2016 NFL Preseason: Who’s Hot & Who’s Not? Wk 1

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Following the drudgery of a long, mundane off-season, the 2016 NFL preseason is finally under way. Some folks say it doesn’t count, but to these young kids, week one represented the biggest game of their lives.

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Week one of the 2016 NFL preseason presented hundreds of kids from all walks of life with the opportunity to live out their life-long dreams. The opportunity to play on the biggest stage in the world.

Many of these kids have to prove they deserve a spot on an NFL roster. The rest are in a melee to at least find a spot on the practice squad.

The sad reality of it is, a lot of these kids will never set foot on the grid iron again. To the folks who say preseason football doesn’t count: look at it through their eyes. The 2016 NFL preseason gives these kids four weeks to prove they belong among the best in the world. It matters. A lot.

Who’s Hot?

2016 preseason joe callahanCas:

Who in the hell is Joe Callahan? Yup, that DIII quarterback from Wesley College most of us never heard of before he made his NFL debut in the absence of Aaron Rodgers. This guy had to  top my list of who was hot. He out performed the #1 and #2 overall picks of the 2016 NFL draft. The amusing part is: he was undrafted. No clue how we missed him for “The Guys No One Is Talking About” series, but he is the perfect candidate. Kudos to the Green Bay scouting department.

Joe Callahan completed 16 of 23 passes (69.6%) for 124 yards and a TD, which was good for a passer rating of 97.0. He was taking snaps under center, making good calls at the line and showed the ability to extend plays. His command of the offense and poise in the pocket was outstanding. There is not a doubt in my mind that he has a solid future in the NFL.

Jameill Showers:

The numbers don’t always tell the story. Showers didn’t stand a chance out there. He was set up to fail! That was some of the worst offensive line play I have ever seen. If he wasn’t running for his life, the receivers were dropping passes. The composure and command he showed despite all of the pressure was amazing. His ability to extend plays and keep his eyes down the field was outstanding. He can take snaps under center as well.

Mark my words: if Dak Prescott has to try and perform under the same circumstances, all of the premature hype he is getting will go out the window. Basically, Prescott was running a college style offense under max protect blocking with the starters in front of him. They kept him in the shotgun because he is still unable to play under center.

It was a lot of underneath stuff to wide open receivers. The Rams didn’t game plan for the Cowboys and ran a vanilla defense. It was like a pitch and catch session. Lets stop all the hype on the Bryant pass. Come on Man! Anytime you have Dez Bryant 1 on 1 with a 2nd tier CB, that throw should be a given for any QB. The play in the video above should be getting the hype!

The fact is: he threw it too high and Dez Bryant made a bad pass look good. Checking down on 2nd and 29 reminded me of Brandon Weeden. Let’s hold off on the anointing oil. If Miami game plans to attack the way the Cowboys used him in that vanilla college style approach, expect a different outcome. Especially if he has the same OL in front of him Showers had to deal with.

It blows my mind that Kellen Moore threw for 435 yards in a “REAL” game without Dez Bryant and folks took shots at him. Yet Prescott throws for 139 yards in a preseason game “with Dez” and the media acts like he is the 2nd coming of Tom Brady! Mark my words: he isn’t in the same zip code as Kellen Moore.

If he is put in a situation where he is under heavy pressure and/or has to get through all of his progressions quickly because they took the underneath stuff away, he will be in trouble. This ain’t the NCAA! If an NFL team game plans for that style of offense, he is doomed.

Who’s Not?

 

Al Beam:

2016 preseason jared goffCarson Wentz and Jared Goff were among the worst performances of all the rookie quarterbacks. The fact that their respective teams mortgaged their futures on them should indicate some jobs are on the line.

Wentz completed 12 of 24 passes (50%) for a measly 50 yards (3.7 YPR) zero TDs and an interception, which was good for a passer rating of 41.8.

Goff completed 4 of 9 passes (44.4%) for a measly 38 Yards (4.2 ypr) Zero TDs and an interception, which was good for a passer rating of 17.1.

It only makes sense that their teams would immediately claim injury to avoid losing face. The YDCFF staff typically takes a lot of heat for some of our scouting reports, but once again, we were spot on and the mainstream media has egg on their faces.

When I consider what these two players cost and compare their performance to an undrafted DIII kid (Joe Callahan), it fills me with a strong urge to defecate. So much for media hype, and save the excuses that it was their first game. It was the first game for the other rookies too.

Who’s Hot honorable mentions:

  • Matt Judon-Ravens: 7 tackles and 1 sack,
  • Edwin Jackson-Colts: 10 tackles.
  • George Atkinson-Raiders: 5 carries for 97 yards and 2 TDs.
  • Cody Latimer-Broncos: 7 receptions for 82 yards
  • Mackenzie Alexander-Vikings: 2 PDEFs and 1 interception.

Unfortunately, no Cowboys players made the top 5 in any major category league wide this week so there are none on the list. We can only hope someone makes our list next week.

