This is Week 3 of the NFL preseason, when we have to look most closely at teams before the regular season begins. Unless, of course, you play on the 80-yard course in Winnipeg – as the Auckland Raiders and the Green Bay Packers did on Thursday – and you sit out most of your starts. Elsewhere, Daniel Jones continues to make an impression on the New York Giants, Tom Brady showed his "speed" for the New England Patriots, and Cam Newton of the Carolina Panthers was eliminated after a left ankle injury.
We have all this and more in the biggest draws and fantasy football nails in the third week of the NFL Nation season:
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Daniel Jones connects with Britton Golden and Darius Slayton to set up the Giants' interception, then strikes Golden again before halftime.
Daniel Jones keeps checking. The rookie showed physical endurance and moxie in his first preseason game. He lost the punch on the sack, but followed it up, making some difficult touchdown throws. The rookie took offense after a series of Eli Manning. Manning went 4-of-8 passing for 41 yards, resulting in a field goal. Jones overtook him. He was 9 of 11 for 141 yards. He completed an impressive 25 of 30 passes for 369 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions in three preseason games. – Diana Rusini
It was a strong night for several notable members of the recent Bengals class project. Ryan Finley (fourth round) had a good preseason performance. He completed 14 of 20 passes for 155 yards. Rodney Anderson (6th round) made his Bengals debut. He caught all four targets for 51 yards. And Michael Jordan (fourth round) starts to the left of the guard and turns out to be the champion who holds that spot when the regular season begins. Although Jonah Williams' first round is likely to come out of the year with a shoulder wound, Thursday showed reasons to be optimistic about this year's draft class. – Ben Baby
The Redskins offense got a boost from how well second-year sophomore Darius Hewes ran the ball and the defense looked strong again. But the first three preseason games did not give much confidence in the defensive position. Redskins just don't feel rookie Dwayne Haskins is close; he looks sharp on some throws – and the long-range potential is obvious – but they want him to handle more of the offense and the nuances of the position. This is good. The problem, though, is that Case Keenum doesn't look sharp and make his own mistakes. Sometimes it drives offense, but sometimes it forces a game that leads to mistakes. If Colt McCoy returned to full health, he would probably get the job. But no one knows when that will happen. Keenum must prove that he is a worthy beginner. – John Kame
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The Falcons seem to have a kicking problem. Giorgio Tavequio, whose team fulfilled the kicking duties after saying goodbye to reliable Matt Bryant, missed the 39-yard touchdown on his first attempt against the Reds on Thursday night. It might not have been as much of a worry if Tavekio had not missed two of 52 yards against the New York Jets last week, one blocked and the other floated wide left. Tavecchio, who also missed a 54-yard pass in Hall Fame's game against Denver, took ownership of the Jets' pass and promised to correct the problem. It's fair to wonder if it's worth bringing back 44-year-old Bryant for one last run after passing 20 of 21 field goals last season, including 57 yards a season. Tavecchio has to make $ 645,000 this season. Bryant made $ 3.5 million last season with a base salary of $ 1.1 million. People around the league expect Bryant to be on the roster after Week 1, as the veteran's paycheck in Week 1 will be fully guaranteed. Perhaps the Falcons will reconsider the postseason opener in Minnesota if they are not addressed right now. – Vaughn McClure
This begins and ends with Cam Newton's left foot. Yes, I was very much mistaken for the Panthers in Thursday's loss to New England. The line gave up three sacks for the first half, generating only two first downs and 29 yards in the first half and 63 yards after three quarters. Freshman Greg Little stayed in the fourth quarter to be assessed for concussion. Some things are also going well, with Brian Burns picking up the third and fourth packs of the exhibition season from the first round. But Newton, who quits after being fired at the end of the first quarter of his preseason debut with a leg injury, is the title. Kyle Allen and Will Gray are extremely inexperienced. The success of the Panthers depends on Newton, only now add a foot injury to worries about whether his surgically repaired right arm will last. The injury doesn't seem serious, but the 2015 NFL MVP did not return to the field after leaving under its own power. He also has a history of left foot surgery on that ankle in 2014. Is Newton fragile at 30? Did the 1,221 hits he took in 2011, more than any quarterback during that period, begin to take his toll? Or will it prove to be nothing? Coach Ron Rivera said earlier in the week that he would hold his breath if Newton was hit. He must hold his breath, hoping Newton is okay. – David Newton
Tom Brady methodically works the Patriots down the field to the end zone as they take a 7-0 lead over the Panthers.
