The first week of the 2021 NFL preseason is in the books. It’s important to not overreact to highlight plays in the preseason, as depth charts and personnel groupings can tell us more about how teams plan to use players. Certain teams put enough important players on the field to offer some indication of their regular-season roles.
The following are my 10 biggest takeaways from Week 1 of the 2021 preseason. For a more detailed 32-team view of the week, including snap counts, check out the complete recap here.
1. Move Miami Dolphins RB Myles Gaskin down the rankings
Gaskin surprisingly backed up Malcolm Brown in this one, with Brown beginning each drive with the starters and Gaskin workin in to give him a break. Three of Gaskin’s seven snaps with the starters occurred after the free agent addition’s day was done. Gaskin continued to see offensive snaps with the second team.
There is still plenty of time for Gaskin to reclaim the starter role, but this will likely be a committee even if he plays the first snap of any particular game. Gaskin should end up in the RB30-RB35 range instead of RB20-RB25.
2. Buy New England Patriots RB Damien Harris hype