There were not many changes or new developments from the first preseason game to the second. There are still a good number of teams running with two linebackers in most of their nickel packages and a few ongoing competitions to check in on. Some of the first outing surprises are looking more and more like the real thing but I am still waiting for game three confirmation before I can be comfortable believing my own eyes in some situations. This is what I saw last weekend and my best guess at what it may mean.
Sean Lee returned to the field and was back in his expected weak side linebacker role. He may have been a bit rusty but moved well and looked healthy. It was good to see that the return of Lee did not change anything for Anthony Hitchens. Hitchens was less than stellar in the first game but was rock solid against Miami. He got off blocks well and made plays all over the field.
Jack Crawford made the start at end opposite Demarcus Lawrence while Tyrone Crawford lined up at tackle most of the time with the first team. Tyrone did take a few snaps at end however. They may not be related but the Crawford’s are hard to tell apart on the football field when you are not able to see the numbers on their jerseys. One somewhat surprising twist here was Terrell McClain starting ahead of Cedric Thornton on the inside. I like Thornton as a sleeper in tackle required leagues so this is one I will be checking out in the next dress rehearsal.