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Travis Etienne, a rookie for the Jaguars, was forced to exit the game against the Saints due to a foot injury.

Travis Etienne, a rookie running back for the Jaguars, only played three snaps in Monday’s preseason game before leaving with a foot injury.
Coach Urban Meyer revealed after the game that Etienne sprained his foot and that the club would find out additional information on Tuesday.
Before departing the game, Etienne had one carry for one yard and caught a 3-yard pass.
Etienne, the No. 25 overall choice in this year’s NFL Draft, had one carry for two yards in the Jaguars’ preseason opener against the Browns.
Etienne was a Clemson teammate of Jacksonville’s rookie quarterback, Trevor Lawrence, and graduated as the ACC’s all-time leading rusher with 4,952 yards over four seasons.
Jacksonville was defeated by New Orleans 23-21 on Monday.
This article will be updated as time goes on.
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Bengals rookie DE Joseph Ossai will have knee surgery that will conclude his season.

Cincinnati will be without Ossai, a third-round pick who was a breakout star throughout training camp and in the team’s first preseason game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Tom Brady was sacked by Ossai in his preseason debut.
With the Bengals, he was a steady presence, and they had great expectations for him in 2021.
In 29 games, the 21-year-old had 11.5 sacks, two interceptions, five forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, three pass breakups, 165 tackles, and 30 tackles for a loss.
Spence has played in the NFL for four seasons, three of which he spent with the Buccaneers before joining the Washington Football Team for the 2019 season.
In 2020, he signed with the New Orleans Saints, but due to a ruptured ACL, he missed the full season.
The 27-year-old re-signed with the Saints this summer, but was released after his first preseason appearance.
Spence has 7.5 sacks, four forced fumbles, two pass breakups, 37 tackles, three tackles for a loss, and sixteen quarterback hits in 41 career games.

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The Chiefs’ reconstructed offensive line continues to dominate: Here are five things we learned from the team’s preseason win over the Cardinals.

Every NFL preseason game is a huge step toward the regular season, the games that count and decide a team’s success — or failure.The Chiefs came in Arizona on Thursday for their second of three exhibition games, and they left late Friday night after defeating the Cardinals, 17-10, in a victory that exhibited plenty of promising indicators.
12 arrives, and the Chiefs face the Cleveland Browns in their first regular-season game. O-linemen Smith and Niang were exceptionalOnce again, the most telling information gained by coach Andy Reid in this preseason game is that the Chiefs have done a good job rebuilding their offensive line.
The new lineman — left tackle Orlando Brown Jr., left guard Joe Thuney, rookie center Creed Humphrey, rookie right guard Trey Smith, and right tackle Justin Houston — had an extensive run of 32 snaps with superstar quarterback Patrick Mahomes.

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The ‘Most throwing yards as a rookie in the NFL’ quiz

It hasn’t always been easy for Chicago Bears supporters to get enthused about their team’s quarterback, but with the No. 1 overall pick, things are looking up.
With Justin Fields, the No. 10 overall choice, in the mix, the Chicago Bears have cause to be optimistic.
Yet, despite Fields’ impressive preseason performance, fans should temper their expectations in light of Andy Dalton’s recent statements.
“Justin’s going to have his time, and Justin’s going to have a wonderful career,” he says, “but right now it’s my time, and my focus is on being the best player I can be for this team and doing everything I can to help this team win.”
Dalton threw for 3,398 yards as a rookie, which ranks him 13th all-time among rookie quarterbacks.
So, in five minutes, how many of the NFL quarterbacks with the most passing yards in their debut season can you name?
Best of luck!

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Five of the most exciting NFL training camp matchups

The preseason has arrived, and NFL training camps are in full swing.
Gamers are vying for jobs and engaging in tense position wars.
So, which of the training camp bouts are the most intriguing?
Let’s take a closer look.
Ravens’ clown car of receivers This season, one of the most intensely contested camp fights in the NFL will take place in Baltimore.
There will be 11 wide receivers battling for a spot on the 53-man roster, and only a couple of them can be called locks.
The only sure things were Marquise Brown and first-round rookie Rashod Bateman.
Bateman, on the other hand, may start the season on injured reserve.
Sammy Watkins and Devin Duvernay are expected to keep their spots, but fourth-round rookie Tylan Wallace, James Proche, Miles Boykin, Deon Cain, and others are all in the mix.
It’s anyone’s guess how things will pan out from WR3 onwards.
That is what adds to the battle’s excitement and intrigue.
The Ravens realize they need a strong cast of playmakers to back up quarterback Lamar Jackson, so this is almost like an open tryout.

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Trey Lance, a rookie for the 49ers, impresses with an 80-yard touchdown pass in his preseason debut.

