Three weeks of preseason play are in the books in the NFL. Coming up this week, teams will prepare for their final preseason contest, before the regular season speedily approaches--and they'll begin cutting down from 90 players all the way to 53. FOX Sports South looked at all the action from Week 3, and found whose stock changed, both for good and bad.
Quick, take a guess at which quarterback is leading the NFL in passing this preseason. Most people wouldn't land on Mettenberger, but his 504 yards have him tops on this list. He was 11 for 19 on Saturday versus the Falcons, and while head coach Ken Whisenhunt still suggests Charlie Whitehurst is the Titans' backup quarterback, Mettenberger's numbers suggest that once he masters the playbook, he could slide into that role.
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Stock DOWN: Trent Richardson, Indianapolis Colts - Running Back
After averaging just 2.9 yards per carry last season with the Colts, and 2.4 yards per carry during his first two preseason games, Richardson was called out by Indianapolis' general manager. Richardson needed to get going and show something. Rushing for 17 yards on six carries (2.8 yards per attempt) is not what anyone had hoped for. Factor in Dan Herron's 68-yard rushing night on eight carries, and the former first-rounder's spot atop the depth chart might be in question.
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Stock UP: Mark Ingram, New Orleans Saints - Running Back
Over his last four games of 2013 (two regular-season and two playoff games), Ingram averaged 5.65 yards per carry and looked like the workhorse New Orleans drafted in 2011. The 2014 preseason has given credence to that sentiment. Ingram ran for 46 yards on eight carries (5.8 yards per carry) on Saturday, and his seven yards per carry this preseason is second among running backs with at least 10 attempts.
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Stock DOWN: Devonta Freeman, Atlanta Falcons - Running Back
Freeman ran for 11 yards on four carries on Saturday versus Tennessee. But the reason his stock might be falling is more about what didn't happen, than what did. Freeman had just one carry and one reception in the first half with the starters, and most of the yardage he's racked up through three games has come against players likely to be cut over the next week. Freeman has shown an electric and athletic step, and should do well in the NFL. But he may be buried too far down the depth chart to make a huge difference early on in 2014.
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Stock UP: Andre Ellington, Arizona Cardinals - Running Back
What did we learn this week from the Cardinals about how they'll use their running backs this season? With his 46 yards on nine carries, Ellington is going to be the bell cow. Of Arizona's 29 first-half snaps on offense, Ellington played 26 of them. He's going to be an every-down option in 2014, and he should do well in every aspect of the game. He's lined up all over the field, and experienced just about every nuance to the Arizona offense possible through three preseason games.
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Stock DOWN: Tavon Austin, St. Louis Rams - Wide Receiver
The Rams scored 33 points on Saturday, and the receiving corps tallied 343 receiving yards and two scores. Austin didn't play a role in any of that. He was targeted just once, and didn't come up with a catch. Austin played 19 snaps on Saturday, and has played 57 through three preseason games. But he's come up with just five catches for 40 yards on six targets, and now he's going to have to gel with a new quarterback.
After catching five passes for 53 yards on Saturday, Juszczyk now leads the Ravens during preseason action with 10 catches. He's going to be used quite a bit in passing situations this season, and is versatile enough to play multiple positions (listed at fullback, but is a fullback/tight end hybrid) and line up just about anywhere. Baltimore is not shy about using the fullback position, and Juszczyk is showing he's ready to thrive.
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Stock DOWN: Lamar Miller, Miami Dolphins - Running Back
Miller rushed for 34 yards on Saturday and averaged 4.9 yards per carry against the Cowboys. There's nothing about his performance that caused his stock to drop. But when Knowshon Moreno tallied 64 yards on 10 carries, he announced his presence in this running back corps with authority. Miller played 20 snaps, while Moreno was out there for 18. Miller's stock took a hit because Moreno is going to eat into his touches.
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Stock UP: Michael Sam, St. Louis Rams - Defensive End
The Rams are blessed with a ton of talent at defensive end. There's no way Sam is anywhere close to competing with Robert Quinn or Chris Long for playing time. But after two sacks on Saturday, Sam made it very difficult for St. Louis to leave him off either the 53-man roster, or the practice squad. Cuts are coming this week, and Sam is locked in a roster battle with Ethan Westbrooks. Those two sacks could go a long way in helping the former SEC Defensive Player of the Year.
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Stock DOWN: Matt Schaub, Oakland Raiders - Quarterback
If it wasn't bad enough that Schaub was plagued with poor decisions and a 59.2 passer rating on Friday against Green Bay, he's now been sidelined with a sore elbow. Second-round pick Derek Carr took first-team reps on Sunday in Schaub's place, and Matt McGloin threw two touchdown passes and went for 162 yards through the air versus the Packers. Schaub's injury, and his play through the preseason, could cost him long-term.