The Good, The Bad, and The Hound
by Kevin Sylvester
I know, not the most original title for a column, but it works. I did try to add some originality by using the hound instead of the word you were expecting. Game of Thrones fans will understand why “the hound” fits. If you don’t watch Game of Thrones, then you’re the loser, not me (just thought I’d get that cleared up). On with the show!
It’s was the first preseason game, how could there be much good? Preseason football stinks, but there are gems to find.
–Tyrod Taylor to Sammy Watkins. It looked like those two worked together in the offseason or something. Oh wait, they did. It was good to see Watkins be the focus of the first unit offense. If you’re going to take to take the horse out of the barn, you need to let it run. Or course, I’ve seen enough, so now they should keep him in the stable until September 10th.
–LeSean McCoy didn’t play. McCoy doesn’t need to play at all in the preseason. He’s ready.
–The Cold Front. Can we still call the defensive line that? Were they good enough to have a nickname in the first place? I’ll leave those answers up to you in the comment section. Marcel Dareus and Kyle Williams pushed the pocket, while Jerry Hughes and Eddie Yarbrough made life tough for Sam Bradford. It made for a very nice debut of Sean McDermott and Leslie Fraser’s defense.
–Eddie Yarbrough. Shaq Lawson did not play and that was too the benefit of Yarbrough. He was excellent off the edge, and it appears as if the Bills will have some depth at defensive end.
–Bishop Sankey Injury. Nobody wants to see a player go down with injury in the preseason. That’s really it. I wasn’t planning on drafting him in fantasy football (again), but I did not need to see that.
–Yates or Peterman. I wasn’t expecting much from the backup QB’s, and they delivered. TJ Yates should get some benefit of the doubt not having the first unit to work with. You could argue the same for Peterman, but I think he would have still missed on the quick outs. He looked confident, which is good, and moved the ball with his legs. The latter is not the route to go in the NFL.
–Taiwan Jones. The special teams penalty for the fair catch hit, the dropped pass, and wearing number 7.
–Mudgie’s Braid. Backup offensive lineman Jordan Mudge was sporting a braided pony tail. It looked bad. If you’re hair is that long, cut it. His nickname has to be “Mudgie”. I grew up with a kid name Chris Mudge, and that’s what we called him, affectionately (Chris had normal hair).
–The Game. I can’t wait for football season to start. I watched because I had too (Peck made me).