NFL Preseason 8/22 Preview - News, Injuries, and Playing Time Notes

Aug 21st 2022

Sosa Kremenjas

We're onto the final slate and game of preseason Week 2. The final week of the preseason is right around the corner.

Let's dive into the news, notes, depth charts, historical playing time, and notable injuries for all four teams heading into Thursday.

Atlanta Falcons @ New York Jets

Falcons Notable Injuries/Absences:

OUT: WR Calvin Ridley (suspension), LB Deion Jones (shoulder); UNLIKELY TO PLAY: WR Drake London (knee); LIKELY TO PLAY: WR Bryan Edwards (shoulder)

Falcons News & Notes:

  • Dating back to Week 1, some of the starters played a handful of snaps, per PFF:

    • QB Marcus Mariota - 13 snaps

    • RB Cordarrelle Patterson - 1 snap

    • WR Drake London - 5 snaps (injury)

  • Backup QB Desmond Ridder played 42 snaps and will likely get a boatload of playing time again. He needs the time to develop.

  • The running back room was a bit more even, with rookie Tyler Allgeier leading the way with 18 snaps. Caleb Huntley chipped in 16 snaps of his own.

  • Frank Darby led the team with just three targets. Atlanta's QBs distributed the ball very evenly in the first contest.

Jets Notable Injuries/Absences:

OUT: QB Zach Wilson (knee); QB Joe Flacco (rest), WR Corey Davis (rest), WR Elijah Moore (rest) RT Mekhi Becton (knee); QUESTIONABLE: LT Duane Brown (conditioning), DT Quinnen Williams (ankle); LIKELY TO PLAY: RB Ty Johnson (hamstring)

Jets News & Notes:

  • Monday update as of 12:30 PM ET: Connor Hughes of The Athletic reports the vast majority of Jets veteran won't play on Monday. He then went on to list Joe Flacco, Corey Davis, Elijah Moore, and noted this includes "many others."

    • Expect to see a heavy dose of Chris Streveler at QB for the Jets.

  • The Jets are still undecided on whether or not their starters will take the field this week. This is what coach Saleh had to say on the topic:

    • "'We are trying to get continued growth, especially from our young guys,' Jets coach Robert Saleh said. 'We want to figure out who we got when you look at the 40 to 53 part of the roster. 'We are looking for continued growth in terms of communication offensively and defensively. We are just looking for growth play in and play out.'"

  • It might be wise of the Jets to allow veteran QB Joe Flacco to accumulate some live snaps with the starting offense. Flacco could be in a position to start the season as the team's No. 1 QB with Zach Wilson sidelined because of a knee injury. Wilson got nine snaps in Week 1.

  • Michael Carter "started" the game for the Jets at running back, though he and second-round rookie Breece Hall both played 10 snaps each.

  • Nobody on the team had a higher target share than Denzel Mims' 16.1%.