Snap Judgments: Backup QBs don't inspire much confidence in Week 1
• One of the few meaningful evaluations that can be gleaned from the NFL's mostly meaningless preseason is the general state of the league's backup quarterback play, because August is their time to shine. Or not to shine, as the case may be.
Some teams are probably feeling pretty good about their No. 2 QB situations in the wake of strong showings by their backup over the weekend. Jacksonville certainly moved the ball well when
In Seattle, new Seahawks backup
But it's also apparent that a whole bunch of teams have Grand Canyon-sized drop-offs on their quarterback depth chart once their starters leave the game. The gap between
And what to make of the likes of Denver's
In the case of Vick, it was understandable that he couldn't bounce back from two years in prison and provide real competition for
While there are plenty of good young starting quarterbacks in the NFL these days thanks to the influx of talents like
The Patriots, Saints and Bengals might keep the train rolling if
With three weeks of the preseason left, we're going to see plenty more of the NFL's backup quarterback crowd on display. And it may not be pretty. But the idea being that if you play them now, and stay lucky in terms of your starter's health, you won't have to play them later. Better in August than October, I suppose.
• Score another one for the science that is the draft scouting process. Now we know why the Giants issued a No. 3 jersey to rookie receiver
Cruz, a Paterson, N.J., native and lifelong Giants fan, had six catches for 145 yards in the stadium-opening 31-16 win over the Jets, with touchdowns of 64, 34 and 5 yards in the second half. Giants head coach
• Wonder if
• For a guy who couldn't wait to get to Miami, it has to be a little concerning to see new Dolphins receiver
• Looks like
• Before they get their
• There were some pretty big showings by some pretty small rookie return men in Week 1 of the preseason. Baltimore cornerback
Not to be outdone, 5-foot-7, 151-pound Redskins return man
And in New England, the Patriots first-round pick,
• I say
A 51-yard touchdown catch and run by the ex-Trojans receiver who once tipped the scales at 270 pounds? Are you kidding me?