This article is part of our NFL Barometer series.
The regular season is finally upon us, and Week 1 depth charts appear mostly set. The preseason finale and subsequent roster cuts helped sort out the last of the job battles, but injuries – including a big season-ending one over the last few days – are certainly still playing a part in the fantasy trajectory of multiple players. With plenty to pore over as we speed towards the regular-season openers, let's dive right in!
Nathan Peterman, Bills: The long, yet somewhat underwhelming, Bills quarterback battle finally came to a conclusion Monday, as Peterman was named the victor over first-round pick Josh Allen to start the season. His name is seemingly forever tainted by his unforgettable five-interception half last season, but Peterman was actually otherwise serviceable in 2017 and turned in a solid preseason overall this summer. It remains to be seen how much support he'll have in the air attack – given that the pass-catching corps is shaky beyond Kelvin Benjamin, Charles Clay and LeSean McCoy – but Allen looks like he still needs a fair share of seasoning, meaning Peterman could hold onto the job for an extended period if he proves competent.
Sam Darnold, Jets: Darnold was the second signal caller to officially get the starting nod for Week 1 on Monday, although his starting role had been telegraphed once he was held out of last Thursday's preseason finale. Much like Peterman, Darnold has a relatively shallow arsenal of weapons