutler played 3 series, completing 8 of 12 passes for 83 yards (1 TD)
• CHI QB B Hoyer came in 2qtr- 1st pass was intercepted.  Hoyer started 2nd half with RB J Rodgers
• CHI RB Jeremy Langford had a nice game, rushing eight times for 55 yards and a TD
• CHI WR A Jeffrey had 1 reception – QB J Cutler’s 1st target
• CHI WR K White started w/ WR A Jeffrey and TE T Moeaki ( TE Z Miller DNP)
• CHI QB C Shaw played 4th and hit WR BJ Daniels for 22 yd TD pass
• CHI Chris Long played against his brother NE Kyle Long

• NE QB started J Garoppolo played entire 1st half in win. QB T Brady was not at the game again ( cut finger)
• NE RB L Blount started, and 2nd week in a row with a TD. 11/69 yards and 1 yard TD run. RB B Bolden fumbled ( Belichick doghouse?)
• NE RB James White was used in passing game, but had no carries
• NE O-Line looks good, which is great for QB Garoppolo and the running game
• NE WRs starting were C Hogan, A Dobson and TE M Bennett
• NE RB Tyler Gaffney was stuffed repeatedly on goaline by CHI DEF.
• NE CB Cyrus Jones was used on punt returns




MIA @ DAL (14-41)

• DAL QB Tony Romo led a touchdown drive in his preseason debut-4 of 5 for 49 yards- the Dallas offense had 300 yards at halftime.
• DAL rookie QB Dak Prescott had another strong outing and looking like a great draft selection by Dallas- Prescott has two touchdowns passes in each of the two preseason games
• DAL RB Alfred Morris started and looks better than he did in any game from 2015- nice 15 yd TD run in 1st qtr
• DAL WRs all starting were Dez Bryant, T Williams, and C Beasley w/ TE Witten
• DAL 2nd half starters were QB Prescott, RB A Morris with WR Brice Butler- Butler had 3 catches for 74 yards and 1 TD

• MIA QB R Tannehill ( Tannehill had two scoring tosses to Kenny Stills. )
• MIA QB Z Dysert started the 2nd half ( not QB M Moore)
• MIA starters with Tannehill were RB J Ajayi, WRs J Landry, Kenny Stills and TE J Cameron
• MIA RB J Ajayi has struggled thus preseason. He is not a running back I am targeting for my fantasy football teams
• MIA RB A Foster was used as a goal line back
• MIA 2nd/ 3rd teamers did not score


NYJ @ WASH (18-22)

• NYJ QB R Fitz started. 4/9 72 yards.
• NYJ QB G Smith was not impressive and may have slid down the depth chart to QB B Petty, who was impressive ( 16/26 for 242 yards and 2 TDs)
• NYJ RB  M Forte dressed but did not touch the ball- RB B Powell started a rushed 3 for 23 yards against the Redskins Friday night. He failed to haul in his only target
• NYJ WR Q Enunwa, star of Preseason Week 1, exited the 2nd preseason game with a concussion
• NYJ WRs B Marshall, E Decker with TEs K Davis and Amaro all started

• WASH QB K Cousin did not play.  QB C McCoy started and played entire 1st half
• WASH RB Matt Jones had 7 carries in the 1st qtr, and suffered a sprained shoulder
• WASH RB C Thompson also had carries in the 1st qtr
• WASH QB N Sudfeld started 2nd half with RB K Marshall
• WASH WRs D Jackson, P Garcon, R Grant and J Crowder were starters with QB McCoy and Washington now looks like a team with 4 wide outs all getting targets
• WASH TE V Davis was with the 1st team, but did not record a reception
• WASH WR R Ross saw plenty of action in the 1st half and hauled in a 39 yd TD from QB McCoy


ARI @ SD (3-19)

• ARI QB C Palmer in his one series- 4/8 for 37 yards and 1 INT
• ARI offense has struggled this preseason. SD had a 16-0 halftime lead, the Chargers (1-1) took advantage of two turnovers for 10 first-quarter points
• ARI QB Stanton entered the game for Arizona with 9 minutes left in 1st qtr- QB M Barkley started 2nd half
• ARI RB David Johnson had 3 carries for 5 yards- RB A Ellington came in mid-2nd qtr
• ARI RB Chris Johnson saw action in the 1st qtr on 3rd down
• ARI WRS L Fitz and John Brown did not play- starters were M Floyd, and Jaron Brown
• The ARI Cardinal 1st string offense has scored a total of 1 FG in 2 preseason games. ( Week 1- 1 FG…Week 2- 0 pts )

• SD QB P Rivers did not play. QB K Clemens started…11/20 for 134 yards – 0 TDs
• SD RB Melvin Gordon started and 6 carries for 18 yards
• SD RBs D Woodhead and B Oliver both saw action in the 1st & 2nd qtrs
• SD WRs starting were K Allen, T Benjamin and D Inman. WR T Benjamin was used on punt returns
• SD TE A Gates did not play. TE H Henry had 1 reception for 7 yards
• SD Chargers TE Jeff Cumberland suffered a torn Achilles’ in the second preseason game Friday night
• SD DEF Brandon Flowers intercepted an AREI QB  Palmer pass and returned it 25 yards for a touchdown.





