Aug 25, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears running back Ryan Nall (35) runs with the ball during the second half against the Kansas City Chiefs at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
The fourth and final week of the NFL’s preseason schedule is in the books and it’s time to reflect on the weekend’s top-graded players based upon hours and hours of our team of analysts watching every player on every play of every game.
With preseason being such a unique proposition, making this team isn’t quite as simple as earning the highest grade at your position in a given week. Weighting has been given towards playing time, as well as doing your good work against the first- and second-string opposition units in an attempt to strike a balance between the best production over the longest stretch of playing time, and against the best standard of players.
All the talk in New York has been about Sam Darnold and Teddy Bridgewater this preseason, but in 16 snaps McCown reminded people he’s still a capable veteran presence in their locker room. He only completed 3-of-8 pass attempts, but he had three passes dropped, and was accurate on 85.7 percent of his attempts.
By far the best performance this week from a running back, Nall had just five carries, but they went for 79 yards, 77 of which came after contact as he broke three tackles along the way, making some nice reads at the line to make decisive cuts into space.
Catching four passes for 122 yards, Pringle was a big-play threat this week for the Chiefs. He was only on the field for 15 snaps, but he saw the ball come his way on almost 50 percent of those snaps.
Arguably the best statistical standout of the final preseason game, Hatcher also racked up an impressive PFF grade for his display. Catching eight of the 10 targets he had across 31 snaps, he gained 128 yards and scored three times.
With 32 snaps to his name for the Chiefs this week, Amaro was the standout performer at the tight end position. He graded well in all facets of the game, and all four passes that he caught moved the chains for first downs.
Hodges was only on the field for 15 snaps against the Panthers this week, but he caught two passes for 43 yards including an impressive adjustment to haul in a target that had less than ideal ball placement.
On the field for 51 snaps of pass protection, Clark more than held his own for the Colts, surrendering just one hurry and earning a PFF grade of 86.1.
A former starter on the Seahawks offensive…