Trey Lance, the 49ers’ first-round quarterback, turned a lot of heads with his first professional completion, which won’t figure in his official rookie stats.
On his second drive, Lance threw an 80-yard bomb to Trent Sherfield to put the 49ers on the board against the Chiefs on Saturday night.
After Jimmy Garoppolo started the opening series, he entered the game on the 49ers’ second series.
The 49ers moved up to No. 1 by trading three first-round picks and a third-round pick.
3 and select Lance in the 2021 draft, indicating the franchise’s confidence in him as the offense’s future leader.
Garoppolo’s five-year, $137.5 million contract has two more years left on it.
Lance was one of the more fascinating draft prospects this year.
He had great size and athleticism for the modern game at 6’4″ and 224 pounds, but worries lingered about his lack of experience.
He threw for 2,786 yards, 28 touchdowns, and 0 interceptions in his lone season as a starter at North Dakota State, leading the Bison to an undefeated season and national championship.
San Francisco took a step back past season after losing in Super Bowl LIV.
Garoppolo was limited to only six games due to injury in 2020, as the squad went 6-10.
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‘Justin Fields is really special,’ LeBron James said of the Bears quarterback following his outstanding NFL debut.

In the Chicago Bears’ 20-13 victory over the Miami Dolphins, NBA superstar LeBron James was blown away by rookie Justin Fields’ outstanding performance in his NFL preseason debut.
On Twitter, the five-time NBA champion described Fields as “amazing.”
Justin Fields is a ONE-OF-A-KIND GUY!!
Keep going young, LeBron James (@KingJames) August 14, 2021 Justin Fields impresses in debut For the Bears, incumbent starter Andy Dalton opened the game and played the first quarter before being substituted by Fields for the second and third quarters.
The rookie quarterback got off to a shaky start, throwing three interceptions in his first three possessions.
During the third quarter, he almost threw an interception and then mishandled the ball, only to recover it himself.
The rookie guided the offense down the field on his fourth and final drive of the quarter, setting up a field-goal try that helped the Bears get on the board.
On the first drive of the third quarter, Fields looked much more collected, throwing some assured passes before sprinting for an eight-yard touchdown.
As the game progressed, the rookie quarterback gained confidence and began to show why the Bears selected him first overall in the 2021 NFL Draft.
He marched down the field with the team on his penultimate drive and delivered a 30-yard touchdown pass to put the Bears ahead.
Fields was ejected from the game after the Bears’ final third-quarter drive ended in a three-and-out.
Fields rushed for 33 yards on five attempts and completed 14 of his 20 pass attempts for 142 yards.
He scored both of the Bears’ touchdowns during the contest.
While head coach Matt Nagy has designated Andy Dalton as the Bears’ starting quarterback for Week 1 against the Los Angeles Rams, Fields’ performance likely force him to reconsider that choice.
The NFL is too slow for Justin Fields pic.twitter.com/pkL9nhaeWk — PFF (@PFF) August 14, 2021 The Bears will play the Buffalo Bills on Saturday, August 21st, before concluding their preseason on August 29th in Nashville against the Tennessee Titans.
It wouldn’t be surprising to see Fields take the Bears’ first snap against the Rams at SoFi Stadium on September 12th, if he can perform as well and sound as confident as he did today.
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Former backup quarterback Jake Fromm leads the Buffalo Bills to a game-winning drive in his NFL debut.

DETROIT — Buffalo Bills quarterback Jake Fromm took a snap with an opponent team on the other side of the line of scrimmage for the first time in his brief NFL career.
In Buffalo’s 16-15 triumph over the Detroit Lions on Friday, the 2020 fifth-round pick led a 74-yard touchdown drive that finished with Tyler Bass’ game-winning field goal.
During that last drive, Fromm completed 8-of-13 passes for 65 yards, including a 42-yard completion to rookie Marquez Stevenson on 4th-and-10.
With the game on the line, the Georgia product didn’t shrink after spending his rookie season as the Bills’ backup quarterback.
“He’s been there before,” Bills coach Sean McDermott said, referring to Fromm’s time at Georgia.
“And he simply doesn’t seem fazed in these scenarios,” he said. Buffalo drafted him 167th overall in 2020, and he spent training camp doing regular quarterback duties before making the final 53-man roster behind Josh Allen and Matt Barkley.
From then, his daily routine was anything but ordinary; the Bills designated Fromm as their emergency quarterback, which meant he practiced separately from the rest of the team and stayed socially isolated from his colleagues at their Orchard Park facility.
“That was certainly a fascinating five to six months for me.”
“I’ve never experienced anything like that,” Fromm explained.
“It was unquestionably difficult and lonely at times, but I kept returning to my faith and my family.”
And knowing I’d be seeing them soon and that, perhaps, it’d all be worth it one day
“I wanted to be prepared, so I came to work every day and said, ‘Hey, let’s go, be prepared.'”
“This is where I’m at, this is where my feet are at, let’s go give it 100% and give it my all,” Fromm said, crediting the Bills’ practices at Highmark Stadium for helping him acclimatize to the NFL’s speed of play.
His little involvement left an impression on his teammates, particularly quarterback Davis Webb, who praised Fromm’s ability to shake off a pair of sacks earlier in the game and rebound when it meant the most.
“It was exciting to see Jake get in there and send that deep ball to Speedy, especially because it was both of their first games in the NFL,” Webb said.
“A couple of plays aren’t always going to go your way.”
I wouldn’t put that on Jake for the first couple of drives; there are a lot of factors to consider.
But I’ll put Jake on because he came through for us.” The Bills play the Bears in their second preseason game next week in Chicago.

