Starters dominate early week 3 NFL preseason action.

Week 3 of the NFL preseason is considered the dress rehearsal for the start of the regular season. Starters often play into the early third quarter. Starters typically sit the final preseason game to avoid injury. While the back-ups and fringe players battle it out for the final roster spots.  Both preseason games played last night did not disappoint.

The Eagles edged out Miami 38-31. Beginning with the Eagles, Wentz completed 6 of 10 passes for 129 yards and a TD. He also threw one interception. The Eagles wide receiver corp looks much improved over last year. Alston Jeffery looked good in his first preseason action scoring a touchdown and ending the night with 2 receptions for 35 yards. The other addition to the Eagle receiving corp, Torrey Smith, also scored on his only reception of the night. Smith should have a much better production this season after languishing in San Francisco the past few years. It was running back by committee for the Eagles last night. RB rookie Clement scored the only rushing touch down. Blount should lead the way going into the regular season. Although, there is talk he may not have a solid lock on the lead RB role.

Miami looks to be loaded on offense

With Ryan Tannehill lost for the season due to injury, the dolphins turn to Jay Cutler to lead the way. Enough has been written about Jay Cutler to fill an entire encyclopedia. The common perception is that he has the physical tools but lacks the proper mental approach and turns the ball over too much. Cutler was 5 of 8 for yards and a touchdown. Of course, it wouldn’t be Jay Cutler without a turnover on a lost fumble.

Jay Ajayi continues to look great rushing for 2 touchdowns on 9 attempts and 53 yards. It is the wide receiver corp that I  focus on: Devante Parker looks ready to take that next step. He was caught by a shoe string tackle on the 5-yard line that prevented him from scoring. He ended the night with 2 receptions for 78 yards. Landry looked solid as well. It was second-year player Jakeem Grant that had the play of the night bouncing off of two would be tacklers for a 69-yard touchdown.

 

 

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