TB @ JACK  (27-21)

• TB QB Jameis Winston started badly by going 0-6 on his first six passes, but rebounded against Jacksonville’s second-team defense
• TB RB Doug Martin did not play- RB Sims had 5 carries for 20 yards- RB Mike James saw action in 1st seris and had a 5 yd TD catch fro QB Glennon in 2nd qtr
• TB WRs starting were Mike Evans, V Jackson and TE A. Seferian-Jenkins
• TB QB Glennon came in at the end of 1st half along with RB P Barber
• TB WR Russell Shepard – top preseason Week 1 WR – 3/62 – 1TD- was held without a reception Preseason Week 2

• JACK QB Blake Bortles threw two touchdowns passes in three drives- Bortles completed 8 of 11 passes for 85 yards
• JACK RB Yeldon started again, followed by Chris Ivory in 1st series- Yeldon had 2 carries….Ivory 6 carries
•  JACK RB Yeldon had a 14 yd TD reception in the 1st qtr
• JACK WRs starting were A Robinson and Allen Hurns. WR Hurns had a 24 yd TD reception in the  2nd qtr
• JACK WRS J Strong and C Shorts played in 2nd half
• JACK DEF J Johnson had 79 yd. interception return for TD off of TB QB R Griffin


BALT @ IND (19-18)

• BALT QB Joe Flacco did not play. QB yan Mallett and Josh Johnson each threw TD passes and No. 4 quarterback Jerrod Johnson led Baltimore on a late drive for a field goal
• BALT RB J Forsett started and had 5 carries for 11 yards. RB Buck Allen also saew action in 1st qtr
• BALT RB T West came into game in 2nd qtr- 9 carries for 33 yards
• BALT WRs starting were K Aiken and M Wallace. WR Aiken had one TD catch for 14 yards. Wallace did not have a reception
• BALT TEs were Gillmore and B Watson

• IND QB Andrew Luck saw his 1st preseason action and was impressive in preseason loss
• IND QB Tolzien came to game with 12 minutes left in 1st half
• IND RB F Gore did not play- ( he action was in for 1 play)- RB R Turbin started
•  IND RB Yeldon had a 14 yd TD reception in the 1st qtr
• IND WRs starting were P Dorsett and D Moncrief- TY Hilton DNP
• IND WRS Q Bray was used on kick offs, WR C Rogers on punt returns


NO @ HOU (9-16)

• NO QB D Brees played 3 series – threw 1 INT – followed by QB L McCown
• NO RB Mark Ingram started. 7 carries for only 11 yards. So far, Ingram hasn’t found much running room. He was 7 carries for only 18 yards Pre Week 1
• NO WRs starting were B Coleman, M Thomas and T Lewis
• N.O. rookie WR Michael Thomas 1 catch for five yds in Preseason Week 2 ( Thomas’ 2nd target was intercepted, leading to a scolding by HC S Payton on the sideline ) Thomas’ #48 WR ADP is too high
• NO O-Line needs to improve fast or it’s going to be a long season for Brees

• HOU QB Brock Osweiler started and looked a lot better than he did in Pre Week 1. 12/ 19 for 124 yards and 1 TD.
• HOU QB T Savage was 2nd string QB ( with RB Hilliard and Grimes)
•  HOU RB Lamar Miller started again and was followed by RB K Hilliard
• HOU WRs starting were D Hopkins, W Fuller and Braxton Miller. All were targeted by QB Osweiler and Fuller got the TD pass.
• HOU WRS J Strong and C Shorts played in 2nd half
• HOU TE R Griffin was targeted in the endzone
• HOU DEF players Cushing and Watt did not play, but Clowney did


SF @ DEN (31-24)

• SF QB Blaine Gabbert started and went 6/9 for 69 yards.
• SF QB J Driskel followed Gabbert into game, and former MINN QB C Ponder finished the game- SF QB C Kaepernick again did not play
• SF RB Carlos Hyde started and had a 4 yd TD run in the 2nd qtr
• SF RB Mike Davis was 2nd RB in game for 49ers, and fumbled to start 2nd half
• SF WRs starting were J Simpson, Q Patton and Torrey Smith. WR T Smith has played 2 preseason games and has yet to catch a pass
• SF TE Vance McDonald looked great again and is the 49er fantasy player to own besides RB Carlos Hyde

