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What we learned during first preseason games

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Five preseason games are in the books.  We have 61 left to go until the real fun starts.

For those of you that missed the action last night, let’s look back at some takeaways from each game:

Patriots 47, Jaguars 12

1. Jaguars rookie quarterback Blaine Gabbert’s debut wasn’t terrible, but David Garrard shouldn’t be too worried about his starting gig yet.

2. The Patriots backup quarterbacks Brian Hoyer and Ryan Mallett both looked great.  It wouldn’t shock us to see one of them dealt sometime in the next year or so.

3. Patriots rookie running back Stevan Ridley showed a surprising mix of power, speed, and receiving skills.  He may work himself into the backfield mix sooner than expected.

Eagles 13, Ravens 6

1. Michael Vick picked up right where he left off.

2. Vince Young tried to quiet talk that he could lose the backup quarterback job to Mike Kafka.

3. The Ravens’ offensive tackles struggled, which is the last thing they need.

4. Baltimore has to be concerned with rookie Tyrod Taylor’s status as the team’s backup quarterback. He helped put up 3 points in three quarters of action.

Seahawks 24, Chargers 17

1. An injury to tackle Russell Okung was not how the Seahawks wanted to start the preseason.

2. New Seahawks quarterback Tarvaris Jackson has some work to do. Five pass attempts, 15 yards, two sacks, and two scrambles.

3. Chargers running back Ryan Mathews was healthy enough to play, which is a step in the right direction.

Cowboys 24, Broncos 23

1. Kyle Orton went 74 yards in his only drive, but it stalled inside the five-yard line because of overly cute playcalling. It’s like Josh McDaniels never left!

2. Tim Tebow bounced back from a rough training camp to have a solid preseason opener. He has a long way to catch Orton.

3. Camp sensation Cowboys running back Lonyae Miller couldn’t back up his practice performance. Nine carries, 11 yards.

4. Tony Romo threw his first pass to fullback Chris Gronkowski, the guy who missed a block to cause Romo’s broken collarbone last year.

Cardinals 24, Raiders 18

1. Kevin Kolb was steady in his Cardinals debut.

2. Sebastian Janikowski and other strong-legged kickers are going to have fun with this new kickoff rule.

3. Raiders rookie receiver Denarius Moore built on a strong camp with a nice preseason opener. Oakland lost receiver Chaz Schilens and safety Hiram Eugene to injuries.  It’s uncertain how serious the injuries were.

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55 Responses to “What we learned during first preseason games”
  1. hoobsher says: Aug 12, 2011 9:52 AM

    CHANGE THE KICKOFFS BACK.

    that is all.

  2. rwilson742 says: Aug 12, 2011 9:55 AM

    As a Vikings fan, it was great to see Pete Carroll’s savior T-Jack look like a high school QB in that game. Maybe we didnt jerk him around. Maybe he sucked as much as we thought he did. HAHAHAHA

  3. jimmymcnultysbottleofjameson says: Aug 12, 2011 9:58 AM

    Pretty concerned with the Ravens receiving corps at this point. Ozzie has made it very clear that he’s not interested in adding any veteran WR’s to the squad and he’s banking on this young talent to pull through. Pretty bold move. Our o-line is scaring the hell out of me as well. On the bright side, Kindle and Pitta looked good as well as Pollard. Pollard should certainly be the starting SS to complement Reed by the start of the season. Taking this with a grain of salt, we shall see…

  4. watermelon1 says: Aug 12, 2011 10:00 AM

    Why would Baltimore have to worry about their back-up QB? They need to be worried about their STARTING QB!

    How many points did he lead them to? 3, as well… while playing with STARTERS. Those 3 points were made from 53 yards out. It’s not like Flacco got inside the 20 yard line, and then stalled out. He got the ball just over midfield. That’s it.

    But of course, it will be ANOTHER season of excuses for Flacco. “Well, he has no receivers.” “The line isn’t good enough.”

    Sorry, but after what rookies like Josh Freeman did last year… Flacco addicts can stop placing the blame everywhere BUT him. Because bottom line is… he has to play better or the Ravens are going nowhere.

  5. realitypolice says: Aug 12, 2011 10:01 AM

    That new kick off rule is a flat out joke.

    People are complaining about other rule changes changing the way game is played.

    But never before has a single rules tweak so instantly affected a major part of the game.

    The Raiders may not have a single kick returned against them all season.

    That is way too huge of an advantage to hand to a team who happens to have a strong legged kicker.

  6. anarchopurplism says: Aug 12, 2011 10:05 AM

    The Vikings did jerk TJack around 2009 & 2010.

