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What to watch: Second night of preseason

Reggie Bush AP

The NFL did fans a favor with this week’s preseason schedule, putting exactly five games on each night this week.

Here’s what I’ll be looking for Friday evening while my wife silently stews that football dominates my life again.

Dolphins @ Falcons

Reggie Bush makes his Miami debut and tries to prove he’ll fit in Miami’s offense. … New backup quarterback Matt Moore will try to show he’s a legitimate alternative if starter Chad Henne struggle.

I’m looking forward to seeing rookies Julio Jones and Jacquizz Rodgers on the field for the Falcons. Rodgers can earn a significant role with a strong preseason, even with Jason Snelling returning to the team.

Bengals @ Lions

It sounds weird, but this is the game of the night.  Both teams have a lot of questions to answer and intriguing young players, starting with Bengals rookies Andy Dalton and A.J. Green. . . . The Bengals receiver spots are fairly up for grabs after Green.

Lions fans will just be hoping everyone stays healthy, primarily Matthew Stafford in his first action since his shoulder injury last year. … New Lions pickups Mike Bell and Jerome Harrison will vie with Maurice Morris for the backup role behind Jahvid Best. … There are still some spots open in Detroit’s defensive back seven, including their dramatically remodeled linebacker group.

Steelers @ Redskins

Young Steelers receivers like Tyler Grisham and Antonio Brown can make a move up the depth chart with big performances. . . . Rookie Cameron Heyward can show whether he’s picked up the 3-4 defense quickly.

John Beck will sit this one out, giving Rex Grossman his shot to stake a claim to the starting job. . . . Tim Hightower looks locked in to the starting running back job, but rookie Roy Helu can put some pressure on with a big preseason.

Bucs @ Chiefs

The backup running back job in Tampa is wide open, with Kregg Lumpkin currently in position to take the job. . . .  Bucs draft picks Da’Quan Bowers, Adrian Clayborn, and linebacker Mason Foster make their debuts.  Foster looks like the starting middle linebacker.

Chiefs rookie first rounder Jonathan Baldwin tried to improve his stature after a rough start to camp. . . . . Kansas City’s backup quarterback job (Tyler Palko vs. Ricky Stanzi) is up for grabs.

49ers @ Saints

Saints rookie running back Mark Ingram makes his debut.  He’s had a strong camp and can solidify his role as the lead back in New Orleans. … Darren Sproles also makes his debut. … Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams has talked up last year’s first round pick cornerback Patrick Robinson as someone making a big leap.

We get to see if Alex Smith with Jim Harbaugh is any different than Alex Smith 2005-2010.  If not, rookie quarterback Colin Kaepernick gets to put some pressure on him.

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28 Responses to “What to watch: Second night of preseason”
  1. svenhoek86 says: Aug 12, 2011 6:03 PM

    I’m interested to see if Carson Palmer plays at all. I haven’t seen any word on his status yet.

  2. ticalcaldwell says: Aug 12, 2011 6:03 PM

    I cant wait to see the new Bengals offense. It can’t be much worse than stretch run, stretch run, pass. jus sayin…

  3. deepseabreeze says: Aug 12, 2011 6:04 PM

    Kregg Lumpkin has to be one of the coolest names i’ve heard in some time. sounds like “kerblumpkin”

  4. firstroyal says: Aug 12, 2011 6:06 PM

    More interesting than moore and bush?
    Jimmy Wilson, Daniel thomas and gates

  5. trbowman says: Aug 12, 2011 6:16 PM

    Should be an epic three way battle in DC between Grossman, Clemens and Chappell. Oh, and Matt Gutierrez.

  6. jtbaudendistel says: Aug 12, 2011 6:25 PM

    Cant wait to see an endless amount of touchbacks. Ridiculous. Fans enjoy watching incredibly fast and agile athletes returning kicks and violant collisions on kick offs. Fans hate watching guys take a knee. Change kickoff spot back to what it was last season. Ya Roger, Im talking to you.

  7. ilovefoolsball says: Aug 12, 2011 6:27 PM

    Welcome to the new era of frustration Miami fans!
    With this new and “improved” runningback situation of having Bush in the backfield you’ll have at least two years of:
    -him confusing the sideline for the endzone
    -zig zagging back and forth for 20 seconds then a 4 yard loss
    -fumbles when a defensive player accidentally grazes him
    -and of course don’t forget the never ending publicity and drama off the field, making daily appearances on thedirty and tmz!

  8. rayvens says: Aug 12, 2011 6:27 PM

    We get to see if Alex Smith with Jim Harbaugh is any different than Alex Smith 2005-2010.
    ————————————
    Year 2015
    We get to see if Alex Smith with (whoever coach)is any different than Alex Smith “2005-2015″…Come on! i never seen a QB get some many chances to prove he can play. HE SUCKS!

  9. tjacks7 says: Aug 12, 2011 6:29 PM

    wife?! you had me fooled on PFT Live.

  10. rawgator06 says: Aug 12, 2011 6:29 PM

    Im interested in Seeing Daniel Thomas. Also, I want to see the two Steeler cbs that were drafted and see if any could step up.
    Ugh, when does the real season start again?

  11. enders9 says: Aug 12, 2011 6:30 PM

    svenhoek86 says: Aug 12, 2011 6:03 PM

    I’m interested to see if Carson Palmer plays at all. I haven’t seen any word on his status yet.

    ———————————————-

    He hasn’t shown up once, what would make you think he’d play?

