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NFL Preseason Week 1: 5 Losers

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The NFL preseason may not be entirely meaningful or truly indicative of how a team’s or a player’s season will turn out, but fans can and will make certain assumptions throughout the preseason. Aug. 26 is the date when teams have to trim their rosters from 90 to 75 players. There is still time for any issues to be corrected, but here are the five biggest losers from Week 1 of the NFL preseason -- other than Ravens fans who cheered for Ray Rice.

5. Jake Matthews: OT, Atlanta Falcons

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5. Jake Matthews: OT, Atlanta Falcons

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Let’s keep this in perspective; this was the first game (and a preseason one at that) for the rookie tackle. That being said, the sixth overall pick in the 2014 draft did not start his NFL career on the best note. In 19 snaps he was flagged twice — once for holding which negated as 76-yard TD run by RB Antone Smith and once for illegal use of hands to the face. On the opening drive he allowed QB Matt Ryan to be hit twice. He needs to be better.

4. Blaine Gabbert: QB, San Francisco 49ers

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4. Blaine Gabbert: QB, San Francisco 49ers

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In the 49ers preseason opener against the Ravens, Gabbert averaged 1.8 yards per attempt. Maybe the people at Football Outsiders are onto something when they say their DVOA metric ranks Gabbert as the worst QB of the past 30 days. No wonder Jim Harbaugh has said the job to back up Colin Kaepernick is now up for grabs. Gabbert will now duke it out with McLeod Bethel-Thompson and Josh Johnson to be listed as the backup on the 49ers’ depth chart.

3. Ryan Mallet: QB, New England Patriots

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3. Ryan Mallet: QB, New England Patriots

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The Patriots played Mallet for the entire first half against Washington in an effort to increase his trade value. Great idea since Jimmy Garoppolo seems to be the guy to back up Tom Brady and Mallet’s contract is up at the end of this season, but Mallet stunk up the joint. Granted the offensive line didn’t give him a lot of time, but Mallet never looked comfortable and he potentially missed out on at least competing for a starting job somewhere.

2. Ryan Fitzpatrick: QB, Houston Texans

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2. Ryan Fitzpatrick: QB, Houston Texans

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Former Texans QB Matt Schaub is now with the Raiders after underperforming in 2013. The Texans signed Fitzpatrick to be the starter, but after he played so horribly in Saturday’s preseason game, head coach Bill O’Brien wouldn’t rule out a change to his QB rotation. Whoops. You know it’s bad when Fitzpatrick only had to make sure he was more impressive than Case Keenum and rookie Tom Savage. All of a sudden there is a QB competition in Houston.

1. Andrew Luck: QB, Indianapolis Colts

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1. Andrew Luck: QB, Indianapolis Colts

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One of the better QBs in the NFL, Andrew Luck has taken more hits over the past two years than any other QB in the NFL. That’s not a recipe to have a large amount of success. The NFL is a passing league, so having the right QB (the Colts do) is vital; but so is keeping said QB upright. The Colts had already lost guard Donald Thomas for the season. In the preseason opener center Khaled Holmes and rookie backup Ulrick John went down with injuries.