There are three games on the preseason docket on Friday, and some of the early storylines include
Jameis Winston
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

Carolina Panthers
Houston Texans
17 (GameTracker)

Minnesota Vikings
Buffalo Bills
 10 (GameTracker)

Miami Dolphins
Atlanta Falcons
20 (GameTracker)

Baltimore Ravens
Washington Redskins
 3 (GameTracker)

Jacksonville Jaguars
New England Patriots
 24 (GameTracker)

Cleveland Browns
New Orleans Saints
14 (GameTracker)

Green Bay Packers
Philadelphia Eagles
9 (GameTracker)

Denver Broncos
Chicago Bears
 17 (GameTracker)

Pittsburgh Steelers
New York Giants

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Cincinnati Bengals

San Francisco 49ers
Kansas City Chiefs
, 9 p.m. Fri. (GameTracker)

Tennessee Titans
New York Jets
, 7:30 p.m. Sat. (GameTracker)

Dallas Cowboys
Los Angeles Rams
, 9 p.m. Sat. (GameTracker)

Oakland Raiders
Arizona Cardinals
, 10 p.m. Sat. (GameTracker)

Detroit Lions
Indianapolis Colts
, 1:30 p.m. Sun. (GameTracker)

Seattle Seahawks
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
Josh Johnson
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
Jarvis Jones
, the team’s 2013 first-round pick who wasn’t re-signed in the spring, and will share snaps with 39-year-old
James Harrison
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. Here’s more on the news and how it impacts the Cowboys.

Bills trade Watkins to Rams, Darby to Eagles

The Buffalo Bills engaged in two trades on Friday afternoon, sending
Sammy Watkins
to the Rams and
Ronald Darby
to the Eagles. 

In exchange for Watkins and a sixth-round pick, the Bills received cornerback E.J. Gaines and a second-rounder. Here’s more on how the deal impacts both teams.

For Darby, the Bills acquired
Jordan Matthews
and a third-round pick. Here’s more on that deal.

Previously in Week 1 of the preseason

The big story on Thursday night was the quarterbacks. Chicago Bears rookie
Mitchell Trubisky
completely outplayed expected starter
Mike Glennon
. Cleveland Browns rookie
DeShone Kizer
also completely outplayed the players ahead of him,
Brock Osweiler
Cody Kessler
. You can read all about the important takeaways from that game as well as key news and stories from the day in football in our Thursday recap.

On Wednesday, rookie quarterback
Deshaun Watson
, the Texans first-round pick back in April, made his NFL debut, and the results were encouraging, while Panthers rookie first-rounder
Christian McCaffrey
 flashed during his limited action. McCaffrey could be better than advertised — if he’s used properly in this offense. You can read all about the important takeaways from that game as well as key news and stories from the day in football in our Wednesday recap.

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