    However, the “jerking around” happened AFTER TJack had PLENTY of opportunity to prove himself in 2007 & 2008.

    Minnesota to Seattle:
    TJack is who we THOUGHT he is. AND YOU LET HIM OFF THE HOOK!

  7. carnboys says: Aug 12, 2011 10:06 AM

    DON’T PANIC THE RAVENS WILL BE OK.

    TRUST IS OZZIE.

    IT’S ONLY THE FIRST PRESEASON GAME.

    REMEMBER DURING THE LOCKOUT THSY MISSED ALL OF THE OTA’S

  8. 7370355q says: Aug 12, 2011 10:14 AM

    @watermelon1

    You may now resume playing with your G.I. Joe and Hot Wheels

  9. edmazeing1 says: Aug 12, 2011 10:18 AM

    Chaz is hurt again, damn man im sick of him always hurt, he needs to fing retire, takeing up a spot ill take T.O over this weak bone guy!!!

  10. zn0rseman says: Aug 12, 2011 10:23 AM

    TJoke’s bad play cannot be blamed on him being new to the system, as he is playing for the same offensive coordinator and in the same exact system that he was playing in for four years in Minnesota.

    Sidney Rice can’t be good without a decent QB throwing him the ball. And that’s assuming he’s healthy, as he was injured in 3 out of 4 seasons in Minnesota. Not sure what Seattle was thinking paying the two of these guys a combined 50 million.

    But hey, at least Vikings fans can finally watch with humor at TJoke’s trusty jump-passes!

  11. razsan says: Aug 12, 2011 10:24 AM

    Here’s what I learned. Brady Quinn leads the team to the only 2 Touchdowns they scored, going 8-14 with 1 TD and he gets absolutely NOTHING from you guys or ESPN. Way to be objective!!!

  12. hawkjuice says: Aug 12, 2011 10:25 AM

    T jack goes out for 2 drives, loses his LT and everyone is up his a$$ about sucking. Are you serious? I love fans that watch espn and then come on here to repeat everything they heard. Oh BTW T Jack ain’t a savior he’s a band aid.

  13. racerp194 says: Aug 12, 2011 10:28 AM

    My main concern is the o-line, I mean Brady or Manning would be running for their life as well if they had to play behind the ravens line. I don’t get all of the hate on flacco. He has been to the playoffs every year since he started and he has put up better stats every year as well. The only problem he has had is the Steelers and its not like they have been blowouts, but simply a play or two could have changed the outcome of almost all of the games. I remember another QB that had a hard time with one team but he finally beat them and got over the hump: Peyton Manning. Just gotta give him some time, he is only in his 4th year for christ sakes!

  14. arm57romg says: Aug 12, 2011 10:31 AM

    It’s probably because Quinn was doing it against players who won’t be on Dallas’ roster in two weeks.

  15. wryly1 says: Aug 12, 2011 10:32 AM

    Learned a long, long time ago not to get sucked into placing much significance on preseason exhibitions games, especially the first one – but remain dubious about the Cowboys and Ravens. There just isn’t anything tangible to suggest either will be even as good as last year, let alone better.

  16. sojumaster says: Aug 12, 2011 10:33 AM

    Let’s not forget, The kick off used to be at the 35 and there was massive complaints when it was moved to the 30.

    Now it has gone full circle.

  17. darthbaiter says: Aug 12, 2011 10:41 AM

    Love the new kickoff spot!

    Signed,

    Nate Kaeding

  18. b1rdbath says: Aug 12, 2011 10:41 AM

    “Baltimore has to be concerned with rookie Tyrod Taylor’s status as the team’s backup quarterback. He helped put up 3 points in three quarters of action.”

    —————————————————
    I think TTaylor didn’t look too bad really. I was kind of impressed. I mean he is backing up Flacco who isn’t exactly a first rate QB IMO.

    I’m an eagles fan but it’s kind of sad too see great players like Ray Lewis in the twilight of there career. I have a feeling he isn’t gonna be able to produce this year. No matter what team you follow you have to have nothing but utmost respect for a player like him.

    Eagles pass rush looks sweet. run protection needs work.

    I hope Castillo could handle this job. I have concerns with him.

  19. ticalcaldwell says: Aug 12, 2011 10:43 AM

    I loved to watch the old and slow Ravens look old and slower…..Bout time to change those power rankings…it is not 2000 anymore sorry….

  20. bigbirdsfan says: Aug 12, 2011 10:50 AM

    Preseason means nothing to any of these guys. Once in a while is costs somebody a start or two, but these guys don’t care at all. Nor should they.

