Monday, August 23, 2010
Preseason HOF performers
By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com’s Page 2 had a fun look at the NFL preseason Hall of Fame. It chronicled unusual or surprising performances and actions during the preseason.
In the spirit of the column, here is one preseason Hall of Fame moment for each AFC West team two games through the preseason based on various reasons:
Denver: Tim Tebow’s score on a 7-yard run on the final play of his NFL preseason debut. The play wasn’t a game winner, but it was more proof of Tebow’s work ethic and demeanor. He just ran over people on his way to scoring.
Tebow ended up getting hurt on the play. He suffered a rib injury that kept him out of the second preseason game. It also fueled more talk of whether Tebow’s rough-and-tumble approach will work in the NFL.
Kansas City: Free agent rookie Jeremy Horne has been a hit. We don’t know if he’s another in a long line of training camp stars that fade when the lights come on or if he’s a legitimate steal. After a strong training camp, Horne was given a chance to play with the first-team offense and he didn’t disappoint, catching a touchdown from Matt Cassel. Horne is the clear surprise of the Chiefs’ summer. Let’s see if it continues at a position where the team could use a boost.
Oakland: Kamerion Wimbley had four sacks against Chicago on Saturday. That was an awesome display. I don’t care if it was the preseason, that was a wicked performance. Consider Wimbley didn’t play the whole game, and the effort was even more impressive. Wimbley was a so-so player in Cleveland. But if he can be a dominant pass rusher in Oakland, the Raiders’ defense has a real chance to shine.
San Diego: Quarterback Philip Rivers touchdown-saving tackle on a fumble recovery. Rivers ran down the field and delivered a big hit and then tried to go after the fumble. Many folks in San Diego wished Rivers would have just let Dallas score and not risk getting injured in a meaningless preseason game, but that’s not how Rivers is wired. He’s the undisputed leader of this team and he is always going to show it, preseason or otherwise.