From hot days to hot takes to Hard Knocks, each week we’ll give you all the 2018 NFL Preseason news you can handle in under three minutes. (Disclaimer: You can stay longer than three minutes. Time is relative.) Here’s the best of the NFL from Preseason week 1.
After a glitzy NFL draft dominated by quarterback drama at the very top, all eyes are on the first-round signal-callers in training camps, especially as most teams approach their first pre-season games this week.
So who’s making the strongest impression among the Big Four of Baker Mayfield, Sam Darnold, Josh Allen, and Josh Rosen?
Darnold Dazzles, Sets Off Buzz At Jets Camp
Darnold, who went No. 3 overall to the Jets, has generated the most attention, showing off his accuracy, his ability to extend plays with his legs, and his acumen in reading pro defenses, making his progressions and finding secondary receivers.
The ex-USC star has been so impressive that one of the guys he’s competing with, Teddy Bridgewater, sounded like someone in the Jets’ corporate offices selling season tickets as he sung Darnold’s praises.
“That guy, he’s cool,” Bridgewater told reporters in Jets’ camp. “Seems like a guy you can’t break. He’s even-keeled. He makes throws and it’s like, ‘Man, this guy, he’s the real deal. He gets it.’ “
Forgive Jets’ fans for being both jacked for Darnold’s pre-season debut Friday against the Falcons, yet wary of the early hype. They’ve only been waiting for a star quarterback since Broadway Joe Namath’s knees went bad nearly 50 years ago, and the decades of disappointment have left some scars, to say the least.
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