  21. razsan says: Aug 12, 2011 10:54 AM

    As far as Quinn…yet Mallett does the same thing and is treated like a star.

  22. thephantomstranger says: Aug 12, 2011 10:54 AM

    I didn’t watch a lot of this one, but it’s safe to say new Seahawks quarterback Tarvaris Jackson has some work to do.
    _________

    Have you heard about the Lindbergh baby?

  23. thephantomstranger says: Aug 12, 2011 10:56 AM

    hawkjuice says:
    Aug 12, 2011 10:25 AM
    T jack goes out for 2 drives, loses his LT and everyone is up his a$$ about sucking. Are you serious? I love fans that watch espn and then come on here to repeat everything they heard. Oh BTW T Jack ain’t a savior he’s a band aid.
    ___________

    He’s a low-quality bandaid that allows dirt to get in the cut and causes a nasty infection.

  24. cheapseater says: Aug 12, 2011 11:06 AM

    My Jags looked okay in the first quarter when everyone’s 2nd stringers were in. Should’ve punched in 2 TDs instead of FGs. Pats 3rd and 4th stringers ruled ours though. Mallett looked good, but if you watch the game…he had no pressure from our UDFA pass rush. It was like a throwing competition and he’ll win that every time… He was basically playing other rookie competition. We already know he can handle that. They all just came from the same colleges.

  25. johnnyjagfan says: Aug 12, 2011 11:08 AM

    I loved watching TJack run for his life and make bad decisions. WTF was Pete Carroll thinking? Abandon ship now!

    The Jags need a effin WR! I’m tired of this going into camp with no new WRs and thinking all of a sudden this scrap heap of guys are going to turn it around. Marcedes Lewis is the only Jag that catches balls that has pulled this feat. Go get someone! Anyone! I don’t care if they puke in the locker room or not!

  26. gnorules says: Aug 12, 2011 11:13 AM

    Baltimore has to be concerned with rookie Tyrod Taylor’s status as the team’s backup quarterback. He helped put up 3 points in three quarters of action.
    —————–
    Ok seriously… they’re banging on Tyrod after his first preseason game ever… after two whole weeks of training camp. Yeah he threw two picks but otherwise he looked pretty decent, especially for being on a team focused on running and defense. I’m actually an Eagles fan and a Hokie alum (so I’m kinda biased), but he didn’t play all that bad for a game that doesn’t matter.

  27. Keyser Söze says: Aug 12, 2011 11:21 AM

    1. Kevin Kolb was steady in his Cardinals debut.
    ————————————————-
    If by steady you mean he didn’t stink it up then yes, he was steady. 1 run for a first down and two good throws to Fitz was about all he got against the Raiders first defense…

  28. phillyphever says: Aug 12, 2011 11:23 AM

    At this point, I rather have Kafta than Young backing up Vick. Young looked like a peewee QB out there.

  29. pacificnw7722 says: Aug 12, 2011 11:24 AM

    T-Joke T-Joke he’s our man, if he can’t do it…………….Maybe Josh Portis can???

  30. sojumaster says: Aug 12, 2011 11:34 AM

    wryly1 says:Aug 12, 2011 10:32 AM

    Learned a long, long time ago not to get sucked into placing much significance on preseason exhibitions games, especially the first one – but remain dubious about the Cowboys and Ravens. There just isn’t anything tangible to suggest either will be even as good as last year, let alone better.
    _________________________________

    The Cowboys got rid of Wade Phillips. That alone will make the Cowboys a better team.

  31. trickbunny says: Aug 12, 2011 11:35 AM

    Ravens looked horrible and rusty. Flacco managed 3 points (barely- that FG squeaked in off the upright- so he came close to doing just about nothing) The receivers were non-existent. Ray Rice had a good run or two, but was mostly ineffective. Ray Lewis looked old and got punked on Celek’s TD…and Tyrod Taylor? Awful. Kid looked panicked, confused, and threw 3 INTs- don’t bother telling me it was 2, because he DID throw a 3rd one into the hands of a defender, who just happened to barely miss getting one of his feet down. Many other times, that would have been an INT, so we might as well count it :)

    I know it’s preseason, it doesn’t mean anything, etc.- but my God, they better hope that was just first game jitters. You know, the kind that the *real* elite teams like the Patriots *didn’t* have yesterday.

  32. cheapseater says: Aug 12, 2011 11:43 AM

    The Jags WR situation is not great, but is not dire. We have MJD at RB, Marcedes at TE, a good #2 (Mike Thomas), just acquired a good slot guy (unless Cecil Shorts is a dud in a real game). We have two unproven guys that need a chance. I think we would have gotten a WR in Rd. 2 this year, but we gave it up for Blaine. FA is not the place to find your #1. We will draft a guy if it makes sense next year. But, we sure could use him this year…

  33. dissapointmentprone says: Aug 12, 2011 11:49 AM

    RE Tjacks play: So what you’re saying is he’s already in mid-season form?

