Podcast: Preseason Week 3

Podcast: Preseason Week 3
Josh Norris and Evan Silva are back with two podcasts this week, discussing every single preseason game on the week 3 slate.
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A.J. Green said he "banged knees" with Jaguars CB Davon House in Sunday night's preseason game.

"I'm fine now," he added. The injury originally looked like an ankle tweak, but it sounds like Green escaped with a knee bruise. The Bengals are counting on Green as much as ever this season after losing Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu to free agency, and Tyler Eifert (ankle) until Week 4 at the soonest.
Aug 28 - 10:01 PM

T.J. Yeldon rushed five times for 34 yards in the Jaguars' third preseason game Sunday night.

He "added" -2 yards on two receptions. One of those catches was a busted screen which resulted in a lost fumble. Despite the setback, Yeldon looked good Sunday, twice leaving Bengal defenders grasping at air in the open field. The second move resulted in a 23-yard gain in the second quarter. Yeldon also surprisingly saw snaps inside the 10-yard line, although Chris Ivory got the traditional goal-line look a couple plays later. Yeldon is a great talent, but he is unlikely to score many touchdowns behind Ivory. That makes him tough to use outside of PPR formats.
Aug 28 - 10:00 PM

Blake Bortles completed 10-of-16 passes for 52 yards Sunday night against the Bengals.

Penalties and a lost fumble derailed the Jags' offense early in the first half, but Bortles was able to get the ship moving in the right direction with a great throw to Allen Hurns for a third-down conversion in the second quarter. It was not the dominating performance we saw from the offense in the first two games, but Bortles still made his fair share of plays. His ADP is still a shade high, but he should return back-end QB1 value this season.
Aug 28 - 9:58 PM

Brandon LaFell caught his only target for eight yards Sunday night against the Jaguars.

LaFell worked as the starter in two-wide sets before A.J. Green went down with a minor injury. Rookie Tyler Boyd saw time in the slot in three-wide looks. LaFell did curiously see snaps with the second unit, but it was likely just to get him reps after he missed time with a hand injury. Looking likely to open the season as the No. 2 receiver, LaFell has some intriguing target upside.
Aug 28 - 9:54 PM

Tyler Boyd caught his only target for nine yards in the Bengals' third preseason game Sunday night.

Boyd played behind Brandon LaFell, only seeing work in three-wide sets before A.J. Green left with a minor injury. He still has time to jump the veteran before Week 1, but the Bengals' plan throughout the entire offseason was to have LaFell start with the rookie operating from the slot, which is likely the approach they will use early in the season. With an uncertain workload in what could be a run-heavy attack, Boyd is nothing more than a late-round flier.
Aug 28 - 9:53 PM

Pharoh Cooper will miss "a few weeks" with a shoulder injury.

Rams beat writer Alden Gonzalez believes Cooper will miss the opener, "at least." Cooper had won the Rams' third receiver job behind Tavon Austin and Kenny Britt. Los Angeles remains likely to be more of a two-tight end team.
Aug 28 - 9:37 PM

Jeremy Hill rushed eight times for 21 yards and a touchdown in the Bengals' third preseason game Sunday night.

He added 28 yards on a screen pass. The average does not look great, but four of the attempts came as he tried to punch it into the end zone inside the five. He was successful on the fourth attempt, showing good speed to get the corner before diving for the pylon. Unlikely to play next week, Hill finishes the preseason with 53 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries. He looks poised for a bounce back.
Aug 28 - 9:33 PM

Giovani Bernard rushed three times for 27 yards and caught both of his targets for 25 yards and a touchdown in the Bengals' third preseason game.

While Jeremy Hill (8-21-1) was repeatedly stuffed at the line, Bernard impressed with his patience as a ball carrier and turned a tunnel screen at the edge of the red zone into a 19-yard touchdown. The beginning to the season sets up nicely for Gio, as the Bengals start at the Jets and Steelers before hosting the Broncos in Week 3. Those were three of the best run defenses in football last year. If Hill struggles, Bernard should get increased work.
Aug 28 - 9:29 PM
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