Tom Brady plays, has a sharp series for Buccaneers


Tom Brady could probably call off the preseason if he wanted to, but he clearly sees the value in getting some shots before the season starts.

Brady didn’t play much for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Saturday night in a 27-10 loss to the Indianapolis Colts, but he looked set for the season opener.

Brady got a series against the Indianapolis Colts and looked pretty good. He knocked over Mike Evans on one pass, but was on target on his other seven. One pass was a bad drop from receiver Tyler Johnson, but Brady completed 6-of-8 passes for 44 yards on what was his only drive. The 45-year-old quarterback may need some snaps, but the Buccaneers wouldn’t expose him too much.

Brady’s best pass came on his newest star receiver. He found Julio Jones on a 20-yard strike near the sidelines. The throw had good speed and was the biggest action of Brady’s short outing. The drive ended with a field goal and the Buccaneers released him for the rest of the evening.

Brady had not played the first two games of the preseason. He also took an 11-day sabbatical from training camp, which is odd, but the team was completely behind his free time. Brady did appear in two preseason games in 2021, so it was not uncommon for him to get some playing time before the regular season started.

Brady had to get used to the starting attack. The Bucs argued a lot when he was in the game. He had to complete a pass to Jones before the regular season starts. He got out of the game without getting hit. It was a productive evening.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) will pitch against the Indianapolis Colts on Saturday. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)

Spotlight Team: Cleveland Browns

The Cleveland Browns had to take a good look at Jacoby Brissett. He will be their quarterback for a while.

Brissett did not play in the first two preseason games. He also lost some practice shots in Deshaun Watson’s camp. The Browns are rolling with Brissett to start the season as Watson starts an 11 game suspension so he needed some action for the season. It wasn’t great.

Brissett didn’t get much in the field in a 21-20 loss to the Chicago Bears. It was probably a fair taste of the Browns’ attack as long as Brissett starts. Most of his throws were safe and short. Brissett threw one interception, but his intended receiver, Anthony Schwartz, fell on the game after being knocked off his route.

Brissett played most of the first half and the Browns trailed 21-3 when he was drawn. They only came on the board to a field goal with 1:25 to go in the second quarter. Brissett was 13-of-23 for 109 yards. That’s a miserable 4.7 yards per attempt.

Brissett was off even on some completions. He threw short of the sticks on a third-and-11 pass to David Njoku. He was wild on a pass to Donovan Peoples-Jones and the receiver made a nice play for a 4-yard catch. Brissett had a throw in the downfield that delivered pretty well in tight coverage, but Anthony Schwartz couldn’t bring it in after he got a hand on it. Brissett’s best delivery came late, when he had a strong attack on David Bell for a 14-yard gain on third and ten.

The Browns’ defense looked good, even though he barely played. It stopped Bears from running back David Montgomery for a 1 yard loss and then no gain, then Justin Fields threw incomplete in third. That three-and-out was it for most of the Browns’ novice defensive players.

This is what the Browns will be, at least until Watson returns. They will defend well. They will play with the ball a lot. And they’ll ask Brissett to move the chains. Maybe that formula looks better than Saturday night.

Notable Players: Tua Tagovailoa and Tyreek Hill

The Miami Dolphins probably wanted to make a statement with their first appearance on Saturday night. Tyreek Hill went deep and Tua Tagovailoa hit him for a 51m gain.

The throw will likely be watched closely, as a deeper throw Hill leads will likely result in a touchdown, but it was more than 50 yards downfield. It was a nice connection. Tagovailoa later hit Hill bottom again in the drive and then threw a touchdown to River Cracraft. Tagovailoa completed all three passes on the ride. It was encouraging that two of them went to Hill, his new number 1 target.

Tagovailoa was pretty good in Miami’s 48-10 win, although the Eagles didn’t use any starters. He was 6-of-7 for 121 yards. The Dolphins were leading 17-0 when he took his seat and Teddy Bridgewater came in as quarterback. It was a good outing for Tagovailoa. The deep pass to Hill is all the dolphins need to see before the games count.

Other games

Atlanta Falcons 28, Jacksonville Jaguars 12: Neither team played starters. Falcons rookie running back Tyler Allgeier scored two touchdowns, but had just 26 yards on eight carries. The star of the running game was Caleb Huntley, who had 86 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries. The Falcons have some interesting decisions to make as they run back when they make the final roster.

Cincinnati Bengals 16, Los Angeles Rams 7: Both teams sat as starters, which was an even easier decision after controversial joint practice sessions this week. There wasn’t much to get out of this game, though Bengals backup QB Brandon Allen looked good with 130 yards on 11-of-15 passes.Tennessee Titans 26, Arizona Cardinals 23: We don’t know what Titans rookie Malik Willis will be like an NFL quarterback, but he definitely has the physical skills to stay in the league. He made a 50m run look easy when he couldn’t find anyone open and decided to run for it.

Tennessee Titans 26, Arizona Cardinals 23: We don’t know what Titans rookie Malik Willis will be as an NFL quarterback, but he definitely has the . There wasn’t much to get out of this game, though Bengals backup QB Brandon Allen looked good with 130 yards on 11-of-15 passing. Tennessee Titans 26, Arizona Cardinals 23: We don’t know what Titans rookie Malik Willis will be as an NFL quarterback, but he definitely has the physical skills to stay in the league. He made a 50m run look easy when he couldn’t find anyone open and decided to run for it.

Baltimore Ravens 17, Washington Commanders 15: It’s not the biggest problem as the starters didn’t play for either side, but the Ravens probably wanted more than 1 yard on seven hasty attempts in the first half. The Ravens have an uncertain run-back situation heading into the season, and Saturday night may add to the concerns. And, of course, Baltimore extended its record preseason winning streak to 23.

Minnesota Vikings in Denver Broncos: The starters of both teams did not play. The Broncos barely played a lead all through the preseason and some Vikings starters barely played in the opener before taking the rest of the preseason off (10 starters) didn’t play at all). The head coaches of both teams are putting a greater emphasis on staying healthy before the regular season kicks off.

Final Thoughts

• Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields had a productive night, albeit mostly against backups.

The Bears started with a three-and-out, but Fields immediately put together a nice drive after most of the Browns’ starting defenses had settled. He completed all five passes for 55 yards and a touchdown.

He later added two more touchdowns, one for Dante Pettis and one for wide open tight end Cole Kmet. Fields finished 14-of-16 for 156 yards and three TDs.

Fields looked good. Even if it wasn’t against the top defense of the Browns, it was still a positive way to end the preseason.

• In a perfect world, Titans rookie Treylon Burks would have sat next to the other Titans starters on Saturday night, but at least he finished the preseason on a good note. He had a 14-yard touchdown catch. Burks struggled to climb the depth chart for the season, but the first round pick could still be a factor this season.

• Falcons rookie QB Desmond Ridder got almost the entire game. He finished 14-of-21 for 185 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. While one choice was a desperate pass to end the first half, the first was a poor decision to the middle of the field.

Knight needs some work, but he’s shown enough in the preseason that the Falcons must still be intrigued by his future.

• The Dolphins should be able to run the ball this season. New coach Mike McDaniel comes from the Kyle Shanahan boom and the Shanahans have always had good runs. The Dolphins got big nights from Raheem Mostert, Sony Michel, Myles Gaskin and Salvon Ahmed (starter Chase Edmonds didn’t play). Midway through the third quarter, when other backs started to work, those four had a combined 113 yards on 17 carries. Each back averaged at least 6.5 yards per carry. The Eagles didn’t care much for the preseason finale, but Miami should be able to do well this season.

The Valley Voice
The Valley Voice
Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.


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