Last week I told you about several players I would be watching during preseason week 3. Some of the players played and played well, while others didn’t play but, in light of recent events, may have a larger role or at least a heavier load to bear for their team.
Here’s a quick look back at 6 of the players I highlighted prior to preseason week 3 and what I saw from them over the weekend:
Trevor Siemian: Looked solid in preseason week 3. Or maybe it was a case of Demaryius Thomas making him look good. Either way Siemian looks like a lock to be the week-1 starter. If Kubiak has shown us anything, it’s that he can manage mediocre QB play on his team.
Derrick Henry: Henry was his usual self, rumbling over the defense of the Raiders. Demarco Murray has looked like the better back and should see the bulk of the work in Tennessee but Henry’s shown enough this preseason to warrant some playing time. Henry will be a nice change of pace back to what Murray brings to the team and could be a great value if Murray does not hold the job.
Brock Osweiler: Osweiler looked sharp throwing the ball around the field. So far, from what I have seen this preseason and particularly in preseason week 3, I have him underrated on my top 250 list. We all know that DeAndre Hopkins is a stud WR and should put up big numbers all year but it also looks like Osweiler and Will Fuller have formed a quick bond that has displayed early success.
Kelvin Benjamin: Kelvin “Catch Radius” Benjamin figures to be a force this year as he looks to bounce back from the knee injury that derailed his season last year before it even started. With Benjamin back on the field he should be Cam Newton’s most looked at target and should get plenty of passes his way. There are plenty of receiving options in Carolina and only so much to go around but Benjamin will be a WR1 with red zone looks headed his way.
Marvin Jones: Another solid outing in preseason week 3 from Marvin Jones. He as shown sustained chemistry with Matt Stafford over the course of of the preseason and should be a solid fantasy option all year long. So far Jones has shown to be the best passing option on the Lions over Golden Tate III and Eric Ebron, who has been limited all preseason with a knee injury. Jones has shown exceptional work along the sidelines this preseason being able to get his feet down and hold on to the ball all the way through the process.
Ezekiel Elliott: Zeke did not get a lot of run in his preseason debut but he did look solid. He totaled only 7 carries but showed signs that he can be the man for a long time to come in Dallas. With the offensive line that they have in Dallas and the injury to Tony Romo, Zeke should carry the ball plenty. The only question with Zeke is if he will be able to hold up to all the work.
3 other players who impressed in preseason week 3:
Amari Cooper: Cooper looked pretty good against the Titans. He hauled in 3 catches for 52 yards, one of which was a nice 41 yard TD catch that took excellent concentration. Cooper will be the number 1 target for Derek Carr as long as he is healthy this year. Cooper is in line for another nice year in which he could be right around 100 catches.
Josh Gordon: Gordon looked like typical Gordon, a beast on the field. He was only targeted twice in preseason week 3. The result of the two targets was 2 catches, 87 yards and a TD. Even with a four game suspension to start the season that obviously impacts his draft position, it still looks like he is primed and ready to go regardless of who will be throwing him the ball.
DeAndre Washington: The Raiders RB continued to make a case for himself in preseason week 3. Washington will be second to Latavius Murray but if there are any struggles with Murray, Washington could find himself in a very serviceable role in the Oakland Run game. Washington totaled 8 carries for 55 yards and 3 receptions for -2 yards and a TD. He has shown great ability to run the ball and as well as effective in the pass game. Washington has certainly caught the eye of many this summer and looks to further his case going forward.