The first week of the NFL preseason has come and gone. There is a lot of things to look at throughout the league and we will be going over some of the biggest takeaways. Starting off with Justin Fields.
Justin Fields is the Truth in Chicago
Andy Dalton got the start in the first preseason matchup but didn’t remain in the game too long. Instead, the rookie quarterback got in some extended time on the field and showed the world why he was a first round pick. He threw and rushed for a touchdown in the contest and looked incredibly calm while sitting back in the pocket. He also looked better than Zach Wilson, Trevor Lawrence and Trey Lance did in their first game, though they all had their own flashes of brilliance throughout their respective time on the field.
Jordan Love Could Be the Next Packers Quarterback
Jordan Love was another giant takeaway from the opening week of action. With all of the drama regarding Aaron Rodgers and his future with the Green Bay Packers after 2021, the organization really needed a boost. Love did just that in his game against the Houston Texans. He struggled to get comfortable but ended up piecing together a nine play, 88-yard drive and delivered a few excellent throws in the process. If he can build upon this performance in Week 2, we may be seeing a lot more of the young signal caller in the future.
Jameis Winston Deserves the Starting Job
It should be clear that Jameis Winston has to be the future of this New Orleans Saints offense. Head coach Sean Peyton wanted to split starting reps with both him and Taysom Hill throughout the preseason, but the bottom line is that Winston has a far more talented arm. Hill started against the Baltimore Ravens and was putting together a nice drive before their running back fumble. Fast forward another drive and he threw a terrible interception. Winston came in and drove the Saints down the field in the two-minute drill, capping it off with a beautiful touchdown pass. However, he went for the deep shot in his next drive but slightly underthrew the receiver, causing the ball to pop up and land in the safeties hands. They may have had similar stats, but Winston is far more quarterback ready than Hill right now.
Denver Could Compete Next Season
The Broncos could be a serious problem in the NFL this year. Looking at their roster on paper, you could see that they have all the talent in the world to become a Super Bowl contender. The only major issue is their quarterback situation. Drew Lock stepped out and silence the haters on that though. He had 151 yards and two touchdowns on just five completions in his preseason matchup against the Vikings. He was slinging the ball left and right and got some decent time to look through his options in the pocket curtesy of the offensive line. Lock will have to prove to be consistent in order for this roster to take the next step, but this opening preseason game flashed his potential.