The all-important Week 3 of the preseason saw fewer of the “who?” names atop the statistical leaderboard as starters got their work in. This week’s rundown of preseason performances worth a second look includes plenty of familiar faces, but also a handful of newcomers hoping to turn August success into regular-season productivity.
Jimmy Graham vs. Raiders, 5-73 receiving – With all the talk about Jermichael Finley and the matchup problems he creates, Graham is getting lost in the shuffle. He was the Saints’ most-targeted pass catcher in Week 3 of the preseason; his eight looks was twice as many as any other Saint except for Marques Colston. Drew Brees has plenty of weapons to work with, but none may be as appealing in the red zone as Graham.
Chris Wells vs. Chargers, 10-63 rushing, 1-5 receiving – Beanie will be given every opportunity to be Arizona’s feature back, and Saturday he capitalized on that chance at a healthy 6.3 yards per carry clip. Also notable was that Wells was targeted three times in the passing game, more than anyone except the Cardinals’ top trio of wideouts (Fitzgerald, Doucet, Roberts). There’s still a sneaking suspicion that someone like Chester Taylor or Donald Brown or Tashard Choice could end up in Arizona, but for now at least Wells looks like he’ll take the job and run with it.
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