Eight preseason games took place on Saturday, and plenty of noteworthy highlights took place such as the return of quarterbacks Aaron Rodgers and Sam Bradford.
On Saturday, eight preseason games took place, and there were many memorable moments in various games.
This included a game-winning touchdown pass from Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and a 108-yard kick return touchdown from Ravens wide receiver Deonte Thompson.
Here are five takeaways from Saturday’s preseason action.
5. Devonta Freeman is a breakout candidate
Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman may be the backfield presence the Falcons need after finishing dead last in rushing yards last season. Steven Jackson isn’t getting any younger or healthier as he is still nursing a hamstring injury. Freeman took advantage of his opportunity once again and rushed for 31 yards on six carries. The fourth-round rookie may become a full-time starter if he continues to perform well enough and Jackson doesn’t recover.
4. Texans defense will be a force to be reckoned with
The Houston Texans continued to show promise on the defensive side, and this time the results showed in the scoreboard as they allowed the Falcons to score just seven points. Rookie outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney is continuing to prove his critics wrong after posting a sack and two tackles for loss. If Clowney can maintain a solid work ethic, it’s scary to imagine what he can accomplish. With defensive end J.J. Watt and inside linebacker Brian Cushing returning, the defense is primed to be a top-10 unit in the NFL.