Friday, September 4, 2009
Quick observations on preseason finales
By Pat Yasinskas
Posted by ESPN.com’s Pat Yasinskas
With the Jeff Jagodzinski situation in Tampa Bay occupying most of my day, plus the challenge of finding out-of-town games on local television, I wasn’t able to watch any of the preseason games involving NFC South teams Thursday night.
So let’s turn to some media members who were at the games for their quick observations and let’s also keep in mind, preseason finales are the least meaningful of all the exhibition games. In other words, don’t read too much into them.
- Daniel Cox writes about how John Parker Wilson might have moved ahead of D.J. Shockley in the battle for Atlanta’s No. 3 quarterback job. He also observed that rookie defensive tackle Peria Jerry and second-year defensive end Kroy Biermann looked particularly good.
- Steve Reed writes that Kenneth Moore got a lot of action for the Carolina Panthers. This is one situation where you can break the rule and read something into a preseason finale. The Panthers were taking a long look at Moore because they seriously are considering using him as their No. 4 receiver and also want him to be part of the return game.
- John DeShazier writes that New Orleans running back Lynell Hamilton, who appears right on the bubble for a roster spot, made a strong final case by accounting for 122 yards of offense.