The 2022 NFL preseason is officially in the history books. That means real football is just around the corner. However, which players and teams are making strides forward (or backward) in Week 3 of the exhibition schedule before the roster is finalized and preparations for Week 1 begin? Here are some of the major winners and losers from the preseason finale:
WINNER: Veterans in QB play
Baker Mayfield has been locked up at the Panthers’ top quarterback spot, but he’s looking good on 15 throws Sharp, zip on the ball and direct some scoring drives. He also doesn’t need to worry about Sam Darnold looming backstage after he sprained his ankle on his touchdown run. Meanwhile, in Pittsburgh, Mitch Trubisky showed a solid touch in his start against the Lions, likely putting him ahead of rookie Kenny Pickett in QB1 duties. Geno Smith’s performance in Seattle earned him a job with the Seahawks.
Loser: Drew Lock
Speaking of QB games, the former Broncos Gunners basically lost in Seattle’s loss to the Cowboys work. His arms are active, to be sure, but at least two of his three draft picks are head-scratching, and Geno Smith has once again proven to be more reliable, albeit prosaic, so Pete Carroll at No. 1 Zhou crowned the former Jets starter.