Fri Aug 23 11:09pm ET
By FRED GOODALL
AP Sports Writer
Cleveland Browns wide receiver Rashard Higgins (81) can't hang onto the ball after getting past Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Carlton Davis (33) during the first half of an NFL preseason football game Friday, Aug. 23, 2019, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Jason Behnken)
Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) eludes a tackle by Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Carl Nassib (94) during the first half of an NFL preseason football game Friday, Aug. 23, 2019, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Jason Behnken)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Vernon III Hargreaves III (28) knocks the ball away from Cleveland Browns wide receiver Derrick Willies (84) during the first half of an NFL preseason football game Friday, Aug. 23, 2019, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark LoMoglio)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback M.J. Stewart Jr., (36) knocks a pass away from Cleveland Browns wide receiver Rashard Higgins (81) during the first half of an NFL preseason football game Friday, Aug. 23, 2019, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark LoMoglio)
Cleveland Browns defensive end Chris Smith (50) sacks Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston (3) during the first half of an NFL preseason football game Friday, Aug. 23, 2019, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark LoMoglio)
Cleveland Browns cornerback Denzel Ward (21) knocks the ball away from Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Breshad Perriman (19) during the first half of an NFL preseason football game Friday, Aug. 23, 2019, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Jason Behnken)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Jameis Winston (3) throws a pass during the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Cleveland Browns Friday, Aug. 23, 2019, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Matt Gay kicked a 21-yard field goal with 15 seconds remaining, giving the Tampa Bay Buccaneers a 13-12 preseason victory over the Cleveland Browns on Friday night.
The rookie's game-winner capped a 16-play drive lasting more than seven minutes. Cairo Santos booted a 23-yard field goal in the third quarter and third-string quarter Ryan Griffin threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Leggett for the Bucs (2-1).
Rookie Austin Seibert kicked four field goals for the Browns (2-1), who led 9-0 when Baker Mayfield and the rest of Cleveland's starters left the game.
Mayfield, the No. 1 overall pick from the 2018 draft, started and played the entire first half after getting just one series of work in Cleveland's preseason opener against Washington and sitting out last week's game at Indianapolis.
Playing without starting receivers Odell Beckham Jr. (hip) and Jarvis Landry, the second-year quarterback led three short field-goal drives and was not particularly sharp while completing 10 of 26 passes for 72 yards and one interception.
Tampa Bay's Jameis Winston had an even tougher night, though it wasn't all his doing.
Gay missed a 37-yard field goal and Tampa Bay's leaky offensive line had difficulty protecting Winston, allowing five sacks while the fifth-year pro was in the game.
The No. 1 overall pick from the 2015 draft, who's closing in on becoming the franchise's career passing leader yet still trying to prove he's the club's long-term answer at quarterback, finished 9 of 19 for 88 yards without an interception.
Winston played seven series after seeing limited action the previous two weeks against Pittsburgh and Miami. Backup Blaine Gabbert started the second half and led the Bucs into field goal range before falling awkwardly at the end of an 8-yard scramble and heading to the locker room with a shoulder injury. Griffin's TD pass to Leggett gave Tampa Bay a short-lived 10-9 lead late in the third quarter.
Browns: Starting CB Denzel Ward made his preseason debut after missing two games with a minor leg injury. ... Coach Freddie Kitchens doesn't view the third preseason game as a dress rehearsal for the regular season. He's more concerned with keeping players fresh and healthy for the Sept. 8 opener, so his plan was to determine playing time for regulars on a case-by-case basis.
Buccaneers: WR Mike Evans, ILB Lavonte David, DL Vita Vea, TE Cameron Brate, S Mike Edwards, ILB Devante Bond, OLB Anthony Nelson and OLB Kahzin Daniels did not play. ... Backup TE Antony Auclair (calf) left the game in the first half and did not return. ... ILB Deone Bucannon (knee) and S Kentrell Brice (shoulder) were injured during the second quarter.
With field goals of 54, 36, 30 and 35 yards, Seibert may have made some headway in the competition for Cleveland's kicking job. Incumbent Greg Joseph has struggled and Seibert, a fifth-round draft pick out of Oklahoma, had not been consistent before converting all three of his attempts Friday.
Tampa Bay's kicking situation is unsettled, too, with Gay, a fifth-round draft pick from Utah, competing against incumbent Cairo Santos. Gay kicked a 55-yard field goal against Miami last week, but hasn't been as accurate on shorter kicks. His 37-yard attempt against the Browns hit the right upright and bounced away.
