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With the rest of preseason week 1 wrapping up we will recap the remaining games that were not covered on Friday. Moving forward there will be a weekly recap every Monday instead of doing it nightly because, upon further review, that was dumb. The Monday recap will covering the NFL action and who performed, and who underperformed.
Vikings, QB, Teddy Bridgewater
Bridgewater was actually pretty incredible in his preseason debut. The third-year-pro has been pegged as a potential breakout candidate for Minnesota this year, and if Saturday was any indication, he could fulfill his promise. Bridgewater finished 6-7 for 92 yards and a touchdown. This is still Adrian Peterson’s team but Bridgewater is showing he is a solid QB2 with QB1 upside.
Packers, RB, Eddie Lacy
Lacy had a horrible year last year as he struggled with his weight and could not really do anything in the Packers run scheme last season. Lacy, has put in work this offseason and shed some weight, which showed in his limited action Saturday against the Browns, running four times for 24 yards. While these may not be eye-popping numbers they are a step in the right direction for the embattled running back.
The Kansas City Chiefs running backs
The Kansas City Chiefs love to run the football and Andy Reid stuck to that gameplan in their game with the Seattle Seahawks. They did not play Jamaal Charles, who will be their starter, but Charcandrick West (four carries, 35 yards) and Spencer Ware (five carries, 24 yards) both showed they are more than capable of carrying the load should Charles go down again.
Chargers QB, Philip Rivers and RB, Melvin Gordon
Philip Rivers was his typical gunslinger self, despite only throwing three passes, he completed two of them for 64 yards and a touchdown, and by now you know what you are getting out of Rivers. Gordon on the other hand showed some flashes of talent and *GASP* scored a touchdown. Gordon took a screen pass 44 yards for his first career touchdown and could be in for a bounce back year this year.
Titans, RB, DeMarco Murray
Murray turned back the clock against the Chargers and looked like the Dallas Cowboys Murray of two years ago. He rushed six times for 93 yards, including a very dynamic 71-yard touchdown run. If QB Marcus Mariota can continue to develop and be his normal, efficient self, the Titans could be on to something here for the first time in a while.
The Cleveland Browns
The Cleveland Browns were as advertised, and by that I mean they were very subpar. New coach Hue Jackson will have his hands full getting wins in his first year as head coach. RG3 was up and down in his debut, not horrible, but not great. The Browns are the Browns and they are a bad football team with very little talent.
Texans, QB, Brock Osweiler
Osweiler was underwhelming in his first game with the Houston Texans. He only threw for 27 yards on 4-7 passing. The problem here is the Texans first team offence looked lethargic against the lowly San Francisco 49ers. There will be lots of time for Osweiler to get better, and I expect him to, but for now he lands on the bad list.
49ers, QB, Blaine Gabbert
Gabbert is trying to win a starting job in San Fran over Colin Kaepernick but failed to move significantly ahead of his competition. Gabbert missed two easy check downs to Carlos Hyde early and could not get any rhythm in Chip Kelly’s offence. He completed four passes on 10 attempts for 63 yards. He did throw a touchdown but that was layup since the Texan defender fell down on the play. Gabbert may win the starting job for the Niners but I may be changing my mind on his sleeper status.
Rams, QB, Jared Goff
The first-overall pick in the NFL draft made his highly anticipated debut, and, to say it was tough is an understatement. Goff was 4 of 9 for 38 yards and an interception. His pick came after he was hit hard causing his pass to float into the arms of the Cowboy defender Mark Nzeocha for the easy pick.
Cowboys, QB, Dak Prescott
Dak was sensational in his first ever pro game, starting for the Cowboys while filling in for Tony Romo. The Mississippi State Bulldog finished 10 of 12 for 139 and two touchdowns. Dak will not be starting over Romo anytime soon, but if Romo gets hurts again, which he is prone to doing, Dak looks to be a more than capable backup/QB of the future.
Derrick Henry, RB, Titans
Henry looked every bit as good as he did in his senior year at Alabama. He rumbled for 74 yards on 10 carries with a touchdown and his pairing with DeMarco Murray (who we already looked at) could prove to be a very bountiful relationship for the Tennessee Titans as they try to unveil their “exotic smash mouth” running style.