Preseason Week 1 Grade: 66.5
Preseason Week 1 Snaps: 16
Due to Jacksonville featuring in the Week 0 Hall of Fame game, we have actually had a chance to see Travon Walker twice already. And he has certainly flashed potential. Walker played just 25 total snaps in those two games combined but already has a sack and three pressures along with a defensive stop. He is visibly impressive physically, and only a missed tackle is tarnishing his performance so far.
2. Detroit Lions: EDGE Aidan Hutchinson, Michigan
Preseason Week 1 Grade: 88.0
Preseason Week 1 Snaps: 11
Aidan Hutchinson saw 11 snaps for the Lions' defense in his preseason debut and came up with a highlight-reel play against the run. He knifed inside his blocker and stuffed the running back in the backfield for his lone defensive stop. He also had a hurry and was able to draw a holding penalty in an active debut.
Preseason Week 1 Grade: N/A
Preseason Week 1 Snaps: 0
Derek Stingley Jr. did not play in Houston’s preseason opener.
Preseason Week 1 Grade: 67.3
Preseason Week 1 Snaps: 15
Sauce Gardner played 15 snaps in a largely uneventful preseason debut. He wasn’t targeted during that workload. He was in tight coverage for most of those snaps, but the majority of them also came against a struggling Jalen Reagor.
5. New York Giants: EDGE Kayvon Thibodeaux, Oregon
Preseason Week 1 Grade: 67.6
Preseason Week 1 Snaps: 14
Kayvon Thibodeaux played 14 snaps for the Giants, eight of which were rushing the passer. He didn’t register any pressure, but on six of those eight plays, the ball was out almost immediately on a short drop, giving him little chance to make an impact. On one of the plays where it didn’t, Thibodeaux was about to create pressure right as the ball came out.
Preseason Week 1 Grade: 56.4
Preseason Week 1 Snaps: 16
Ikem Ekwonu played 16 snaps with the second team at left tackle after Brady Christensen had started the game protecting Baker Mayfield’s blindside. Ekwonu allowed just one hurry, but his run blocking was far from perfect and head coach Matt Rhule had stated previously that he has a long way to go to earn the starting job at left tackle.
Preseason Week 1 Grade: 54.2
Preseason Week 1 Snaps: 18
Evan Neal played 18 snaps and had a few poor plays, enough to drag down his overall grade amid the small sample sizes. Josh Uche beat him around the edge for speed once and Anfernee Jennings gave him some real problems on multiple occasions.
8. Atlanta Falcons: WR Drake London, USC
Preseason Week 1 Grade: 76.6
Preseason Week 1 Snaps: 5
Drake London played just five snaps before he was forced from the field with an injury and held out as a precaution. He picked up the knock at the end of a nice catch-and-run play where he showed off the straight-line speed that was a big question before the draft.