On a late-August night featuring just two preseason tilts, Chase Daniel's ongoing preseason excellence is worth highlighting.
He had completed 22 of 27 passes (81.5 percent) for 254 yards (9.4 YPA) and a passer rating of 145.5 on those four possessions, showing poise, instincts, high-end accuracy and toughness in the face of pressure.
Daniel's next two drives ended with a pair of perfectly thrown third-down drops, halting his scoring streak.
In 366 combined preseason and regular-season attempts, Daniel has posted the following rate stats: completion percentage (65.0 percent), yards per attempt (7.4), touchdown-to-interception ratio (21:9) and passer rating (95.6).
Even if he's not the NFL's most physically gifted quarterback, Daniel has earned a chance to compete for a starting job when he reaches free agency next offseason.
Here's what else we learned in Thursday's preseason action:
- The Seahawks' starting offensive line remains a concern. Wilson has been under consistent pressure the past two weeks.
- Leonard Hankerson was targeted on back-to-back goal-line passes and a third time inside the Jets' 20-yard line. Even when White returns, we expect Hankerson to have a significant role after playing under offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan in Washington. Early in camp, the team's official website deemed Hankerson "the best wide receiver at Flowery Branch."
- It's bizarre to see the Falcons' first-string defense harassing opposing quarterbacks and swarming to the ball. Reborn under new coach Dan Quinn, former Bucs draft bust Adrian Clayborn and veteran defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux are making impact plays -- along with first-round rookie Vic Beasley.
- Jets first-round pick Leonard Williams made his presence felt with 1.5 sacks, three quarterback hits and three tackles for loss as Sheldon Richardson's replacement on the starting defensive line. Although Atlanta's backups were to blame in pass protection, Williams flashed some serious closing speed in the second quarter.