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Kenny Pickett impressed NFL coaches with his preseason Week 2 game against the Texans, while Malik Willis remained impressive

Find out how all the Week 2s performed against their opponents.



Joint practices have altered the traditional view of the NFL’s second-to-last preseason week as a “dress rehearsal” for teams. No matter how a team handles its business in the preseason, a rookie quarterback will have plenty of opportunities to make an impression as the team looks ahead to the future.

Week 1 of the preseason saw compelling cases made for several potential starting quarterbacks, including Kenny Pickett of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Desmond Ridder of the Atlanta Falcons, and Malik Willis of the Tennessee Titans.

What happened with these quarterbacks and the other first-year starters in Week 2? Okay, let’s check this out.

Former Steelers wide receiver Kenny Pickett

PIT: QB: 8 CMP%; 86.4%; 171 YDS; 3 TDs; 0 INTs; YD/Att: 7.77 View Kenny Pickett’s Profile

Pickett continued to prove why he should start at quarterback for the Steelers in his second game. He completed 6 of 7 passes for 76 yards and a score, good for a 151.5 passer rating. Coach Mike Tomlin of the Steelers called for a no-huddle offense, and Pickett completed a 63-yard drive in just 42 seconds by finding Benny Snell with a pass.

So far in his career, Pickett is 19 for 22 for 171 yards, three touchdowns, and a passer rating of 138.6. Even though Pittsburgh may start the season with Mitchell Trubisky at quarterback, he is clearly the Steelers’ top option.

Willis Malik, Titans

QB • 7 CMP% 46.4 YDs 187 TD 1 INT 0 YD/Att 6.68 TEN • The Malik Willis Profile

Willis impressed in his second game with the Titans, despite the fact that his passing still needs work. He was sacked three times and completed 7 of 17 passes for 80 yards and a touchdown while having a 75.6 passer rating. Additionally, Willis’s 42 yards on five carries led the Titans and were the most of any player.

Although accuracy is still an issue for Willis, he will have the opportunity to learn from Ryan Tannehill to begin the season. Willis has only a 48.4 percent completion rate through two games, but he has 10 carries for 80 yards and a touchdown.

Commanding Officer Sam Howell

WAS QB • 14 CMP% 55.9 YDs 267 TD 0 INT 1 YD/Att 7.85 View Full ProfileSam Howell

Howell was not as successful in his second game as he was in his first. He completed 10 of 18 passes for 122 yards, but threw no touchdowns and one interception (53.5 rating). On two carries, he has gained 13 yards, with a long of 11 yards. Howell completed passes to Dax Milne and Eli Wolf, but in the final minutes of the game, with the Commanders trailing by three points, he threw an interception.

Howell has thrown for 55.9 percent completion, with a 69.1 passer rating and 1 interception. As the third-string quarterback behind Carson Wentz and Taylor Heinicke, he has five carries for 32 yards and two touchdowns.

Panthers’ Matt Corral

QB, CAR • 9 CMP%; 41.7 YDS; 69 TDs; 0 INTs; 2.88 YDS/Att The Matt Corral Profile

The LisFranc injury Corral sustained in the Panthers’ second preseason game effectively ended his season. After starting Friday’s game as the No. 3 quarterback, Corral threw for only 9 of 15 and 58 yards before being taken out.

Corral could be placed on injured reserve by the Panthers.

Bailey Zappe, quarterback for the New England Patriots: 4 CMP%, 61.4 yards per pass attempt, 378 yards passing, one touchdown, two interceptions, and a yards per attempt of 6.63 A Look at Bailey’s Profile

Zappe entered as the Patriots’ third quarterback and played the rest of the game, completing 16 of 25 passes for 173 yards and an interception that was returned for a touchdown (for a final rating of 67.6) The Patriots are expected to use their fourth-round pick as their No. 3 quarterback, though he has a shot at taking over for Brian Hoyer.

49ers’ Brock Purdy, QB, 14 CMP%, 58.6 YDS total yards (164) touchdowns (1) interceptions (0) yards per attempt (5.66) Explore Brock Purdy’s Profile

Purdy entered the game in the second quarter and played the rest of the way, completing 14 of 23 passes for 128 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions. The seventh-rounder has played a significant amount of snaps so far this preseason. He is 17 of 29 for 164 yards and a touchdown (86.0 rating).

Purdy is a strong contender for the position of No. 3 in San Francisco.

Dustin Crum, QB, Chiefs (KC) • 13 CMP% 64.3 YDS 45 touchdowns with no interceptions and a yard per attempt of 3.21 Viewer’s Profile: Dustin Crum

Late in the fourth quarter, Kansas City substituted in Crum, and he went three-for-three passing for 27 yards in his three series. As the Chiefs’ No. 4 quarterback, the former Kent State starter is a long shot to make the roster after being signed as an undrafted free agent.

IND: QB 3 CMP% 50.0 YDs 83 TD 0 INT 0 YD/Att 5.19 Profile of Jack Coan

In Saturday’s game, with the starters getting some rest, Coan got more playing time than usual and ended up completing 7 of 11 passes for 83 yards and a touchdown (116.9 rating). Former Wisconsin and Notre Dame quarterback Sam Ehlinger, an undrafted free agent, is currently the team’s No. 4 quarterback. Matt Ryan, Nick Foles, and Sam Ehlinger are the first three quarterbacks on the depth chart.

Inactive; Quarterback; 19 Completion Percentage; 76.3 Yards; 347 Yards; Two Touchdowns; Zero Interceptions; Yards per Attempt; 9.13 This is Skylar Thompson, by the way. Explore the Profile

Thompson’s strong play in Miami has continued, as he completed 9 of 10 passes for 129 yards and a touchdown after entering the game late in the third quarter. The only touchdown scored by Miami was set up by his pass to ZaQuandre White.

Thompson, a seventh-round pick, has more than lived up to his billing as Miami’s No. 3 quarterback. He has completed 29 of 38 passes for 347 yards, including two scores and no picks (121.3 rating).

Eagles Carson Strong

QB (Philadelphia) • 8 (centrifugal) • 0.0 (yards) (0 touchdowns) (0 interceptions) (0 yards per attempt) 0 Profile of Carson’s StrongView

Strong, who was a healthy scratch last week, made his debut as a passer on Sunday. The undrafted free agent completed one of his two passes. Strong, an undrafted free agent, won’t make the 53-man roster but could make the practice squad if a pass interference penalty is called and a flag is thrown on third down.