Before I start I am going to say I realize this is ONLY preseason. I also realize that most of the play is being done by 2nd, 3rd and 25th string players. I also realize that almost nothing that happens in preseason means anything in the regular season. However, there are things to be learned from preseason games, lots of things.
Thing 1: The Patriots beat down the Jags with their 25th string. Brady didn’t throw a single pass. Ochocinco didn’t catch a single ball. Haynesworth didn’t play. Most of the starters didn’t play and those who did played only briefly outside of the kickers. Brian Hoyer and Ryan Mallet looked outstanding as the 2nd and 3rd QBs. Stevan Ridley had a great night with 3 TDs and a total of 111 yards rushing and receiving. 47 points with these players – kind of makes you wonder what they will do with the actual starters.
Thing 2: Tim Tebow looked terrible in warmups and on his first series. He then settled in and performed respectably even though his motion is still wrong. Tebow was 6/7 for 91 yards and 0 TDs. Brady Quinn was better than Tebow 8/14 for 120 yards and 1 TD. Kyle Orton played 1 series. The game was a battle of field goals for the most part. Tebow lovers are ready to crown him the king of all football since he didn’t throw any INTs and he wasn’t injured in the game. Tebow haters are ready to see Brady Quinn in the #2 spot. Most Denver fans want to see Tebow and they don’t care if the team wins or loses.
Thing 3: Kevin Kolb performed respectably in his debut with the Cardinals but like all other starting QBs his time on the field was very brief. The Cards did win the game and they used 5 QBs to do it. Everybody got a turn.
Thing 4: Even though the Chargers did not win, Phillip Rivers looked masterful for his time on the field. His connection with Vincent Jackson looked tighter than ever. The Chargers D looked good as well. The Seahawks new QB Tavaris Jackson looked unfortunately like Tavaris Jackson. Seahawks backup QB Charlie Whitehurst looked much better. For myself, I was happy to see University of Montana standout Chase Reynolds on the field for the Seahawks and getting some play time.
Thing 5: The Eagles looked good. Vick looked good. They still have a lot to show to prove they are some kind of “dream team” though. Flacco looked like he usually does for the Ravens, serviceable. Tyrod Taylor looked schizophrenic but that’s normal for him. Lots of attempts, lots of yards, 2 INTs, running, throwing.
So, what we learned from the first round of preseason games is a lot and not much. From what I gathered on Twitter and Facebook though, people were just glad that football was back….even if it was only preseason.