NFL Preseason: 10 Most Interesting Storylines Through 2 Weeks
With the NFL lockout finally over, this current preseason has been more exciting than ever. There are storylines galore all over the place.
Will veterans get cut to make cap room?
Can rookies get NFL ready in time?
What quarterback will my team take?
These were just some of the storylines during this past offseason and preseason.
However, now that we're two weeks deep into the preseason, here are the 10 most interesting storylines through two weeks.
Is Cam Newton the Future of the Carolina Panthers?
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I'm sorry, but anyone who doesn't think Cam Newton is the future of the Carolina Panthers is just crazy.
Newton had 50 touchdowns playing for Auburn last year.
That's just absolutely ridiculous.
While he has to develop into more of a pocket-passer and not run the ball every play, it looks like he's already doing that.
In his first preseason game against the New York Giants, Newton took his time in the pocket and made plays. His accuracy isn't all there yet, but if your name is Jimmy Clausen, you just lost your starting job.
Are the Seattle Seahawks Serious with Tarvaris Jackson?
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Talk about dropping the ball.
Why the Seattle Seahawks trust Tarvaris Jackson with their NFL franchise is beyond me.
Kyle Orton, Vince Young, Donovan Mcnabb or my five-year-old cousin are all players I would take over Tarvaris Jackson.
Jackson had a 63.9 QB rating in 2010, and he somehow found a starting gig in the NFL.
I don't think Jackson is going to manage to keep his starting spot for too long. Either Charlie Whitehurst or my five-year cousin will over in due time.
Either one is an upgrade from Mr. Jackson.
Can Plaxico Burress Play at a High Level Again?
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After his initial ankle injury, I had my doubts.
However, after his 66 yards on three catches against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, Plaxico Burress showed the world that he still has it.
Can he maintain it? And can he do it in the regular season?
Those are the real questions.
If Plaxico can return to his 2007 self, the New York Jets look like geniuses.
Is the Osi Umenyiora Saga Over?
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With Osi Umenyiora's recent knee surgery, some people may think that's the case.
The answer? No.
Not even close.
Will he be back soon? Possibly.
Will Jason Pierre-Paul start in his absence? Definitely.
Who's starting when Umenyiora is fully healthy? Oh...
Yep, things are going to get real messy real fast when Umenyiora comes back. Strap your seat belts, folks; this ride is just getting started.
Can the Philadelphia Eagles Really Live Up to the Hype?
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I think the answer is a pretty obvious no.
I haven't seen a single dream team with rookies at middle linebacker, punter, kicker and the right guard position.
But hey, that's just me.
I think the Philadelphia Eagles season rests on Michael Vick's shoulders.
If he can perform anywhere near the level he did last season, the Eagles are a playoff lock.
Once you're in the playoffs, anything goes, just as the Green Bay Packers showed us a wild card last year.
But are they a dream team? No.
Can they play like one at the right time? We'll have to see.
What Are the Denver Broncos Doing at the Quarterback Position?
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Seriously, what are the Denver Broncos doing at the quarterback position?
Do you know? Because I don't know, and I don't think they do either.
First, Kyle Orton was headed to the Miami Dolphins. Now Orton is starting.
Tim Tebow was supposed to start, then he became the second-string quarterback.
Now he's the third?
Ridiculous. Absolutely ridiculous. It doesn't matter what they do at QB; they're not making the playoffs.
The sooner they solve this QB situation, the better for everybody involved.
Is Terrelle Pryor Worth an NFL Pick?
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I think Terrelle Pryor is definitely worth an NFL pick, and the Oakland Raiders agreed with me.
While his off-field actions are questionable, Pryor is a proven winner on the field.
He led Ohio State University to a Rose Bowl Victory and won the MVP award in the process.
Is he a project? Yes.
He has a lot of work to do, but he's such an amazing athlete that it's hard to pass him up. He's 6'6" with the speed of a wide receiver.
He could be a receiver in the NFL, but whether he plays wide receiver or quarterback, Pryor has a long ways to go.
Will the Retired Stay Retied?
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One of these players doesn't know how to stay retired? Wild guesses, anyone?
While it seems that Favre is calling it quits for real this time, you never know.
One bad injury to a team's quarterback, running back or wide receiver—and these players may have a shot of coming back.
Are Kevin Kolb and Larry Fitzgerald a Fit in the Heaven?
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For the Arizona Cardinals sake, they better hope so.
There's $182 million between the Kevin Kolb and Larry Fitzgerald contracts
Fitzgerald is one of the best receivers in the game. Nobody is doubting that.
It's Mr. 11 touchdowns, 14 interceptions for his career Kolb that Cardinals fans should be worried about.
Can Kolb replace Kurt Warner? Extremely doubtful.
Can he establish a relationship with Fitzgerald and win some games? Sure.
I just don't think it's a $182 million sure.
Are Chad Ochocinco and Albert Haynesworth the Real Deal?
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I love both Chad Ochocinco and Albert Haynesworth.
Any player getting away from the Cincinnati Bengals is a good thing, and Haynesworth just didn't fit for the Washington Redskins.
He could've played much, much harder. But in his head, it wasn't worth it.
I think both players will flourish for the New England Patriots. Or they'll both get cut and their careers will be over.