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Preseason Week 3 takeaways: Andrew Luck rebounds, Lamar Jackson wows – NFL nation

It is the annual dress rehearsal of the NFL, Week 3 of the preseason. For most of the league, this is our only extended look at the first-team units for attack and defense. Who gets up? Who is fighting? Who does the team? Here is the biggest snack for each team.


Saturday games



Jeff Darlington explains Andrew Luck's positive attitude to the regular season.

It took up to Andrew Luck's final series in the preseason for the first-team offensive to score a touchdown. Luck, who suffered a right shoulder injury last season, sent Eric Ebron a 15-yard touchdown pass early in the second quarter. The offensive of the first team scored 16 points, had six punts and an interception in 11 series with Luck in the preseason. Luckily, the launch device did not have Anthony Castonzo (hamstring) in the three games, finishing the preseason 20 of 32 for 204 yards and a touchdown pass. Colt coach Frank Reich said he did not want to play any of the main players of the Colts on Thursday in Cincinnati. The next time Luck plays is the week-1 game against the same Bengals on September 9th. Defensive End of the Colts John Simon is out with a neck injury. It was a neck injury that put Simon on the injured reserve list last season. Denzelle Good, who is in attack for starting in the right position, left the game in the fourth quarter with a knee injury. – Mike Wells

The 49ers' starters played the entire first half. The offense did a good job of moving the ball but it was difficult to end the rides, which is a problem only because it was a problem that plagued the Niners last season. Against the Colts, the Niners' offensive stage was 0-for-3 as they turned red zone drives into touchdowns, opting for two field goals and failing to convert to a fourth down. The 49ers miss the tight end George Kittle down there, but they were only eleven out of 24 in Red Zone touchdown conversions in the quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo's five starts last season, 20th in the NFL in that span. Drops and penalties were a topic last year, and they were again Saturday. Until these things are cleaned up, finishing in the endzone could still be a problem. In better news, Cornerback Richard Sherman played the whole first half and came down with a pass-breakup on the only pass in his direction. Running back In his first snapshots, Alfred Morris had 17 carriers for 84 yards as a Niner. – Nick Wagoner



Lamar Jackson storms in the third quarter for a 19-yard touchdown and throws a 21-yard score in the fourth quarter.

Lamar Jackson delivered his most memorable performance of the preseason, creating exciting games with both his legs and his arm. The rookie in the first round combined for 137 yards overall offensive and two touchdowns on five rides in Miami. Calmer and serene, Jackson saw a 19-yard touchdown and threw DeVier Posey a 21-yard touchdown. The biggest difference in Jackson was how he exploited what the defense was giving him instead of forcing the problem. He was 7 out of 10 passing for 98 yards, giving him a 134.6 passer rating (from a perfect 158.3). Robert Griffin III was solid in his second start of the preseason. The ravens' decision to retain Griffin will fall on the preseason finale, which is directed against the Washington Redskins, Griffin's old team. – Jamison Hensley

The dolphins offensive should revolve around Kenyan Drake. After an extremely slow start the offensive of the dolphins in the first team finally showed signs of life with the first touchdown of the preseason. There is still a lot of dink-and-dunk on this offensive that forces the team to play extremely clean football to score touchdowns. Drake is the most exciting defensive player of the dolphins and he could deliver the big games this team needs. He showed off this Saturday with a 36-yard reception and a 30-yard rush. It looked similar to the year 2017 of Drake, who led the NFL in the last five games. If Drake can be this player, Ryan Tannehill will help a lot and this offense succeeds. – Cameron Wolfe



Leonard Fournette follows his blockers and finds a track for the 21-yard touchdown.

QB Blake Bortles had another shaky trip with two interceptions, but he managed to lead the offensive to 10 points in the first half before the teams moved. A major concern is the status of WR Marqise Lee, who suffered a serious knee injury after catching. Lee is the Jaguar's most experienced receiver (171 catches) and led the team with 56 receptions last season, so they'll miss his production if he's on the road for a long time. He is also the best blocker among the receivers and that will also affect the running game. This increases pressure on veteran Donte Moncrief, who signed a one-year, $ 9.6 million guaranteed contract during the off-season to bolster a young group of recipients that includes two second-players and a freshman. Moncrief caught three passes for 62 yards in the first half. – Michael DiRocco

