Brian Sullivan (@MadManScouting)

Thursday, August 16th

Philadelphia Eagles (0-1) @ New England Patriots (1-0)

Time: 7:30 PM

Who To Watch

Eagles – TE Dallas Goedert

Not only is Goedert coming back “miraculously” from an injury, but he made some nice plays in their first game. He finished with 4 receptions for 66 yards and a TD, even though Nate Sudfield was throwing him the ball. We saw what Trey Burton was capable of as a #2 tight end in this offense, Goedert could continue to show promise for this season tonight.

Patriots – LB Christian Sam

I was a fan of Christian Sam coming out of college; he’s not super athletic, but he’s a smart football player who always seems to be in the right spot. That seems like a Bill Belichick type of player. I honestly don’t even know if he saw the field last week, seeing as he recorded 0 tackles. I hope he can make the roster, and he doesn’t appear to be injured. Keep an eye out to see if the 6th round pick gets more reps.

Pittsburgh Steelers (1-0) @ Green Bay Packers (1-0)

Time: 8:00 PM

Who To Watch

Steelers – SS Terrell Edmunds

Edmunds could be a crucial part of this Steelers defense, as they look to start implementing a faster defense with more defensive backs on the field. He finished with 3 tackles last week, I’ll be curious to see if he can prove that he was worth a first round pick as preseason goes on.

Packers – WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling

I was sure that Equanimeous St. Brown was going to be the preseason star of the Packers. But it turns out, they might have another dark horse candidate for “weapon that breaks out with Rodgers” this year. The 5th round pick recorded 5 receptions for 101 yards and a touchdown, including some impressive contested catches. Can he do it two weeks in a row?

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New York Jets (1-0) @ Washington Redskins (0-1)

Time: 8:00 PM – Watch on ESPN

Who To Watch

Jets – TE Jordan Leggett

Hopefully he is able to get out there; it appears that he’s back at camp and that he’s impressing his coaches after missing some time. The Jets could really use a safety blanket for Sam Darnold if he ends up starting this year. Leggett was a very nice, balanced tight end at Clemson a few years ago, it’d be nice to see him reach his potential.

Redskins – RB Martez Carter

Now that Derrius Guice is out for the season (still bummed out about that one), the Redskins will be looking for more firepower at the position. Martez Carter was an explosive back at Grambling State; he could end up earning some more reps if he impresses. He did nothing in the first game, but maybe he’ll get more opportunities this week.

Friday, August 17th

Kansas City Chiefs (0-1) @ Atlanta Falcons (0-1)

Time: 7:00 PM

Who To Watch

Chiefs – WR Byron Pringle

He only had 1 receptions for 16 yards last week, but it was a very nice sideline catch. I was a fan of Pringle coming out of Kansas State, and the Chiefs are certainly still looking for a solid #3 option to utilize with Watkins and Hill on the field. Maybe Pringle can continue to show some promise.

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Falcons – CB Isaiah Oliver

Apparently, the Chiefs will be keeping their first team offense out for the entire first half of this game. This means plenty of reps for the #17 overall pick against some higher quality receivers. He was one of my favorite CBs in this class (admittedly, I can say that about roughly 5 corners at least), and he could be a huge player for Atlanta this season.

New York Giants (0-1) @ Detroit Lions (0-1)

Time: 7:00 PM

Who To Watch

Giants – OG Will Hernandez

If the Giants are able to run the ball this season, the credit will inevitably go to Barkley. But Will Hernandez will be a huge reason as well, considering the offensive line is kind of important. The 2nd round standout has made headlines throughout training camp. Keep an eye on him in this one.

Lions – CB Teez Tabor

My top ranked corner from one year ago will be looking to make a big jump this season. Lions fans were not impressed with his performance on Friday, hopefully he can bounce back so I don’t look like a fool.

Miami Dolphins (0-1) @ Carolina Panthers (1-0)

Time: 7:30 PM

Who To Watch

Dolphins – LB Raekwon McMillan

After missing his rookie season, McMillan could be a nice additional “rookie” piece on this Dolphin’s defense. He’s still adjusting to the speed of the game, but look for some signs of improvement as the preseason goes on.

Panthers – WR DJ Moore

Moore looked very impressive in his preseason debut, tallying 4 receptions for  75 yards while displaying impressive run after catch ability as well as the ability to adjust to deep balls. My man Curtis Samuel had 4 receptions as well, can you imagine if both of these options break out for Carolina this season? Keep an eye on Moore.

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Buffalo Bills (0-1) @ Cleveland Browns (1-0)

Time: 7:30 PM

Who To Watch

Bills – DT Harrison Phillips

The 3rd round defensive tackle looked pretty disruptive in his preseason debut. I thought he was worth a 1st round pick. The Bills have a defense that is loaded with interesting young talent, and Phillips could be another piece to that puzzle. It doesn’t hurt that he’s tough as nails as well.

Browns – WR Rashard Higgins

With Antonio Callaway and Josh Gordon both being suck volatile options at receiver (when considering their history of off-field behavior), the Browns could really use another option that can fill in if either have to miss time. Higgins could be that guy, as he displayed some excellent chemistry with both Baker Mayfield and Tyrod Taylor last week. Higgins finished with 4 receptions for 66 yards, and if he builds on that performance, he could earn more reps going forward.

Arizona Cardinals (1-0) @ New Orleans Saints

Time: 8:00 PM

Who To Watch

Cardinals – C Mason Cole If Josh Rosen is going to succeed, whether it be this season or in the future, he’ll need a solid center to be the co-captain of this offense. Cole looked solid in his debut. Cardinals fans will be watching close to see if they’ve found the QB AND the C of their future.

