NFL preseason Week 2 scores, highlights, updates: Saints first-round WR Chris Olave scores first career TD – CBS Sports

NFL preseason Week 2 scores, highlights, updates: Saints first-round WR Chris Olave scores first career TD - CBS Sports

The NFL preseason has reached the midpoint with Week 2, which serves as the de facto “competition rehearsal” for starters to prepare for the start of the regular season – which is just three weeks away. For teams that don’t have joint practices this week, Week 2 of the preseason is critical.

Saturday’s slate features eight games, with three in the afternoon, four happening simultaneously in prime time, and the Cowboys and Chargers squaring off in the late window. The Broncos won’t play most of their starters in either of the two early games, but the Bills are ready to give theirs — including Josh Allen — at least some run. Andy Reid indicated that the Chiefs’ starters will play the first half of their game against the Commanders, so we’ll see Patrick Mahomes and the new-look offense hit their stride again.

We’ll likely see at least some of Trey Lance against the Vikings later in the day, but San Francisco’s starters aren’t expected to see that much action. Tom Brady remains absent from Buccaneers camp, so he won’t appear in the game against the Titans, but we should get another look at Malik Willis. Dallas and Los Angeles are two of the most aggressive teams in resting starters during the preseason, so we should expect that game to be a battle of low-end players fighting for spots on the team or in the rotation.

Below, we reveal all the must-see highlights from Friday’s action, the appetizer for the main course of games this weekend.

schedule

Thursday

Bears 27, Seahawks 11 (Takeaways)

friday

Patriots 20, Panthers 10 (Takings)
Packers 20, Saints 10 (Summary)
Texans 24, Rams 20 (Summary)

saturday

Broncos at Invoices1 pm ET (Game tracker)
lions at foals1 pm ET (Game tracker)
Commanders at bosses4 pm ET (Game tracker)
Steelers at Jaguars7 pm ET (Game tracker)
raiders at Dolphins7 pm ET (Game tracker)
49ers at vikings7 pm ET (Game tracker)
pirates at Titans7 pm ET (Game tracker)
cowboys at Chargers10:00 PM ET (Game tracker)

sunday

Eagles at Browns1 pm ET (Game tracker)
Bengals at Giants7 pm ET (Game tracker)
Crows at Cardinals8 pm ET (Game tracker)

monday

Falcons at Jets8 pm ET (Game tracker)

Catch of the night!

The Houston Texans played their starters during the first half of this preseason contest against the Los Angeles Rams, and were able to take a 7-6 halftime lead thanks to this punt catch by Nico Collins in the end zone. Collins just upstaged Derion Kendrick for the ball and came away with the score.

Collins will play a role in the Texans offense in 2022. Games like this will get him more targets.

What makes this Etling landing special? The play happened during an interview with Aaron Rodgers on the Packers broadcast. Rodgers’ excitement with Etling scoring makes this play even more exciting.

Jordan Love run

Love looked the part of an NFL quarterback on Friday night, finishing with 113 yards and a touchdown. He also showed off his running ability with this 11-yard run for a first down.

Chris Olave scores his first touchdown

Olave gives the Saints a preview of what’s to come when he lines up alongside Michael Thomas and Jarvis Landry this fall. The first-round pick connected with Ian Book on a 20-yard touchdown with 12 seconds left in the first half – his first in a Saints uniform.

Olave had just one catch for four yards last week, but had two in the first half of this one.

Patriots quarterback Bailey Zappe made a dangerous throw rolling to the left, and Hayes read the pass to take the ball the other way and tie the game. Zappe wasn’t as sharp in his second outing this preseason, one in which Matt Patricia calls plays.

Romeo Dubs touchdown

There’s room for Doubs to earn snaps with the first team this year, and this Jordan Love touchdown proves why. Doubs came up with this impressive four-yard touchdown reception over Brian Allen to put the Packers up, 10-3, over the Saints in the second quarter. Love is starting to show faith in the fourth-round rookie.

59-yard field goal by Wil Lutz

Lutz missed all of 2021 with a core muscle injury as the Saints missed their reliability in the kicking department. He certainly looked like his old self with this 59-yard field goal to close out the first quarter.

Just 13 of 23 on 50-plus-yard field goals in his career, Lutz hitting this kick is very encouraging.

Romeo Doubs making his case to move up the depth chart

Doubs was one of the young wide receivers Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers criticized during the week, so he was in the spotlight with the second team members participating in the majority of this one. A 17-yard catch on the opening drive on a Jordan Love throw makes a strong impression, even if Doubs didn’t stop a third-down pass earlier.

No longer a quarterback for the Saints, Hill has shifted his focus to tight end for the 2022 season. The No. 2 tight end in New Orleans, Hill made an early impact by catching a 10-yard pass from Ian Book. Hill adds an extra dimension to the Saints offense in his new role, and can still play wide receiver and running back in short-yardage situations.

The Patriots averaged just 1.9 yards per play in the first quarter with just 21 yards of offense, but Nelson Agholor changed that with this 45-yard catch on an impressive throw from Mac Jones. Going against a second-team defense or not, here’s what Patriots fans want to see from their new-look offense.

New England scored a touchdown — a two-yard run by Ty Montgomery — three plays later.

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