Week 4 of the preseason is generally viewed as a competitive wasteland, and rightly so. After all, a long snapper was rested on Wednesday. A long snapper, people.
On Thursday, we saw some name brands, if only for a series or so. Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson hooked up for a score, because that's the only thing they know how to do. Philip Rivers stayed in long enough to throw another pick. Sam Bradford stuck around for four possessions, playing deep into the second quarter.
Don't bother trying to make sense of this stage of the preseason. Just be happy it's over.
Here are some more takeaways from the 13 games on Thursday night:
»Rashad Butler's triceps muscle has betrayed him again. The Houston Texans tackle is gone for the year after tearing his triceps against the Minnesota Vikings, coach Gary Kubiak confirmed. Butler missed 14 games with the same injury in 2011. Andrew Gardner will fill the role of swing tackle, unless Houston decides to sniff around.
»Michael Floyd has had a quiet preseason, but he showed the Arizona Cardinals a taste of his abilities with a leaping, juggling touchdown catch against the Denver Broncos. It's understandable to be down on the Cardinals right now, but Floyd could change everything if he can be the ying to Larry Fitzgerald's yang.