Week 2 of a NFL preseason continued Sunday, when a Steelers hosted a Falcons and a Chargers hosted a Saints. Both games came down to a wire, with a Steelers and Saints entrance divided with wins. Below, you’ll find all critical that happened during those games and updates from progressing this week.
Scores and schedule
16 (box score)
7 (box score)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
8 (box score)
13 (box score)
27 (box score)
Kansas City Chiefs
12 (Box score)
19 (Box score)
New York Jets
6 (box score)
Green Bay Packers
17 (Box score)
New England Patriots
23 (Box Score)
San Francisco 49ers
14 (Box score)
Los Angeles Rams
21 (Box score)
23 (Box score)
13 (Box score)
New Orleans Saints
Los Angeles Chargers
7 (Box score)
New York Giants
, 8 p.m. Mon. (GameTracker)
Alvin Kamara is off and running
So most for a probable duel between former Chargers QBs Philip Rivers and Drew Brees in Los Angeles on Sunday. The Saints and Chargers both started their backups with Saints rookie using behind Alvin Kamara hidden a spotlight early.
After a Chargers went 3 and out on their initial drive, a Saints took over during midfield and Kamara took a handoff from Chase Daniel off left tackle and took it to a house. Here’s a look.
That’s a good start for a rookie, who is battling for reps in a swarming Saints backfield that facilities Adrian Peterson and Mark Ingram. If Kamara can keep creation runs like that, design him to keep removing snaps.
Kamara wound adult with 61 yards on 5 carries.
James Conner impresses
With their third-round preference in this year’s draft, a Steelers took James Conner out of Pitt. It was a feel-good moment for a using back, given Conner battled and kick cancer during his successful college career.
Another feel-good impulse happened on Sunday when Conner finished an considerable preseason debut. Against a Falcons, Conner rushed for 98 yards on 20 carries, that means he averaged 4.9 yards per carry.
On a scoring expostulate in a fourth quarter, Conner pennyless giveaway during mixed points. Here he is picking adult 17 yards:
And here he is going for 20 yards:
Conner won’t ever be a featured behind in Pittsburgh as prolonged as Le’Veon Bell is still in town, nonetheless he looks like a means backup. Who knows, given how Bell’s agreement conditions is going, maybe in a year or dual Conner can explain a starting job.
Trey Williams creates a clever impression
The Steelers’ backfield is a quite swarming one. Le’Veon Bell is a transparent starter.
is a third-round pick.
has been around for a integrate seasons. So, if Trey Williams is going to make a final roster, he’s going to need to make a clever sense — generally on special teams.
Here’s what he did Sunday:
Williams went undrafted final year. As a member of a Colts, he carried a round twice for 12 yards. So, he faces an ascending conflict to make a final roster. He did all in his energy on Sunday, though.
Uneven half for T.J. Watt
T.J. Watt’s preseason entrance for a Steelers was so widespread (two sacks) that outward linebackers manager Joey Porter announced that Watt would start over a time-honoured James Harrison. Watt’s second preseason game, though, didn’t go as smoothly.
On Sunday, it was an disproportionate initial half for Watt, who looked plain in run defense, nonetheless unsuccessful to make an impact as a pass rusher. He notched 4 tackles (two solo), including one for a loss.
This was substantially his best try during removing after a quarterback:
And if that’s his best, that means he unequivocally wasn’t all too effective.
But he was a constant run defender.
(Go check out Joe Marino’s Twitter feed for some-more examples from Watt’s outing).
Don’t get down on Watt for his inability to get after a quarterback — after all, it’s usually his second ever NFL diversion — nonetheless it is a sign that Watt is rookie and we substantially shouldn’t design too most of him only yet. He’s not going to be like his brother, J.J. Watt, in his initial veteran season. He’ll substantially be forced to give adult some snaps to Harrison, who’s been doing this forever. And he’s going to knowledge some flourishing pains.
But all Watt has finished seems to denote that he’s going to be means hoop himself when a genuine games begin. No, he didn’t get a pouch on Sunday. But there’s some-more to personification outward linebacker than removing sacks. He looked plain in run defense. That matters too.
