Week three of the preseason is generally the best time to take an extended look at your team as a whole. The first team in all three phases should see around two or more quarters of play time. Let's take a look at who could be making some noise tonight.
Alex Mack, Center
We've seen Mack in action for a bit this preseason, but being on the first team has kept him from seeing a majority of the action. Having him on the field for several quarters will be more indicative than the last two weeks, and will also allow the offense to get into more of a groove. The line has been successful so far this preseason, and I'm excited to see how they hold up against the likes of Ndamukong Suh and Cameron Wake. Mack will be key in their success or failure.
Grady Jarrett, Defensive Tackle
The new face of the interior defensive line has played well this preseason after the team moving on from Paul Soliai just two years after signing him. Jarrett could be the dominant piece that Atlanta's defense has needed so desperately in recent years. Look for him to make an impact with his larger role.
Keanu Neal, Strong Safety
Many fans were let down by Neal's first game, where he allowed a beautiful touchdown pass to Cleveland's Gary Barnidge. It's tough and incredibly unfair to judge a rookie's ability on 19 snaps, though. With the amount of praise he's gotten this offseason, don't be surprised to see Neal have a stronger showing now that the pressure of his first game is out of the way.
Anyone you're paying extra attention to versus Miami?