But we understand that not every reader out there is watching Preseason Live with four screens open as religiously as we are. This column is for those of you with families, vacations or "activities" this August. Here's what you need to know from the first week of the preseason:
No separation at QB
- We didn't learn much about the respective quarterback battles around the league. New York Jets incumbent Mark Sanchez threw a bone-headed pick six, but otherwise looked competent against the Detroit Lions. Rookie Geno Smith didn't do enough to make much of an impression either, before he left with an ankle injury. Smith already is back at practice but consistently is limping. Smith's momentum has slowed down over the last week, but it's not like Sanchez is pulling away.
*(We discussed the quarterback issues at the top of our latest "Around The League Podcast" before welcoming Rich Eisen into the studio.) *
- Everyone is thrilled about rookie EJ Manuel's first outing for the Buffalo Bills. We'd like to point out he averaged roughly 5 yards per attempt (The Gabbert Zone) and executed his great two-minute drive against the Indianapolis Colts' third-string defense. Manuel wasn't asked to do a lot in his first career game, which isn't his fault. But let's not get carried away.
Thankfully, there weren't a lot of notable injuries during the four days of games. There were a lot of close scares, but the majority of big names who got hurt over the weekend already are back on the field or close. There weren't a lot of devastating injuries for key players.