  34. tebowsgonnagitya says: Aug 12, 2011 11:51 AM

    I learned that Merle Hodge is developmentally disabled.

  35. Move Them Chains says: Aug 12, 2011 11:56 AM

    trickbunny says:
    Aug 12, 2011 11:35 AM
    Ravens looked horrible and rusty. Flacco managed 3 points (barely- that FG squeaked in off the upright- so he came close to doing just about nothing) The receivers were non-existent. Ray Rice had a good run or two, but was mostly ineffective. Ray Lewis looked old and got punked on Celek’s TD…and Tyrod Taylor? Awful. Kid looked panicked, confused, and threw 3 INTs- don’t bother telling me it was 2, because he DID throw a 3rd one into the hands of a defender, who just happened to barely miss getting one of his feet down. Many other times, that would have been an INT, so we might as well count it

    I know it’s preseason, it doesn’t mean anything, etc.- but my God, they better hope that was just first game jitters. You know, the kind that the *real* elite teams like the Patriots *didn’t* have yesterday.

    ————————————————–

    First off, The starters played two series…TWO! The receivers are rookies going against probably the best secondary in the NFL. What more would you expect? They have had 2-weeks of NFL practice and you want to draw conclusions already? Also, Celek scored on Jameel McClain NOT Ray Lewis…get your facts straight before you make an idiotic homer post.

    I wouldn’t expect any team to be firing on all cylinders until week 4, especially those with a lot of rookie starters like the Ravens.

  36. mogogo1 says: Aug 12, 2011 12:42 PM

    Tebow is a lot of fun to watch. But that unpredictability is bound to give his coaches ulcers. And how that would turn out in real games versus first team defenses who have game planned for him is a big question mark.

    And in a league with so many ho-hum QBs, it’s hard to believe Brady Quinn isn’t going to get a second chance somewhere. Not saying he’s a lock to succeed, but one season with a horrible Cleveland team doesn’t seem like enough to completely write him off.

  37. We'reFineThere says: Aug 12, 2011 12:55 PM

    the Cowboys still have linebackers at Safety

  38. rugdog100 says: Aug 12, 2011 1:10 PM

    “Tarvaris Jackson has some work to do.” Um, yah, no kidding… but that’s the same thing that people have said every year about him. Remember, if Carroll benches him for Whitehurst, that means the Seahawks are “jerking him around”… right?

  39. mwcarolina says: Aug 12, 2011 1:15 PM

    First off, if the patroits are going to trade one of those two QBs, i think Mallett is the one to go. i think teams will worry about trading for Hoyer, but Mallett’s height and potential are too much, i am still shocked that Washington passed on him in the draft and i thought he would be a good fit (accept for his mobility) in Shanahan’s offense. i think Miami should attempt to trade for Mallett IF they want him too, but i think Mallett and Hoyer both remain patroits until they are free agents, i just dont know if a team wants to trade for them. i havent really heard interest in them yet, but maybe it’s too early.

  40. hawkfan50 says: Aug 12, 2011 1:28 PM

    Tarvaris Jackson has had one week of practice with a new team and neither one of his starting receivers even played ; Sidney Rice and Mike Williams sat . Chill people .

    Sheesh … Vikings fans . Ya give ‘em a Pro Bowl left guard and they still hate on ya .

  41. wicky888 says: Aug 12, 2011 1:30 PM

    The answer to the headline of this article ….. NOTHING. Even during a normal offseason, all 4 preseason games mean nothing. And the most meaningless preseason game is the first one, which is meant to evaluate 3rd and 4th string players. You cant learn anything from 2 series. Especially after 2 weeks of camp, and even less for the free agents.

  42. 28purple4mvp says: Aug 12, 2011 1:38 PM

    Phantom-Your comments rock keep them coming. Much love for the PURPLE

  43. jebdamone says: Aug 12, 2011 2:07 PM

    T-Joke T-Joke he’s our man, if he can’t do it…………….Maybe Josh Portis can???

    ———————————————————-

    i tell you what, he may have been going against 3rd stringers but that kid josh portis looked very good. i was impressed with his elusiveness, his decision making, his process of reading the coverage and obviously his immense athleticism. kid made some very nice throws in tight spots, but also made throws that showed he knew the coverage and hit receivers right out of their breaks.

