Preseason Week 2 Notes
Welcome to Week 2 of the preseason, where we should learn more than we did in Week 1. I'll be keeping a running tab of observations and fantasy takeaways, so check back often.
* Raiders RB Josh Jacobs was on the field for all 6 snaps of QB Derek Carr's lone drive against the Cardinals.
* Ravens RB Mark Ingram started against the Packers, playing 6 of 9 snaps on his lone series. RB Kenneth Dixon played the other 3.
* Ravens QB Lamar Jackson's target distribution vs. the Packers:
Nick Boyle - 3
Hayden Hurst - 2
Willie Snead - 2
Miles Boykin - 1
Chris Moore - 1
Kenneth Dixon - 1
(WR Marquise Brown did not play.)
* Per NFL.com's Graham Barfield, Ravens TE Mark Andrews has been on the field for just 11 of QB Lamar Jackson's 36 snaps (30.6%) through 2 preseason games.
* Falcons RB Devonta Freeman played 1 series with QB Matt Ryan and was in on 6 of 8 snaps. RB Ito Smith played the other 2.
* Falcons QB Matt Ryan was sacked 3 times on 4 series against the Jets.
* Bengals RB Joe Mixon's stiff arm is ready for the start of the season.
* Cardinals QB Kyler Murray's target distribution against the Raiders:
Christian Kirk - 3
Larry Fitzgerald - 2
KeeSean Johnson - 1
David Johnson - 1
* Jets QB Sam Darnold through 2 preseason games: 9 of 12 (75%) for 114 yards (9.5 YPA), 1 TD and 0 INTs.
* Bills WR Cole Beasley was targeted on 5 of QB Josh Allen's 11 pass attempts on Friday night, bringing him to a 28.6% target share through 2 preseason games. (WR John Brown did not play this week.)
* Bucs RBs Peyton Barber and Ronald Jones each carried twice on QB Jameis Winston's lone drive vs. the Dolphins. Through 2 preseason games, Barber has tallied 5 carries and 1 target with the starters vs. Jones' 4 carries and 1 target.
* Giants QB Daniel Jones had another strong showing, completing 11 of 14 passes for 161 yards and 1 TD (although he also lost 2 fumbles). The rookie has now completed 84% of his passes and averaged 12 yards per attempt through 2 preseason games.
* On Bills QB Josh Allen's 2 possessions vs. the Panthers:
LeSean McCoy - 4 carries, 3 targets
Devin Singletary - 0 carries, 1 target
* Bucs TE O.J. Howard has been on the field for 21 of QB Jameis Winston's 22 snaps through 2 preseason games.
* Tony Pollard was the only Cowboys RB to touch the ball on QB Dak Prescott's lone drive against the Rams. The rookie carried 5 times for 42 yards and a score and caught 1 ball for 9 yards. Here's video of every touch. Owner Jerry Jones talked Pollard up after the game. He's the clear handcuff to Ezekiel Elliott.
* Colts RB snaps with starting QB Jacoby Brissett vs. the Browns:
Marlon Mack - 16
Nyheim Hines - 2
Mack was on the field for all 3 third downs and 1 fourth down.
* Titans QB Marcus Mariota's target distribution vs. the Patriots:
Corey Davis - 3
Delanie Walker - 2
Jeremy McNichols - 2
Darius Jennings - 1
Dion Lewis - 1
* Chiefs RB Damien Williams was targeted once and didn't record a touch in Saturday's game against the Steelers. But he was on the field for all 5 snaps on the 1st series before taking the rest of the night off.
* Steelers WR James Washington was the offense's best player for the 2nd week in a row. He racked up 4 catches for 78 yards against the Chiefs on Saturday night, including this leaping grab. WR Donte Moncrief got the start over Washington but fumbled on his only catch.
* Lions RB Kerryon Johnson was pulled on 3rd down on all 3 series he played against the Texans -- twice for C.J. Anderson and once for Ty Johnson.
* Seahawks RB snaps with Russell Wilson vs. the Vikings
Chris Carson - 13
Rashaad Penny 4
* Per NFL.com's Graham Barfield, Saints RB Alvin Kamara has played 21 of 34 1st-team snaps through 2 preseason games -- a 61.7% snap rate. He played 65.9% of the snaps last year.
* 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo's 2019 preseason debut could have gone better. He finished 1 of 6 for 0 yards and 1 INT on 3 series. Garoppolo should have been picked a 2nd time. And his only completion was a short screen pass to RB Matt Breida.
* 49ers RB snaps with Jimmy Garoppolo against the Broncos:
Tevin Coleman - 5
Matt Breida - 4
* Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders looked like his old self on Monday night -- his 1st action since last December's torn Achilles. He caught a pass on Denver's 1st offensive snap and had this 19-yard run on an end-around. Sanders also had a 45-yard catch negated by a holding penalty.
* Broncos QB Joe Flacco's target distribution:
Noah Fant - 3
Emmanuel Sanders - 2
DaeSean Hamilton - 2
Courtland Sutton - 2
Royce Freeman - 1
* Broncos RB snaps with Joe Flacco:
Phillip Lindsay - 8
Royce Freeman - 7
Devontae Booker - 4