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9 things to watch during the Hall of Fame game

You can only learn so much from the first preseason game of the year, but it still matters to plenty of players on the field.  Here are a few things we’ll be looking for Sunday night while Florio liveblogs the proceedings.

1. Reborn Barber:  Marion Barber has received a lot of praise during training camp for improving his burst.  He probably won’t get more than a few carries, but will his practices translate?  As always, Felix Jones should also be fun to check out.

2. Carson Palmer’s arm didn’t look right at the end of last season.  Is his arm strength back? He won’t play much Sunday night, but it will be good to see him and Terrell Owens on the field together.

3. Bengals receiver battle: Antonio Bryant is out, and Terrell Owens won’t stay on the field for long.  That leaves Andre Caldwell, Jordan Shipley, Jerome Simpson, Maurice Purify, Matt Jones, and Dezmon Briscoe to battle for snaps.  Simpson has the most to lose.  (And gain.)

4. Pacman is back!  Bengals cornerback Adam Jones has a good chance to earn a decent-sized role this year.  (Think nickel or dime back, with some return duties.)  First he has to prove he can handle game speed. 

5. Cowboys left tackle Doug Free looks entrenched as a starter, but his game action will matter more than his impressive practices thus far.

6. Bengals first-round pick Jermaine Gresham has received mixed reviews since arriving to training camp late.  This will be our first look at him.

7. The Bengals converted 6’7, 260-pound defensive end Michael Johnson to linebacker.  We’re curious to see how that plays out.

8. Kevin Ogletree and Sam Hurd are battling for a receiver spot on the Cowboys. Patrick Crayton also gets a chance to remind the team how good he can be with Dez Bryant out.
 
9. T.O. vs. his old team.  He still has some hurt feelings about his departure.  Maybe, just maybe, he has something special planned for them.

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6 Responses to “9 things to watch during the Hall of Fame game”
  1. Cushing Will Kill You says: Aug 8, 2010 6:51 PM

    10. Jerry Jones’ face. And how it tightens, tightens, tightens at the end of the game as he’s patrolling the sideline and jacking with his cuffs and buttons and crossing his arms and crap.

  2. steelers rule says: Aug 8, 2010 7:01 PM

    1 thing to watch during Hall of Fame game:
    1. 3rd stringers vs 3rd stringers!

  3. Otis Taylor 89 says: Aug 8, 2010 7:24 PM

    How many men out there named “Michael Johnson “?
    Seriously, why is anyone named “Michael Johnson” unless their parents are void of originality?

  4. ampats says: Aug 8, 2010 7:32 PM

    Is this the night that the Newark Jets receive their Lombardi trophy?
    Or is it next Monday they award the Paper Champions their trophy on ESPN?

  5. NoKoolaidCowboy says: Aug 8, 2010 7:33 PM

    Kevin “Oogie” Ogletree is the receiver to watch in that group. Kid is quick.

  6. MrHumble says: Aug 8, 2010 8:08 PM

    Things to watch during game: How many times al michaels and chirs collinsworth crown the cowboys the next SB champs and how many shots will we get of jerry the pimp on the sidelines.

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