Preseason Week 2 takeaways: Newton delivers environment friendly first-quarter efficiency

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The second full week of preseason kicks off Thursday, one in all 5 straight days with NFL motion. With solely two extra video games earlier than the regular-season opener, count on extra starters and names you realize to be enjoying this week.

Issues began off Thursday with the New England Patriots touring to play the Philadelphia Eagles, a recreation wherein Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts was scratched on account of sickness and the Patriots rolled.

Two extra tilts kick off Friday, together with the primary ESPN broadcast of the 2021 season. That assembly between the Kansas City Chiefs and Arizona Cardinals can also be a school reunion, with Chiefs’ quarterback Patrick Mahomes taking over his coach at Texas Tech, Kliff Kingsbury — at the least for a collection or two.

Saturday sees the majority of the motion, with 10 video games going. The day begins with a day showdown between the Buffalo Bills and Chicago Bears, adopted by the New York Jets dealing with the Green Bay Packers. We’d get to see Jets rookie QB Zach Wilson fanboying Packers legend Aaron Rodgers in actual time. The evening slate contains a Texas-sized battle between the Houston Texans and Dallas Cowboys in Jerry World and the Las Vegas Raiders (arguably the most well-liked workforce in Los Angeles) taking over the Los Angeles Rams (who need that title).

The Odell Beckham Jr. Bowl between the New York Giants and Cleveland Browns is one in all two contests on Sunday, whereas Trevor Lawrence finishes issues off by making his Monday Night time Soccer debut (type of) when the Jacksonville Jaguars play on the New Orleans Saints.

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Thursday’s recreation

Standout performer: Patriots QB Cam Newton: 8 of 9 passing for 103 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT

Cam Newton made his most decisive assertion but that he is not giving up the beginning quarterback job, ending 8-of-9 for 103 yards — with one landing and no interceptions — over three drives. Newton appeared as comfy as he is been as a Patriot, albeit in opposition to the Eagles’ second-string protection, together with his 28-yard TD to receiver Jakobi Meyers coming after Meyers gave him a hand sign earlier than the snap to declare his intentions. That displays a QB and WR working at peak effectivity from a pre-snap communication standpoint. In the meantime, Mac Jones had some notable highlights in reduction, together with his first drive overlaying 17 performs, 91 yards and chewing up 9:04 of the clock. Jones completed 13-of-19 for 146 yards over 4 drives. — Mike Reiss

Subsequent recreation: at Giants (6 p.m. ET, Aug. 29)

Rookie receiver DeVonta Smith made his preseason debut and completed with two catches for 19 yards on 4 targets in a single half of labor. Rather more essential than the stat line was the truth that Smith moved nicely and did not look like held again by the left MCL sprain that saved him out of form for 2 weeks. On his second catch of the evening he began inside, hit the brakes, and reduce out to mud cornerback Michael Jackson for a 10-yard reception, exhibiting shades of his Heisman Trophy-winning type. It took a while to knock the rust off, as Smith’s evening began, with a pair drops on a pair of imperfect passes from Joe Flacco (who began for an unwell Jalen Hurts) however Smith smoothed out as the sport progressed and sprang open fairly constantly. All in all, it was a profitable warmup for the common season opener in opposition to the Atlanta Falcons on Sept. 12. — Tim McManus

Subsequent recreation: at Jets (7:30 p.m. ET, Aug. 27)

Friday’s video games

Kansas City at Arizona, 8 p.m. ET, ESPN

Cincinnati at Washington, 8 p.m. ET, NFL Community

Saturday’s video games

Buffalo at Chicago, 1 p.m. ET, NFL Community

New York Giants at Green Bay, 4:25 p.m. ET, NFL Community

Atlanta at Miami, 7 p.m. ET

Baltimore at Carolina, 7 p.m. ET

Detroit at Pittsburgh, 7:30 p.m. ET, NFL Community

Tennessee at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m. ET

Houston at Dallas, 8 p.m. ET

Indianapolis at Minnesota, 8 p.m. ET

Las Vegas at Los Angeles Rams, 10 p.m. ET, NFL Community

Denver at Seattle, 10 p.m. ET

Sunday’s video games

New York Giants at Cleveland, 1 p.m. ET, NFL Community

San Francisco at Los Angeles Chargers, 7:30 p.m. ET, NFL Community

Monday’s recreation

Jacksonville at New Orleans, 8 p.m. ET, ESPN

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