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New York Jets rookie rb Brece Hall didn’t start but saw significant playing time with the first team.

WR Rookie Jets Garrett Wilson also saw game time with the starters, but it was much more limited.

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Move Michael Carter down your draft board: Carter started the game for the Jets and had more playing time than the rookie Brece Hallbut the gap between them has narrowed from their first pre-season game.

    • Carter played seven snaps for the starters in their first game against two by Hall.
    • The two saw playing time on the first two discs, then Hall received the third disc and Carter the fourth.
    • Neither was played once the backups arrived.
    • There was a tendency for Carter to play passing and Hall to play rushing, but Hall played on more third downs while Carter played on more first downs.
    • Hall can be expected to see a higher percentage of snaps over time, and the fact that Hall has played more on third downs means he could take both early and late work.

Move Garrett Wilson down your draft board: Wilson remains a backup for the Jets. He saw playing time with the starters but continued to play more when the substitutes arrived.

    • The Jets don’t use their wide receivers interchangeably like some teams. Instead, each backup wide receiver is a backup for a particular starter.
    • Wilson was specifically Corey Davis‘ backup in this game, only coming onto the field with the starters when Davis is out.
    • It’s the same thing that happened in the first preseason game – Wilson’s only snap with the starters came when Davis missed a game.
    • In the same way, Jeff Smith was the safeguard of Elijah Moore.
    • Davis took nine shots in 11 staffers compared to Wilson’s two. And similarly, Davis took eight shots in 12 people compared to Wilson’s two.
    • Braxton Berrios remains locked into a slot machine role, playing 100% of the snaps with starters in 11 personals and 0% in 12 personals. It’s basically how Jamison Crowder was used last year.
    • Wilson will likely take more time from Davis as the season progresses, but he may never get the playing time you’d like to see from a fantastic starter in 2022.

Consider Tyler Conklin a heavy sleeper: Conklin only left the field once with the Jets starters and was the most targeted player among the starters.

    • The Jets offense would need to improve significantly this season for Conklin to be a fantastic starter, as he would need multiple touchdown opportunities.
    • He seems to see the playing time needed to be a fantastic beginner, at least.
    • CJ Ouzomah ran a lot of routes in two tight sets, but didn’t see enough playing time to be worth drafting into the majority of leagues.

The Giants showed us more of the same: The Giants have played a number of starters in all three preseason games while resting over-important or injured players. They basically used their players the same way in all three games.

    • matt breida remains the clear running back for the Giants. He played the first six offensive snaps and called it a day.
    • Wan’ Dale Robinson remained the starting slot receiver. Sterling Shepard was recently activated, and the two will face off for slots snaps, but Shepard did not play against the Jets.
    • Darius Slayton didn’t play on the first two drives but did later in the game. He could be one of the Giants’ roster cuts.
    • Daniel Bellinger remains the undisputed starting tight end. He’s played longer than other starters, which might be slightly concerning, but he’s also a mid-range rookie, which makes the extended playing time more understandable.


Monitor the Diontae Johnson shoulder injury: Johnson left in the first quarter after landing awkwardly on his shoulder and was ejected from the game shortly after. The severity of the injury at this point is unclear, but it’s no surprise that an injured starter won’t return to play, regardless of the severity.

    • Chase Claypool also missed this game with a shoulder injury. Gunner Olszewski replaced Claypool in the starting lineup.
    • Olszewski beat George Pickens in the first two games out of 12 staff, but Pickens edged Olszewski for more shots later in the game, including when Claypool was out. It probably doesn’t mean much, but it’s worth watching.

Disorganized Najee Harris: There had been talk this offseason of a reduced workload for Harris this season. It was used similarly to last season in the first half, seeing the vast majority of snaps. He should continue to see a workload that few running backs will match.

    • Jaylen Warren was the only other running back to see playing time in the first half, suggesting he is the new favorite to be the substitute. He also started the second half with the saves.
    • The Steelers would likely use multiple running backs if injured, with the back that looks better getting more playing time. All saves should be avoided in fantasy drafts.

Watch the running backs the Lions guard: Craig Reynolds shot with Jermar Jefferson in the first two preseason games, with Reynolds playing first both times. Jefferson started today, with Reynolds only playing in the third quarter.

    • Old Charger justin jackson also played in the first half, sometimes replacing Jefferson.
    • Reynolds played early in this game as a kick returner. He never played kick returner in the regular season, but did in the 2019 and 2021 preseasons. It’s possible the Lions wanted him to focus on the return for this game rather than rushing .
    • It could be a sign that Reynolds lost his job as a third back or a sign that they were more concerned about Jefferson and Jackson battling for a spot.
    • None of the three should be redacted, but if there is a clear third, they should be a disclaimer thread addition if By Andre Swift Where jamal williams gets injured all the time this season.

Notes on the table
  • Snaps include plays recalled due to penalties, including offensive holding or defensive pass interference. The other three stats have those games removed.
  • Targets may differ from official NFL sources. The most likely discrepancy would come from a clear pass thrown, where the NFL can give the target to the closest receiver, while this data won’t.
  • Staves are only on designed decks. Quarterback scrambles will not count towards the total number of runs in the game.

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