Daily Update: August 11, 2016

“Coming back would not be so sweet without leaving first; Only when one leaves, does one realize why they want to come back.” -TheHaysWay

I thought a quote about coming back would be nice with the return of football being today. I nearly cried a few tears of joy when the preseason games started today. I love football, and as much as I miss it during the offseason, missing it makes me realize how amazing it is, and that makes it so much more special when it comes back. Just ask Hall of Fame QB Brett Favre; There’s a reason that he had a period of ‘will he?, won’t he?’ retirement: He missed the game. But the idea of missing something is applicable to so much more than sports. If one loves something or someone, they find that love when they leave that something or someone, even if they didn’t realize it was there. In fact, in my opinion, that’s what makes vacations so special; They give the opportunity to escape the normal, which allows you to reflect upon just what it is about the normal that you love. That is how you find out about who and what you truly love. If you are away from something or someone and you don’t miss that something or someone, then you likely don’t truly love that something or someone. My life is fairly chaotic, and during the offseason, I miss football because I get my mind focused on the chaos. Football is one of the few things that helps me get my mind off of chaos. It helps me keep my sanity (for the most part 🙂 ). I love football:

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 9 @ Philadelphia Eagles 17

– I was wrong: (0-1)

-‘Things to watch’ results: Buccaneers CBs (Alteraun Verner had one tackle. Neither Brent Grimes, nor Vernon Hargreaves played in the game. I didn’t hear about any injuries to Grimes or Hargreaves, so the fact that neither played could be an indication that they are the starters, and are therefore resting during preseason play. If they are injured, Verner’s one tackle won’t give him a leg up in the competition, anyway. The only member of the Tampa Bay secondary who forced a turnover was rookie Isaiah Johnson. Johnson could be one to watch. Rookies who can already play coverage have a high value.); Eagles CBs (The Eagles secondary was quiet in this game as well. They also only had one interception, and it also came from a rookie: CB CJ Smith. Smith is now on the watchlist with Johnson.)

-Notes: (Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston was the only Buccaneers QB to NOT throw an interception. Well done.); (Eagles QB Carson Wentz was the only Eagles QB to throw an interception. In his defense, Sam Bradford only threw one pass the entire game. Wentz was still more effective than Chase Daniel, who is 2nd on the depth chart right now.)

Washington Redskins 17 @ Atlanta Falcons 23

-I was wrong: (0-2)

-‘Things to watch’ results: Redskins S Su’a Cravens (Cravens finished with 3 tackles, which was good enough to tie for 3rd place on the team. That’s a good output for a safety-linebacker hybrid, especially on his first run as a rookie.); Falcons WRs (In the battle for the WR3 slot, Aldrick Robinson (3 receptions for 118 yards) destroyed both Eric Weems (1 rec, 48 yds) and Devin Fuller (1 rec, 17 yds). Nick Williams (3 rec, 28 yds) also outperformed Fuller.)

-Notes: (Redskins rookie RB Rob Kelley (7 car, 40 yds, 1 td, 2 rec, 13 yds) outran AND outcaught RB Matt Jones (2 car, 1 yd, 0 rec).); (Falcons starting QB Matt Ryan went for 0 completions in 4 attempts during the game.)

Carolina Panthers 19 @ Baltimore Ravens 22

-I was wrong: (0-3)

-‘Things to watch’ results: Panthers CBs (All Panthers CBs were quiet. No turnovers. The top performer of the group was Daryl Worley (2 tac).); Ravens OL (The o-line held up nicely against the Panthers, only allowing one sack, and getting a total of 115 rushing yards.)

-Notes: (The Panthers lacked a running game. Their top rusher was QB Joe Webb (6 car, 22 yds). However, RB Jonathan Stewart did NOT play, which may be a big reason for the lack of run game.); (The Ravens appear to have a RB2 battle on their hands between rookie Kenneth Dixon (9 car, 44 yds) and Terrance West (9 car, 25 yds, 2 tds). Either one could also, possibly dethrone starting RB Justin Forsett, who didn’t play this week.)

Jacksonville Jaguars 13 @ New York Jets 17

-I was right: (1-3)

-‘Things to watch’ results: Jaguars defense (17 points allowed, 3.0 sacks, 0 turnovers forced=Not as good as I thought the Jags would be. However, the three biggest offseason additions (CB Jalen Ramsey, CB Prince Amukamara, DE Malik Jackson) didn’t play. The fourth (LB Myles Jack) finished with 1 tac and 1 assisted tac.); Jets offense (17 points, RB Matt Forte didn’t play. I was right about QB Geno Smith (8-14, 79 yds, 1 td), though; He was the best of the Jets QBs in this game.)

-Notes: (One of the Allens on the Jacksonville Jaguars came to play. Allen Robinson (3 rec, 80 yds) was the Jags top receiver. Following him, was Marquise Lee (4 rec, 49yds), who was better than Allen Hurns (1 rec, 13 yds).); (I’m mightily confused by the Jets QB situation. It is highly unlikely that they keep 4 QBs on their roster come the regular season. Ryan Fitzpatrick is a lock to make the team, and I THOUGHT rookie Christian Hackenberg would be too. However, Hackenberg did not play in this game. It’s possible the Jets are letting Bryce Petty and Geno Smith fight for the last roster spot, or the team might have decided to release their second rounder for some unknown reason. Time will tell.)

New Orleans Saints 22 @ New England Patriots 34

-I was right: (2-3)

-See last post for more details on this game.

Denver Broncos 22 @ Chicago Bears 0

-I was right: (3-3)

-‘Things to watch’ results: Broncos QBs (All three (Mark Sanchez, Trevor Siemian, Paxton Lynch) made solid bids for the starting job. Sanchez was the only one to throw any tds or ints, as he threw 1 of each.); Bears WR Kevin White (1 rec, 3 yds. It’s preseason, and White is a starter so he didn’t get much playing time. Oh well.)

-Notes: (Denver Broncos WR3 Cody Latimer (7 rec, 82 yds) outperformed WR2 Emmanuel Sanders (2 rec, 14yds).); (The Chicago Bears have no running game now that they let Matt Forte walk in free agency. Jordan Howard (5 car, 12 yds) was the only RB to have double-digit rushing yards. Their leading rusher was QB Connor Shaw (2 car, 14 yds). Of course, being shutout isn’t a good sign either. Bad things are ahead for the Bears.)

That’s all for TheHaysWay today, make sure to leave a comment on the daily quote and/or the daily news and/or whatever is on your mind, along with a much-appreciated like. Also, if you are not a follower and you like what you read, become a follower. That makes me as happy as I hope I make you when you read my posts. 🙂 Have a pleasant tomorrow.


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