The first official week in preseason has come to a close with three days of scouting to do. It’s time to recap what I noticed after this weekend. If you’re trying to read about teams who played on Thursday, there’s another article to go find. This article I’ll tell you the notes I took while watching the games from Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Juju Smith-Schuster has the potential to be great. Bryant is ‘officially’ back after a year long suspension. I’m not so sure that he’ll be good to go for 16 games.
Darkwa over Perkins this year. Mark my words.
Winston had good pass after good pass. It was unfortunate that the starting drive stalled on the 2 yard line, but we saw Winston throw to Evans 4 times, twice inside the 5, three times inside the red zone. Second drive came and went, Evans again got his targets, but I also noticed, if it’s not Evans getting the ball thrown his way. The arsenal of weapons for Tampa, all at least had one chance to touch the rock.
Brate was targeted a couple times. I think O.J. Howard is making people sleep on Brate. I’m not saying go reach for him, but I’d keep an eye on him throughout the preseason.
A.J. Green will be a top 3 receiver. Don’t sleep on him, as Dalton proved he’s his go to guy. Green was targeted the 3 of the 5 passes to start the preseason for the Bengals (Eifert, LaFell were the other 2)
Hill looks to be clear cut starter. I hope not everyone bought in on the Mixon hype train. Hill, not only looks like the clear cut starter, but he looked good in the process. He was making cuts and hitting holes. He still seemed a little slower than we hope, but got the red zone carries which will continue all season.
Mixon looks pretty good as well.
Have we all been duped by the Kareem Hunt hype? Ware looked good. We didn’t see him run, but pass catching looks good, made a couple guys miss. Then the run we did see was a two yard touchdown run (redzone carries).
Tyreek Hill looks electric out of the gate. I’m not so sure it keeps up all season, but man he is an exciting player to watch. Dante Hall 2.0.
Carlos Hyde won’t fit into the 49ers offense. He may be a bust, where he’s being drafted. San Francisco will be down to much and too often for Hyde to get any points in the second half. Pay more attention to Joe Williams, who fits Shanahan’s type of offense.
I think Jeremy Kerley is a play maker. I also think Aldrick Robinson is a play maker.
Chris Conley is being targeted quite a lot. He has great potential to be a star receiver. I mentioned Conley a couple times this offseason. We should really be looking at him more as a late receiver on our teams.
Watching the Rams and their new uniforms, reminds me of watching football on my little 10 inch, black and white, TV that sat on my family’s kitchen counter. Where’s the color at?
Gurley and the offense looks sad. Hopefully, the addition of Watkins will add a little color in the way the Rams play and this becomes a fun team to watch.
David Johnson looks like he should be the number one draft pick.
Carson Palmer needs to get his touch for the long passes a little more pin pointed, especially, if I’m going to keep talking up John Brown. Cardinals looked good though, got some calls their way for Palmer to finally find the end zone.
Jalen Richard is about to be a breakout sleeper.
Melvin Gordon looks to be picking up where he left off. Just ask Richard Sherman who damn near broke his ankle trying to tackle Gordon in the redzone.
Los Angeles Chargers will be a lot of fun this year. Buying in on Rivers, Gordon, Benjamin, Henry this year. A lot of high scoring games will lead ot a lot of fantasy points, weekly.
Paul Richardson should be on everyone’s radar. He’s big, good hands, confidence. I’m expecting big things from Richardson in 2017.
Kenny Golladay looked incredible. Battling his way through contested passes on his way to two touchdowns. Both were great throws and great adjustments from Golladay. I’ve been saying for a while that he is someone to keep an eye on. It seems I will no longer have to say that after his performance on Sunday.