As we enter week 2 of the 2014 NFL preseason schedule, the starters will play a little more, which means a few less reps for the 3rd stringers. This is a good thing for most fans. This game means a little more to those of us who play the Fantasy Football. So let’s see if we can key in on a few players and positions to watch.
A lot of these will be similar to last week, if you got a chance to check out the Bears vs Eagles write up.
Backup QB: Many feel that Jimmy Clausen had the better game, in some ways he did. He threw 1 more TD and had no turnovers, which is good. He gets the nod this week as Jay Cutler’s replacement. He gets to run with the 2s, which also means he faces 2s.
Backup RB: No one really stood out last week. Rookie Ka’Deem Carey is having a decent camp but veteran Shaun Draughn is still listed ahead of him on the depth chart.
Strongside Linebacker: Both Shea McClellin and 2nd year LB Jon Bostic had mediocre games last week. Both got “washed” out of plays and didn’t show a whole lot. I’m looking for more consistency and the ability to shed blocks to make tackles.
Wide Receiver: Chris Williams probably had the strongest showing last week, but went down with a “tight” hamstring. His status for game two is uncertain. I would like to see them give him another week off just to make sure. He showed he has the speed to burn. Michael Spurlock and Josh Morgan looked pretty good at times.
Special Teams: The unit as a whole had a rather rough outing in week 1. I expect things to improve a lot in week 2. Veteran KR/PR Eric Weems is a solid but slightly pedestrian at the position. RB Michael Ford seemed to show a little speed. Coverage looked good until they gave up the 102 yard TD. Punting was inconsistent and they had a Field Goal Blocked. Lots of room to get better.
Safety: Veterans Danny McCray and Ryan Mundy both looked good and could very well be your opening day starters. Way too early to give them the nod, though. The defensive line put enough pressure on Nick Foles to set the DBs up to make some plays, and they did just that. Embattled veteran Chris Conte could return to action after off-season shoulder surgery.
Defensive Line: Looked pretty good. They got some nice pressure on a QB who last year only threw 2 interceptions. They forced two in the first quarter, without the services of All-Pro Defensive End Jared Allen.
This will be a better test for the first string offense as Jacksonville isn’t exactly a top tier offense. The Jaguars defense seemed like they were getting some pressure on veteran Josh McCown and were making it difficult to run the ball.