Now it's time for the rest of the NFL to hit the field for their first game action, starting with the Houston Texans and Carolina Panthers squaring off at Bank of America stadium.
Newton is already ruled out for the game and is still continuing to not throw, which is becoming a little bit more of a concern as it relates to his status for the late Preseason and the regular season.
There might not be a more interesting and heated battle at quarterback than the one in Houston, and every single snap of the preseason will ultimately play a factor in whether the rookie can steal the job from Savage.
The Falcons made sure to lock up a big piece of their offense on Wednesday, inking running back Devonta Freeman to a new extension that is worth more than $8.5 million per year .
It's also great news because he topped the current running back market, getting more than LeSean McCoy over the life of his contract.
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