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.
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 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.
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.
Carson 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.