Early Week 2 Preseason Takeaways

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Josh Rosen is ready to takeover as QB1

With two weeks until the preseason comes to a conclusion, the training camp battle between Josh Rosen and Ryan Fitzpatrick still has yet to be resolved. Neither side has done much to distance themselves from the other, but considering the teams current situation, it would make little sense to start Fitzpatrick under center during the opening week matchup against the Baltimore Ravens.

A team that's still at the ground level of their rebuild, resolving the QB spot is the part that could make or break the entire operation. With already a season as a starter under his belt, there's no point in treating Fitzpatrick as the bridge to Rosen due to the game experience he has already endured. Realistically anticipating to have an early pick in the 2020 draft, it would be wise for the Dolphins to see exactly what they have in Rosen before deciding what to do at the position moving forward,

With an estimated $100-plus million in cap space and 12 draft picks next draft cycle, the best case scenario is Rosen panning out and continuing the rebuild. If he once again struggles to stay afloat, they may decide to enter the QB market once again with what's believed to be a top-heavy QB crop.

Daniel Jones development is right on track

All eyes were on one of the most scrutinized draft picks of the 2019 draft cycle. After a countless number of boos and backlash on draft day, Daniel Jones took the NFL world by storm after a flawless performance against the Jets in his NFL debut where he finished 5-for-5, 67 yards, and a beautiful TD throw in the back of the end-zone.

After a near perfect debut, there were lots of eyes again on Jones during his second outing against the Bears. Finishing the contest 11-of-14 for 161 yards and touchdown, there once again was plenty of promise shown by Jones. Outside of another impressive touchdown toss, a 40-yard throw down the sideline to Cody Latimer highlighted his evening.

Ball security will be the next phase of Jones' development that will need to improve as he recorded two fumbles in the 32-13 victory. For now, the Giants have to more than happy about the positive glimpses that the former Duke signal caller has shown to this point. Head coach Pat Shurmur and Jones have quickly developed chemistry together as they have stuck to passing concepts that catered to his strengths.

The Bills 2019 draft class is already showing promise

Premature thoughts are developed and yes, it is only the preseason, but that time period isn't about evaluating teams as a whole. It is about grading rookies and first-year players who are trying to secure their spots on the final 53-man roster.

Through two weeks of the preseason, there hasn't been a draft class that's been more impressive overall than the Bills. Ed Oliver has shown positive flashes of what he can be at the 3-technique spot, Cody Ford has had some ups-and-downs at right tackle, but that is expected from a position that's one of the hardest to experience immediate success. Despite only having six receptions during his final season at Florida Atlantic, running back Devin Singletary has already proved that he can be a reliable receiving option as well as a consistent tackle breaker on runs.

The biggest surprise out of training camp has been the quick development of both 7th-round selections in Darryl Johnson and Tommy Sweeney. Both have had their fair share of positive plays in joint practices and it has carried over into actual game action. For a team that has had a very strong offseason, general manager Brandon Beane and Sean McDermott have done an exceptional job with adding depth to the teams roster during their tenure.


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Jordan Reid

Senior NFL Draft Analyst

Senior NFL Draft Analyst for The Draft Network. Co-Founder of ClimbingThePocket.com. Former QB and Coach at North Carolina Central Univ.

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