NFL preseason Week 1: Undrafted free agents look great … but it's just one game – Sporting News

The NFL preseason is obviously not about the game’s stars. We all know what the big-name players and veterans can do, and teams simply have too much money invested in their stars — and their starters, for that matter — to risk playing them much in games that don’t count.

The NFL preseason is about guys like Keelan Cole. The Jaguars rookie wide receiver, an undrafted free agent out of Kentucky Wesleyan, is fighting for a roster spot in Jacksonville. He’s not currently listed in the top six on the Jags’ WR depth chart, but he might have helped his chances in the Jags’ preseason opener against the Patriots. Cole hauled in a 97-yard TD pass from Chad Henne, turning on the afterburners for the final 60 yards.

Jaguars rookie Keelan Cole burns the Patriots secondary for a 98 yard TD from Chad Henne pic.twitter.com/67zK2AKb7l

— NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) August 11, 2017

But Cole held the unofficial record for “Longest TD Reception by an Undrafted Free Agent, Preseason Week 1” for only about an hour before Dolphins UFA wide receiver Damore’ea Stringfellow caught a 99-yard touchdown pass from David Fales.

And Cole might not have even been the most impressive undrafted free agent in his game. Patriots tight end Jacob Hollister caught seven passes for 116 yards in the Patriots loss. 

There were other UFAs who played well Thursday night, but the point is, it’s only one game, and a preseason game. It’s too easy to read too much into any preseason contest. Some fans and media have already raised their Twitter torches and pitchforks, ready to run new Bears quarterback Mike Glennon out of Chicago after a bad performance Thursday night.

But for the undrafted free agents, a big game can be the difference between achieving their NFL dream, and ending up working a

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