5 Things to know before the first set of Preseason games
Football is back! Finally after several long months of living in a cold world with no football–it has finally come to an end. We still have a number of weeks before Week 1 of the regular season, but Week 1 of the preseason kicks off tonight! And there are plenty of things you should keep your eyes on ahead of the fantasy season.
Andrew Luck will debut
The exact count is 585 days since we’ve last seen Andrew Luck on the field. A lingering shoulder injury kept Luck sidelined for a long period of time, and some even wondered if he would ever return to the field (specifically last season–where the Luck-watch was in full-effect). If anything, those were just annoying rumors. Why? Because they never died! Even in Week 17 there were people tweeting out that Luck might make his debut. Regardless, it’ll only be a few series that Luck is in for, so don’t judge that man on whether “he still has it or not” after one game, or a few series, shall I say.
Ryan Tannehill will play
Another quarterback that was plagued by injury, Ryan Tannehill says he will play Thursday night versus the Bucs. Just like Luck we haven’t seen Tannehill since 2016 in an NFL game. A torn ACL sidelined the young signal caller for all of the 2017 season, and he is ready to put that freshly rehabbed knee to the test.
Baker Mayfield will make his NFL debut
If you keep up with HBO’s Hard Knocks, then you might be a little impressed with #1 overall pick thus far. Coach Hue Jackson loves this young quarterback–and has done nothing but praise Mayfield on his willingness to learn and show out on the field, but the time is now to see what Mayfield can truly bring to Cleveland. Unlike Mayfield though, don’t expect to see much from Saquon Barkley. New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur has already cut Barkley’s workload in half, and wants to keep their young back as fresh as possible.
DeShaun Watson to play a series or two
Texans head coach Bill O’Brien told reporters that its “more likely than not” that Watson will see some preseason action on Thursday night versus the Kansas City Chiefs. Watson was having an amazing rookie season, until a torn ACL derailed his hype-train. Watson has looked good in camp, alongside J.J. Watt, but that doesn’t mean that you’ll be seeing him for a long period of time tonight, but at least will get a glimpse of how far Watson has progressed.
QB battle in Buffalo
The Bills have not announced their starting quarterback yet for the 2018 season, but if Josh Allen hopes to leapfrog Nathan Peterman and A.J.McCarron, then the work he needs to put in starts tonight against the Carolina Panthers. Sean McDermott will give all three signal callers some playing time, so this is one huge storyline to follow for the Bills as we head into Week 1.