NFL Preseason Week 3: What to Watch for in Friday’s Action

August 26, 2016   ·     ·   Jump to comments

I can only assume that if you use the words "dress rehearsal" inside the New England Patriots locker room in reference to Week 3 of the preseason, then dressing isn't something you'll be doing at all.
Patriots head coach Bill Belichick tried to throw dirt on an expression you'll hear repeatedly all weekend, telling WEEI (via ESPN.com's Mike Reiss) that Week 3 of the preseason isn't in the "same universe" as regular-season football.
He's not wrong. Even though starters will generally play the entire first half and often into the third quarter, a blandness is still spread throughout each game. The basic offensive and defensive schemes are trotted out, with little to no game-planning involved.
But it's the playing time that matters most, as this is often the one and only time we're going to see certain marquee players get preseason tuneup snaps in. And that's the case throughout the five games Friday night.
We'll see the Pittsburgh Steelers' three c...

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