Brian Sullivan (@MadManScouting)

IT’S HERE! REAL FOOTBALL… Ok, not really. But Preseason can be fun, especially for guys like me who watched too much film on the draft prospects because we have no lives. Anyways, here’s a look at who you should be watching tonight. Some of them are going to be obvious, but that’s just how it goes sometimes.

Carolina Panthers (0-0) @ Buffalo Bills (0-0)

Time: 7:00 PM

Who To Watch

Panthers – WRs Curtis Samuel and DJ Moore

The Panthers used their first round pick on Maryland star DJ Moore. While I wasn’t super high on him, he was very highly touted by some very knowledgeable football minds. I’d keep an eye on how they use him and 2nd year wideout Curtis Samuel; if they shine, it could bode well for Cam Newton this season.

Bills – QB Josh Allen

Some of these are going to be obvious, especially since it’s week 1. We know what AJ McCarron is for the most part. Nathan Peterman isn’t somebody who gets people very excited. But Josh Allen could make some ridiculous throws this preseason, both good and bad. I hope we see more good, it would make the season more interesting in Buffalo.

Chicago Bears (0-1) @ Cincinnati Bengals (0-0)

Time: 7:00 PM

Who To Watch

Bears – WR Anthony Miller

If you’ve been following my Twitter or Youtube channel, or if you’ve stalked my reddit account, you know how much I love Anthony Miller’s game. He didn’t see the field during the HOF game, hopefully we see him tonight.

Bengals – S Jessie Bates III

Typically, rookies see the field the most during the first preseason game. Bates III was one of my favorite safeties in the draft class. I was way higher on him than most. I think his playstyle fits Cincinnati perfectly, so keep an eye out, he could make some plays tonight.

New Orleans Saints (0-0) @ Jacksonville Jaguars (0-0)

Time: 7:00 PM

Who To Watch

Saints – DE Marcus Davenport

The Saints traded up 9 spots to snag the talented pass rusher from UTSA. All eyes will be on him as we watch to see if he was worth the trade up.

Jaguars – DE Taven Bryan

Bryan was an absolute beast at Florida. His explosiveness and tenacity are off the charts. His football IQ needs some work, but the athletic traits were there. I’ll be curious to see if he’s made any improvements since training camp.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-0) @ Miami Dolphins (0-0)

Time: 7:00 PM

Who To Watch

Buccaneers – CB Carlton Davis

Another player who I wasn’t necessarily high on, but a ton of people that I respect were. He jumped off of the screen with his physical play. He could capture the hearts of Bucs fans if he ends up making a big hit or two tonight.

Dolphins – TE Mike Gesicki

I’m already beginning to fear that I’ll regret being so low on Gesicki. He’s been making some impressive progress in training camp, and I wouldn’t be shocked if he has a highlight play or two tonight.

Cleveland Browns (0-0) @ New York Giants (0-0)

Time: 7:00 PM

Who To Watch

Browns – QB Baker Mayfield

What did you expect? Sure, they have a ton of exciting young players on defense to watch, but in the end, we all want to see if Baker was worth the #1 overall pick. He should see a lot of playing time.

Giants – RB Saquon Barkley

Again, what did you expect? Insert basically the exact same thing; we all want to see if he was worth the #2 pick.

Pittsburgh Steelers (0-0) @ Philadelphia Eagles (0-0)

Time: 7:00 PM

Who To Watch

Steelers – WR James Washington

The Steelers will make me look foolish; I was very low on Washington. But there’s not a better team in the league at unleashing the potential of young wide receivers. He’s been making his presence felt in training camp; let’s see if he does it on the big stage.

Eagles – CB Sidney Jones

After being sidelined for his rookie season, Sidney Jones will be looking forward to hitting the field tonight. If he can live up to the hype, the Eagles will essentially be adding another 1st round talent to their roster.