Matt Ryan on glow opposite shorthanded defense
Matt Ryan started off prohibited opposite a Steelers. After a Falcons’ invulnerability forced a punt, Ryan was forced to start his initial expostulate corroborated adult during his possess 9-yard line. The bad margin position didn’t matter much, as Ryan led a Falcons 91 yards downfield in 10 plays. The scoring expostulate was punctuated by a
touchdown run, nonetheless make no mistake about it: The expostulate was all about Ryan.
On that drive, Ryan went 4 of 6 for 56 yards. He widespread a round around, completing dual passes to
, one to
, and another to
. He was in sum control, navigating a slot with a kind of poise we’ve come to design from a reigning MVP.
After a touchdown, Ryan’s day was finished. This preseason, Ryan is 7 of 9 for 89 yards and a touchdown. So no, he does not demeanour like he’s going to knowledge a Super Bowl hangover.
Of course, it is value indicating out that a Steelers’ invulnerability was a bit shorthanded.
Martavis Bryant’s return
Finally, Martavis Bryant finished it behind onto a margin on Sunday, personification his initial NFL snaps in 19 months. The final time he played? Jan of 2016.
Bryant University Bulldogs
, who was dangling for all of final year, was targeted by Steelers rookie quarterback
on a discerning shade on a initial play from scrimmage. The dual bending up, nonetheless Bryant was tackled immediately and mislaid 3 yards. In a second quarter, Bryant carried a round on a reverse, nonetheless he fumbled. The round went out of bounds, though, so a Steelers defended possession of a football. A integrate plays later, Bryant finally did something positive, creation a tough locate down a sideline for a 24-yard gain.
The Steelers are really clearly perplexing to get Bryant as concerned as possible.
Jordan Reed activated off PUP
Good news for a Redskins. Their parsimonious end, Jordan Reed, is prepared to play.
On Sunday, the Redskins announced that they activated Reed off a physically incompetent to perform list. Reed landed on a PUP list on a eve of training stay due to a toe injury. Getting activated off PUP means he was privileged by doctors.
That’s good news. When healthy, Reed is one of a league’s best pass-catching parsimonious ends. In 2015, when he seemed in 14 games, he racked adult 952 yards and 11 touchdowns. Unfortunately, staying healthy has been a bit of an emanate for Reed. Since he entered a joining in 2013, he’s seemed in 46 of 64 probable games.
Hopefully, his toe issues are behind him.
Previously in Week 2 of a preseason
On Saturday, there was a copiousness of action. For a finish roundup, click right here, nonetheless here’s a discerning summary. Rams quarterback
, final year’s tip collect who struggled mightily in his rookie season, looked good in his half of action. He went 14 of 17 for 145 yards and a touchdown. Once again, Raiders using behind
remained seated during a inhabitant anthem. Meanwhile, a
examination is going as expected. In a initial half, a Jets’ quarterback went 2 for 6 for 14 yards with a 42.6 passer rating. On a other finish of a quarterback spectrum,
impressed. In non-quarterback news, Panthers rookie using behind
looked officious widespread and
got a start for a Cowboys.
The Seahawks won their diversion opposite a Vikings on Friday nonetheless suffered a flattering large detriment too, as left tackle
was You can review about that and
stability his protest,
The large news Thursday was
creation his Dolphins entrance out of entrance out of retirement, and while a stats don’t simulate it, a former Bears quarterback looked sharp. Also on Thursday,
was outplayed in what could be an critical competition to be Baltimore’s backup QB,
endured a terrible first-half opening and
got booed after another terrible tour that before a deteriorate even begins. You can review about those performances and
- Raiders quarterback
says his palm on
‘s shoulder was a arrangement of togetherness — not a protest.
- The Jets reportedly told quarterback
to not speak to a media about not playing.
- DeMaurice Smith ripped “greedy” owners and indicted Roger Goodell of fibbing about control changes.
- Take a demeanour during a play where Paxton Lynch mislaid a Broncos’ starting pursuit to Trevor Siemian.
Watch Cardinals rookie
infer he is a special kind of jaunty freak.
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