11 August 2006

At long last, Falcons Football

So it's finally here. Tonight at 8PM, we once again have real football in the state of GA. No more Arena or Arena II. Real NFL football. And to top it all off, it's preseason. I love preseason. Part of the reason is that I really like 2nd and 3rd string QBs. My favorite 90's Cowboys QB is Jason Garrett. My favorite QBs in the NFL right now are Schaub, Volek, and Vick in that order. And I'm suprememly proud that Volek will probably start for TN after years of riding the pine behind McNair.

I also love seeing new people play. For example, given that Vick is only going to be in for 2 series, it is very likely that young UGA star DJ Shockley will get to take a few snaps tonight in a fight for the 3rd string Falcons QB slot. I'll also have to check out the Seahawks preseason so I can watch Greene take a few snaps from under center.

Am I the only one who loves preseason? What preseason games are you looking forward to? What players do you want to see play?


At 12:12 AM, Blogger Patrick Armstrong said...

That was one of the best pre-season games I've ever seen. Randall & Shock looked really good. And that running back from Mississippi State (I can't remember his name) is a homerun threat from anywhere on the field.

And that kicker, durn. Player of the game IMHO.

At 2:28 PM, Blogger Dante said...

That was a really good preseason game. What really impressed me was that for a lot of the game Atlanta's 3rd string defense was holding it own against a mostly 2nd string offense.

The kicker is really the only one who showed us what we'll see during an actual game. Shockley and Randall both looked really good. However, that was against 2nd and 3rd string defenders. Sockley at least kept from getting sacked thanks to his 2 minute drill. He will probably play 3rd next week as is customary when evaluating 3rd and 4th. The unfortunate truth is that one of those 2 QBs will end up 3rd string and the other will be practice squad. The Falcons won't take up roster space for a 4th QB, even if their starter has a spotty injury record.

The MS State running back looked good against lesser defenders but more importantly he looked about as good as Duckett against the same defenders. With rumors abound of Atlanta trying to shop Duckett to Denver for Lelie, this is good news for Atlanta.

Every Atlanta QB looked good but the receivers sure were dropping a lot of balls. Vick looked fast against an admittedly hurt NE defense. Shockley should've been perfect on passing and his arm strength surprised me. He was making good NFL-level decisions. With Greene's situation in Seattle and the imminent departure of Schaub next year, Shockley may get an NFL start before Greene does. That other kid from VT sure is fast though. It looks like Atlanta is really commiting itself to a running QB offense.

On the other side of the ball, the starting D for Atlanta sure did give up a lot of big runs. Their whole defense reminded me of the high stakes Wade Phillips defenses that would tackle for a loss or give up 15 yard runs. Some years that worked but when it didn't work, it was catastrophic.


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