Week 3 of the preseason is the closest to real game action most NFL veterans will get until Week 1 of the regular season. Coaches will put together game plans, will work through substitutions and work on halftime adjustments (unless of course your name is Greg Schiano). Veterans are expected to play as if the game matters.
Big-time players like Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees played Week 3 like true professionals and looked at midseason form. Other players used their limited repetitions to make a name for themselves and either gain a starting position, a roster spot or get their name in the discussion to be on their teams’ 53-man roster.
Just like in NFL locker rooms after any game, select players on the winning team get game balls. Losers do not, so here are the preseason Week 3 game-ball winners.