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Boys Making Noise in the Preseason

NFL Preseason Fantasy Football


There were 48 QBs that attempted 10+ passes in week 1 of the NFL Preseason.  Luke McCown led with 27 attempts for the New Orleans Saints.  He completed 66.7% of his passes (18) for 143 yards a TD and an INT.  His 143 yards was the 9th most of the weekend - Seattle Seahawks QB Trevone Boykin led the league with 188, completing 16 of his 26 attempts (61.5%).

Of the 12 QBs that attempted 20+ passes, Sean Mannion of the Los Angeles Rams had the highest completion percentage at 72%.  He completed 18 of 25 attempts for 147 yards and three touchdowns!  Tom Savage (Texans) was the only other QB to throw for more than one score this weekend and led the league with four completions of 20+ yards.

The Arizona Cardinals Matt Barkley was awful, completing just 33.3% (8) of his 24 attempts.  However, two of those went for 20+ yards and he converted seven first downs, so he has that going for him.

Mannion, Savage and Dan Orlovsky (Lions) were the only QBs to throw for 10 first downs.

Ryan Nassib (New York Giants) and Ryan Griffin (Buccaneers) were the only two QBs to throw two interceptions.

Despite completing 12 passes, Carson Wentz (Eagles) averaged just 3.7 yards per attempt.  He completed 50% of his 24 throws for just 89 yards and threw an interception.

Cardale Jones looked good for the Buffalo Bills, gaining 162 yards on 11 completions.  He only completed 52.4% of his attempts, but scored a touchdown, gained six first downs and had three plays go for 20+ yards.

Dak Prescott (Cowboys) averaged 11.6 yards per attempts and completed two touchdown passes.  He gained 139 yards on 12 attempts completing 10 throws.  Two of those throws gained 32 yards.  His 154.5 QB Rate was a league best.  I guess the Cowboys do indeed have a backup to Tony Romo.

The Green Bay Packers held Robert Griffin III and the Cleveland Browns to just 95 yards on 23 attempts.  They only gained 169 yards on 22-37 on the other side of the ball.

The Denver Broncos shut out the Chicago Bears and limited Jay Cutler and Co. to just 82 yards on 26 attempts.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers lost 17-9 despite limiting the Philadelphia Eagles to 95 passing yards on 36 attempts.  Turnovers killed them.  They fumbled the opening kickoff which lead to a TD, Jameis Winston lost a sack fumble which led to a TD, Ryan Griffin was picked off twice and Mike Glennon also threw an INT.

Ryan Nassib looked terrible against the Miami Dolphins who held the New York Giants to just 69 passing yards on 18 attempts.  Nassib was sacked a league high four times and threw two interceptions.

Running Backs

There were just 14 RBs who saw 10+ attempts in week 1.  Kenneth Farrow (Chargers) led the way with 16.  He gained 60 yards, picked up five first downs and had a long of just 9.

The Oakland Raiders George Atkinson led the league with 97 rushing yards on just 5 attempts!  He broke off a 53 yard TD run and added a 35 yard touchdown later in the 2nd half.

In his first game with the Tennessee Titans, DeMarco Murray picked up 93 yards on 6 attempts thanks to a 71 yard TD run.

Derrick Henry added 74 rushing yards on 10 attempts for the Titans, and also scored a touchdown and picked up 5 first downs.  The Chargers defense allowed the Titans to gain 288 yards on the ground on 33 carries.  Bishop Sankey added a third rushing touchdown on a 41 yard run.

The San Francisco 49ers were the only other team to rush for 200+ yards and they did so against the Houston Texans.  Mike Davis led the Niners rushing attack with 72 yards and despite the ground and pound, San Francisco did not score a rushing touchdown.

Aaron Green of the Rams caught a league high four passes out of the backfield.

We all fell in love with Zack Zenner (Lions) last Preseason and he did it again in week 1, catching a 20 yard TD.

The Tampa Bay Bucs gained just 31 yards on 21 attempts against the Philadelphia Eagles.  Doug Martin took 5 carries and gained just 13 yards.

The Buffalo Bills stuffed the Indianapolis Colts run game, allowing just 30 yards on 23 carries

Wide Receivers

Cody Latimer caught  a league high 7 passes for the Denver Broncos and gained 82 yards.  Only one of those receptions went for 20+ yards and he moved the chains four times. 

Brenton Bersin (Panthers), Jakeem Grant (Dolphins) and Nelson Spruce (Rams) were the only other WRs to pick up 4 first downs.

Aldrick Robinson (Falcons) led the league with 118 receiving yards, thanks to 68 and 47 yard receptions.

Latimer, Allen Robinson (Jaguars) and Walt Powell (Bills) were the only other receivers to gain 80+ yards.

Tanner McEvoy led the Seattle Seahawks in receiving yards, gaining 77 yards on three receptions, including a hail mary TD. He also led the team in targets with 6. He is listed a 6'6 safety who can play both sides of the ball and is an UDFA.

Tight Ends

Tyler Higbee (Rams), Justin Perillo (Packers) and Darren Waller (Ravens) each had 5 receptions.

Perillo gained 52 yards, but it was the 49ers Vance McDonald who led all TEs with 54 yards on just two catches, thanks to a 43 yard TD reception.

Perillo, Waller, Ifeanyi Momah (Cardinals) and A.J. Derby (Patriots) each picked up 3 first downs.

Stephen Anderson (Texans), Thomas Duarte (Dolphins) and Clive Walford all caught one pass and scored touchdowns.

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