What We Saw: Preseason Week 2

Falcons @ Jets

Final Score: Jets 24, Falcons 16

Writer: Ryan Radel (@RadelFF on Twitter)

 

In this Monday night matchup, the Falcons, led by their new quarterback Marcus Mariota, headed to MetLife to take on the Jets. Both teams are in a different state of rebuild and have a lot of young talent that should be very fun to watch for the foreseeable future. The Jets are still reeling after the near-season ending injury quarterback Zach Wilson suffered in the first week of the preseason. While he isn’t lost for the season, they definitely need to figure out a plan of action for his absence. The weather was downright awful, as rain poured down all game, and surely impacted the game.

 

Atlanta Falcons

| Preseason Week 1 |

 

Quarterback

 

Desmond Ridder: 10/13, 143 yards

Marcus Mariota: 6/10, 132 yards, TD

Feleipe Franks: 2/6, 8 yards, 2 Sacks, Fumble (Lost) | 5 carries, 45 yards

 

Marcus Mariota has a the starting job basically secured at this point. Mariota scored on two of his three drives and looked comfortable running the offense. He connected with Kyle Pitts on a 52-yard deep ball on the opening drive which is something we hope to see more of come the regular season. Feleipe Franks struggled mightily, taking two sacks, one of which resulted in a fumble that the defense recovered and took to the house. In general, he has a long way to go. Desmond Ridder is making a case to supplant Mariota sooner rather than later, as he overcame penalty after penalty from his teammates to lead two scoring drives. The future looked bright for Ridder during his time on the field:

 

 

 

Running Back

 

Caleb Huntley: 11 carries, 34 yards

Tyler Allgeier: 6 carries, 17 yards | 4 targets, 3 receptions, 12 yards

Qadree Ollison: 4 carries, 14 yards | 2 targets, 1 reception, -3 yards

Damien Williams: 3 carries, 5 yards

 

There were not many notable plays out of this group. Damien Williams was the first running back on the field but did not end up doing much of anything. Caleb Huntley and Qadree Ollison were more of the same, with neither of the three eclipsing 3.5 yards per carry. Six targets were sent to running backs which shouldn’t be surprising considering who the starting “running back” is in Atlanta. Four of those targets went to Tyler Allgeier, who was involved as early as the first series on the goal line. Allgeier was provided ten designed touches on the day. It looked like the coaches wanted a closer look at what the BYU product has to offer.

 

Wide Receiver/Tight End

 

Jared Bernhardt: 3 targets, 3 receptions, 67 yards

Anthony Firkser: 3 targets, 2 receptions, 56 yards

Kyle Pitts: 1 targets, 1 reception, 52 yards

Damiere Byrd: 2 targets, 2 receptions, 32 yards

MyCole Pruittt: 2 targets, 2 receptions, 29 yards

Olamide Zaccheaus: 2 targets, 1 receptions, 13 yards, TD

KhaDarel Hodge: 1 target, 1 reception, 13 yards

Bryan Edwards: 1 target, 1 reception, 12 yards

Geronimo Allison: 1 target

Cameron Batson: 1 target, 1 reception

Parker Hesse: 1 target

Frank Darby: 2 targets

Stanley Berryhill: 2 targets

 

Kyle Pitts roasted coverage on his only target and caught a 52-yard bomb from Mariota on the first series for Atlanta.  A lot of guys got looks today as the Falcons receiver room has to be one of the weaker groups in the NFL, especially with rookie wideout Drake London already sidelined with a knee injury. Outside of Jared Bernhardt, who brought in all three of his targets for 67 yards, no one really stood out as the game progressed. Anthony Firkser had a big gainer that set up an eventual score for Olamide Zaccheaus on a rope from Mariota from 13 yards out:

 

 

New York Jets

| Preseason Week 1 |

 

Quarterback

 

Chris Streveler: 8/11, 119 yards, TD, INT | 6 carries, 33 yards

Mike White: 12/17, 90 yards | 1 carry, 1 yard

 

Chris Streveler made the most of his opportunity on the field, making plays on the ground and through the air while leading the Jets to a touchdown on his first two drives. Streveler was actually the leading rusher for the Jets for the game. He connected with Lawrence Cager for a 34-yard touchdown on his first drive, then marched downfield to set up a La’Mical Perine touchdown for the second drive. He’s certainly making a case for the roster. Mike White started as the Jets rested Joe Flacco, the presumptive starter until Zach Wilson can heal. While White had over a 70% completion rate, four of his five drives resulted in a punt and he looked uncomfortable in the pocket. His only redeeming play came on the scoring drive where he put the Jets in field goal range:

 

 

Running Back

 

La’Mical Perine: 2 carries, 10 yards, TD

Zonovan Knight: 5 carries, 9 yards

Tevin Coleman: 2 carries, 8 yards

Ty Johnson: 3 carries, 8 yards | 1 target, 1 reception, 3 yards

Breece Hall: 4 carries, 1 yard

 

First thing of note: Michael Carter rested while Breece Hall was the starter, which is typically indicative of the current state of the depth chart. Hall received four carries and did pretty much nothing with them before sitting down the rest of the game. Since quarterback Chris Streveler did most of the rushing for the Jets, there was not a lot of splash plays from this group. La’Mical Perine showed great burst as he bounced this seven yard run outside for a touchdown to take the lead in the fourth quarter:

 

 

Wide Receiver/Tight End

 

Lawrence Cager: 4 targets, 3 receptions, 65 yards, TD

Tarik Black: 4 targets, 4 receptions, 47 yards

Denzel Mims: 4 targets, 3 receptions, 43 yards

Kenny Yeboah: 3 targets, 2 receptions, 16 yards

Garrett Wilson: 3 targets, 3 receptions, 15 yards

Irvin Charles: 4 targets, 2 receptions, 9 yards

Trevon Wesco: 1 target, 1 reception, 7 yards

Jeremy Ruckert: 1 target, 1 reception, 4 yards

Jeff Smith: 1 target

Calvin Jackson: 2 targets

 

With how ineffective Mike White was under center, he didn’t provide a lot of opportunity for his pass-catchers to succeed. In general, the receivers on the field with Mike White seemed to have less opportunity than those on the field with Chris Streveler. Stud rookie wideout Garrett Wilson brought in all three of his targets for 15 yards. While the yardage total isn’t great, you could see why he was drafted as high as he was. Denzel Mims brought in three of his four targets, one of which was a 27 yard gain that put the Jets into field goal range. Lawrence Cager took this short crossing route 34 yards to the house while securing three of his four targets for 65 yards:

 

 

 

I hope you are as excited for fantasy football as Robert Saleh is after this play:

 

 

Thanks for reading! We are almost to the regular season. Good luck in your drafts and don’t tilt!

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