"Can't do much (expletive) worse than that."
On Saturday night, Yates' two interceptions returned for a touchdown were just forgettable footnotes to another forgettable preseason game. Watching it play out behind the scenes, we understood how crushing it was for Yates. He ultimately sat alone on the bench, as if his struggles were contagious.
These setbacks peppered Tuesday's show, the kind of daily hurdles that make up life in the NFL for most players. Here's what else stuck out:
- We'll keep saying it every week: Bryan Cox needs his own show. After showing his 30-year-old daughter to the team, one player asks how old Cox is.
"46," he says. "I told you I started (expletiving) when I was 10."
- The player who started following Cox's daughter on Instagram clearly has a death wish.
- Mike Tice is the assistant coach this season who wants to use the show to become a head coach. I really wish cameras were following him when he walked straight into a tree and messed up his head.
- Kroy Biermann's malaise could be nothing, or it could be a veteran coming to terms with the fact that he's not the same player coming off a serious injury.
- Geraldo "Amsterdam" Boldewijn is a delight. More of him, please. Receivers coach Terry Robiskie asks what Boldewijn is doing on one play.
"I don't know," he responds honestly to laughter. "I (expletived) up."
- It is difficult to take pads off. And to rap.
Watt is the rare NFL player who makes other pros marvel at his size (even in other languages). Watt enters the show like a superhero and then proceeds to school rookie Jake Matthews. Later, Watt tells Mike Smith that Matthews is going to be good someday, calling him the Falcons' "little right tackle." Matthews is 6' 5'' and 305 pounds.
Episode three of Hard Knocks will be shown again Wednesday at 11 p.m. ET on HBO.