Are You Ready For Some Football
Football returned with the 2019 NFL Hall of Fame Game on Aug. 1, but the rest of the NFL joins the action this week with the dawn of Week 1 of the preseason.
The Big Apple Battle ( Colts at Bills) kicks off the week, and it’s easily one of the most intriguing Thursday night matchups. Daniel Jones will get his first crack at live throws against an NFL defense, and Adam Gase will make his debut as Jets coach. If Le’Veon Bell even suits up, he’ll likely be limited, but he’s still a big name to watch for Gang Green.
In what should be the best actual football game on tap for Thursday, at least for the first quarter. Nick Foles is set to make his anticipated debut for the Jacksonville Jaguars, while the Baltimore Ravens will kick off Year 1 with Lamar Jackson cemented as the starting QB out the gate. Will Baltimore dare call a designed run for Jackson to start the preseason?
Brian Flores will make his debut as the Dolphins coach on Thursday when the Atlanta Falcons visit Miami, but all eyes will be on his QBs: Ryan Fitzpatrick apparently has the edge in the post-Ryan Tannehill competition, but Josh Rosen should have a chance to make a headline or two. For Atlanta, meanwhile, priority No. 1 might be confirming Devonta Freeman is ready to go as the lead RB.
It was a good story when Vincent Testaverde signed with the Buccaneers on July 28. It also was a short story for the son of former Buccaneers quarterback Vinny Testaverde. The Bucs announced Wednesday that they have waived Vincent Testaverde, who threw for 1,714 yards and 11 touchdowns in his lone year at Albany.
Bruce Arians will coach against his old team to headline Friday night’s two matchups as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers visit Pittsburgh to face the Steelers, but more people might be interested in what’s happening on the Pittsburgh’s sidelines, which are, of course, no longer home to Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown. Who will step up out wide? Will the defense look as promising, too?
The bad news concerning Robert Quinn has continued. Quinn has been suspended the first two games of the season due to violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing substances. The defensive end will be eligible to participate in all preseason activities and can return to the roster on Sept. 16 after the Cowboys second game of the season vs. the Washington Redskins.