NFL Preseason Week 4: Biggest Takeaways from Thursday Night

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NFL Preseason Week 4: Biggest Takeaways from Thursday Night
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With the NFL Preseason all wrapped up this Thursday, final decisions are being made by front offices around the league. Who didn't make the cut? Who will start Week 1?

Game 4 of the preseason usually sees no-name players getting the brunt of the work, but it can also provide coaches with their last look before the year kicks off. By Saturday, each team can have only 53 players, which makes the last preseason game very important for those players under scrutiny.

With some uncertainties still floating around, there is still much to be revealed before the regular season kicks off. Below are five takeaways from Thursday that helped to answer some of those questions.

 

Tim Tebow does not help his case

There has been no report as of yet, but Tim Tebow's days in New England are numbered. Though he appears more concerned about the Almighty's plan than the plan of the Patriots organization, Tebow's chances do not look good.

Traditionally, the Patriots do not carry much depth at the quarterback position (I guess you don't need depth when you have Tom Brady). They have kept only two quarterbacks on their regular season roster for three of the last four years.

Despite owner Robert Kraft's hopeful sentiments, all signs point towards cutting Tebow, because, honestly, they don't need him.

 

Starting QB spot in Oakland looks bleak

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Thursday saw what Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor could bring to the table: an agile, yet inaccurate passer. Unfortunately for the Raiders, they don't have a better option. Pryor is likely to win the starting job for Week 1 as competing quarterback Matt Flynn has been arguably worse.

There is no right decision here for head coach Dennis Allen.

At least Pryor provides the offense with some spark, occasionally scrambling for positive yards. Frankly, whoever Oakland puts behind their porous offensive line is going to have trouble winning games.

The fans wanted Pryor and they got him on Thursday. He may get the nod from Allen merely through process of elimination and a case of choosing the lesser of two evils.

 

Do the Jets have a third QB option?

Will Mark Sanchez be healthy for Week 1? Is Geno Smith capable of running the Jets offense well? These are the two questions concerning the Jets starting quarterback job for Week 1, right?

Apparently there is a third question: What about Matt Simms?

The rookie completed 33 of his 44 passes for 285 yards, failing to throw one for a touchdown, but avoiding any interceptions. Nearly everyone in New York already hates Mark Sanchez and Geno Smith has not impressed, so when a new face puts up those numbers, it's no wonder his praises are plentiful.

Let's be realistic, though. He was playing against second and third string defensive units.

Simms has a great arm and great potential, but he will not be starting over Geno Smith in Week 1. However, Thursday's performance may have given him enough to beat out Greg McElroy for the third spot on the depth chart.

 

Stafford still not playing well

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Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford continued his preseason struggles on Thursday.

Like I said before, Game 4 of the preseason rarely involves starters. Stafford, however, has been in such bad form that he was given reps in Thursday's game to try and give him some positive vibes going into the regular season.

That didn't work out.

Stafford only completed one of his six passes in his appearance and managed to throw an interception on one of them. Hopefully when Calvin Johnson (who is recovering from a knee injury) gets back on the field Stafford can get back into the groove.

 

Bears cut OT J'Marcus Webb

Reported by ESPN News via Twitter, the Chicago Bears cut offensive tackle J'Marcus Webb from their roster after three years of service to the team.

As NFL.com's Kevin Patra points out, however, there are many teams (including the previously mentioned Oakland Raiders) who are in desperate need of offensive linemen, so Webb will likely find a spot elsewhere.

The move to cut Webb comes in the wake of a position change earlier this month that had some questioning the lineman's future in Chicago. Rookie right tackle Jordan Mills beat out Webb for the position.

Webb was then moved to left tackle, a position he was apparently even less apt to play.

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