Highs and lows from Friday's preseason games
"They are not the best throwing mechanics of quarterbacks we see in the NFL." -Brian Baldinger on Tim Tebow just now — Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) August 10, 2013Agreed. But still, all eyes are somehow still on him:
Which Patriots player had the biggest crowd outside his locker tonight? Me, included? Number 5 in your program, folks--Tim Tebow. — P. Schrager (@PSchrags) August 10, 20134. Bears-Panthers game turns into an interception festival People laugh when I say Cam Newton will hoist the Lombardi Trophy one day. Not this season, but some day. However, he can't take one step forward and one back. First, he threw a first-quarter touchdown pass to Brandon LaFell (step forward). Then he threw an interception that was returned for a touchdown (step back). By the way, Bears quarterback Jay Cutler didn't fare much better, throwing a pick of his own. The backups got into the act as Derek Anderson (Panthers) turned one over and Matt Blanchard (Bears) had a pick of his own. Just ugly football down in Carolina on Friday. 5. The No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft leaves with an injury Everything is OK, but people had to be concerned when Chiefs offensive lineman Eric Fisher headed to the locker room with a thumb injury. X-rays did come back negative and even if he had broken it, he would have probably been able to play with a cast. But still, with all the injuries flying around in 2013, nothing can be taken for granted. ROOKIE WATCH One of the more fun parts of the preseason is seeing the first-year guys get their first taste of NFL game action. So, let's see how some of the more notable names did on Friday. 1. QB Geno Smith (Jets): 6 of 7 for 47 yards. 2. WR DeAndre Hopkins (Texans): 4 catches for 52 yards and a 34-yard touchdown catch. 3. WR Cordarrelle Patterson (Vikings): 4 catches for 54 yards and a 50-yard kickoff return. 4. QB Matt Barkley (Eagles): 11 of 22 for 103 yards and a 12-yard touchdown pass 5. DE Ziggy Ansah (Lions): 2 tackles and an interception returned for a touchdown. Questions? Comments? Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org and we might respond in our weekly mailbag!