  44. Deb says: Aug 12, 2011 2:14 PM

    Breaking for lunch and have the Ravens game on now. Can’t believe how weird it is to see the Ravens without Heap. Didn’t really think about the impact he made until he wasn’t there. But he replacement looked good.

    Hate the new kick rule, but the Chargers’ kick return inspite of it was beautiful. Woo-hoo!

  45. erjaq says: Aug 12, 2011 2:28 PM

    “2. New Seahawks quarterback Tarvaris Jackson has some work to do. Five pass attempts, 15 yards, two sacks, and two scrambles.”

    As a Vikings fan, I can assure you that T-Jack has no work left to do — he’s already in mid-season form.

  46. johnthehillboy says: Aug 12, 2011 3:25 PM

    What we learned is that PFT will continue to be biased against west coast teams in their coverage. On the west coast the Chargers/Seahawks game was the televised 5 o’clock game on ESPN.

    What has PFT posted about the Chargers up to this point?

    1) An update that there were two touchbacks in the game.

    2) One sentence in this post, “3. Chargers running back Ryan Mathews was healthy enough to play, which is a step in the right direction.”

    3) That PFT is so biased that they couldn’t even find one article about said game to have a post about the Chargers in their Friday Morning One-Liners.

    I get that you east coast writers are blinded to your bigotry but I can’t believe NBC, for purely profit reasons, allows this to happen.

    Shame on all of you to treat NFL fans like this.

  47. dhawk12 says: Aug 12, 2011 3:41 PM

    hawkjuice says:
    Aug 12, 2011 10:25 AM
    T jack goes out for 2 drives, loses his LT and everyone is up his a$$ about sucking. Are you serious? I love fans that watch espn and then come on here to repeat everything they heard.

    Oh BTW T Jack ain’t a savior he’s a band aid.
    —————————
    Exactly…he had no time and no open targets. I wonder how many of these people realize Seattle’s top three WRs were out of the lineup?

    It is hard to argue that TJack is going to be a good QB but he will be given a chance to show if he learned something watching Favre the last two years. After all..it isn’t like he ever had a QB he could learn from before that.

  48. mediasloppy says: Aug 12, 2011 3:46 PM

    Talking junk about anyone during preseason, moreover the lack of practice time and it being the first game is talking out their butt.

  49. rayrsatx says: Aug 12, 2011 3:46 PM

    You guys do realize this is only a lousy pre season game in that the primary objective is to analyze marginal players for the remaining roster once the first string is established. Second, the performance on the field is not necessarily indicative of further performance one way or the other! In other words, much like my descriptive narrative; you guys take this too seriously!

  50. randyratio says: Aug 12, 2011 4:32 PM

    Yes Vick sure did pick up where he left off. So did T-Jack Completing 5 passes for 15 yards. Yep, I’d say T-Jack also picked up where he left off too. Good thing he’s familiar with that system…

  51. bozosforall says: Aug 12, 2011 5:11 PM

    dhawk12 says:
    Aug 12, 2011 3:41 PM
    hawkjuice says:
    Aug 12, 2011 10:25 AM
    T jack goes out for 2 drives, loses his LT and everyone is up his a$$ about sucking. Are you serious? I love fans that watch espn and then come on here to repeat everything they heard.

    Oh BTW T Jack ain’t a savior he’s a band aid.
    —————————
    Exactly…he had no time and no open targets. I wonder how many of these people realize Seattle’s top three WRs were out of the lineup?

    It is hard to argue that TJack is going to be a good QB but he will be given a chance to show if he learned something watching Favre the last two years. After all..it isn’t like he ever had a QB he could learn from before that.

    ___
    Didn’t he also have Super Bowl-winning QB Brad Johnson to learn from before Favre? Not sure about that but I think so.

  52. axespray says: Aug 12, 2011 6:42 PM

    Jamie Dukes continues yappin’ about how Brady is the best and no one is on his level, yet his back ups are capable of putting up 40 plus points….

    Can Peyton Manning’s 1st round WRs put 40 plus points with Manning’s backups?

  53. dhawk12 says: Aug 12, 2011 8:34 PM

    That is like saying Matt Hasselbeck learned behind Super Bowl Winning Trent Dilfer. They shared games for a season but Johnson was terrible. I think his QB rating was barely above Favre’s age…

  54. flybono24 says: Aug 13, 2011 2:12 AM

    Janikowski likes the new kickoff spot! He kicked it through the uprights on the opening kickoff…

  55. treworld says: Aug 14, 2011 3:07 PM

    We’ve learned that Kevin Kolb sucks and the Cardinals made a major mistake of giving him that big $60 million contract! I feel bad for Larry Fitz.

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