NFL Preseason: 10 New Faces We're Excited to See in New Places
The 2011 NFL Free Agency period has been absolute madness. The amount of players changing teams in a matter of a couple of weeks was astonishing.
We saw big name corners go to big name cities, big name quarterbacks go to better teams than the ones they were on, and loads of other big moves.
Right now we're going to take a look at ten of the most exciting new faces in new places.
Remember, this is not a list of the best moves made, it is simply the most exciting players we want to see on the field.
10: Roy Williams Signs with the Chicago Bears
Roy Williams has been nothing short of a disappointment over the last few years in Dallas. He came up short in big situations and simply could not get on the same page with quarterback Tony Romo.
Dallas traded quite a bit away to get Roy Williams away from Detroit, which is where he had his last good season. It has been a while since Williams has been relevant, but it is not like he is getting old. He is still young and is still talented.
His last notable season was when he was under offensive coordinator Mike Martz. Mike Martz is now the offensive coordinator of the Chicago Bears.
The Bears lack a real number one wide receiver and Williams could provide them with that now that he is reunited with the coach who utilized him best.
9: Ray Edwards Signs with the Atlanta Falcons
Ray Edwards was one of the better free agents available. Pass rushers are always important and the Atlanta Falcons were in need of one.
The reason why Ray Edwards will be very interesting to see on a new team is because he will have a dramatic decrease in help on the defensive front in Atlanta than he had in Minnesota.
When on the Vikings, he was on the same line with Jared Allen, Kevin Williams and Pat Williams. With so much attention on Jared Allen and the Williams brothers, Ray Edwards had an easy lane to the backfield.
Not to take anything away from Edwards, but he did have a lot of help.
It will be exciting to see what he can bring to Atlanta and what he can do with less help on the defensive front.
8: Sidney Rice Signs with the Seattle Seahawks
Because he was injured last season, a lot of people have forgotten just how good Sidney Rice is. When healthy, he is uncoverable. He attacks the ball at its highest point almost as well as Larry Fitzgerald does.
It is rather surprising that Minnesota would just let Rice walk the way they did, but Seattle must be very happy that they did. Seattle now has a premier wide receiver who can help the 7-9 playoff team from a season ago.
Only problem is, Rice is stuck with Tarvaris Jackson again. Hopefully Jackson has learned how to use Rice properly after watching Brett Favre throw it to him.
7: Matt Hasselbeck Signs with the Tennessee Titans
Matt Hasselbeck proved in last year's playoff game that he still is one heck of a quarterback when he is healthy. The problem for Hasselbeck is, well, staying healthy.
It was surprising to see Seattle move on from the guy who has done so much for them over the years, but they did. The move could benefit Hasselbeck more than anyone is realizing.
Hasselbeck will be lining up behind a better offensive line than he had in Seattle, along with the one of the best running backs in the league and better wide receivers than he had in Seattle last season. He will also have a slightly better defense.
It should be interesting to see what Hasselbeck can do in a new system with better talent around him.
While he is being used as the bridge to get to Jake Locker, that does not mean he cannot take the Titans to the playoffs.
6: Lee Evans Traded to the Baltimore Ravens
Lee Evans has been a very good player over the years, even if his numbers do not show it. His speed demands a constant double team and he would be a great addition to any team.
But he did not go to just any team, he went to the Baltimore Ravens. For the first time in Evans' career, he is on a Super Bowl caliber football team. And for the first time for a long time the Ravens have a great vertical threat.
Lee Evans was a big reason for Stevie Johnson's breakout season last year. Now imagine what he can do for Anquan Boldin. Imagine how excited Joe Flacco must be about having a guy he can chuck the ball down field to.
5: Plaxico Burress Signs with the New York Jets
Plaxico Burress is not necessarily the best wide receiver who found a new home this season, but he could be one of the most exciting. We all want to see what he can do fresh out of prison, and now we will.
Plax did not make a huge jump. He will stay in the same stadium he has been playing in down in New Jersey, but he is now with a new franchise.
The Jets were not good in the red zone last season, Plaxico Burress should help them improve in that aspect, as long as he has not lost anything from not playing for a few seasons.
I guess we will find out what Plax can still bring to the game.
4: Kevin Kolb Traded to the Arizona Cardinals
Honestly, all we know about Kevin Kolb is that the Eagles liked him. We have seen him start a few games, but not enough to make a real opinion on him. Now, we will.
Now that he is the full-time starter for a team, we finally get to see what Kevin Kolb is made of. While the Cardinals lack a good running game, they have the best wide receiver in football. Let's face it, if Kolb cannot put up decent numbers with Larry Fitzgerald, he is in trouble.
Kevin Kolb as a full-time starting quarterback should be fun to see.
3: Nnamdi Asomugha Signs with the Philadelphia Eagles
Nnamdi Asomugha was the best free agent available. Landing with the Philadelphia Eagles was great for him and great for them.
The Eagles lacked a true cover corner, Asante Samuel is good at going to get the ball, but he struggles in coverage. Now, the Eagles have one of the best cover corners in the NFL.
Nnamdi is on a better team in Philly than he has ever been on in Oakland. The move benefits him and the Eagles and it should be very exciting to see how much better Nnamdi can be on a good team.
The Eagles just got even more fun to watch.
2: Chad OchoCinco Traded to the New England Patriots
Chad OchoCinco was not the best wide receiver available, but he got put in the best spot. None of the other big free agent receivers will be able to catch passes from Tom Brady this season.
OchoCinco will love the Patriots offense. It is a lot of short routes which will lead to a lot of catches for him. He also gives Tom Brady a legit go-to wide receiver in a big situation. Wes Welker and Deion Branch are good players, but OchoCinco is more of a go-to player.
It will also be interesting to see how Ocho's sideshow acts will cope with Bill Belichick. Chad OchoCinco going to the Patriots was one of the most exciting moves all off-season.
1: Donovan McNabb Traded to the Minnesota Vikings
For the first time in a long time, Donovan McNabb is wanted and appreciated. Believe it or not, the Vikings just got younger at quarterback!
McNabb gives the Vikings more mobility than Favre gave them and his ability to work with running backs in the passing game will work well with Adrian Peterson. McNabb is on a much, much, much better team than he was last season.
With the Redskins, he became unmotivated and was not really wanted. Mike Shanahan gave up on him, he had no running game, no offensive line and no wide receivers outside of Santana Moss.
Now he has a coach who likes him in Leslie Frazier, he has a decent offensive line, and the best running back in football. This should be very interesting.
McNabb still has something left in the tank and will prove it this season. Do not be surprised if the Vikings are in the playoffs.