If this was the dress rehearsal for the regular season, the hawks on both sides have a lot of fine-tuning to do. Matt Ryan and the starters were under heavy pressure from the Jaguars' defensive front and were again plagued by crashes, factors that need to be resolved before playing the sweltering Eagles defense in the season opener. Not scoring a touchdown to go 5-for-5 in the first half and less than 100 yards in the first half was not exactly ideal for one of the league's most explosive offenses, even in the preseason. The defense, which prevailed against three starters, was injured, missed the tackles and was pushed too much around. – Vaughn McClure



Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger passes 11 of 18, including a 32-yard touchdown to Justin Hunter, in his first action of 2018. [19659022] The it was what the Steelers wanted from their defense. With most starters in the field, Pittsburgh looked quick and determined, leaving the Titans out of midfield on their first seven rides. Stephon Tuitt was in the backfield constantly picking up one of the Steelers' six sacks. And top pick Terrell Edmunds showed his range and athleticism to a listening option across the middle. The performance was not perfect, but it was much improved – and badly needed – after giving up 51 points in Green Bay last week. – Jeremy Fowler

The Titans' offensive stumbled, especially in the third tier. Marcus Mariota was unable to connect with Corey Davis on two passes over the middle, which should lead to first Downs. Mariota was often under duress. He threw an interception at a third when he was rinsed out of his pocket and tried to throw on the barrel. CB Kenneth Durden made some solid open-tack attacks against the first team's Steeler offensive and helped force a fumble. TE Anthony Firkser had a good day and sent five receptions for 68 yards and a touchdown. – Turron Davenport



Alvin Kamara passes mid-way through for a two-meter touchdown in his limited action.

The Saints got a very impressive response performance from QB Taysom Hill in the second half on Saturday night following his catastrophic outing last week. He caused most of his damage with his great run ability (six runs for 35 yards and a TD). But he was also impressive as a Passer (7 out of 8 for 66 yards and the only TD pass of the saints of the preseason until today). I still have veteran Tom Savage in the battle to support Drew Brees in the first week of the regular season. But Saturday was a reminder that the Saints would not give up Hill & # 39; s potential fast enough. – Mike Triplett

With the saints working the chargers fast, Anthony Lynn does not have much to please. But even with Melvin Gordon, who was not present while handling a family affair, the Bolts ran the football effectively and finished with 104 yards on 25 carriers for an average of 4.2. In place of Gordon led the second-class player Austin Ekeler the attack and defeated with 50 yards on six jerseys, including a long rush of 21 yards. – Eric Williams



The Deshaun Watson the Texans releases a pass in the first quarter, intercepted by Lamarcus Joyner on the Rams' 13-yard line. [19659032] This defense of Texas will be fun to see if the group can stay healthy. J. J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney each played in their first pre-season game, and although it was against the Rams' second-string offensive, they impressed in their few series. The defense of Texan's first team allowed zero points and let Rams spare quarter intercept Sean Mannion, who did not finish a run on five tries. – Sarah Barshop

The Los Angeles Rams offensive will remain a secret until September 10 when they open against the Oakland Raiders. Coach Sean McVay decided to keep his offensive starters safe for the third match in a row. Defensive starters played two series against the Texans before McVay saw what he needed to determine that they were ready for the season. The unit forced a three-on-off in its first series, and in the second series defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, who said earlier this week he could not wait to come to a quarterback, ousted Deshaun Watson as a Texan QB launched a deep pass that was intercepted by Lamarcus Joyner. The sample size was small, but it is safe to say that this defense can have devastating consequences this season, especially when Aaron Donald returns. – Lindsey Thiry



Kevin White spins Orlando Scandrick's stutter to score a bear's 29-yard touchdown.

This game will be remembered for Matt Nagy's decision, after only a handful of series in the preseason, to set his starters, including QB Mitchell Trubisky from the second year. Whether this decision pays off in the future and sets a new trend for the rest of the league remains to be seen. In the short term, the bears must be encouraged by the fact that the often injured, wide receiver Kevin White caught the first touchdown pass in his professional career, a 29 -meter reception by Chase Daniel. Rookie WR Javon Wims had a big day with four catches for 114 yards and a touchdown. – Nick Friedell

It's not too early to wonder if the Chiefs' defense in the regular season will be as bad as the preseason. Daniel became the third backup QB in three games to lead a TD drive against home defense and Daniel did not stop at one. He led four shots against the starters, three for touchdowns. The problems, which include some terrible play by cornerbacks other than Kendall Fuller, seem to run deep. – Adam Teicher

