2022 NFL preseason, Week 3: What We Learned from Sunday's games

NFL.com breaks down what you need to know from Week 3 of the 2022 NFL preseason. Catch up on each game's biggest takeaways using the links below:

  1. Jets defense brings the juice; Mims raises his value. Robert Saleh's defense made a preseason statement with a hard-hitting display in the first half, and it left their New York rivals reeling. Michael Carter II stood out among several great defensive efforts from Gang Green. The second-year cornerback burst around the edge to help score a big third-down sack along with teammate Quinnen Williams, and followed that up with an interception on the next Giants possession. Rookie Micheal Clemons proceeded to make matters worse for the Giants with a powerful crunch of their quarterback, but it was Kwon Alexander's fumble-inducing hit of Antonio Williams that sent the Jets' sideline into an absolute frenzy. The Jets' starting D played its portion with their hair on fire, allowing less than 100 yards of offense, forcing four punts and holding the Giants to a field goal in the red zone. On a day when quarterback Joe Flacco (pick six) and running back Michael Carter (lost fumble) had their woes in the final preseason game, the Jets defense looks primed to attack the Ravens in Week 1. Highlighting the offense for the Jets, aside from QB Chris Streveler who led another thrilling comeback win, was wide receiver Denzel Mims, who produced eight receptions for 102 yards and a touchdown just three days removed from his trade request from the team.
  2. Davis Webb steps up in Tyrod Taylor's absence. In a game where the Giants defense matched the intensity of their intercity rivals, Taylor's exit from the preseason finale with a back injury made the Giants quarterback situation take precedence. Webb, the Giants' third-string QB, answered the door when opportunity knocked. The Cal product played more than three quarters for the Giants and did so efficiently, completing 30 of 38 passes for 202 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions. Webb did most of his damage during the second half, continuously reviving a Giants lead with scoring drives in three of the team's last five possessions (one of which was a mad scramble with 22 seconds left in the game). With Taylor's status up in the air, Webb all but secured a spot on the team entering Year 2 and may very well be Daniel Jones' backup for Week 1 in Tennessee. Having a day on that Giants defense was journeyman linebacker Austin Calitro, who scored a pick-six TD, found a fumble recovery and tallied five tackles ahead of Tuesday's final 53-man roster cut.
  1. Pittsburgh QB battle concludes. If everyone was hoping that Sunday's game would provide a clear answer as to who the Week 1 starting quarterback should be, they were sorely disappointed. Both Mitchell Trubisky and Kenny Pickett saw significant time in the preseason finale, and both had solid performances in the win. Trubisky started the game and played through the first half, going 15-of-19 for 160 yards. Pittsburgh scored on four of the six drives he led in the first half, including when Trubisky helmed a 92-yard march down the field with 1:34 on the clock that finished with a six-yard TD pass to Steven Sims. Then Pickett came in for the second half, and while the offense only put up three more points with most of the backups in, he finished 10-of-14 for 90 yards. With Sunday marking the end of preseason, we'll know sooner rather than later who the Steelers will be trusting under center in Week 1.
  2. Young Lions defenders roar. The Lions offense couldn't get anything going for most of the game, but on defense some of Detroit's young stars were shining in the final preseason game. Like many players, edge rusher Aidan Hutchinson only played a bit in the beginning of the game, but in that time he still showed his pass-rushing abilities. On just the third defensive snap of the game, the defense swarmed Trubisky and Hutchinson together with defensive end Charles Harris brought him down for the sack. Even playing only limited snaps this preseason, Hutchinson looks ready to attack in the regular season. Another young defender who flashed his talents was third-year cornerback Jeff Okudah, who had two tackles and one pass defended in the loss, a throw which would have gone for a touchdown otherwise. After missing much of his first two seasons with injuries, Okudah looked primed for a breakout season if he can stay healthy.

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