August 17, 2016

 Yes, I watched every snap of Preseason Week 1. Yes, this is your Preseason Week 1 Team of the Week:



QB - Dak Prescott

RB - Mike Davis

WR - Nelson Spruce

WR - Allen Robinson

WR - Michael Thomas

TE - Stephen Anderson

LT - Ronnie Stanley

LG - Joe Thuney

C - Austin Blythe

RG - Germain Ifedi

RT - Jack Conklin



DE - Carl Nassib

DT - Sheldon Rankins

DT - Dominique Easley

DE - Trey Flowers

OLB - Mark Nzeocha

ILB - Jamie Collins

OLB - Matt Judon

CB - Marcus Peters

FS - Tyvis Powell

SS - Chris Maragos

CB - CJ Smith



K - Steven Hauschka

P - Marquette King

KR - Dwayne Washington



-RB CJ Spiller may not be a lock to make the Saints 53 man roster this year. Newcomer Travaris Cadet showed some dynamicism in the return game and rookie Daniel Lasco showcased explosiveness and receiving ability. Coupled with the fact that Spiller can't be relied on from a health perspective, he could be looking for a new team by the time Week 1 rolls around.


-Signing a one-year deal with the Patriots may have been a smart bit of business for Chris Long. The veteran defensive end looked revitalized and caused consistent pressure well into the second quarter, showcasing why Andrus Peat still can't beat out Zac Strief at right tackle on the Saints depth chart.


-With the season-ending ACL injury to Vance Walker, Broncos rookie DE Adam Gotsis is going to be relied on to play a big role rotating at 3-4 end this upcoming season. The good news is he looked sharp in his NFL debut, albeit against a woeful Bears offensive line.


-Bears fans got to see rookie Cody Whitehair taking snaps at center - a position on the interior offensive line that comes with a lot of responsibility. Of course the injury to Hroniss Grasu put John Fox in this position, but it speaks volumes for what this coaching staff thinks of the former Kansas State standout to consider him as a replacement option.


-While all eyes were on Dante Fowler, Jaguars rookie DE Yannick Ngakoue beat former All-Pro LT Ryan Clady for a sack on his first professional snap. Although he played only 6 snaps in total, the Jaguars can have some athletes rushing from the edge this season.


-Even though Erin Henderson came out at ILB with the first-team defense in New York, Jets rookie linebacker Darron Lee had a nice debut despite trying to arm tackle Chris Ivory at the goal line for a TD. It looks like former Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles is going to use Lee as a nickel linebacker, similar to how he developed Deonne Bucannon in the desert.


-There may be a good reason why the Cowboys haven't pulled the trigger on making a move to acquire a backup QB. Ex-Mississippi State QB Dak Prescott put the clanga on the Los Angeles Rams grand homecoming by lighting up the Rams first-team defense, going 10-12 for 139 yards and 2 TDs. That equals a 154.5 passer rating - whew.


-The L.A. Coliseum didn't come to life until Nelson Spruce busted out the defibrillator late into the 4th quarter. The all-time Pac-12 receiving leader didn't get drafted, and Ricky Proehl 2.0 is already showing what a mistake that was to the rest of the NFL.


-What if I told you that Carson Wentz isn't even the best rookie from North Dakota State on the Eagles roster? Of course this is a premature notion, but undrafted Bison CJ Smith is playing himself into the 53 man roster, outshining his more highly touted counterpart Jalen Mills versus the Bucs.


-Despite not registering a sack, Bucs rookie DE Noah Spence was incredibly disruptive versus the Eagles, giving veteran offensive lineman Andrew Gardner fits on the left side. Edge rush was a huge reason why the Bucs couldn't close some close games last season, so this is a reason for optimism in the Bay.


-One reason the Falcons felt comfortable with releasing NFL legend Devin Hester? J.D. McKissic. The incendiary wide receiver came up with a huge kick return touchdown and is showing he belongs on the roster over incumbent Eric Weems, who is in the final year of his contract.


-Su'a Cravens may not have lit up the Combine with his measurables, but he showed his strong instincts in the Redskins preseason opener by constantly showing up in the right place at the right time. Look for Cravens to play in nickel packages this season and be a leader on special teams.


-There are rumblings that Damiere Byrd may be in pole position of a Panthers roster spot over Corey Brown. If Byrd can continue to make splash plays this preseason like he did against Baltimore, these whispers may yet turn into gospel.


-While Ronnie Stanley looked excellent in his Ravens debut, OLB Chris Carter played like a man possessed on the perimeter of the defense. His high motor is going to have to continue with all the depth and competition the Ravens now have at the position with Za'Darius Smith and Matt Judon in the mix.


-Someone please remind me why Tyvis Powell wasn't drafted? The Seahawks undrafted rookie was a ubiquity on special teams and made a nice interception late in the game against the Chiefs.


-The Chiefs have 5 quarterbacks on the roster, so it's likely that two are going to be let go. My bets? Tyler Bray and Aaron Murray will be the odd guys out, but Murray may be the only one to get picked up on waivers.


-Giants QB Ryan Nassib is a disaster. He constantly bailed prematurely from clean pockets, demonstrated erratic footwork, was insecure with the football and exhibited shoddy decision-making. I would look for the Giants to be closely watching the waiver wire for another QB during the final day of cuts.


-Browns rookie DE Carl Nassib did more in one preseason half than Margus Hunt has done his entire Bengals career. 


-Taylor Decker had a rough professional debut. On the Lions second drive, Decker committed a holding penalty and then gave up a sack to James Harrison that almost got Matthew Stafford killed. Decker is going to need to improve and he is going to need to do so quickly.


-Brock Fraudweiler. That is all.




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