Tom Brady made his preseason debut and although he completed 8 of 12 for 75 yards in three runs, the high point actually came with his feet. Brady jokes this off-season about his slow speed in Madden's video game and how he was faster than he was in the past, then showed it (kind of) by trying to convert a third-and-3 with 3 yard in a hurry to move the sticks. It was a great game to expand what turned into a 15-game march downhill, ending with a full-court James Develin 1-yard TD. Brady did not throw himself into his full arsenal of receivers, as Julian Edelman, Demari Thomas and Josh Gordon (roster of unequal football injuries) did not play, but he, as usual, led the attack. The next time Brady takes the field, it will likely be the opening season of September 8th against the visiting Steelers. – Mike Reis
Thursday night it became clear – the Ravens will be relying on rookie receivers this season. Round 1 The Marquis of Hollywood Brown caught three passes for 17 yards, but that performance exceeded the numbers. Brown, who made his debut after returning slowly from off-season foot surgery, showed the ability to open constantly and be quick in getting in and out of cuts. Miles Boykin, a third-round selection, went strong this summer with a catch of 44 yards. He uses his size to disrupt equipment and his speed to push the sideline for extra yards. Starting quarterback Lamar Jackson was drafted in the third preseason game, but he looked closely at his playmaking goals. The top three Ravens wide receivers on the list are Boykin, Brown and Willie Snead. – Jamison Hensley
Five days after retirement, 40-year-old quarterback Josh McCone received most of the shots against Baltimore over time shortened the game and lit it. He finished 17-of-24 for 192 yards with two touchdowns, including the beauty of a pass on the right sideline for rookie J. J. Arsega-Whiteside led to a 20-yard field goal. Injuries to Nate Sudfeld and Cody Kessler this preseason forced the Eagles to lure McCone to retire, at least temporarily to support Carson Wentz. Thursday's performance suggests he is ready for the task. – Tim McManus
Matt LaFleur made a sound and pulled his starters out of the lineup shortly before the Winnipeg field game where the game was played on an 80-yard regulated field because of poor spots in the end areas where goal posts CFLs are usually anchored. So any hope of seeing Aaron Rodgers in action went by the wayside. There is a good chance that Rodgers will enter the regular season opener on September 5 without any pre-season action. On the plus side, he needs to be healthy, as long as the back tightness that kept him from playing last week doesn't blow. The star of the night was WR / KR Trevor Davis, who made his preseason debut and made everything with five catches for 78 yards and a touchdown, an 18-yard touchdown run and a 17-yard return. Also, Tim Boyle made a solid offer to work as the No. 2 quarterback with a pass. – Rob Demowski
Good luck to John Gruden, Mike Mayock and Co. in getting something useful from this strip. In addition to leaving 24 players back in Auckland, the Raiders who played played did so shortly. Yes, the odds in the middle of each end zone where the CFL targets are located made the field dangerous. The playing surface was limited to 80 yards, with each 10-yard line serving as the converted goal line. This might be a good strip for the Arena League, but the Raiders have some tough decisions to make with their final cuts. At least Keith Smith, who missed most of the camp from recovering from a torn meniscus in his knee, noted a 15-yard catch and run, giving notice to untrained rookie Alec Ingold to slow his roll. And for what it's worth, Nathan Peterman got most of his quarterback work after Mike Glennon started and played the first quarter. – Paul Gutierrez
Freshman defensive end Josh Allen overshadowed Nick Foles 'first QB game in the Jaguars' first uniform with a dominant performance. He led the Jaguars with four games (two for loss) and also had two hits in the QB. In the first half, he squeezed Dolphins QB Ryan Fitzpatrick into a bad throw, defeated veteran tight end Dwayne Allen to fight for the loss, slammed Fitzpatrick as he tossed the ball to make a non-completion, forced Fitzpatrick out of pocket in a bag with Dwayne Seoul. in cover in the apartment and copes with running back Kalen Balage for loss. He was the main reason for the Dolphins' offense to run less than 50 yards in the first half. Although Alan played defense together, finishing Kale Campbell and Yanik Ngakue early in the game, he didn't have those guys on the court with him in the second quarter and still played. If he manages to play close to that level in the regular season, the Jaguars' defensive front could be as good or better than it was in 2017, when Campbell, Ngakue, Malik Jackson and Dante Fowler, Jr. combined for 26.5 heard. – Mike DiRoco
Josh Rosen steps in his pocket and completes a pass on the go for Isaiah Ford for a 39-yard gain.
Ryan Fitzpatrick has been the leader in the club house for the Dolphins battle all season long, but Josh Rosen has given the fans hope. In the second half, he piloted a 99-core powertrain, demonstrating his presence, mobility, arm talent and decision-making. The biggest thing about Rosen is that he continues to improve. Fitzpatrick had a few fights early on, but he did strike. Fitzpatrick may end with Week 1, but Rosen looks set to be ready sooner. This is good news for the Dolphins fans. – Cameron Wolfe