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  • BigDIndiana

    No love for my boy Dak? LOL I will disagree here as those were some pretty throws on the slants, back shoulder, deep out to Butler and the deep corner throw to TWill. Count the snaps he took and he had more under center than shotgun with no issues. Romo takes about 75% of snaps from shotgun, as most QBs do nowadays. Protections and check outs were there. He did have the one delay. I wasn’t expecting what he did, almost a perfect half IMO, and do expect him to come back to earth.
    I have never heard of that Div 3 QB either but I love seeing them come in and stir things up. Was somewhat satisfying to see Akunne light up Goff 🙂 The kid seems to have good speed for someone built like a FB. I haven’t got my pet cat this year but he might be it.

    • Run plays under center don’t count BigD as most of the run plays are designed from under center. The reads were off. He booted right in to a backside bandit from under center. Luckily Smith was right there for the dump off. Under center boots are common in college. I wanted to see some 3,5,and 7 step drops. Drops with a hitch etc. That was a nice drop and pass to Butler. Both passes to Dez were too high. The one on the sideline would have been missed by average receivers. Dez made a spectacular catch. The TD pass was again great hands and body control by Dez.

      My point is: The media is so hard pressed to discredit Moore that they are blowing up a rookie after one half of football against a vanilla defense that wasn’t coming after him in a damn preseason game!. He got a lot of reps with the starters in camp to prepare. Moore got thrown in to the fire in a “REAL” game having had almost no reps and threw for 435 yards when the Redskins were coming after him and people tried to discredit it.

      Dak threw for 139 in a preseason game and got tons of hype. Then people wonder why I HATE the media. There is no way possible Dak can know half of what Moore knows, make the reads of the defenses he can make or make the line calls he can make. Yards after the catch boosted that 139 yds as well. Moore completed more passes for over 20 yards in the air than Cassel and Weeden combined for in 10 games. My point is: it’s wayyyy to early to praise the guy.

      What scares me the most is this DL still can’t stop the run and there are wayyyyy too many missed tackles! Look at the top DLs: they all have that big nasty run stuffing 1 tech and Dallas still refuses to get one. Smaller athletic guys are ok for pass plays, but you have got to have a big nasty to stop the run! That NE front 7 is scary with Brown and Knighton rotating in the middle. They now have TWO Wilforks.

      • BigDIndiana

        I’m not trying to anoint the guy, for what they asked of him I thought he did a great job considering a few practices and first action. I don’t know about missing reads as he would have had a 100% completion rate if Swaim hadn’t have dropped those 2 balls. Both Dez throws were identical, were they high or does he know Dez gets those from practice? I dunno. He checked down to a run once when the box was light. Showed a lot of poise and Dez said he isn’t like a rookie running the huddle. A lot of rookie QBs had bad games, which is understandable. I watched Hogan run a few series and his only completion was an interception.
        I was pleased with both and they give me hope for taking over a game for a sprained ankle or something. Not sure they could take an 8 game stretch but they are still pups. Just from what I have seen I would take either over Weeden or Cassel. I don’t make Moore comparisons, I like all 3. Not too high on him nor too low on Green as it’s waaaay early for the rooks.
        I would like to see some more screens and passes to Morris and Jackson to see their viability if Dunbar isn’t game. Lot of routes I want to see.
        DLine and swing tackle scare me. Not sure how the 325lber we have is doing?. Can’t think of his name or maybe he is hurt? Most of them are. They are having to play Wilbur at RDE just to practice. Ugh. The tackling was the most disappointing part of the game.

      • BigDIndiana

        I’m not trying to anoint the guy, for what they asked of him I thought he did a great job considering a few practices and first action. I don’t know about missing reads as he would have had a 100% completion rate if Swaim hadn’t have dropped those 2 balls. Both Dez throws were identical, were they high or does he know Dez gets those from practice? I dunno. He checked down to a run once when the box was light. Showed a lot of poise and Dez said he isn’t like a rookie running the huddle. A lot of rookie QBs had bad games, which is understandable. I watched Hogan run a few series and his only completion was an interception.
        I was pleased with both and they give me hope for taking over a game for a sprained ankle or something. Not sure they could take an 8 game stretch but they are still pups. Just from what I have seen I would take either over Weeden or Cassel. I don’t make Moore comparisons, I like all 3. Not too high on him nor too low on Green as it’s waaaay early for the rooks.
        I would like to see some more screens and passes to Morris and Jackson to see their viability if Dunbar isn’t game. Lot of routes I want to see.
        DLine and swing tackle scare me. Not sure how the 325lber we have is doing?. Can’t think of his name or maybe he is hurt? Most of them are. They are having to play Wilbur at RDE just to practice. Ugh. The tackling was the most disappointing part of the game.

        • Al

          He has done well for a rookie. I think Cas main issue is the way the media is so anxious to get rid of Kellen before he gets a chance to prove them all wrong. They wanted to bring in any vet off the sidewalk rather than give him his fair shot. All of the guys they wanted to bring in haven’t even played as well as Dak. You should know by now that she will stand on the table for her players and more times than not she is right about them once they get their opportunity.

