ALL PRESEASON WEEK 2 TEAM

August 22, 2016

 Yes, I watched every snap of Preseason Week 2. Yes, this is your Preseason Week 2 Team of the Week:

 

OFFENSE

QB - Dak Prescott

RB - Troymaine Pope

WR - Dez Bryant

WR - Robby Anderson

WR - Tyler Boyd

TE - AJ Derby

LT - Jason Peters

LG - Cody Whitehair

C - JC Tretter

RG - AJ Cann

RT - Trenton Brown

 

DEFENSE

DE - Carl Nassib

DT - Jarran Reed

DT - Darius Latham

DE - Olivier Vernon

OLB - Jadeveon Clowney

ILB - Tyler Matakevich

OLB - Matt Judon

CB - Vernon Hargreaves III

FS - Eric Reid

SS - Ryan Smith

CB - Nolan Carroll

 

SPECIAL TEAMS

K - Josh Lambo

P - Drew Kaser

KR - Quan Bray

 

PRESEASON WEEK 2 QUICK HITS

-Jim Schwartz is a sorcerer for the Eagles. Not only did his defensive unit register 4 first half INTs vs. the Steelers, but he somehow managed to scheme Marcus Smith II getting a sack. Schwartz may be the biggest free agent acquisition this entire offseason in the NFL.

 

-Eli Rogers can ball. The Steelers wide receiver spent last season on injured reserve but has shown some juice in preseason playing from the slot. The Steelers coaches have been raving about him and it's obvious why.

 

-Although Kentrell Brothers hasn't been overly impressive through the Vikings first two preseason games, what has been impressive is that Mike Zimmer has trusted him with a green sticker on his helmet, meaning he already is responsible for getting the play from the sideline and organizing the defense. Everything else will come with reps.

 

-Brandon Mebane was a consistent, run-plugging defensive tackle for the Seahawks, but Jarran Reed may already be an upgrade just two preseason games into his rookie season. Reed has been impressive in both outings so far, but did get a knock in the third quarter, causing him to walk off the field gingerly. Reed suggests that his ankle is fine, but its something to monitor this week.

 

-Whoever said that it takes time for a QB to build chemistry with new WRs - Marvin Jones disagrees. Jones displayed the same smooth body control that made him a coveted free agent this offseason in his Week 2 outing against his old team.

 

-With teams paying so much attention to AJ Green this season (and deservedly so), keep an eye out for Tyler Boyd as a flex fantasy option this year. The rookie from Pittsburgh is extremely talented and looks to already be in sync with the Bengals offense.

 

-There's no way rookie C Evan Boehm doesn't start for the Cardinals in 2016 at some point. He already shows more athleticism in space than AQ Shipley and has better upside overall.

 

-Not so fast, Anthony Davis. Trenton Brown did some nice work starting at RT this week against a good defense in the Denver Broncos. Rumors are swirling that Davis may end up playing RG for the 49ers this season, with rookie first round pick Joshua Garnett challenging veteran Zane Beadles for the LG spot. Garnett's looked powerful.

 

-We touched on this last week, but the theme remains - how is Ryan Nassib so bad? I fully expect the Giants to be active on the waiver wire once cuts start rolling. One name to keep an eye on? Geno Smith. It wouldn't be a strenuous move for the former Mountaineer.

 

-One player who seems to be making huge strides going into his sophomore season is Jaguars RG AJ Cann. Cann has showed exceptional power and being flanked by Brandon Linder and Jermey Parnell should give Cann a platform to shine in the Jaguars rebuilt run game.

 

-Although the Buccaneers failed to register a sack vs. the Jaguars, pressure forced four INTs with two going in the direction of prized rookie first rounder Vernon Hargreaves III. The Bucs are forcing Hargreaves to play nickel early in camp, but his production may push Alterraun Verner for a starting gig on the outside.

 

-GEM ALERT - Darius Latham kept showing exceptional power for the Oakland Raiders at defensive tackle, and the folks over at Pro Football Focus agree. PFF graded Latham as the top graded rookie DT through the first two weeks of preseason.

 

-While it seems like John McClain of the Houston Chronicle pissed a bunch of Texans off recently, it seems like his message fueled a little fire in Jadeveon Clowney, who made his preseason debut and looked dominant in doing so. With JJ Watt being a relative unknown this season following back surgery, the Texans may have no choice but need Clowney to step up and fill a playmaking role this season.

 

-Andrew Luck's preseason debut muffled a lot of the whispers of him looking poor in camp thus far. Luck was crisp, made good decisions, and threw the ball with zip and anticipation. This is good news for Colts fans due to the heinous job GM Ryan Grigson has done with the rest of the roster.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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