NFC East preseason player grades, Week 2


Preseason football is here -- and while wins and losses mean nothing, individual performances can mean everything. As the preseason slate progresses, Bucky Brooks will be assessing the performances of notable players, handing out grades to provide context for the prior week's on-field action.

Below, find report cards for one key player from each NFC East team following Week 2's preseason action.


DALLAS COWBOYS: Dak Prescott, quarterback. If they issued gold jackets for preseason Hall of Famers, Prescott -- 12 of 15 for 199 yards, two touchdowns, zero picks and a passer rating of 158.3 against the Dolphins on Friday -- would need to spend a few minutes in the equipment room getting sized for his award. The rookie has been the most impressive player on the Cowboys' roster this preseason, exhibiting exceptional poise and playmaking skills. Most notably, Prescott has shown explosive skills as a dual-threat playmaker (8.2 yards per carry) without looking like a "run-around guy" in the pocket. He has thrown the ball on time and on target to his receivers on the perimeter, particularly Dez Bryant on back-shoulder fades. With Prescott also showing the ability to change his game from long ball to small ball based on the coverage, it seems the Cowboys might've stumbled onto a future franchise quarterback. GRADE: A+

NEW YORK GIANTS: Ryan Nassib and Logan Thomas, quarterbacks. The Giants' QB1 (Eli Manning) is as solid as they come, but the backup situation is murky, with Nassib and Thomas both struggling to complete passes whenever they are on the field. Against the Bills on Saturday, Nassib was a huge disappointment for the second straight week. He missed his first seven attempts and finished the night 2 of 12 for 25 yards. Thomas wasn't much better when he took over. He completed 2 of 4 passes for 17 yards, but he also tossed a pair of interceptions and continued to display the questionable judgment that's plagued him since he entered the league. Overall, the Giants' backup quarterbacks must improve quickly, or general manager Jerry Reese will need to scour the waiver wire for a veteran to handle the QB2 spot. GRADE: F

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES: Isaac Seumalo, guard. Lane Johnson's impending 10-game suspension has forced the Eagles to reshuffle the deck on the offensive line. With Allen Barbre vacating his normal starting spot to replace Johnson at right tackle, Seumalo started at left guard against the Steelers on Thursday with an opportunity to win the job with a strong performance. The third-round pick didn't quite seal the deal on the gig, due to a costly holding penalty and a few failed finishes, but he did flash some strength and power moving defenders off the ball. GRADE: B-

WASHINGTON REDSKINS: Rashad Ross, wide receiver. Despite facing long odds to make the team at a crowded position, Ross will make it hard on Washington to dismiss him, based on his explosive speed and natural receiving skills. He adjusts to the ball well (see: both of his touchdown grabs against the Jets on Friday) and flashes enough speed to blow past defenders down the boundary. In addition, Ross shows some savvy setting up defenders with hesitations and stutters throughout his routes. After making a handful of contributions as a vertical playmaker in 2015, Ross is continuing to show coaches that he might be too good to let go. GRADE: B+



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