        • Al

          He has done well for a rookie. I think Cas main issue is the way the media is so anxious to get rid of Kellen before he gets a chance to prove them all wrong. They wanted to bring in any vet off the sidewalk rather than give him his fair shot. All of the guys they wanted to bring in haven’t even played as well as Dak. You should know by now that she will stand on the table for her players and more times than not she is right about them once they get their opportunity.

          • BigDIndiana

            I understand, I’m just talking about Dak….nothing to do with Moore. Apparently Moore will miss half the season. If I had my choice I would keep all 4 putting Showers on the PS. No way Dak could go PS squad now as he would get snatched for sure. May be the first time I have ever liked a stable of 4 QBs here. I would be tempted to Let Dak clean up next game….then let Showers have most, if not all, of the last game.

    • Run plays under center don’t count BigD as most of the run plays are designed from under center. The reads were off. He booted right in to a backside bandit from under center. Luckily Smith was right there for the dump off. Under center boots are common in college. I wanted to see some 3,5,and 7 step drops. Drops with a hitch etc. That was a nice drop and pass to Butler. Both passes to Dez were too high. The one on the sideline would have been missed by average receivers. Dez made a spectacular catch. The TD pass was again great hands and body control by Dez.

      My point is: The media is so hard pressed to discredit Moore that they are blowing up a rookie after one half of football against a vanilla defense that wasn’t coming after him in a damn preseason game!. He got a lot of reps with the starters in camp to prepare. Moore got thrown in to the fire in a “REAL” game having had almost no reps and threw for 435 yards when the Redskins were coming after him and people tried to discredit it.

      Dak threw for 139 in a preseason game and got tons of hype. Then people wonder why I HATE the media. There is no way possible Dak can know half of what Moore knows, make the reads of the defenses he can make or make the line calls he can make. Yards after the catch boosted that 139 yds as well. Moore completed more passes for over 20 yards in the air than Cassel and Weeden combined for in 10 games. My point is: it’s wayyyy to early to praise the guy.

      What scares me the most is this DL still can’t stop the run and there are wayyyyy too many missed tackles! Look at the top DLs: they all have that big nasty run stuffing 1 tech and Dallas still refuses to get one. Smaller athletic guys are ok for pass plays, but you have got to have a big nasty to stop the run! That NE front 7 is scary with Brown and Knighton rotating in the middle. They now have TWO Wilforks.

  • Johnathan Nguyen

    I was encouraged by Dak”s pkays, but unlike most people, I know better and pumped the breaks. If you go back and watched the game, most of Dak”s throws were in the shotgun formations and it was a ONE READ AND LET IT FLY! Now, if he can perform that along with being under center (because that’s where most of our runs are from and also play actions) and read above 2 levels, then I would be even more encouraged. I’m glad Dak played well and I hope he will continue to develop. Yes, he has a long long way to go to be at Kellen”s level of understanding and anticipation but he has time.

    • BigDIndiana

      Over 75% of Romos throws are from the shotgun (last full season). Dak had 9 of 12 from the shotgun (75%). Nothing out of the norm for us. The whole league is like that now. The deep out to Butler was under center and a 2nd or 3rd read. Both QBs made me breath a little easier for a scenario Romo would leave a game. If I only had that same feeling about swing tackle.

      • Johnathan Nguyen

        Like i stated earlier, i like what i see so far, very encouraged. As i typed this, Dak is having another outstanding day. We have 2 QB that we can develop behind Romo. That makes me happy. I understand the 75% comparison, but our offense as a whole, is based under center. We got Zeke, Dak needs to develop under center and i think he can and will. We got time.

      • Johnathan Nguyen

        Like i stated earlier, i like what i see so far, very encouraged. As i typed this, Dak is having another outstanding day. We have 2 QB that we can develop behind Romo. That makes me happy. I understand the 75% comparison, but our offense as a whole, is based under center. We got Zeke, Dak needs to develop under center and i think he can and will. We got time.

        • Al

          He is doing well for a rookie.

        • Al

          He is doing well for a rookie.

          • BigDIndiana

            Nobody would have thought 6 TDs after just over 4 quarters. You never know how those guys will transition to the NFL. I would almost like to see them give all of game 4 to Showers.

        • BigDIndiana

          With Zeke I’m not sure I wouldn’t start Morris and let him work his way in. Morris gels with this line better than I expected. Lets hope after all the backup QB talk we don’t have to see any of them. Other than mop up duty as we crush the sheagles 🙂

      • Al

        I would feel better with Moore’s experience at understanding protections, blitz packages and making the right calls.

        • Johnathan Nguyen

          At this point, if I’m running the team I would not hesitate to.play Moore. As stellar as Dak is, I still want to see how he’d have played if the kitchen sink was thrown st him. We already know Moore will pick you apart if you come at him. Dak had struggled in practice and I’m assuming RM was throwing the kitchen at him, this is the sole reason why I want to see if he can handle it in real situations. Dak did exactly what was asked of him and shown he is a gamer that’s why I am stoked, but tempered.

      • Al

        I would feel better with Moore’s experience at understanding protections, blitz packages and making the right calls.