Saints – DE Trey Hendrickson I’m not even sure if he’ll play much, but Hendrickson was a force in Week 1 against the Jaguars. We all know how great Cameron Jordan is, but if Henrickson can continue to show promise entering his sophomore season, that will inspire confidence for New Orleans, especially if Marcus Davenport continues to have some injury troubles.  

 

Saturday, August 18th

Jacksonville Jaguars (0-1) @ Minnesota Vikings (1-0)

Time: 1:00 PM

Who To Watch

Jaguars – OT Cam Robinson

Sorry Jaguars fans, but let’s be honest; Blake Bortles is not good. Maybe, just maybe, he’ll prove everybody wrong and finally reach his potential. But more likely, he will continue to not be good. So, the Jaguars will need their offensive line to perform at a high level all season if they’ll compete in a much tougher AFC South. The 2nd year tackle will need to improve significantly if Bortles is going to.

Vikings – OT Brian O’Neill

The Vikings offensive line looked surprisingly impressive against the Broncos, considering that they’ve suffered so many injuries already. The 3rd round pick could end up seeing a lot of action this season if injuries persist. He “still has a long way to go”, but more in-game reps will help accelerate his growth.

Oakland Raiders (1-0) @ LA Rams (0-1)

Who To Watch

Raiders – DT PJ Hall

Everybody, myself included, mocked this draft pick for the Raiders. Hall was seen as a late round pick or an undrafted free agent in many people’s eyes. But he’s impressed all camp, and he didn’t disappoint against Detroit. Will he maintain this level of play throughout the season? It’s very possible, and a whole lot of crow could be eaten by everybody.

Rams – RB John Kelly

If you were on Twitter on Thursday, you might have noticed the John Kelly hype train that took off. He was very impressive, carrying the ball 13 times for 77 yards. He’s even getting some Kareem Hunt comparisons. Could he be the Robin to Todd Gurley’s Batman?

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Cincinnati Bengals (1-0) @ Dallas Cowboys (0-1)

Time: 7:00 PM

Who To Watch

Bengals – C Billy Price

If the Bengals can get some high quality play from their offensive line, they could surprise a lot of people this season. Billy Price has been steadily improving as the summer goes on, look to see if he can establish himself as a starter by the end of camp. It’ll pay huge dividends for Cincinnati if he does.

Cowboys – LB Jaylon Smith

Back in 2016, Jaylon Smith was considered a top 10 talent in the draft. Everything changed when he suffered a devastating knee injury during the Fiesta Bowl. Since then, we’ve been hoping we’d one day see Smith reach his potential. Is the moment finally here? Some people think so, and it’d be huge for the Cowboys if he is.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-0) @ Tennessee Titans (0-1)

Time: 8:00 PM

Who To Watch

Buccaneers – CB MJ Stewart

We all remember how awful the Bucs defense was last season. It was atrocious. They did their best to address it this offseason; 2nd round cornerback MJ Stewart is one of many new pieces. I couldn’t find a lot of film on him at UNC, but I thought he looked promising. Now there’s plenty to see.

Titans – WR Taywan Taylor

The trend continues; the Titans need more from their young playmakers this season. If practice is any indication, he could be in for a nice follow-up performance after recording only 1 reception in their first preseason game.

San Francisco 49ers (0-1) @ Houston Texans (1-0)

Time: 8:00 PM

Who To Watch

49ers – OT Mike McGlinchey

McGlinchey’s preseason path isn’t easy, but he did alright in his first game. If he can play like a top 10 pick immediately, there will be even more reason to be optimistic about the 49ers going forward.

Texans – DE Duke Ejiofor

This is officially one of “my guys” for the year. I want to see him prove every team wrong. I understand he had some injury issues in college, but I still can’t believe he fell to the 6th round of the draft. I hope he causes more mayhem in this one.

Chicago Bears (0-2) @ Denver Broncos (0-1)

Time: 9:05 PM

Who To Watch

Bears – WR Javon Wims

After an impressive Hall of Fame game performance, Wims underwhelmed against the Bengals with only 2 receptions for 6 yards. He has shown some impressive traits, but now it’s time to see if he can turn it into solid production again.

Broncos – WR Courtland Sutton

Speaking of receivers who underwhelmed last week, Sutton had a whopping 3 yards on Saturday, despite the fact that he’s been turning heads during camp. It’s one game, and preseason QB play is usually abysmal, so I’m not too worried for him. But I would like to see some of this training camp hype turn into on-field production.

Seattle Seahawks (0-1) @ Los Angeles Chargers (0-1)

Time: 10:00 PM

Who To Watch

Seahawks – DE Rasheem Green

Green looked very impressive in his preseason debut, accounting for 1.5 sacks as well as 3 solo tackles. After suffering many losses on defense this offseason, the Seahawks could use a spark from their younger players. We’ll see if he can maintain consistency.

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Chargers – LB Uchenna Nwosu

Nwosu wasn’t bad either on Saturday, tallying a sack of his own as he also impressed in his debut. The Chargers defense could look a whole lot faster this season if guys like Nwosu continue to shine.

Monday, August 20th

Baltimore Ravens (2-0) @ Indianapolis Colts (0-1)

Time: 8:00 PM – Watch On ESPN

Who To Watch

Ravens – TE Mark Andrews

By now, we’ve seen that Hayden Hurst could be a crucial part of this offense. We haven’t seen much from Mark Andrews due to some early injuries, but I thought he was a better prospect than Hurst. If the Ravens can see some flashes from him as well, their dual TE sets this year could look dangerous.

Colts – RB Nyheim Hines

With Marlon Mack likely missing some time with a hamstring injury, look for Hines to take advantage of more opportunities to possibly become another option for the Colts at running back. He’s a similar player to Mack, but we’ll see if he can produce at a similar level.

Photo Credit – https://www.panthers.com/video/dj-moore-16-yard-catch

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