Friday games



In his first game with the Redskins, Adrian Peterson hauls 56 yards on 11 routes against the Broncos. [19659043] The Broncos have their first win of the preseason with a round performance from the starters on both sides of the ball. Coach Vance Joseph said last week that the coaches would "watch the band" of the starter's work against the Redskins to "really see where we stand in the regular season". The Broncos showed a balanced offensive, got a quality match from quarterback Case Keenum (12 of 18 for 148 yard passing), and the defense showed the pressure they should exert on opposing passers-by. The depth of the Broncos in the pass-rush was visible in the final minute of the game when Shane Ray, Shaquil Barrett and Clinton McDonald were still in the line-up. – Jeff Legwold

The Redskins' defense was bad and Offensive No. 1 could not do anything through the air. So it was up to Adrian Peterson to save a bad night. He was signed on Monday and showed that he still had something left and raced 11 times for 56 yards. Whether he will repeat this week by week remains to be seen, but it is now difficult to see anyone starting the season opener. This is also because the other options of the Redskins for First and Second-Down-Backs have not been successful. – John Keim



Sam Darnold is unwilling to explain if he has won the starting quarterback job, and he will continue to play "consistent football".

Eli Manning passed 17 of 23 in the first half for 188 yards, but he was not precise. The Giants have not scored a touchdown this season in the three quarters of Manning. But it's hard to judge what this offensive will look like, as there was no star-wide receiver, Odell Beckham Jr. at all, and Saquon Barkley played only six snapshots. They will certainly help, and the hope is that the Giants will have everyone (including Bottleneck Evan Engram, who has suffered a concussion) on the field for Week 1 against Jacksonville.

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If the starting job is to be lost, Sam Darnold has not lost it. It was not a lights-out performance, but he did a decent job in two or more quarters. He started hot on a long TD Drive, but five of his next six series went three-and-forth. The good: He fought with bad field keeping and unfavorable heels and distances, but never lost his posture. Backside: This was his first extended action against a starting D, and he was not as keen as usual. Chances are he'll finish the job because he's by far the most working starter, but he still has a lot to do. – Rich Cimini



Seahawks rookie Michael Dickson fires a booming punt that turns on the three-meter line outside the borders, much to the delight of his teammates. [19659054] Punters are usually not considered weapons, but the seahawks in rookie Michael Dickson have that. He had a 53.6-yard gross average on five punts, including two that held the Vikings at their 3-yard line. Dickson led the league in the first two preseason matches on average (net and gross). That's why the Seahawks traded in the fifth round to design it, and why they continued the longtime weather Jon Ryan earlier this week. They also opted for Sebastian Janikowski as their kicker this week, and he went 2 against 2 against Minnesota and is 3-for-3 in the preseason. The Seahawks have their share of question marks, but the kicking game looks like it should be a strength. – Brady Henderson

Overall, coach Mike Zimmer said he was satisfied with the performance of Kirk Cousins. He was accurate (17-for-28, 182 yards) on most of his throws, used his running backs well as pass-Threats, and he was able to scramblen and expand multiple drives. The offensive of the first team has a better rhythm than last week, but a lot of questions remain. The offensive line is struggling with passport protection, and it remains to be seen whether trading for a backup of another team or someone about to be cut off will provide a quick way to fix these issues. The Vikings still have to choose roles for whoever earns the third, fourth, and fifth recipient jobs. Reporting on Stecher's return was a problem, and Daniel Carlson's two missed field-goal attempts are a cause for concern. – Courtney Cronin



Cam Newton compares the injury that briefly struck him in the first half to land a plane smoothly.

