Week 1 of the 2021 NFL preseason is in the books. As we all know, these game may not count, but they matter — especially to the guys trying to make a roster and eventually earn those big paychecks.
Players from outside the Power 5 — Underdogs, as we like to call them — are often the guys who need to show out most in these exhibition games. The talent is there, otherwise they aren’t in uniform. It’s the on-field production against top-level competition that the NFL wants to see before they make an investment in a player.