NFL Preseason Week 2: Questions That Must Be Answered

James Dudko@@JamesDudkoFeatured ColumnistAugust 15, 2012

SEATTLE, WA - AUGUST 11: Quarterback Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks passes against the Tennessee Titans at CenturyLink Field on August 11, 2012 in Seattle, Washington. The Seahawks defeated the Titans 27-17. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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Quarterback battles produced more questions than answers in Week 1 of the NFL preseason. The potential answers to those questions will dominate the second week of warmup games, as will the further auditions for carries in an NFC East backfield.

Here are the biggest questions that must be answered in Week 2 of the preseason:


Can Russell Wilson win the Seattle Seahawks' starting Quarterback job?

Third-round pick Russell Wilson has two veterans in front of him, one of whom was one of the bigger prizes in free agency. Yet Wilson took his chance in Week 1 to remind Tarvaris Jackson and Matt Flynn that they have a major fight on their hands, as all three vie to start under center for the Seattle Seahawks.

Wilson completed 12 of 16 passes for 124 yards and passed for a score, and found the end zone on the ground. reports that head coach Pete Carroll still intends to start Flynn against the Denver Broncos, but Wilson should get his chance in the second half.

Wilson needs to produce another top-notch performance and increase the pressure on Carroll, as he gets closer to making his final decision at quarterback.


Is Ryan Tannehill good enough to start right away for the Miami Dolphins?

Prior to Week 1 of the preseason, the answer to that question may have been a resounding no. However, Ryan Tannehill used his playing time against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to remind everyone that there is a reason he was deemed worthy of a first-round pick.

The ex-Texas A&M standout looked poised as he completed 14 of 21 passes for 167 yards and a touchdown. Tannehill posted a respectable 66.7 rating and his familiarity with coordinator Mike Sherman's offense, could lead to an even better performance in Week 2.


Can Brandon Weeden look more like a starter after poor Week 1 performance?

Brandon Weeden has had a lot to prove ever since the Cleveland Browns made the controversial decision to select him in the first round. The 28-year-old didn't do anything to prove his doubters wrong, as he stumbled through a mistake-filled showing against the Detroit Lions in Week 1.

Weeden lost a fumble, threw an interception and completed just three of his nine pass attempts. While 62 yards made for a healthy average from his three completions, Weeden has a lot to do to show he can master the timing and accuracy needed to run a West Coast-style pro offense.

When he takes the field against the Green Bay Packers on Thursday, the pressure will already be on Weeden to live up to his billing as the Browns' starter for the season.


Will a clear No. 1 emerge in the Washington Redskins' running game?

The Washington Redskins have four runners vying for the top job in the backfield. So far only sixth-round rookie Alfred Morris has made a positive showing.

He rambled for 54 yards on 15 carries against the Buffalo Bills in Week 1 and showed good initial quickness and impressive strength. When the Redskins take on the Chicago Bears on Saturday, 2011 rookies Roy Helu and Evan Royster will be hoping to show more than they managed in Week 1.

The Washington Post has reported that Morris and Royster continue to get the most work during camp. Veteran Tim Hightower risks falling out of the race altogether, as he makes a slow recovery from serious injury.

As much as Mike Shanahan has rotated runners over the years, he has also not been shy about leaning on a designated workhorse, once one has emerged. With a rookie quarterback leading the way, the Redskins could use some continuity in the backfield.