NFL Pre-Season Notebook

One thing about the NFL Preseason games - they sure can be a detriment to backup/second-string players who might feel they're sitting pretty there on the depth charts.

Take Pittsburgh Steelers QB Landry Jones who aired four INTs - including a pick six - in Thursday's ugly 17-0 home loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.

Jones is considered the chief backup to incumbent Ben Roethlisberger what with current reserve QB Bruce Gradkowski out for another few weeks with hamstring woes but could Jones' bomb game the other night prompt the Steelers to look for a new backup (maybe New York Jets' backup Geno Smith finds a new home here, right?) ...

Hey, there's similar conversations going on in Green Bay where there is an icon starter in Aaron Rodgers but mucho questions when it comes to his backups. Second-year slinger Brett Hundley started the other night's 20-12 win/cover against 3-point underdog Oakland but he didn't last long as a second-quarter left ankle injury (or re-injury, if you will) kayoed 'em for the remainder of that exhibition game. Look for the Pack to scour the cut lists soon for a capable veteran to back up Rodgers who has been known to get injured himself. There could be interest in Los Angeles' Sean Mannion or Case Keenum providing the Rams green-light rookie QB Jared Goff to start the season.

In other NFL Preseason Weekend Notes ...
We've told 'ya in the past that the Preseason does matter to certain teams/coaches and on that list should be the likes of the Jacksonville Jaguars and Chicago Bears - the Jags were looking to snag their first Preseason win on Saturday at home against Tampa Bay while the Bears exited Thursday's 23-22 loss-but-cover (thanks to a last-second TD pass that wasn't defended very well by New England) without a Preseason win after two weeks of play.

Just the "winning feeling" should be important for Jacksonville head coach Gus Bradley who probably needs to be at least .500 this year or else he'll get his walking papers while Chicago's second-year head coach John Fox may be a two-time Super Bowl coach (lost with both Carolina and Denver) but the Windy City fans already are moaning about how this team looks although the Bears were patting themselves on the back for gaining 59 yards in their first offensive drive versus the Pats ...

FYI, note that NFL Preseason Betting Favorites entered Friday's three games at 6-15-0 ATS (against the spread) with one pick 'em game - that's a sizzling-hot .714 winning rate for the dogs so far this summer.

NOTE: Lots more Football in the next edition of Jim Sez.


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