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Dan Daly writes that Robert Griffin III knows how to make an entrance. Griffin's preseason debut was obviously impressive, and hints at bigger things to come. He looked better and more certain of himself in the game than he did when I watched him last week in Redskins practice. Make of that what you will, Redskins fans. You have the right to get excited if you want to.
Griffin wasn't the only thing that looked good about the Redskins in their first game. The defense -- all the way down to the third-teamers -- was tough and stout all night. Usual disclaimers apply across the board. The Redskins looked good early in last year's preseason, too. This doesn't mean they're a sure thing to contend in 2012. But again, it's fun for fans to watch their team play well, even in make-believe games. And there's good reason to believe that defensive front will be a strength.
After Michael Vick's thumb injury, which turned out to be not as serious as initially feared, the Eagles got a frightening look at what it would be like if they had to play without their starting quarterback this year. Given that Vick's only played 16 games in a season once in his career, it was worth paying attention.
Ashley Fox was in Philadelphia on Thursday night to chronicle the next step in Andy Reid's attempt to make his life normal again in the wake of the death of his son.
New York Giants
The Magazine's Jordan Brenner has a story that postulates that Antrel Rolle's locker room rant after the loss to the Redskins in December was what sparked the Giants to their postseason run. Possible. I will say this: The Giants responded to Rolle's criticisms the way you'd hope your team would respond -- by actually looking in the mirror and asking legitimate questions about themselves. And that did work.
Ohm Youngmisuk writes that all eyes will be on rookie running back David Wilson in tonight's preseason opener against Jacksonville. Watch him especially in pass protection. That's where the coaches will be watching him. If he progresses quickly in that area, that's his quickest path to more carries as Ahmad Bradshaw's backup.
Calvin Watkins had a report Thursday that the Cowboys had had "preliminary discussions" with the agent for wide receiver Plaxico Burress. Jerry Jones told Calvin that the Cowboys hadn't considered Burress at all. Calvin's a good reporter, and the people who run these teams don't always tell the truth, so don't assume the denial is legit. But I'd have to say I think it's unlikely that Burress would fit in with what the Cowboys are trying to put together out there.
Tyron Smith is only 21 years old, and last year he was already one of the best tackles in the league. Can he be an elite left tackle now that he's on that side? He's certainly making the right impression on his teammates.