Los Angeles Rams (0-0) @ Baltimore Ravens (1-0)

Time: 7:30 PM

Who To Watch

Rams – LT Joseph Noteboom

It’s not super exciting, but Noteboom could be the successor to Andrew Whitworth once he retires. I thought Noteboom was drafted exactly where he should have been. He won’t be the starting tackle, but an impressive preseason could earn him some snaps at other positions on the line.

Ravens – QB Lamar Jackson

Come on, we all want to see more. Thursday night wasn’t perfect, but there was some flashes of potential. Can Jackson show us more tonight? Below is a great video looking at the ups and downs of his Preseason debut.

Washington Redskins (0-0) @ New England Patriots (0-0)

Time: 7:30 PM

Who To Watch

Redskins – RB Derrius Guice

Derrius Guice could earn the starting role by the end of training camp in Washington. Some people thought he was better than Barkley. Let’s see if he can light it up.

Patriots – OL Isaiah Wynn

The Patriots will need somebody to replace Nate Solder this season, and perhaps it can be 1st round pick Isaiah Wynn. He was a tank at Georgia, and he can even return punts. Ok, not really, but this story was still pretty fun.

Tennessee Titans (0-0) @ Green Bay Packers (0-0)

Time: 8:00 PM

Who To Watch

Titans – WR Corey Davis

Corey Davis didn’t quite live up to our expectations after being drafted 5th overall a year ago. The Titans need more from their WR corps this year, and perhaps with some new coaching we’ll see massive improvement. I doubt we’ll see much of Davis in this game, but hopefully he shows flashes of improvement.

Packers – CBs Kevin King, Joshua Jackson, and Jaire Alexander

Somebody needs to help HaHa Clinton-Dix in this secondary. The Packers have a plethora of young corners who could step up this season. All three of the aforementioned corners were first round talents in my eyes, can King show improvement from a disappointing rookie year? Will Jackson or Alexander make some plays?

Houston Texans (0-0) @ Kansas City Chiefs (0-0)

Time: 8:30 PM

Who To Watch

Texans – OT Martinas Rankings

The Texans offensive line was a mess last season. If Deshaun Watson is going to stay upright and healthy, he’ll need some major improvement from this unit. Martinas Rankins was a very solid pick up for the Texans in the 3rd round. Hopefully he shows some flashes in his debut.

Chiefs – QB Patrick Mahomes

If Mahomes knew how often I talked about him on this blog, he’d probably be flattered, but moreso creeped out. I don’t care, I expect him to toss 5 touchdowns in the 1st quarter, then he’ll enjoy his well deserved rest.

Dallas Cowboys (0-0) @ San Francisco 49ers (0-0)

Time: 10:00 PM

Who To Watch

Cowboys – WR Michael Gallup

Everybody is concerned about the loss of Dez Bryant. I personally think the Cowboys are better off without him, and one reason is that 3rd round draft pick Michael Gallup is very talented. He could fill the role quickly. He could spark some optimism for Cowboy fans if he impresses in his debut.

49ers – WR Dante Pettis

It’s a pair of receivers for this game; Pettis was one of my favorites in this class. There’s a reason that an offensive mastermind wanted him in the 2nd round, Pettis can flat out ball. Let’s see if he can stand out tonight. His teammates seem to be impressed.

Indianapolis Colts (0-0) @ Seattle Seahawks (0-0)

Time: 10:00 PM

Who To Watch

Colts – QB Andrew Luck

Weird right? This list is full of rookies and sophomores, and yet I have a veteran Pro Bowl QB here. But we’re all wondering how healthy Luck is. Is he himself? We’re bound to overreact to the 1 or 2 series he plays in either way, but I really want to see how he looks out there.

Seahawks – RB Rashaad Penny

I don’t understand why the Seahawks drafted a running back so early, when they still have an entire offensive line to build. But Penny was a gifted runner at San Diego State, maybe Seattle saw something special with him. I’ll be curious to see how he runs against a front 7 that isn’t exactly loaded with depth (that we know of).

Photo Credit – https://www.cleveland.com/browns/index.ssf/2018/08/how_has_baker_mayfield_progres.html

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