  12. nineroutsider says: Aug 12, 2011 6:36 PM

    This is the year of the Alex…Go Niners!

    Seriously make some effing plays and get this fanbase fired up…

  13. nineroutsider says: Aug 12, 2011 6:39 PM

    svenhoek86 says: Aug 12, 2011 6:03 PM

    I’m interested to see if Carson Palmer plays at all. I haven’t seen any word on his status yet.
    —————————————————————-
    Did you hear about his relocation and retirement. Seriously…the lockout is over too!

    You are making Bungals fans look bad, how could you not be up on this???

  14. andyreidisfat says: Aug 12, 2011 6:47 PM

    Perhaps i am alone but i love what the dolphins did at running back. Thomas is a nice evry down back with tons of tread left and Bush is an exciting player who helps a QB a lot ask Brees after this season when he doesn’t have Bush pulling defenders off his WR’s.

    also the Bucs line could be scary with Bowers and Clayborn on the outside and McCoy (whats with the black guys ith Irish names anyway) and Price on the inside. Love Foster as a middle backer, wanted the Eagles to take a look at him in the draft. I think if the bucs are ok at corner this season that they will that division running away. They have the best young QB in the game as well.

  15. tlight131 says: Aug 12, 2011 6:49 PM

    Carson Palmer’s at home with a Coors in his hand. The only playing he’s doing is going to be with himself. He’s a good player lead a mediocre team to the play offs.

  16. joshborden says: Aug 12, 2011 6:53 PM

    Year 2015
    We get to see if Alex Smith with (whoever coach)is any different than Alex Smith “2005-2015″…Come on! i never seen a QB get some many chances to prove he can play. HE SUCKS!
    ————————————————

    Dude, I am the furthest person from a 49er’s fan but the kid has had 3 different coaches and 3 different systems in five years…..I know he has struggled, but don’t you think some stability would do him some justice?

  17. markcarroll85 says: Aug 12, 2011 6:55 PM

    The Carson Palmer comment was obviously a joke. What’s more of a joke is how nobody picked up on it.

  18. sieg1234 says: Aug 12, 2011 6:57 PM

    Jacquizz Rodgers is going to be relegated to the bench his entire career, and I don’t mean he won’t start but will get reps, he will be worthless to a football team and stuck on the bench for 99% of every single game.

  19. rayvens says: Aug 12, 2011 7:05 PM

    Dude, I am the furthest person from a 49er’s fan but the kid has had 3 different coaches and 3 different systems in five years…..I know he has struggled, but don’t you think some stability would do him some justice?
    —————————————-
    To honestly answer ur question “no”….The Coordinators/coaches were fired! You ever think its because of him?…Look at all the teams with good QB’s, the Coordinators/coaches stay forever or the leave for a higher position. I’ll name a few teams with no QB and think about how many coaches/Coordinators they been thru over the past 10yrs. Browns, Bills, Dolphins, Raiders, Redskins, 49ers. ..thats just a few but the list is long!

  20. bucks12965 says: Aug 12, 2011 7:10 PM

    Mark my words…Tiki is going to light it up!

    Which team signed him again?

  21. mushin9 says: Aug 12, 2011 7:12 PM

    In regards to the Chiefs, what rough start to camp are you talking about with Baldwin? He tweaked an ankle….bad reporting sir.

    The better story line is if KC has found a OLB opposite Hali to put pressure in the QB. Or how the play calling between Muir, Haley and Zorn will flesh out. Or even if Gregg and Powe are an upgrade at the NT.

    Baldwin? Don’t you get paid for this?

  22. Dirty D Fo says: Aug 12, 2011 7:16 PM

    Rosenthal likes to Jacquizz all over PFT.

  23. mrclearview says: Aug 12, 2011 7:38 PM

    Rosenthal is the same guy who thinks that Brodie Croyle would make a great backup. He obviously doesn’t watch the Chiefs…..From the real Chiefs insider reporters, they all say Baldwin has looked great, except for that ankle tweak that none of the PFT reporters have heard about.

  24. kingtrukr says: Aug 12, 2011 7:59 PM

    Hey Deepseabreeze,

    The Browns signed an undrafted free agent RB named Don Buckram. Tell me that isn’t the manliest name you’ve ever heard. If he doesn’t make it in football he can always lease out his name to the next producer of a giant 4X4 pickup truck… “The new Dodge Buckram 350. All other trucks are girls in comparison”!

  25. plundergrunge says: Aug 12, 2011 8:07 PM

    “kingtrukr”……truck comment…….

    You a truck guy, or……

    Lol

  26. polishkingski says: Aug 12, 2011 8:08 PM

    @tjacks7….hahahahahahaha…..very funny dude, very funny. ps-sorry greg.

  27. tatum064 says: Aug 12, 2011 8:17 PM

    markcarroll85 says:
    Aug 12, 2011 6:55 PM
    The Carson Palmer comment was obviously a joke. What’s more of a joke is how nobody picked up on it.
    ==================================
    It was an idiotic joke, and pointless. But it relates to an idiotic and pointless owner, so I guess its ironic.

  28. prplpuzzetrz says: Aug 12, 2011 8:25 PM

    With Grossmsn leading the skins to the SB, why even have a season? No fair, plus Tim Hightower powering his way through the line???
    He will totally free up the WR’s….. Who are they again???
    Oh my, I am most excited to see the trainwreck in Washington…..
    Hehe

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