What we know after Saturday's preseason games
Oh, Alec Ogletree made an incredible play? Shocker. — P. Schrager (@PSchrags) August 25, 2013
Wish I can dig up the "draft experts" killing me in April for all the Ogletree writeups I did. Quiet now. But hey, that's how it goes! — P. Schrager (@PSchrags) August 25, 2013Let the record reflect that our own Peter Schrager called this months ago. 3. Sometimes a man has to finish his food first Meet Edmund Nelson. For those who don't remember, he is a former Steelers defensive lineman who retired after the 1988 season. Now, he's doing color commentary for Pittsburgh preseason games and is an all-around great guy. And apparently a hungry guy because when the broadcast started, Nelson didn't put down his plate of ribs (H/T to SB Nation for this). I'm not gonna make some snarky comment or accuse him of being unprofessional. The only thing I'm gonna say is that I'm extremely jealous. Look at that plate ... seriously, is there anything better than ribs? Man, I'm so hungry. I need ribs, STAT. 4. Andrew Luck will take a giant leap in 2013 Peyton Manning threw 28 interceptions as a rookie back in 1998. During his second season, his number of picks dropped by 13. The knock against Andrew Luck is the number of turnovers he had, 28 in all (18 INTs, 10 fumbles). Expect that number to fall by a lot this season. Watching him on Saturday against the Browns, you could see how much the young quarterback has progressed. Luck threw 2 TD passes, the first to Stanley Havili and the next to T.Y. Hilton. He did throw his first interception of the preseason, but that was a pass that bounced off Havili's hands and could have been caught. He finished the game 16 of 25 for 164 yards. So far this preseason, Luck has connected on 66 percent of his passes (up from 54.1 in 2012), with 4 TDs and the one pick. Those of you expecting him and the Colts to take a step back in 2013, you might end up eating crow. 5. Anything is possible when you play the Cardinals The Chargers had turnover problems in 2012 and so far this preseason. But on Saturday night, the Bolts took on the Cardinals, a team with their own serious issues with holding on to the ball. Observe. See if you can keep up: Chargers running back Ryan Mathews tried to run it in from a yard out, but was hit and fumbled. Arizona's Rashad Johnson picked the ball up, fell down, got back up and tried to run with it, however after a few yards got tied up by Chargers tight end Antonio Gates. Do you need to take a breath? Let's keep going. Johnson tried to lateral the ball to Sam Acho, but Gates hit Acho and knocked the ball loose. San Diego's John Phillips grabbed the ball out of the air and waltzed into the end zone for a TOUCHDOWN! Remember, all of this happened within a span of maybe 10 seconds. It took 10 seconds for a career's worth of mental errors. Don't ever tell me the preseason can't be an entertaining mess, because I had fun watching that. Questions? Comments? Send them to email@example.com and we might respond in our weekly mailbag!
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