What We Saw: Preseason Week 3

The What We Saw team recaps everything you missed from the final week of the preseason

Buccaneers @ Colts

Final Score: Colts 27, Buccaneers 10

Writer: Ryan Radel (@RadelFF on Twitter)

 

Leading up to this preseason game, speculation ran amuck on where in the world Tom Brady was. Some Reddit sleuths went as far as assuming he will be on The Masked Singer. If you ask Brady, he was just relaxing because he is old. Either way, I don’t think Brady needs much of a preseason at this point in his career. On the other side of the ball, a young quarterback is playing surprisingly well. The Colts walloped the Buccaneers at the end of the day in what was the final warm-up for these squads before we kick off the regular season.

 

 Tampa Bay Buccaneers

| Preseason Week 1 | Preseason Week 2 |

 

Quarterback

 

Kyle Trask: 7/10, 94 yards, Sack

Blaine Gabbert: 5/7, 46 yards

Tom Brady: 6/8, 44 yards

 

Not a whole lot to write about here outside of Tom Brady, who looked sharp during his lone drive on the field. Although the drive ended in a field goal, Brady ran the no-huddle to near-perfection. Kyle Trask still has a long way to go, and Blaine Gabbert continues to do Blaine Gabbert things as a journeyman backup. One thing of note, the Buccaneers offensive line has taken a lot of blows already. It will be interesting to see how Brady is protected as the season starts.

 

 

Running Back

 

Ke’Shawn Vaughn: 9 carries, 36 yards, TD | 1 target

Patrick Laird: 12 carries, 35 yards | 3 targets, 3 receptions, 19 yards

Leonard Fournette: 2 carries, 13 yards | 1 target, 1 reception, 2 yards

Rachaad White: 6 carries, 9 yards | 1 target, 1 reception, 3 yards

 

Leonard Fournette made the most of his three touches while he was on the field one drive with the rest of the starters before watching the rest of the game from the sidelines. Rachaad White was the second running back on the field after Fournette, and while he didn’t do a lot with his touches, it’s still encouraging to see him as what looks like the second back on the depth chart. Patrick Laird received his touches later in the game against weaker competition but proved he can make an impact both in the air and on the ground. Ke’Shawn Vaughn scored the only Buccaneers touchdown on the day with this hard run up the middle from the one:

 

 

Wide Receiver/Tight End

 

JJ Howland: 1 target, 1 reception, 46 yards

Cade Otton: 3 targets, 2 receptions, 37 yards

Tyler Johnson: 4 targets, 3 receptions, 36 yards

Julio Jones: 1 target, 1 reception, 20 yards

Cameron Brate: 2 targets, 2 receptions, 10 yards

Jaelon Darden: 2 targets, 2 receptions, 9 yards

Deven Thompkins: 2 targets, 1 reception, 3 yards

Mike Evans: 1 target

Breshad Perriman: 1 target

Scotty Miller: 2 targets, 1 reception, -1 yards

 

As expected, Mike Evans and Julio Jones started the game, with Jones being the only one to secure his target. Cameron Brate got the start at tight end and brought in both of his targets during the opening drive – Brate looks like he will be utilized in a lot of short-yardage situations. Tyler Johnson made a nice 21-yard splash play among his three receptions. The rest of the group was rather pedestrian outside of a big 46-yard reception from JJ Howland down the middle of the field (second linked video):

 

 

Indianapolis Colts

| Preseason Week 1 | Preseason Week 2 |

 

Quarterback

Sam Ehlinger: 5/7, 65 yards, Sack | 1 carry, 45 yards, TD

Matt Ryan: 5/7, 59 yards, Sack | 1 carry, 11 yards

Nick Foles: 3/5, 24 yards | 2 carries, 5 yards

Jack Coan: 2/3, 8 yards, Sack, Fumble | 1 carry

 

Matt Ryan was on the field for three series, with the third and final series being a scoring drive, before handing over the reins to Nick Foles. Neither veteran needs much of a warmup at this point in their career, much like their counterpart on the Buccaneers. It’s weird seeing Matt Ryan not in a Falcons jersey, but he looks comfortable. Jack Coan looked lost although he did lead a scoring drive. Sam Ehlinger looked brilliant under center and scored on two of his three drives, even calling his number on the opening series for a huge run:

 

 

Running Back

 

Phillip Lindsay: 7 carries, 23 yards, TD | 1 target

D’vonte Price: 4 carries, 17 yards | 1 target, 1 reception, -4 yards

Ty’Son Williams: 5 carries, 16 yards

Deon Jackson: 4 carries, 3 yards, TD | 4 targets, 3 receptions, 34 yards

 

Deon Jackson was the starting running back in what is likely the audition to have the third running back spot in Indianapolis. Jackson needed to tries to slam in his touchdown from a yard out, but truly shined in the passing game as he took a short pass 22 yards which set up the eventual score. Ty’Son Williams didn’t do a whole lot of anything with his five carries, and neither did D’vonte PricePhillip Lindsay, who seems to eternally get no respect as a running back, had five straight touches leading up to this touchdown where he absorbed contact while showing great concentration as he made sure he broke the plane for the score:

 

 

Wide Receiver/Tight End

 

Dezmon Patmon: 3 targets, 3 receptions, 50 yards

Michael Pittman Jr: 3 targets, 3 receptions, 29 yards

Jelani Woods: 1 target, 1 reception, 12 yards

DeMichael Harris: 1 target, 1 reception, 12 yards

Mike Strachan: 1 target, 1 reception, 11 yards

Kylen Granson: 2 targets, 1 reception, 6 yards

Ashton Dulin: 1 target, 1 reception, 6 yards

Mo Alie-Cox: 1 target

Michael Jacobson: 1 target

Keke Coutee: Fumble

 

Three of Matt Ryan’s five passes targeted Michael Pittman Jr while the starters were on the field, which was a great sign, especially since Pittman secured all three. Jelani Woods makes Mo Alie-Cox look normal-sized. The only other standout was Dezmon Patmon, who connected with Sam Ehlinger on a screen he took 38 yards:

 

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