The defense of patriots didn & # 39; The momentum from the second week should not be felt, as the pass rush, which faced the Eagles so impressively, could not generate heat. The Panther's opening race, which lasted 9 minutes and 59 seconds, set the tone for a bad night overall. The biggest positive for the patriots? No Major Injuries, Convenience Rob Gronkowski's two preseason debuts made him two grids in his preseason debut and Tom Brady played the entire first half. – Mike Reiss

Provided Cam Newton does not play in the preseason finale, which he never does, one must consider his three games in Norv Turner's attack a success. He completed 26 of 38 attempts (68.4 percent) for 315 yards and a touchdown, including 11-of-17 for 142 yards in the dress rehearsal against New England. The makeshift offensive line was fine, and if the injured players return, the depth will be a strength. The defensive kept Tom Brady out of the end zone, so check that as a success for a Carolina team 3-0 in the preseason. – David Newton



Adam Humphries captures the lost 62-yard field goal of the Lions and then manages it with a 109-yard touchdown for the Bucs. [19659064] With preseason likely to be over for most starters, there is definitely cause for concern with Detroit's defense. The Lions struggled to stop the run when the star was on the line, and gave a simple touchdown ride on Tampa Bay's third quarterback, Ryan Griffin. While the pass-rush looked a little better and Ricky Jean Francois looks like a good defensive line, the Lions defense looks like it's still a long way off. The offense was not much better, with drops from the receivers, some questionable blocking and a rushing game averaging below 4 yards per carry. Detroit has to hope that his team will improve a lot, based on what they have shown in three preseason games. – Michael Rothstein

Peyton Barber ran back, averaging 6.8 yards per carry, including a 14-yard touchdown. He runs hard and on purpose. Wide receiver Chris Godwin made a really nice 11-yard touchdown catch that worked one-on-one against Pro Bowler Darius Slay. He looks like a big year. Substitute guard Mike Liedtke entered the start-left rig and performed well. In his first pre-season game, after suffering a groin injury, corner-kick Vernon Hargreaves III had two important red zone pass breakups, both times forcing the Lions to settle for field goals. He found his home at Nickelback. Now the bucs in rookie Carlton Davis have to see what they have out there. – Jenna Laine



Chris Warren takes the delivery and moves into the end zone for a 1-yard touchdown to bring the Raiders to the Packers. [19659069DiePackershoffendassAaronRodgersnieohneDavidBakhtiariundBryanBulagaantretenmuss-oderdenRestseineroffensivenOffensiveBackup-GerätKyleMurphykämpftemächtigErgabeinpaarSäckeaufundwurdefürzweiHaltebällemarkiertIneinerNachtinderdiePackerkeinenihrervorgeschobenenO-lineStarterspieltenwardiezweiteO-LiniesoschlechtdassesfastunmöglichwarBrettHundleyundDeShoneKizerinihremKampfumdenBackupquarterbackJobzubewertenAufderpositivenSeiteRookieCornerbackJaireAlexanderhobseinenerstenPassDieErstrunden-PlektrenmachtenaufeinemtiefenBalleineausgestreckteAblenkungUnterdessenhatteJoshJacksonderRookie-CornerbackinvielenWochenfastdiezweiteWahlDiezweiteRundegabeineInterceptionfüreinenTouchdownzurückwurdeaberdurcheineStrafeausgelöscht- Rob Demovsky

The starting offense the Raiders was not more than one and a half quarters on the field, but there were some good things At least, when quarterback Derek Carr in the field stood the field. Carr defeated recipient Amari Cooper for a 49-yard win in the game's first game and finished 2-of-3 for 68 yards, leading this group to a field goal. Carr then left after this one ride, along with most of the players of the team's best players. Even with the offensive attacking line ahead of him, substitute quarterback Connor Cook fought. He threw an interception and had another recalled for a punishment. He finished 6-of-15 for 72 yards and 27.6 passer rating. Not many teams have a lot of quarterback depth, but given Carr's recent injury history and the difficulty of backing up, the Raiders have to deal with their depth in the game's main position. – Nick Wagoner

Play Game on Thursday


Nick Foles turns the ball three times and stumbles in the end zone for a safety first-half of Philadelphia

] Coach Doug Pederson arrived in the preseason on Thursday, hoping quarterback Nick Foles and the first-team offensive would get going. He did not get his wish. The rocky preseason of Foles went on. He is 16 of 26 for 171 yards without touchdowns, two interceptions and two fumbles lost over parts of two games. He was released six times. The defending champions have to defeat a lot on 6 September against the Falcons. – Tim McManus

The Browns have reason to look forward to their quarterback situation, which they ended on Thursday against the preseason's Eagles. Tyrod Taylor returned after a left hand injury in the first quarter and showed no negative impact. Rookie QB Baker Mayfield, meanwhile, made a series of high-quality NFL throws, including a dart through traffic to C. J. Board for 19 yards. Aside from his surveillance, Mayfield had an encouraging night overall. – Tim McManus

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