Browns: Preseason finale at home vs. Detroit next Thursday
Buccaneers: Close the preseason next Thursday at Dallas
Philadelphia Eagles rookie wide receiver J.J. Arcega-Whiteside made his first NFL catch on Sunday night, gaining four yards. It was his only catch on a night where top wide receivers Alshon Jeffery and DeSean Jackson were forced to leave in the first half along with tight end Dallas Goedert. Despite all of the preseason hype, Arcega-Whiteside's usage in this one showed how far away he is from fantasy relevance in redraft leagues this season.
Philadelphia Eagles kicker Jake Elliott made both of his field goal attempts in Week 2. His kicks came from 34 and 41 yards out. Elliott did not attempt any extra points, as the Eagles were playing from behind and decided to go for a two-point conversion after their touchdowns. Elliott should continue to be one of the better and more consistent fantasy kickers, but he can't control the game script.
The Philadelphia Eagles Defense had an up-and-down Week 2. They allowed 24 points to the Atlanta Falcons, but they also recorded three interceptions and a sack. It was a performance that showed what the Eagles defense could do, but also how they might struggle. Still, they performed somewhat better than expected, as this game was thought to be a total shootout and ended up with a rather moderate 24-20 final score. The Eagles defense will take on the Lions at home in Week 3.
Oakland Raiders wide receiver Hunter Renfrow seen a team-high eight targets versus the Chiefs in Week 2 as he continues to build more chemistry with quarterback Derek Carr. He was only able to haul in four of these balls for 30 scoreless yards, but his growing involvement in the passing game is encouraging. Renfrow is a reliable receiver for Carr to target underneath the coverage, so his big-play ability is capped, but he could provide value in PPR formats as the season progresses. Darren Waller and Tyrell Williams will continue to get the bulk of the opportunities, but managers should keep an eye on the rookie and his involvement in the coming weeks.
Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz caught eight passes in Week 2, gaining 72 yards. Ertz watched wide receivers DeSean Jackson and Alshon Jeffery leave the game in the first half due to injury, but Nelson Agholor ended up drawing most of Carson Wentz's targets in the second half. Still, Ertz's weekly TE1 outlook will be even better if the Eagles are forced to leave their two best wide receivers on the sidelines for Week 3.
Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Mack Hollins showed up in Week 2 with five catches for 50 yards. Hollins was thrust into a bigger role after Alshon Jeffery and DeSean Jackson were both forced to leave the game in the first half. Hollins could have some WR3/FLEX appeal in Week 3 if the top two wide receivers on the Eagles roster are forced to miss time.
Philadelphia Eagles running back Darren Sproles got just two offensive touches in Week 2. He didn't record a carry, but caught two passes for five yards. Fantasy owners who misinterpreted the role Sproles played in Week 1 were left with what was basically a hole in their lineup in Week 2. Sproles is the Eagles punt returner and will have more games on offense this season like Week 2 than he will like Week 1. He's rosterable in only the deepest standard leagues.
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz found a way to make two touchdowns happen on Sunday night despite losing his two top receivers to injuries. With DeSean Jackson and Alshon Jeffery both leaving due to injuries in the first half, Wentz was left with a preseason-like supporting cast for most of the game. Still, he threw for 231 yards, completing 25 of his 43 passes. His touchdown through the air was on a four-yard pass to Nelson Agholor. His other touchdown was on a one-yard QB sneak. Wentz missed some time due to an injury as well, but he was able to return shortly afterwards. Despite coming up short in the end, Wentz showed an immense amount of talent in this game, but his fantasy outlook would still take a hit if his two top wide receivers are not able to return next week.
Philadelphia Eagles rookie running back Miles Sanders couldn't get much going in Week 2. He ran the ball 10 times, gaining just 28 scoreless yards. He added three catches for nine more yards. Overall, it was a tough game for the Eagles on the ground, but Sanders did out-touch Jordan Howard by four. Sanders is clearly the lead back on the Eagles, but this is shaping up to be much more of a passing offense, at least for now.
Philadelphia Eagles running back Jordan Howard couldn't get anything going with the ball in Week 2. He gained 18 yards on eight carries, adding eight yards on his lone catch of the game. Howard and rookie Miles Sanders both struggled with the ball even though plenty of Eagles offensive playmakers missed time due to injury. Howard will likely only have fantasy value this season in weeks that he scores a touchdown.
Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr got his team off to a hot start against the Chiefs Sunday, but failed to do much after the teams first two drives of the game. He marched the team down the field for a field goal and a touchdown pass to Tyrell Williams to open the contest, but went on to throw two disastrous interceptions the rest of the way while failing to score another point. Carr finished the night completing 23-of-38 passes for 198 yards in a game where we expected him to do much more against a susceptible defense. Hell be off the fantasy start list next week when the Raiders travel to Minnesota to take on the Vikings.
Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Nelson Agholor took advantage of injuries on Sunday, catching eight passes for 107 yards and a touchdown. Agholor's score came on a four-yard pass from Carson Wentz in the third quarter. With DeSean Jackson and Alshon Jeffery both forced to leave the game due to injury, Agholor took over as the top wide receiver for the entire second half. He flashed a bit, making a couple of great catches. If either of the receivers ahead of him on the depth chart are forced to miss more time, Agholor could suddenly become a WR2/3 option for a limited time.
Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Robert Woods caught two passes on two targets for 23 yards in the teams 27-9 victory over the New Orleans Saints. While Woods had a few plays called back due to penalties, his performance on Sunday afternoon was disappointing as Woods was the clear WR1 for the team during Week 1. However, Woods should be able to rebound for the teams Week 3 contest. Expect the slot wide receiver to continue to be a WR2 option across all formats.
Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp caught five passes on nine targets for 120 yards in the teams 27-9 victory over the New Orleans Saints. After a strong Week 1 performance, Kupp continues to be quarterback Jared Goffs favorite target. The third-year receiver led the team in targets, receptions and yards, and he also almost capped off his afternoon with a TD on an incredible 66-yard reception where the wide receiver tore through tackles by Saints defenders. Lock Kupp as a high-end WR2 across all leagues, as his rapport with Goff should ensure a safe floor.
Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Brandin Cooks caught three passes on four targets for 74 yards and a TD in the teams 27-9 victory over the New Orleans Saints. After a poor performance during Week 1, Cooks rebounded and caught quarterback Jared Goffs only TD pass of the afternoon. While the veteran impressed during Week 2, his floor remains relatively volatile on a week-to-week basis. Cooks continues to be a WR2 in all formats, but be aware that the star wideout appears to be behind in targets to teammate Cooper Kupp.
Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff threw 19 passes on 28 attempts for 283 yards and one touchdown in the teams 27-9 victory over the New Orleans Saints. Goff rebounded from his Week 1 struggles, picking apart the Saints Defense in the second half on an afternoon where both offenses started slowly. The quarterback remains has QB1 upside but has looked a little shaky in the early going in 2019. Goff will be on the QB1/2 borderline next Sunday night against the Browns on the road.
Oakland Raiders running back Josh Jacobs had another terrific outing in the teams 28-10 loss to Kansas City Sunday. He gained 99 yards on only 12 carries aided by an outstanding 51-yard run. Game script hurt the rookie's ability to get more touches, but he certainly fared well with the opportunities he did get with the football. Jacobs failed to get involved in the passing game which caps his ceiling as an RB2, but he remains to get the lions share of carries over Deandre Washington and Jalen Richard. He faces a more difficult task against the Vikings in Week 3, but he should be inserted into lineups regardless with his high volume of work.
Oakland Raiders tight end Darren Waller had another excellent showing in Week 2 versus the Chiefs. He caught 6-of-7 targets for 63 yards once again showing terrific athletic ability for his position. The former college receiver has yet to find the end zone through two games, but its only a matter of time before he hits pay dirt as one of Derek Carrs more reliable weapons. Waller will continue to receive the majority of targets for the Silver and Black, making him a viable every week starter. He gets the Vikings in next weeks matchup and will be a low-end TE1 as he continues to build a good rapport with his QB.
Oakland Raiders wide receiver Tyrell Williams caught 5-of-7 targets and a touchdown in Sundays loss to the Chiefs. The veteran picked up 46 yards in the contest once again proving to be the clear-cut WR1 in the offense. Williams got one other red zone look that got intercepted as the offense as a whole faded in the second half. Hell remain to see a high volume of work, making him a weekly WR3. Williams Week 3 matchup against the Vikings, however, is on the unfavorable side so owners may want to fade him in lineups.
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Mecole Hardman played well during the Week 2 victory over the Oakland Raiders. Hardman has quickly moved up on the depth chart after Tyreek Hill (shoulder) went down last week. Hardman caught four of his six targets for 61 yards and a touchdown. Demarcus Robinson had a huge game, catching two touchdowns and going for over 170 yards. Hardman still played well and should be reliable again versus the Baltimore Ravens in Week 3. The Ravens Defense just gave up 349 passing yards in Week 2, so the Chiefs shouldn't have any issues.