“NFL Football-Weekend 1—What I Saw-What I Think”
CHARGERS….QB-Tyrod Taylor can produce…doesn’t turn the ball over…has proven himself in roles in Baltimore-Buffalo-Might give the Chargers the best backup QB they have had since the Philip Rivers-Drew Bree’s era…..Liked what I saw of OC-Dan Feeney-OG-Forrest Lamp…both played the full 60-snaps on offense….Concerned about LT-Trent Scott-thought he struggled a lot in pass protection….Young OT-Trey Pipkins seemed to hold his own in pass blocking in backup roll-played 28-snaps….There’s a reason the two QBs combined to run (85Y)…because protection did not hold up…QB-Easton Stick is fearless-did not get rattled..threw one bad pass…but a bunch of lasers….moved the pocket and ran the ball too….QB-Cardale Jones remains an intriguing specimen-but this deep into his career-still don’t know whether he can really play at NFL level and do well….Rookie LB-S-Drue Tranquill looked quick in coverage and can run-might be a solid player.
RAMS…Poor performance but Sean McVay did sit 26-veterans in the game…QB Blake Bortels had lousy numbers (3-8) 50Y-but plagued by dropped passes….As backup to Jared Goff he will be very trustworthy trying to remarket himself as a free agent next season….Thought we’d see some explosions from RB-Darrell Henderson-Memphis State-but did not (6C-13Y)….Defense gave up (407Y) to Raiders…S-Taylor Rapp….LB-Micah Kiser very active in debuts for Rams..
RAIDERS….Backup QB-Mike Glennon threw for (200Y) in start so he is locked into battle with Nate Perryman-the ex Buffalo Bills refugee-who has had a good camp and drawn praise from Coach Jon Gruden…DE-Arden Key had a sack and two big pressures..WR-JJ Nelson hauled in a 38Y-pass in traffic and looks like a keeper.
RAVENS…QB-Lamar Jackson, working on mechanics-goes (5-6) and looks comfortable in the pocket
ARIZONA….QB-Kyler Murray moved the pocket, threw pinpoint passes in (6-7) debut passing….Used the threat to run to slow down pass rush…but had to move a lot because of poor protection…He looks awful small out there-but so then is Baker Mayfield.
DENVER…Drew Lock was a lot better in second outing than first game…Threw for (166) and operated under center some not just from shotgun.
GIANTS…1st round pick Daniel Jones went (6-6) on a touchdown drive in lone outing…NY tabloids going crazy over potential QB controversy.
PATRIOTS…A name to watch-Jarrett Stidham-Auburn…has had good OTAs and follows it up with (179P) in New England debut
MIAMI…Josh Rosen played gunslinger, throwing for (191)…running for his life-throwing into coverages…a wild debut….Looks as if he is playing behind as bad an OL with Dolphins as he had a year ago with Cardinals.
WASHINGTON….Dwayne Haskins isn’t playing at Ohio State, it’s the NFL now, and he threw 2-picks and took 2-sacks and was under siege in Redskins debut…This will take time.
SEATTLE…Paxton Lynch failed badly in Denver-but went (11-15) 109Y in debut for Seahawks and moved ahead of journeyman Geno Smith for backup job to Russell Wilson.
COLTS…Chad Kelly has had lots of controversy in career in college and in Buffalo…now gets a look see in Indianapolis in first game has good outing (121P-53R) so will merit further looks behind Jacoby Brissett-the likely starter because of the on going calf injury to Andrew Luck.
DETROIT…What an awful start as the Lions get steamrolled at home by New England…allow 9-QB sacks in first game…outgained (459-93) in total offense.
JAGUARS…Not much better with (118Y) in total offense as they sat Nick Foles-Leonard Fournette in first preseason outing.
CHIEFS….Free agent QB-Chase Litton-Marshall throws for (122P-4TD) coming off bench vs Cincinnati…Big strong-likely developmental squad QB
STEELERS…Mason Rudolph-Josh Dobbs, vying for backup job, combined for good night (176P) for Pittsburgh….Devastating the Sunday morning death of popular WR-coach Darryl Drake-found dead in camp.