David Richard-US PRESSWIRE
Looking into a brighter future
On the roster
1. Greg Little is the unquestioned No. 1 WR on this team. And he's better. In fact, he's much better.
You have to love a WR with enough will to drag two Packer DBs five yards after the catch!
Unfortunately, there are still some drops guaranteed to cause Dawg Pound groaning.
2. Josh Gordon is being force-fed the ball.
Whether the coaches and administration are trying to justify their use of a second-round pick or they are desperate for a potential playmaker, it is evident that he is being targeted repeatedly—even when it looks like Weeden has to force it.
Fortunately, Gordon’s talent and sense of self-preservation are also forcing him to improve. Which he is doing right before our eyes.
3. Mohamed Massaquoi We’ll let the staff argue about whether or not it was a real concussion, Massaquoi was back at practice Saturday, August 18th.
This is starting to be reminiscent of the Kerry Collins situation last year:
“You hit your head, Kerry. Sit down.”
“No, I’m fine.”
“No, you’re not. You have a headache. A very bad headache, Kerry.”
With Mike Holmgren’s job security draining away like sands in the hourglass, Mo can’t be far behind.
However, if he can pass the tests, he’ll get chances. For a while.
4. Travis Benjamin proved his speedy worth in the very first game before sitting out the Green Bay contest.
He was at practice on Saturday, August 18th. Whether his absence contributed to the extremely conservative play-calling in the second preseason game remains to be seen.
The team needs to utilize Benjamin early in every game, and often enough, to keep opposing defenses from simply loading up the box against (hopefully healthy) rusher Trent Richardson.
5. Joshua Cribbs will be listed as a wide receiver and, based on early indications, will get three or four targets per game.
This should be just enough to keep him happy, while hoping that his legs are fresh and he returns to form in the return game—something not at all apparent in the first two preseason bouts.
6. Jordan Norwood has made huge strides since last season and has probably saved himself a job on the offense to go along with return duties.
7. Joshua Cooper only played in the latter time periods, but is still ahead of Owen Spencer, Bert Reed and Jermaine Saffold by virtue of his relationship with Weeden.
His circus catch of a Seneca Wallace pass in Preseason Week 1 didn’t hurt either.
Rod Windsor is hanging on by sheer effort and made key contributions to McCoy’s recent third-quarter drive—notably a second-effort first down that kept the drive alive.
However, there simply are not enough active roster spots and he’ll end up on the practice squad.
Carlton Mitchell should start packing and hope that he gets a ball or two to serve as an audition for all those other teams in town to check out McCoy.
Those two should go out for drinks and commiserate.