2021 Dynasty/Fantasy Preseason Wk1 Game Analysis: Bills 16, Lions 15 (Subscriber Extra Notes by RC)
Ross Jacobs scouted this game initially and wrote up his scouting notes/recap of it. He will handle some of the scouting/game reports this preseason and regular season. I review his work, discuss it and we publish it – but I’m (RC) also scouting the game as well just to see what I see/get a feel for what’s going on, and after that the things of note I want to hit on I’ll write up as a little extra/bonus view from the game.
My notes from this game watch/study…
-- The biggest thing I wanted to know for FF, from this game, was how did Jared Goff (7-9 for 56 yards, 0 TDs/0 INTs) look – but more importantly…who was he targeting/leaning on here/how did the connection with Tyrell Williams (2-30-0/4) look? We haven’t seen Tyrell in over a year, due to him getting hurt last preseason and gone for the regular season.
My short answers to these questions…
-Goff looks fine, but it’s a stiff offense out of the gates (as I feared with Anthony Lynn). It’s just the preseason but this offense looked like I expected – Goff is solid, the plays are vanilla/basic/uninspiring. It’s just preseason game one, but nothing new to see here.
-Tyrell Williams looks totally in shape and is the acting ‘#1’ (as Ross pointed out). Whatever you think Goff-to-Williams (as the Lions #1 WR) is worth with this stiff offense – game on. It’s redraft worthy late in a draft. It’s worth a WR3 look.
-- I definitely walked away with the same impression as Ross here on Amon-Ra St. Brown (2-12-0/2)…like it or not, he’s the handy slot WR. The pitch and catch Randall Cobb for the QB.
St. Brown looked NFL-ready…ran good routes, reliable hands, thick/sturdy to take on NFL hits. He’s not electric, but he’s serviceable – which is what the Lions crave…serviceable, tough, reliable (and that usually means non-electric playmaker).
St. Brown will catch a good number of passes this year without huge yards and low TD counts. Like a bad Sterling Shepard.
St. Brown’s highlights: https://youtu.be/u1xbgw2XBoU
-- Devin Singletary (8-42-0, 1-6-1/1) looked terrific and acted like a true lead back here…just had that vibe (Moss out). If Josh Allen goes down, Singletary will be back to a strong RB2 with upside. I think the clock is ticking on Zach Moss…like I said it would all along.
-- Rookie Notes…
1) It was a brief look, but Lions rookie RB Jermar Jefferson (4-7-0, 1-1-0/1) didn’t look too bad. He’s buried here but will be the #3 and might fall into a shot if Jamaal Williams goes down.
2) Marquez Stevenson (3-50-0/3) was the MVP of the late 4th-quarter…he showed good feet/routes/catching, but he was also torching low level cover guys. Still, a glimmer of hope here vs. none.
3) Lions LB Derrick Barnes (2 tackles, 1 QB hit) showed some decent movement skills in his debut. I liked what I saw a little more than compared to Ross Jacobs’s notes. He is hopeful on Barnes, like I am, and we thought he might be a Week 1 starter hopeful – that’s not happening, but I thought he wasn’t out of place physically from my first watch – but I wasn’t dazzled either.
-- Mitchell Trubisky (1-2 for 10 yards, 1 TD/0 INT) does not look transformed yet. He didn’t play much, but no signs of anything different from the past. Davis Webb (11-16 for 90 yards, 1 TD/0 INT) looked the best I’ve seen him in a while and played with more energy/effectiveness than the brief Mitch sighting.