Man, it's one thing to know that your team's season is about to begin—it's entirely different to sit down and watch them, in uniform, take the field for the first time with new faces and names all over the field. I have to admit, I was a bit giddy watching the Oakland Raiders against the Arizona Cardinals tonight. And the team did not disappoint.
Of course, as any seasoned fan knows, you can only take so much from a preseason game. Especially when it's the first one (especially after a shortened offseason). That said, when you know what you're looking for, you can still pick out a thing or two worth mentioning.
The following list is simply my compilation of players who stood out to me in the first game, mostly positive (but a couple negative). I could have easily added positive slides for Jason Campbell, Michael Bush, Kyle Boller, Travis Goethel, Darrius Heyward-Bey, Derek Hagan, Brandon Myers and Marcel Reece, as every one of these guys played well in their 2011 debut. But I wanted to keep my list fairly concise, so these are the guys who really stood out. Mostly good, but some not so much.