[caption id="attachment_17208" align="aligncenter" width="620"] Derick E. Hingle - US Presswire[/caption] Another preseason week reminds us that yes, the supermen are still rookies. How some players bounce back from this week's disappointing performances in Week 3 will be very interesting.
For all the hype and Week 1 performances it's actually kind of a relief that almost every rookie QB had some troubles this week. It reminds us that they are rookies. Andrew Luck stared down Reggie Wayne and threw an easy pick-six (the second int was not his fault) and Robert Griffin III failed to protect the football when hit from behind. Both players know their mistakes and have moved on, and to be fair they were both facing monster defences (Steelers and Bears). A bunch of players were hurt this week but I feel the worst for the Colts' Austin Collie who is experiencing "concussion-like symptoms," whatever that means. Feels like the kid has been knocked about by concussions most of his career. I noticed that Ryan Tannehill also struggled, but he earned the starting spot anyway. I would have gone with Matt Moore but I guess in this case the Dolphins think Tannehill's energy will lead to big performances, or ticket sales. The only rookie QB who improved on his week one performance was Brandon Weeden, but let's face it - anything would have been an improvement. I'm quickly and quietly falling in love with the Falcons' offence. With all those weapons, Matt Ryan has a great shot at being a top-5 QB this year. A.J. Green's connection with Andy Dalton is alive and well, a 50-yard TD pass will do that. I was a little concerned with Jermaine Gresham's injury, however the potential breakout candidate appears to be OK. It was great to see Chris Johnson finally show a spark with his two-touchdown performance. I won't herald his return to form until I see it again in the next two games. Fool me once and all that... Buffalo are quietly under performing this preseason. They were one of my sleeper teams this year so I fully expect them to right the ship before the regular season starts. It's not a huge issue, but worth noting. Here's one of the big surprises of the offseason: both Blaine Gabbert and Christan Ponder have looked good - really good - this offseason. Trust me, I'm as surprised as you are. If they carry this form into the regular season, the NFC North and AFC South could suddenly become much more interesting. http://youtu.be/jerrJHFtQ9g Justin Blackmon, welcome to the NFL. Four catches for 48 yards and a touchdown, as good a start as any. I'm having trouble seeing Kevin Kolb winning the starting job in Arizona. Granted they have invested a lot in him and he has had some bad luck, but I'm yet to see a single performance from him that justifies being a starting QB in the NFL. John Skelton showed him up this weekend and should win the job. If you were curious as to whether or not Jay Cutler would still have a connection with Brandon Marshall then wonder no more. They're good. Great, even. While the Redskins secondary is utterly woeful, Marshall looked great. I feel I should mention the rookie Alshon Jeffery's performance as well, as suddenly the Bears' passing attack has some real bite. Giants fans will be thrilled with Victor Cruz's performance. It seems more and more likely that he is not a one-year wonder. Don't press the panic button over Peyton Manning's stats this preseason. He's still working out the kinks. Be warned: that offence will be much more conservative than previous Peyton offences. This is great for fans who love the run, like me. I said it last week and I'll say it again: the Jets look awful, and haven't scored a touchdown in two straight games. The fault is usually placed on the offensive line and I'm inclined to agree. I like Sanchez, certainly more than Tebow, but if he doesn't start spinning something out of the rabble he has to throw to they are in serious trouble. So, yeah, they need a miracle. It's great to see Sam Bradford perform well. He's still a great talent and like Steven Jackson has found himself bogged down by a poor, poor team. The Cowboys have found their feet, especially with that secondary. They went into the offseason with the goal to improve their pass defence and it's clear they have done just that. Michael Vick has probably saved a lot of people's fantasy seasons by managing to injure himself twice in two preseason games. Sure, once again the x-rays are negative, but he hurt himself twice, in two games, with limited snaps.
Point of Interest: Week 3 preseason game to watch? Has to be Redskins v Colts. Point of Interest 2: It's really awesome that Scott Harding is now the starting WR at the University at Hawaii. Point of Interest 3: On the above topic when the regular season starts we'll be having a weekly article updating how our Aussies have performed over the weekend. Final Point of Interest: Saints trading for veteran LB Barrett Ruud makes sense. The Saints have been hit hard at that position this offseason.