Robert Griffin III completed just 8-of-14 passes for 119 yards and one touchdown in the Browns' third preseason game Friday night.
The Bucs field one of the least-inspiring pass-rush groups in the league, but they recorded five sacks on RGIII in the first half, while knocking him down a number of other times. They especially got after the quarterback on third down, as coach Hue Jackson dialed up a lot of long-developing plays only to see his offensive line not be able to hold its blocks. RGIII finished the night on a high note, however, hitting Josh Gordon deep for a 43-yard touchdown. Gordon did all the work, though, manhandling pint-sized CB Brent Grimes and adjusting to the ball in the air. Last week, RGIII looked phenomenal. Tonight, he was pummeled. The inconsistency is what keeps him a boom-or-bust QB2.
Tyrod Taylor completed 2-of-5 passes for 11 yards and rushed once for a gain of five in the Bills' third preseason game.
Taylor played very briefly, as the Bills took him out of the game early in favor of E.J. Manuel. Taylor took a sack, and afterwards coach Rex Ryan expressed remorse for putting Taylor out there at all. Taylor recently signed a new six-year, $92 million contract that is actually a one-year deal worth $9.5 million with a 2017 option worth nearly $28 million. The best news for Taylor is Sammy Watkins looked healthy coming off offseason foot surgery.
Kirk Cousins completed 12-of-23 passes for 188 yards, three touchdowns, and one interception in one half of action during Friday night's third preseason game.
Cousins chucked an ugly pick on the sideline to kills Redskins' first drive, throwing far outside the numbers off his back foot. He atoned with touchdown passes to Pierre Garcon, Jordan Reed, and Ryan Grant, catching fire in the second quarter as the Bills rested more of their first-team defenders. Tonight's stat line was a little better than Cousins played, but he remains one of the premier late-round quarterback picks due to his elite weapons, pass-first offense, and soft schedule in the first half of the season.
Antonio Brown secured 4-of-4 targets for 87 yards and a touchdown in the Steelers' third preseason game.
Brown did all of his damage in just over eight minutes of action. The Steelers' offense cut through the Saints' barely-there defense like a hot knife in butter. Brown was Ben Roethlisberger's go-to guy as usual, dusting past Saints rookie CB De'Vante Harris on his 57-yard touchdown. Due to the Steelers' weapons shortage, Brown has the highest raw target projection in the league this season. He should be the consensus 1.01 fantasy pick.
Drew Brees completed 9-of-12 passes for 78 yards and a touchdown in the Saints' third preseason game.
He also had a 31-yard connection deep down the middle to Coby Fleener wiped out due to a holding call at the line of scrimmage. Brees was sharp as expected, connecting with Willie Snead for his 17-yard touchdown. Brees has a tough schedule this year, but we like him to record another top-five fantasy finish.
Ben Roethlisberger completed 12-of-17 passes for 147 yards and two touchdowns in two possessions during Thursday night's third preseason game.
As Ben should, he carved up the Saints' swiss-cheese defense amidst zero pass rush. Picking on rookie CB De'Vante Harris, Roethlisberger found Antonio Brown for a 57-yard TD after connecting with TE Jesse James in the red zone for his first score. Roethlisberger's weaponry has taken a hit, but he remains a top-eight fantasy quarterback. His ADP is just a bit rich for our taste.
Jonathan Stewart rushed three times for 23 yards in the Panthers' third preseason game Friday night.
All of Stewart's yards came through a giant hole on the right side in the first quarter. He was stuffed on his other two official carries, but he flashed a nice spin move to create something out of nothing on a run which was ultimately called back. Unlikely to play in the final preseason game, Stewart finishes the exhibition season with six carries for 33 yards and one catch for six yards. He is shaping up as a solid if not spectacular RB2.
Cam Newton completed 10-of-24 passes for 83 yards and two interceptions Friday night against the Patriots.
Newton struggled all night, overthrowing Kelvin Benjamin badly on two early throws and showing inconsistent accuracy despite little to no pressure. Both interceptions came on back-foot throws, the first of which was a terrible ball thrown ball both short and too far infield. Newton was victimized by a few drops including a sure touchdown muffed by Ed Dickson. It was an ugly game, but ultimately not much of a concern for the reigning MVP. He is still safe to take as the overall QB1.