The NFL's Dress Rehearsal Weekend
Many of this week's games featured starters and key contributors for at least a half of football. If a reserve earned playing time with starters this weekend, it's a good indication that, regardless of listing on the depth chart, the team values the skills that they've seen from the player thus far. The fact that the Ravens gave fourth-string running back Kenneth Dixon multiple series during the first half should tell you that Dixon earned the opportunity to prove that he should be promoted. This weekend's knee sprain will slow his progress but if you read in October that Dixon will serve as Justin Forsett's backup and the team wants to give him 8-10 touches per game, look back to Preseason Week 3.
Here are the top 10 items from my Preseason Week 3 notebook.
1. Communique From Captain Obvious: Josh Gordon is still an Elite talent
In 2013, Josh Gordon caught 87 passes for 1,646 yards and 9 touchdowns from Brian Hoyer and Jason Campbell. This would have been like Luciano Pavarotti winning a Grammy as the guest frontman for your Uncle Paul's Knights of Polka. Paul and his buddies might get the fellas to clap with vigor (and sometimes in rhythm) at the Masonic Lodge in Medina, but don't tell them to wait at the local Greyhound station for the tour bus.
They'll freeze to death.