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Preseason Game 1: Dolphins

August 15, 2010 at 03:29pm by Scott   •  8 Comments »

Preseason 1

Thanks to everyone who hung out in the chat for the game last night We probably had about 20 different people in and out for the duration. It was a good time and think we can all agree on one thing: Derrick Ward should be waiting tables. But I’m getting ahead of myself.

Quarterback play was exactly where you might expect it to be. Josh Freeman looked pretty awesome. He was 4 for 4 on the first drive and had that sweet pass to Mike Williams on the second, a spectacular play by both guys. Josh Johnson looked like dog shit. He threw high and behind all night, fumbled, and caught his own batted pass which almost never works. The only thing he does well is runs. Rudy Carpenter looked like slightly less dog shit, but with a much weaker arm. Even when he makes the right decision, the ball takes so long to get to the receiver that the defender has time to close. We had a discussion about depth on the chat toward the end of the game and quarterback is undeniably in a terrible depth position.

Cadillac Williams looked strong and had no problem cutting on those knees. Derrick Ward was fucking awful and no one would miss him if he was abducted by aliens. Kareem Huggins has all the speed that has been advertised and, based on this preseason game, needs to be the #2 running back. Somehow, holes that Ward just couldn’t find were right there for Huggins.

Earnest Graham looked great as a lead blocker.

Mike Williams is as advertised. Fast, good feet, good hands. I didn’t see that elusiveness that Arrelious Benn is supposed to have, at least not on the end-around. I’m guessing Mike Nolan is a regular reader of this site and knew that the Bucs were going to use Benn in that way. Micheal Spurlock is likely in the lead for the first non-lock receiver position, ahead of Terrence Nunn or Chris Brooks or any of those other guys. Preston Parker showed up okay, but the best he can hope for is the practice squad.

Jeremy Zuttah looked outmatched on all but a couple plays he was in. When he was in at center, he never looked comfortable after the snap and Keydrick Vincent was better than him at left guard. Jonathan Compas looked like hell at guard, but all right at center. Maybe the o-line backups aren’t as versatile as we think. Everyone else on the starting offensive line looked pretty good after the first series. The third-string offensive line looked better than the second-stringers, especially in the running game. It could be that Huggins was making them look better than they were, but there were definitely holes being opened. Lots of penalties: holding, false start… that shit has to stop. James Lee was good as Donald Penn‘s backup. Xavier Fulton better watch out.

Meet the new defensive line — same as the old defensive line. It was only the first preseason game, but the starters were having trouble stopping the runs up the middle and were doing fine shutting them down to the outside. I remember one good play by Gerald McCoy, but otherwise I wasn’t impressed. To be fair, he was being double-teamed a good deal. Michael Bennett looked very good as a backup — constantly in the backfield. Tim Crowder also had a good game. As the game went on, the defensive line got pushed back pretty bad. There was one series in particular where it looked like Tyler Thigpen was moving the offense at will against them.

Barrett Ruud was in on some stops, but also missed a tackle or two. If the defensive line is the same as they were last year, Ruud isn’t going to look much better than he did, either. Geno Hayes showed up big in the first quarter and looks like he has great instincts. And I really like Dekoda Watson. These FSU linebackers might amount to something.

I had all but written off E.J. Biggers, but he was the star of the secondary last night and made a hell of a case to be considered for the nickel spot last night. He had some key tackles on Ricky Williams and a fumble recovery. He held up in coverage last night against Brandon Marshall, but it’s hard to tell if that was because of Biggers or Marshall. But compared to Elbert Mack last night, Biggers is in the prime spot for the nickel job.

Cody Grimm has been the star at camp, but Corey Lynch did his thing in special teams again last night. He also had some nice stops in the secondary. I just don’t know how you keep this kid off your team, even if it’s just on special teams. Sabby Piscitelli was, again hot and cold. Great stops on a couple plays and also a HUGE personal foul at a critical time. Sean Jones was more consistent. Solid but nothing spectacular last night.

Great punting from Brent Bowden (hears “Crazy Train” in the background) and a good kickoff from Connor Barth. Hunter Lawrence missed his only field goal, but that couldn’t possibly matter any less.

Okay, anyone who watched the game last night, let’s hear what you think.

8 Comments to “Preseason Game 1: Dolphins”

GeorgeCostanza

GeorgeCostanza (August 15, 2010 at 05:53pm:

Hey Scott,
The Texans are looking for a running back after Ben Tate broke his ankle. Maybe we could deal Ward either for a player or a draft pick. I realize this would leave us thin at RB, but sometimes you just gotta take a chance.

JBBUC

JBBUC (August 15, 2010 at 05:57pm:

Remember the pass… I think it was from Freeman on the 3rd drive… that hit Clayton in the hands? Squarely right in his mitts? And he flat out dropped it like a live rattle snake? Yeah, I honestly thought that as the punt team trotted onto the field, that Raheem should have told Clayton to hit the showers and turn in his playbook. I have a hard time believing that I would not have cut him on the spot at this point.

BTW, we are in desperate need of a back-up QB. We only have one on the roster. JJ needs to bulk up a bit and be a WR/HB player in the mold of Percy Harvin. Obviously, he’s not as talented as Percy, but he would be better suited there than at QB. He really is an awful QB.

You know who is NOT an awful QB though? Josh McCown. He looked better than Garrard last night- by a mile.

JBBUC

JBBUC (August 15, 2010 at 06:00pm:

I should add that Luke looked better than JJ and Carpenter combined. I’d feel pretty good about our QB situation if it were Freeman and McCown out there.

manbearpig

manbearpig (August 15, 2010 at 07:17pm:

I’m with jbbuc on the lack of depth at qb. But I think Rudy looked like hammered dog shit compared to jj. His passes were as slow as leftwich’s wind up. First team offense and first team d looked great to me and both were missing their best players, k2 and talib. It’s only one preseson game I know, but I’m stoked with what I saw. Great site by the way. Been reading it for a while but just registered.

toolman

toolman (August 15, 2010 at 08:32pm:

I have been saying all along to these bloggers, Corey Lynch is a keeper. He gives the offense field/scoring position with his blocked kicks. I really think he even tapped that errant pass where he had to do an acrobatic back dive. But I’m sure he broke the concentration and line of sight for that receiver. He also came out of nowhere on the right side to make a diving tackle on a man everyone was chasing.

Meatmaster

Meatmaster (August 15, 2010 at 10:47pm:

The game was good. Clicky is much better. Goddamn look at them titays!

Sander

Sander (August 16, 2010 at 11:36am:

I’ve really liked Corey Lynch since last year’s hard knocks. Just like Chris Pressley. Too bad both are on the bubble, with Pressley the least likely to make the team.

I thought Demar Dotson looked decent at RT. Hopefully he can push Trueblood to stop twitching early.

cgi shark attack

cgi shark attack (August 16, 2010 at 01:50pm:

Dammit, ended up missing the game so no 2cents. Not making that mistake again, but encouraging that Freeman/Huggins/Caddy looked good. Also –

CLICKEEEEEEEEE!!!

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