NFL.com's video library was one of the reasons I was so excited to come work here. We have more highlights and game footage than we know what to do with.
So let's try to do something with it. We've already recapped Thursday night's action in words (and some video). Let's single out some individual plays you have to see.
We're tempted to show all of Julio Jones' highlights from his ridiculously quick 109-yard performance, but this play stands alone.
Instead of picking one Robert Griffin III play, let's go with a collection of highlights. What stuck out to me was how normal everything looked for RG3. He went through his progressions. He found the open man. He got rid of the ball quickly when he needed to. Ho-hum is a very good thing for a quarterback this young.
New England Patriots rookie pass rusher Chandler Jones played like a man possessed in his first game. He forced holding calls and made quarterbacks get rid of the ball too quickly. Greg A. Bedard of the Boston Globe said he had five hurries in 14 snaps. Jones dominated Pro Bowler Jermon Bushrod. Jones' pressure on this play helped force a bad throw and interception.
"Maybe in some ways I've even gotten better," Manning joked after the game. "Now I have the ability to throw a ball into a linebacker's hands and [have him] tip it to my own player. So that's a positive."
San Diego Chargers wideout Vincent Brown stood out to ESPN's Jon Gruden in practices. He's also looked like a great deep threat whenever the Chargers throw it to him. Brown scored a 27-yard touchdown on a nice catch-and-run, but we wanted to highlight his ability to go up for the ball.
We've heard all offseason the "old Antonio Gates" is back. And then we watched it Thursday night.
That was fun. (And long.) Look for Around the League to do a lot more using our video all season long.