The NFL preseason is a like a good movie (or television) trailer. Its entire purpose is to get everyone excited for the actual event. For professional football, the precursor to the regular season leaves fans wanting more, as it should.

Eventually, all the starters will be on the field. Some still played during the Week 3 of the preseason and left quite the impression.

Justin Fields was on fire against the Cleveland Browns. Tua Tagovailoa and Tyreek Hill, meanwhile, already proved they're on the same page.

Others were given room to breathe and plenty of live reps to earn their roster spots.

Young quarterbacks in Atlanta and Indianapolis are champing at the bit to gain expanded roles with their respective squads.

Ultimately, franchises must trim their roster to an initial 53 for the start of the 2022 regular season by 4 p.m. Tuesday, Saturday's action provided a few noteworthy tidbits that will continue to play out over the next few days, weeks and even months.

Momentum Builds for Desmond Ridder to Start at QB for Atlanta Falcons

It's hard to find anyone within the Atlanta Falcons organization who doesn't rave about rookie quarterback Desmond Ridders.

During Saturday's 28-12 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars, general manager Terry Fontenot and center Drew Dalman were interviewed during the telecast. Both talked about the quarterback's work ethic and going about his business the right way.

His performance during the Falcons' preseason game helped create more momentum for this year's 74th overall pick to start at some point this season.

It didn't look that way initially, though. Ridder threw an interception during Atlanta's first offensive play. Pressure up the middle caused the rookie to fade to his left, and the quarterback left it short and late over the middle.

Instead of dwelling on the mistake, the first-year signal-caller responded with a excellent touchdown drive on the very next series. Ridder completed all five passes he attempted during the sequence, including an impressive throw on a deep out to convert a 3rd-and-8.

Ridder knew coming into the contest he needed to show more despite an exemplary preseason performance. He identified his presnap process and getting the offense ready for the play and snap sooner when he spoke with reporters.

“I’ve got a couple of things to clean up myself, play calls, getting the operations run,” Ridder said after Monday's 24-16 loss to the New York Jets. “Just really executing.”

The maturity the 22-year-old exhibits allows the Falcons to dig in deeper and harder to get him ready if/when he's called upon during the regular season.

"I don't treat him like a rookie," Smith told reporters Wednesday. "The worst thing you can do is sit there and lower the expectations for somebody. We're trying to get him ready to play real Sunday NFL football, and if you make it too easy on him, you're not doing him a favor."

In doing so, the Falcons are simultaneously preparing for the inevitable moment when they look toward the future by seeing what they have in Ridder now.

The coaching staff sees their young quarterback taking shots, zipping in a perfect slant route so his receiver can create after the catch, threading a pass between the second and third levels and finding wide receivers down the field. He's consistently making high-level NFL-caliber throws. Ridder played well into the fourth quarter Saturday and threw for 185 yards and a score. A second interception did occur but that was nothing more than a heave during the last play of the first half.

Marcus Mariota is a consummate professional. He's still expected to be Atlanta's Week 1 starter, according to NFL Network's Cameron Wolfe. Yet he's nothing more than a bridge.

The eventual transition to Ridder just may happen sooner rather than later based on what everyone has seen throughout the preseason. The Falcons must find out what they have in the young man, and early returns are quite promising.

Bears QB Justin Fields Silences Critics with Strong Preseason Performance

Maybe the Chicago Bears offense won't be as bad as it looks on paper.

The organization, specifically new general manager Ryan Poles and head coach Matt Eberflus, received their fair share of ridicule this year for what looked like an improper plan to build around quarterback Justin Fields.

When stacking rosters from around the league, the Bears looked to have one of the game's worst offensive lines and wide receiver crops. They still could once the regular season kicks into gear. But Bears faithful must feel a bit of a relief based on how Fields performed during the preseason.

The sophomore signal-caller shredded the Cleveland Browns defense Saturday. He completed 81.3 percent of his passes for 156 yards and three scores.

Some may argue that the Browns didn't have their starting defense on the field and Chicago didn't have to account for a Myles Garrett or Jadeveon Clowney. While true, Fields and the Bears' first-team offense did what it's supposed to do by overwhelming a group of backups and taking full advantage of the unit's breakdown. The operation was clean and effective, which is a promising sign.