We always hear the preseason doesn't matter. Tell that to a player trying to keep his career alive.
Terrell Owens will go down as one of the three most productive wide receivers in NFL history, but he's just a guy on the bubble right now. His career is on the brink, and he can't afford to suffer another game like the one he had Saturday night in Denver.
Matt Flynn threw five passes his way. None were caught. On at least two plays, there was a miscommunication between Owens and Flynn. On another, T.O. got behind the defense and dropped a would-be 46-yard touchdown.
Yes, it's only the preseason. But there's no guarantee for Owens that he's going to get anything more than the preseason, so he has to make each game count. Here are the rest of our takeaways from Saturday's six games:
» We're not sure what was worse for the Jets: Their pass blocking or run blocking. Wayne Hunter gave up four sacks in one half and became a worldwide trending topic. Rex Ryan was even more disappointed the team repeatedly got stuffed in short-yardage situations. There's so little to like about this offense.
» Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw left the game and but an X-ray on his hand was negative. Impressive rookie cornerback Jayron Hosley had a boot on his right foot after the game. The Giants can't afford to lose another cornerback, and they don't seem to trust rookie running back David Wilson in pass protection.
» The 49erslost running backs Brandon Jacobs and LaMichael James to injury. Both were carted off the field. Jacobs does not have a season-ending injury, a source told NFL Network and NFL.com's Ian Rapoport. San Francisco can handle the blow to its backfield. Frank Gore and Kendall Hunter still form one of the best 1-2 punches in the league.
» Randy Moss didn't start, but he caught three passes for 24 yards while getting plenty of snaps with the first team. He also had a drop. His usage supports the buzz that his snaps might be somewhat limited in San Francisco.
» Jay Cutler finally has some weapons. Brandon Marshall had two catches for 61 yards in his second game with the Bears. Rookie Alshon Jeffery played a lot with the starting unit. He displayed great hands and ran away from defenders on a 34-yard grab. He finished with three catches for 62 yards. Chicago now goes four-deep with quality receivers. Cutler was very sharp.
» Matt Flynn didn't have a strong game, although his numbers would look much different if T.O. had caught a perfect would-be 46-yard touchdown. Russell Wilson had a lot of fun moments playing with the backups, but we'd be stunned if this "competition" is still going next week. It looks like it's Flynn's job.
» If nothing else, Wilson's excellent preseason helps support all of Pete Carroll's hype. Flynn might not have a long leash during the regular season with Wilson sitting on the bench.