NFL preseason scores, schedule, updates, news: Steelers' Watt can't be stopped
There are three games on the preseason docket on Friday, and some of the early storylines include
and the new-look Buccaneers offense and the debut of Kyle Shanahan’s version of the San Francisco 49ers.
Check in throughout the day and night as we keep you updated on everything you need to know from today’s preseason action.
Scores and schedule
New England Patriots
New Orleans Saints
Green Bay Packers
New York Giants
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
San Francisco 49ers
Kansas City Chiefs
, 9 p.m. Fri. (GameTracker)
New York Jets
, 7:30 p.m. Sat. (GameTracker)
Los Angeles Rams
, 9 p.m. Sat. (GameTracker)
, 10 p.m. Sat. (GameTracker)
, 1:30 p.m. Sun. (GameTracker)
Los Angeles Chargers
, 8 p.m. Sun. (GameTracker)
T.J. Watt wastes little time making a difference
The Steelers used its 2017 first-round pick on outside linebacker T.J. Watt (yep, he’s J.J.’s brother) to shore up the pass rush. The former Wisconsin standout needed exactly three plays to get his first NFL sack, taking down Giants quarterback
on the very first series of Thursday night’s preseason game.
Turns out, Watt was just getting warmed up. On the first play of the next series he sacked Johnson again. There have been worst starts to NFL careers.
Might want to block that guy.
Watt will have a big role for a young and improving Steelers defense this season; he replaces
, the team’s 2013 first-round pick who wasn’t re-signed in the spring, and will share snaps with 39-year-old
on the right side.
Zeke suspended, will appeal
The Ezekiel Elliot saga finally got a resolution on Friday morning, as the NFL announced that the Cowboys’ running back has been suspended for the first six games of the 2017 season for violating the league’s personal conduct policy. Elliott has three days to inform the league whether or not he intends to appeal the suspension, which he reportedly does. His appeal would be heard by Roger Goodell or a designated arbitrator.
If Elliott’s suspension is not shortened or overturned on appeal, he could bring the case to federal court and this could potentially drag out into the regular season.
Bills trade Watkins to Rams, Darby to Eagles
The Buffalo Bills engaged in two trades on Friday afternoon, sending
to the Rams and
to the Eagles.
In exchange for Watkins and a sixth-round pick, the Bills received cornerback E.J. Gaines and a second-rounder.
For Darby, the Bills acquired
and a third-round pick.
Previously in Week 1 of the preseason
The big story on Thursday night was the quarterbacks. Chicago Bears rookie
completely outplayed expected starter
. Cleveland Browns rookie
also completely outplayed the players ahead of him,
. You can read all about the important takeaways from that game as well as key news and stories from the day in football
On Wednesday, rookie quarterback
, the Texans first-round pick back in April, made his NFL debut, and the results were encouraging, while Panthers rookie first-rounder
flashed during his limited action. McCaffrey could be better than advertised — . You can read all about the important takeaways from that game as well as key news and stories from the day in football