Thursday night marks the beginning of the 2011 preseason. It’s always great to see the return of football, but this year is even sweeter because there was a very real possibility that it wasn’t going to happen at all.
Plus, since the lockout deprived all 32 teams of mini-camps and OTAs, we get the added bonus of watching the camp kinks work themselves out on television.
ESPN’s game tonight is Seattle at San Diego. Each team has it’s own unique storyline as they head towards regular season play.
Seattle has revamped their entire roster and have many new names, new stars and a whole new playbook under new offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell.
San Diego took a more conservative approach to the offseason, hoping consistency will drive them through to the playoffs.
There are myriad players everyone will be watching heading into this game.
Tarvaris Jackson as he takes the helm for the Seahawks for the very first time.
Vincent Jackson as he returns peaceably from previous seasons rife with contract drama.
And how will first-round picks James Carpenter and Corey Liuget fair in their first NFL matchup?
It’ll be fun to see those details play out but there are some players for each team that have a more compelling storyline.