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Week two of the NFL preseason has come and gone which means we are now one week closer to the start of the NFL season. There were some solid performances again this week from people who could be a factor in the upcoming fantasy season so it’s time once again to delve into the action with another edition of the good, the bad, and the rookies (who actually look pretty good).
Cleveland Browns, QB, Robert Griffin III
After an up and down week 1 RG3 turned in a performance that reminded everyone of just what he is capable of doing on a football field. Griffin was spectacular in this one carving up the Atlanta Falcons with his arm, and his legs, in a throwback to his rookie campaign. The new Cleveland QB finished 6-8 for 96 yards and two touchdowns, including a beautiful 50 yard bomb to WR Terrelle Pryor (stay tuned for some Pryor talk later in the day). He also ran three times for 36 yards. Yes, it is still only preseason but it was nice to see RG3 finally begin to show shades of his former self.
Veteran Running Backs
Both LeGarrette Blount and Christine Michael showed that they still have what it takes to get it done in this league. Blount (11 carries for 69 yards and a touchdown) showed the New England Patriots that he is still a powerful downhill runner who has value on this roster despite all the talk about Tyler Gaffney (who made this list for week 1). For Michael he is trying to prove that he can be a starting running back while Thomas Rawls is out injured, and he did not disappoint this week. Michael ran 10 times for 55 yards and, like Blount with the Pats, showed that he will have a role on the Seahawks come week 1. Michael and Blount (especially with Dion Lewis being injured) are two of the top handcuff running backs with uncertainty atop their teams depth chart.
San Diego Chargers, WR, Tyrell Williams
With the season ending injury to number three receiver Stevie Johnson the Chargers are going to be looking for someone to replace that missing production. By all reports Williams looks to be the front runner for that job and he was impressive in the Chargers victory over the Arizona Cardinals. Williams showed he was up to the task of replacing Johnson snagging four passes for 47 yards. Williams is a big body at six-foot-four and could be a surprisingly popular target for the Chargers high-powered passing attack.
Buffalo Bills, QB, Tyrod Taylor
“T-Mobil” showed the Bills and their fans that locking him up was a smart thing to do this summer. He finished 7-10 for 132 yards and a touchdown, but the most important thing he did was stabilize a Bills team that was having a horrible week prior to Saturday’s game against the New York Giants. With Marcell Dareus’ suspension/rehab stint and Karlos Williams being released for his own suspension and lack of commitment to the team, Taylor showed that this Bills team can overcome distractions and win football games.
New York Jets, QB, Geno Smith
So, does anyone remember when the Jets were not going to resign Ryan Fitzpatrick and roll with Smith as their starting QB this season? Yeah, me neither. Smith was up to his usual tricks in week two, and by that I mean showing he is incapable of being a starting QB in the NFL. Smith completed six passes on 13 attempts for 47 yards and an interception. Good thing the Jets resigned Fitzpatrick.
The Arizona Cardinals offence
Yucky performance from everyone on the Cards offence. Carson Palmer and co. were shut down by the Chargers (a team that is not exactly awesome at playing defence) so much so that head coach Bruce Arians was “pissed” at how his team performed.
Miami Dolphins, RB, Arian Foster
Foster’s offseason signing with the Dolphins meant that Jay Ajayi would probably not be the Dolphins regular season starter, but after Foster’s performance against the Cowboys the fish may want to reopen this camp battle. Foster could not manage to get passed the line-of-scrimmage in this one, rushing for twice for -5 yards. He only rushed two times but still, the old horse may not have much left in the tank and it could be only a matter of time before Ajayi (who was only slightly better) retakes his starting job.
Dallas Cowboys, QB, Dak Prescott
My goodness Dak was on fire again. 12 of 15 for 199 and two touchdowns. The Cowboys may have struck gold with the former Mississippi State Bulldog. Now it is just a question of whether or not he ever gets on the field during the regular season in Dallas.
Chicago Bears, RB, Jordan Howard
The Bears looked significantly better in week two of the preseason. One player who improved a lot was Howard. The Indiana product rushed 11 times for 46 yards. This won’t be enough to unseat Jeremy Langford, who also played well, but it shows that Howard may be in for a bigger role and could pass Ka’Deem Carey sooner rather than later.
Cincinnati Bengals, WR, Tyler Boyd
The former Pitt Panther is quickly climbing a thin Bengals WR depth chart. He only caught two balls for 38 yards, but he did haul in a touchdown. Boyd is going to be the benefactor of having Brandon LaFell and Brandon Tate ahead of him on the roster, but do not be shocked if that switches should Boyd continue to impress.