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‘I didn’t feel like challenging it,’ Bill Belichick said of his decision not to protest Mac Jones’ incompletion.

The Patriots’ Mac Jones, the most highly regarded quarterback in the 2021 draft class, saw his first NFL game action on Thursday.
Even though everyone watching knows receiver Jakobi Meyers actually got his hands under the ball, the rookie’s first-ever NFL pass will be recorded as an incompletion.
Mac Jones’ first pass was ruled incomplete, but Jakobi Meyers caught it pic.twitter.com/RJJazAU7Zn — Ben Brown (@BenBrownPL) August 13, 2021 IYER: Mac Jones aces eye test in Patriots preseason debut, builds case to start at QB over Cam Newton
Bill Belichick, the coach of the New England Patriots, is not one of them.
Bill Belichick was questioned why he didn’t dispute Jakobi Meyers’ apparent reception, which was judged a complete. Here’s his response (given in true Belichickian style):
“I didn’t feel like confronting it,” she said. “Didn’t feel like it?”
@McKennAnalysis (@McKennAnalysis) August 13, 2021 pic.twitter.com/peTDTUhsRa — Henry McKenna (@McKennAnalysis) August 13, 2021
Despite his brief response, there was most likely a lot more to his decision, not the least of which was watching his rookie quarterback handle various scenarios, including his first-ever NFL third down.
In that moment, he delivered, throwing a 7-yard pass to Kristian Wilkerson on third-and-5.
On the next drive, on a Jones third-and-2 scramble, the side judge ruled him a yard short of the line to gain after Washington’s William Bradley-King took him down. Another play Belichick may have contested occurred on the next drive, on a Jones third-and-2 scramble: the side judge called him a yard short of the line to gain after Washington’s William Bradley-King brought him down.
Belichick, once again, chose to ignore the call.
Jones appeared at ease in his first game with the Patriots, completing 13 of 19 passes for 87 yards.
He exhibited good pocket presence, followed his progressions, didn’t force any throws, and threw catchable balls.
He came close to throwing a 34-yard touchdown pass to Wilkerson, but the latter couldn’t adjust to the ball (thanks to youngster Torry McTyer for getting a hand in there):
Mac Jones placed the ball directly in the hands of Kristian Wilkerson (and only where the WR could catch it).
Jones did throw a few low balls to receivers and tried to connect on a slant route on a longer third down try, but those mistakes might be attributed to his rookie status. pic.twitter.com/odjmGeahQP — Henry McKenna (@McKennAnalysis) August 13, 2021 Jones did throw a few low balls to receivers and tried to connect on a slant route on a longer third down attempt, but

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Mac Jones makes his preseason debut for the Patriots, and Rhamondre Stevenson shines against WFT.

In a 22-13 win over the Washington Football Team on Thursday, first-round pick Mac Jones threw for 87 yards and two touchdowns in his NFL preseason debut, and rookie running back Rhamondre Stevenson rushed for 125 yards and two touchdowns.
Jones was the No. 1 pick.
The Patriots selected him 15th overall in the 2021 NFL Draft, and he completed 13 of 19 passes.
Cam Newton opened and completed four of seven passes for 49 yards before Jones took over in the second and third quarters.
On two of his five drives, Jones guided the Patriots to field goals.
Fourth-round pick Stevenson scored twice in the fourth quarter, including a 91-yard touchdown.
Stevenson’s first touchdown came on a 1-yard TD run after Joejuan Williams returned a WFT interception 36 yards.
With 14 touches, rookie undrafted free-agent running back Jaret Patterson accounted for 70 all-purpose yards (40 rushing, 30 receiving) while new WFT starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for 58 yards.
Chase Young, a second-year defensive end with minimal playing time, had a forced fumble on Newton in the first quarter.
WFT’s Peyton Barber scored on a 1-yard rush.
Steven Montez’s 4-yard touchdown pass to Lamar Miller concluded a late 92-yard drive for WFT.
Montez completed 17 of 24 passes for 108 yards.
This article will be updated as time goes on.
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