The biggest story lines from the pair of Thursday night NFL games centered around quarterbacks. For the Redskins, Robert Griffin III was beaten, battered, and ultimately left the game early in the second quarter with a shoulder stinger and a concussion. RG3 was sacked three times on eight dropbacks, suggesting the Washington offensive line might be the bigger issue. As for RG3, Redskins coach Jay Gruden indicated that “He’s still going to be our starter. But we have to wait and go through the whole process and see how he recovers.” Never too early to get Kirk Cousins on the fantasy phone.
In Buffalo Tyrod Taylor got the start and was operating without the Bills’ top five wideouts and top three running backs. Nonetheless, Taylor went 7-10 for 65 yards and carried four times for 41 yards to state his case for the Bills’ starting gig. Buffalo only mustered three points during Taylor’s half of action, but given the competition that might just be enough.
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In another quarterback battle, Texans coach Bill O’Brien said that Brian Hoyer and Ryan Mallett remain in a dead heat. “It’s an even battle,” O’Brien said on the team’s official website. “We’ll make a decision at some point. We’ll go with one guy to start the season.” Clearly O’Brien learned well the art of bland quotes while studying under Bill Belichick. Perhaps we’ll get more clarity regarding this battle in Saturday’s preseason game with the Broncos.
Cleary Darren McFadden is contagious. How else can you explain his return to practice coinciding with the injury to his running mate, Joseph Randle? Randle actually suffered the initial injury, a strained oblique, in practice last week. He aggravated the injury Thursday but was reportedly back with the first-team offense at Friday’s practice, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. McFadden and Randle will need to coordinate their injuries, as the Cowboys can afford for one to be injured but not both at the same time; that might force Jerry Jones to go out and sign a real running back.
Finally, two more games tonight and a full weekend of NFL exhibition action so we can glean a little more information leading up to fantasy drafts and auctions. Enjoy the games!