2014 NFL preseason: Friday's schedule and players to watch

Matt Verderame
SB Nation

The preseason continues with plenty of new coaches and rookies hitting the field with a lot to prove.

Week 2 of the NFL preseason continues Friday with four games to keep an eye on. The defending Super Bowl champions will be on the gridiron for their second tune-up of the preseason while some intriguing rookies will get another opportunity to make a push for playing time.

Friday's schedule with times and TV:

Philadelphia Eagles at New England Patriots

7:30 p.m. ET (National: NFL Network, Away: WPVI 6, Home: WBZ 4)

New England was blown out against Washington in Week 1, albeit with Tom Brady being inactive. Veteran backup Ryan Mallett struggled in that game, which could theoretically open the door for second-round pick Jimmy Garoppolo. There will be no Rob Gronkowski, who's still battling back from last year's ACL injury and is just hoping to be on the field for the regular season opener at this point. Philadelphia is looking to bounce back from losing to the Bears. Nick Foles threw two interceptions in the loss -- the same amount he threw in all of 2013. Philadelphia will certainly look to clean up the turnovers after giving the ball away four times against the Bears. Nate Allen grabbed an interception in that game, so follow his battle with Earl Wolff for a starting safety job.

Tennessee Titans at New Orleans Saints

8 p.m. ET (Away: WKRN 2, Home: WVUE 8)

Perhaps no rookie will be more exciting than Saints receiver Brandin Cooks. Cooks, the 20th overall pick in May's draft, had five catches for 55 yards and a touchdown in his debut against the St. Louis Rams last week. That came without Drew Brees, who sat out with a left oblique injury that cost him practice time this week. Tennessee is trying to get cohesiveness along an intriguing offensive line, where first-round pick Taylor Lewan is battling for playing time. With Michael Roos and Michael Oher looking like locks on the outside, Lewan has been moved to guard to compete with Chance Warmack and veteran Andy Levitre. You'll also want to pay attention to the running backs: veteran Shonn Greene scored on a 13-yard touchdown romp against the Packers last week, but rookie challenger Bishop Sankey found the end zone himself. The Titans are still adjusting to a new coaching staff, with Ken Whisenhunt taking the reins after being San Diego's offensive coordinator last season.

San Diego Chargers at Seattle Seahawks

10 p.m. ET (National: NFL Network, Away: KFMB 8, Home: KCPQ 13)

Seattle will be at CenturyLink Field for the first time since winning the NFC Championship over the San Francisco 49ers in January. The Seahawks hope to see better play out of their quarterbacks, who only threw for 6.4 yards per attempt and an interception last week in a loss to the Denver Broncos. The most intriguing position battle in Seattle may be at right tackle, where second-round pick Justin Britt and veteran Eric Winston are competing for the spot left vacant by the surprise release of Michael Bowie. San Diego is looking to see more out of exciting tight end Ladarius Green, who is expected to give the Chargers a terrific tight end tandem with Antonio Gates after playing well down the stretch in 2013.

Detroit Lions at Oakland Raiders

10 p.m. ET (Away: WXYZ 7, Home: KTVU)

Matt Schaub is trying to hold off backup quarterback Derek Carr in Oakland, and did not help himself in Week 1 against the Vikings. Schaub threw for only 21 yards on 3-of-7 passing while Carr, the Raiders' second-round pick in May, completed 10 of 16 attempts for 74 yards and an interception. We'll also be hoping to see a bit more from the running back competition after Maurice Jones-Drew and Darren McFadden combined for just three carries last week (McFadden's only carry went for 23 yards). Detroit has no such quarterback competition with Matthew Stafford entrenched as the starter. However, the Lions are getting used to a new coaching staff led by Jim Caldwell. In the opener, Caldwell's team looked sluggish in an ugly 13-12 win over the Browns, amassing just 296 yards of total offense and throwing for a paltry 5.3 yards per attempt. While Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate are locked into the starting wideout spots, there's an open competition at the No. 3 spot. Keep an eye on former Oklahoma star Ryan Broyles, who's finally healthy after two consecutive season-ending injuries.

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