Lance Zierlein wraps up week one of the NFL Preseason:
- After watching the Falcons and the Dolphins this week, it didn't take long for third year DE Lawrence Sidbury to jump off the screen at me. A former 4th round pick from Richmond, Sidbury has only one sack in over his first twenty-two games, but he's never started and has a limited role as a pass rusher so far. Against the Dolphins, Sidbury showed terrific burst off the edge and he played with the type of hands and leverage that will make it difficult for the Falcons to keep him off the field.
- I know the completion percentage isn't what you might want (8 of 19 for 134 yards), but I saw reason to be VERY excited about Cam Newton's future in Carolina. Newton's arm strength and release are a given, but his demeanor is what sets him apart for me. There are some who may mistake Newton's for a lackadaisical attitude, but I just think Newton's demeanor is a sign of poise and confidence. Time will tell, but I would rather buy his stock now than sell.
- Last year it was Devin Aromashodu and this year it could end up being Johnny Knox. Chicago Bears offensive coordinator Mike Martz knows what he likes and doesn't like in a wide receiver and and if whispers are true, Knox could be find his role reduced this year. Aromashodu complained about going over the middle after the first game of the year and Martz was finished with him after that. While Knox hasn't complained, it appears as though Martz isn't sure that Knox can get off the line of scrimmage as effectively as he needs to which is why you might end up seeing more of Roy Williams than you probably should.
- The Houston Texans have spent plenty of money and draft picks on the defensive line over the years, but J.J. Watt looks like a keeper. Watt's physicality and the point of attack is a perfect fit for what Wade Phillips is looking for out of his 3-4 DE. Watt has consistently given offensive linemen fits in practice and with his motor, Watt should be one of the top defensive rookies in the league this year.
- So let me get this straight.... , because he's he'll never be like Tom Brady or Peyton Manning? Look, I've got no problem with anyone taking shots at Chad Henne as a quarterback as I'm not sold on him either. I do, however, have a problem with this constant comparison of QBs to Manning or Brady. Sorry folks, but the list of QBs who compare to those two guys is pretty short so let's start looking for some new, more realistic comparisons. For example, wouldn't it be much easier on everyone if you just said, "that Chad Henne fella... he'll never be as good as Neil O'Donnell."