What we learned from Friday’s NFL preseason games


After Thursday’s preseason palooza of 12 games, Friday’s slate a games offered a more selective docket of contests. The early matchup featured the first chapter in the Jets’ starting quarterback search and the late game featured Jon Gruden’s return to Oakland and Matt Patricia’s head coaching debut with the Detroit Lions.

Here’s what we learned from Friday’s Week 1 preseason games:

Raiders 16, Lions 10

Nothing is official until the regular season starts, and Gruden and Patricia have to be glad about that.

Gruden’s Oakland homecoming and Patricia’s Lions debut was a rather sloppy, penalty-laden affair for both teams — the sort of preseason game that coaches can’t feel fantastic about but can take solace in knowing it’s ramifications are limited.


For the Lions, the three-way running back duel between Ameer Abdullah, LeGarrette Blount and Kerryon Johnson was on vivid display. Based on his performance against the Raiders, it appears Abdullah is acutely aware he needs to have a good preseason to increase his odds of staying in Detroit this season.

Abdullah rushed for 16 yards and a touchdown on four carries and also made a 7-yard catch. While

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