Dion Lewis was held out of the Patriots' preseason finale.
It's a good sign for Lewis' roster chances. Lewis is competing with a cast of characters for the old "Vereen Role" as a passing-down back in New England's offense. A well-traveled former fifth-round pick, Lewis may have the lead on Brandon Bolden, James White, and injured Travaris Cadet.
Tim Tebow completed 11-of-17 passes for 189 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in Thursday's preseason finale.
He added four carries for 32 yards. It was easily Tebow's best performance of the summer, but it came against some of the deepest reserves in the league. The highlight was a circus escape and touchdown pass on a fourth quarter 4th-and-6. Tebow finishes the preseason 21-of-36 (58.3 percent) for 286 yards (7.94) YPA, two touchdowns and a pick. As a runner, he took the rock 14 times for 82 yards (5.85 YPC) and a score. Despite the nice dual-threat numbers, Tebow looked shaky in practice for the majority of August. It's probably 50-50 between Tebow and Matt Barkley for Philly's third QB spot.
Packers second-year WR Jeff Janis caught two balls for 21 yards and a touchdown in Thursday night's preseason finale.
Just another preseason touchdown for Janis, who now has FIVE touchdowns through two NFL preseasons. Janis' 14-yard score was delivered by rookie quarterback Brett Hundley in this one. Aaron Rodgers apparently still lacks trust in Janis, a size-speed SPARQ freak out of Saginaw Valley State. For now, rookie Ty Montgomery is penciled in ahead of Janis as Green Bay's third receiver.
Saints WR Brandon Coleman caught four balls for 82 yards in New Orleans' preseason finale against the Packers.
It was refreshing to see Coleman make some plays after he went the Saints' first three exhibition games with just one catch. With Luke McCown starting Thursday night's game, Coleman got loose for a 45-yard reception on New Orleans' opening drive, setting up Willie Snead's seven-yard score. Coleman is expected to open the year as one of Drew Brees' top-three wide receivers.
The Denver Broncos secondary will be missing it's starting strong safety in Week 1 after T.J. Ward received a one-game suspension.
The suspension, for violating the league's personal-conduct policy, was handed down on Thursday and will leave the Denver secondary shorthanded as they host the Baltimore Ravens to start the 2015 season. David Bruton or Omar Bolden will likely fill-in at SS for the Denver D/ST group that will be near the low-end of startable Week 1 fantasy options.
Marcus Mariota completed 2-of-3 passes for 74 yards and a touchdown in Thursday's preseason finale.
Mariota capped off his one and only drive by throwing a 59-yard touchdown to Harry Douglas. The No. 2 overall pick puts a bow on his preseason having completed 21-of-30 passes for 326 yards (10.86 YPA), one touchdown and one interception. He's passed the "eye test" in the process. Mariota is a QB2 with the upside for more.
Benny Cunningham was held out of the Rams' preseason finale.
He was a healthy scratch. With Todd Gurley (ACL) not ready and Tre Mason (hamstring) in doubt for Week 1, there is a chance Cunningham will be the Rams' starter versus Seattle. The team's decision to hold Cunningham out of this game may suggest they are aware he could have a big Opening Day role.
Bucs signed CB Tim Jennings.
GM Jason Licht announced the deal during the team's fourth preseason game. A veteran corner who has a history with both coach Lovie Smith and DC Leslie Frazier, this signing made too much sense not to happen. Licht hinted Jennings could replace Sterling Moore in the slot.