• DEN QB T Siemian started – 10/14 and 1 INT, followed by M Sanchez, then P Lynch. All 3 had some good moments, but none shined.
• DEN QB M Sanchez had 2 costly fumbles, which likely dropped him to 3rd QB on depth chart
• DEN RB C J Anderson (6/30 yds and 1 TD) started, but this week, rookie RB D Booker was 2nd running back- RB R Hillman 3rd
• DEN RB C J Anderson 19 yd TD run came in the 1st qtr
• DEN WR Dem Thomas started, along with E Sanders, but WRs J Norwood, Cody Latimer and TE Virgil Green all saw action with starters. A lot of mouths to feed in Denver
• DEN RB Bibbs saw action in 3rd qtr and used on kick off returns
• DEN WR Kalif Raymond was used on punt returns


KC @ LAR (20-21)

• KC QB Alex Smith was 9 of 12 for 137 yards and one touchdown, leading the Chiefs to 17 points on 4 possessions
• KC QB Nick Foles was 2nd quarterback into game- improved over Pre Week 1.
• KC RB J Charles did not play – RB Spencer Ware started (10/ 37 yds and 1 TD)- Ware also had a TD run in Pre Week 1
• KC WRS J Maclin, Chris Conley, and Albert Wilson started in 1st series 3 WR sets
• KC WR Maclin had a TD reception for 2nd straight Preseason game, but was ejected from game at the end of 2nd qtr for fighting
• KC TE T Kelce play this game, as did TE Harris
• KC RB K Davis and WR T Hill were used as a kick returners
• KC DEF.. Eric Berry, Tamba Hali and Justin Houston did not play

• LAR QB Case Keenum started with RB Todd Gurley- QB Goff followed Keenum and Goff started 2nd half
• LAR RB Gurley had 4 carries for 20 yards and a 3 yd TD run
• LAR RB Benny Cunningham was 2nd RB in the game for the Rams, and is now 2nd behind Gurley- RB Malcolm Brown is the #3 RB
• LAR RB Malcolm Brown started the 2nd half and had a TD pass from QB Goff
• LAR starting wide outs were K Britt,  Pharoh Cooper and T Austin with TE Kendricks
• LAR WR Pharoh Cooper was used as the 1st kick off returner and caught an 11 yd TD pass from QB Keenum
• LAR CB Joiner was ejected for fighting w/ KC WR Maclin


CAR @ TENN (26-16)

• CAR QB Cam Newton started and his 1st three targets were to WR K Benjamin- Cam was 8/12 before leaving midway in 2nd period. He led a 93-yard drive that included Ted Ginn Jr.’s 61-yard touchdown reception
• CAR RB Jon Stewart saw his first action of the preseason-3 carries for 10 yds
• CAR QB D Anderson came in mid-2nd qtr with RB C Artis-Payne- QB J Webb finished the game
• CAR WRs K Benjamin, D Funchess and T Ginn all started
• CAR TE G Olsen did not play
• CAR WR D Bryd was used on punt returns. RB F Whitaker used on kick off
• CAR WR Philly Brown saw some action in the 1st qtr

• TENN QB M Mariota started and is 14 of 15 through two preseason games but was intercepted in his 1st series
• TENN QB Matt Cassel followed Mariota into game
• TENN RB De Murray and D Henry started together again and rotated in 1st series, although Murray started
• TENN WR rookie Tajae Sharpe stole the show again for the Titans wide receivers in preseason Week 2- QB Mariota loves throwing to him ( 6/68 yards)
• TENN offense was held to 49 yards total in 1st qtr
• TENN WR Harry Douglas caught a nice 23 yd TD pass from QM mariota, but this was set up by targets to WR T Sharpe
TENN WR T McBride and RB McCluster were used on kick offs. RB McCluster saw no other action
• TENN WR Andre Johnson was in with starters but had no receptions


NYG @ BUFF (0-21)

• 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
• Preseason Week 2- NYG @ BUFF ( 0- 21) Giants scored zero points. Most notable- NYG O-Line is atrocious

• BUFF QB Tyrod Taylor started with RB L McCoy
• BUFF QB EJ Manuel played rest of 1st half- with RB Boom Herron
• BUFF RB McCoy had a 13 yd TD reception from QB Taylor in 2nd qtr- McCoy had little success in running game- better in passing game
• BUFF RB Reggie Bush used on punt returns
• BUFF WRS Greg Little targeted often by QB Manuel- 19 yd TD in 2nd qtr
• BUFF WR Sammy Watkins did not play
• BUFF QB Cardale Jones started 2nd half
• BUFF TE C Clay had one deep pass for 59 yards


If you missed any game from Preseason Week 1, here’s what you need to know…NFL Preseason Week 1 Review