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Ten Thoughts on the NFL

With the super important third preseason game out of the way, let’s take a look around the NFL to see how a few players are doing.

Miami Dolphins v Philadelphia Eagles Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images

1) The Philadelphia Eagles hope to have a revamped passing game, with their biggest acquisition being Alshon Jeffery. In two preseason games, Jeffery has four catches, for 58 yards and a touchdown.

He had a shoulder injury early in camp, but he seems to be fine now.

2) San Francisco 49ers’ quarterback. Brian Hoyer, has played in all three preseason games, with his passer rating increasing each week. So far, he’s 21 of 32 (65.6%), for 268 yards, 2 TDs, and 1 interception, good for a 99.5 rating.

Rookie QB C.J. Beathard is showing that ‘Niner general manager, John Lynch, may have been ahead of the curve in his scouting of the Iowa quarterback. In three games, Beathard is 21 of 36 (58.3%), for 370 yards, 4 TDs, to 1 interception, and a 119.0 passer rating.

Matt Barkley received extensive work in their first preseason game, but has only thrown four passes since. He’s completing 61.9% of his passes for 197 yards, with a passer rating of 92.8.

3) One more ‘Niner nugget, place kicker Robbie Gould hasn’t missed an extra point this preseason, going 4 for 4, and he’s only missed one of three field goals, having a 51 yarder blocked.

4) The Miami DolphinsJay Cutler is fitting in quite nicely so far.

5) Matt Forte finally saw his first preseason action over the weekend for the New York Jets, and he had 10 runs for 43 yards, and 2 receptions for a yard. He had been nursing a hamstring injury.

6) Staying with the Jets, quarterback Josh McCown was recently named the teams starter, even though his lone preseason action was in their first game. He did complete 3 of 4 in that game (including the play below), so maybe that was enough.

7) And staying in New York, the GiantsBrandon Marshall has only appeared in one preseason game, making 1 catch for 2 yards. The wide out had a shoulder issue, but the team is expecting him to be ready for week one.

8) The Green Bay Packers are starting Martellus Bennett at tight end, and through three games, he has 3 grabs for 23 yards, and a TD catch.

Also, in case you missed it, he dropped his first single with a guest appearance by Snopp Dogg.

I’ll bet this is blowing up in the Green Bay clubs.

9) Did you realize that Julius Peppers, at 37 years old, is back with the Carolina Panthers?

He’s only had one tackle this preseason, but they’re going easy on him, with plans to unleash his still freakish skills as a situational pass rusher once the season starts.

10) The results of this Chicago Bears’ poll on Twitter has been surprisingly even.

So, I wanted to bring the question to WCG.


Have the Chicago Bears been handling their quarterback situation the correct way?

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A Bonus 11th Thought via my Twitter!