The Hall of Fame Game has come and gone, so preseason is officially underway! With the new schedule changes, 30 teams will play three preseason games while the remaining two play four and will be featured in the Hall of Fame game that took place last week. Week 1 of the preseason begins on Thursday, August 11 when the New York Giants take on the New England Patriots.
The new preseason format of three games for most teams makes it harder to gauge how much we’ll see of the star players. While most veterans will see limited action, this is a time for teams to test rookies and see what their depth might look like as they come into the season. Rookie quarterbacks came under scrutiny in the NFL Draft as they were touted as top picks, and only one was selected in the first two rounds. This weekend should give us our first look at game action to see how they look in the NFL.
Here are some of our favorite games from Week 1 of the 2022 NFL Preseason. Be sure to check out the full Week 1 2022 NFL Preseason schedule.
date: Thursday 11 August
start time: 7:30 p.m. ET
Something to see: You probably won’t see Titans running back Derrick Henry, and Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson and tight end Mark Andrews have already been declared out. So why tune in? Malik Willis was a consensus top 5 pick as we headed into the 2022 NFL Draft but fell back to the 22nd pick in the third round. Also, the Titans used their first-round picks, acquired through trading with AJ Brown, to select Arkansas wide receiver Treylon Burks, who was scheduled to debut Thursday.
For the Baltimore side, keep an eye on how their wide receivers are being used as they search for a new No. 1 after conceding Marquise Brown during the NFL draft.
date: Friday 12 August
start time: 6 p.m. ET
Something to see: On the subject of rookie quarterbacks set to debut, Atlanta should bring out Cincinnati quarterback Desmond Ridder. He was picked up as second quarterback and dropped to the third round after being taunted in the top-15. Picked eighth overall, wide receiver Drake London is leading a revamped Atlanta receiving corps.
On the Detroit side of the ball, we should get our first look at Michigan defensive end Aidan Hutchinson in a Lions uniform.
date: Saturday 13 August
start time: 1 p.m. ET
Something to see: Ron Rivera’s Revenge Game! For the Panthers, the quarterback is a question mark ahead of the season. They traded for Baker Mayfield, still have Sam Darnold because of his contract and drafted Matt Corral in the third round. Wide receiver terrace Marshall Jr. was a standout for Carolina preseason last season, and they could use him for another impressive performance.
Washington probably won’t play Carson Wentz much, so we should see the majority of the game split between Taylor Heinicke and Sam Howell, who was drafted in the fifth round this year. Commanders first-round pick Jahan Dotson should see some playing time early in his pro career. When it comes to depth of the season, keep an eye on how Alabama running back Brian Robinson is adjusting to the NFL on Saturday as he could be in line for some carries in the regular season.