NFL Preseason Week 1: Takeaways from Saturday’s Action

August 14, 2016   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Preseason games are often a detailed, sometimes depressing or desperate search for depth. That is especially true in Week 1 when the starters' time on the field seems shorter than your average commercial break.
Teams want to know where they have depth so when the time arises, they can trust the next man up. They also want to know where depth is lacking so that resources—both the coaching and development kind, and the player-acquisition kind—can be allocated appropriately.
Early answers, or at least strong hints at answers, come quickly when second- and third-team players get extended playing time. There's either confidence about the ability of one of them to play well when a starter goes down, or dread.
There was plenty of both Saturday, particularly at two important positions: quarterback and running back.
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