The preseason doesn't matter, except when it irrevocably alters a season. Or a career. Teams just hope to survive the third preseason week without any major devastating injuries. Players on the bubble hope to avoid digging their own grave. Some weren't so lucky this weekend.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers lost their high-paid, power-run-blocking guard Davin Joseph for the season. The New York Giants look thinner than ever for Week 1 after losing starting cornerback Prince Amukamara to an ankle injury. Seattle Seahawks rookie quarterback Russell Wilsonput together a performance to remember against the Kansas City Chiefs, and was then named the starting quarterback by Pete Carroll. Matt Flynn is now just a high-priced backup.
Not a Good Weekend For ...
- Carson Palmer has no touchdowns and four interceptions in the preseason. It's worth noting he's learning yet another new offense this offseason and his young wide receivers all seem to be hurt.
- Assuming the Tarvaris Jackson trade goes through, we would expect Vince Young and Tyler Thigpen to get cut later this week. Young made this trade happen by completing less than half of his 26 passes for only 103 yards and two picks on Saturday night. As the last member on the Vince Young bandwagon, even I know it's time to give up.
A Good Day For ...
- The Miami Dolphins dealt Vontae Davis to the Indianapolis Colts for two picks, including a second-rounder. This is a fascinating trade. It's rare to see such a young, productive player get traded with two years left on his contract. Davis has been up and down as a pro, but is undeniably a promising starter. It's a sign new Colts general manager Ryan Grigson is not afraid to take chances. He's not conceding this season merely as a rebuilding year.