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NFL Preseason Week 1 Highlights

JuJu Smith-Schuster
Credit: Matt Freed/Post-Gazette

With the first week of the preseason in the books, there were plenty of exciting plays made. Here are some of the preseason week 1 highlights!

 

Saquon Barkley’s First Rush

The first time the talented rookie touched the football, he exploded for 39 yards. He showed great vision, patience, and that incredible second gear when he was in the open field.

 

JuJu “Mossed” Defender

JuJu Smith-Schuster has quickly become a fan favorite not only in Pittsburgh, but across the country. If he continues to make plays like this AND be likable and relatable to the younger generation of fans, he will have an incredibly successful career in this league.

 

Andy Dalton Pick Six to Kyle Fuller

Already in midseason form, Andy Dalton throws the pick six to the Bears’ Kyle Fuller.

 

Tyrod Finishes Perfect 5-5

Playing just two drives, Tyrod finished the night 5-5 for 99 yards and a touchdown, sporting a 158.3 passer rating. Read the full recap here.

Baker Comes Up Big

Baker Mayfield came up big in his NFL debut. Here is his longest connection of the night to fellow rookie Antonio Callaway. Baker Mayfield finished the night 11-20 for 212 yards, 2 touchdowns, 125.4 passer rating. Read the full recap here.

 

Michael Gallup Down the Sideline

It didn’t take long for the talented rookie to get involved. Here, Dak Prescott finds Michael Gallup streaking down the sideline for a touchdown. With an open competition at wide receiver, this was a big play for Gallup.

 

Cameron Johnston with the BOOT

Penalties are the worst. Especially when they nullify an 81-YARD PUNT by Eagles’ Cameron Johnston!

 

Teddy is Back

This isn’t a special play by Teddy Bridgewater, but it is special to see the guy playing football again, at a high level I may add. His future in New York is murky, but plays like this will help him find his way onto a different roster this season.

 

Sam Darnold Finds the End Zone

Rookie Sam Darnold does his best Aaron Rodgers impression to find Charles Johnson in the end zone for his first touchdown! This was also a couple bad plays by Johnson, which showed Darnold’s maturity and trust in his teammates.

 

Marshawn Turns on the Jets!

Again, penalties are the worst. However, it’s still on tape. Marshawn Lynch turned back the clock and turn on the jets in this long run.

 

Coach Gruden is Already Heated

This reaction was actually because of the holding call from the play above. It makes me wonder if he turned his mic off in the booth to react like this on MNF. While this is obviously funny, it was awesome to see Jon Gruden back on the sideline. Welcome back, Chucky!

 

Throw and Catch from Cousins to Diggs

This was a great catch down the sideline by Stefon Diggs, but an even better throw by Kirk Cousins in his Vikings debut.

 

Pure Grit from Chase Edmonds

Rookie Chase Edmonds has never heard the word no. Does that mean Mr. and Mrs. Edmonds were bad parents? Maybe, but it also means we get to see incredible plays like this, because Chase was not going to be denied!

 

Royce Freeman Gallops for Six

The rookie came into this game with the lead in the running back competition for Denver, and plays like this will only secure his role as the lead back for the Broncos.

 

Ridiculous Catch by Geremy Davis

Geremy Davis is not a household name, but more plays like this will make him one. The former sixth-round pick out of UConn makes an incredible touchdown catch from Geno Smith.

 

Isaiah McKenzie Punt Return

The second-year player out of Georgia served as the Broncos’ punt returner last season, but he never took one to the house. He’ll look to use this as momentum heading into the 2018 season.

 

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