NFL Preseason: 5 Players That Have Impressed the Most

Jake MartinCorrespondent IIIAugust 29, 2011

NFL Preseason: 5 Players That Have Impressed the Most

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    It felt like the NFL regular season would never get here months ago, and now we’re less than two weeks away from watching New Orleans take on Green Bay in the first regular season game.

    This is without a doubt the most anticipated regular season after the longest lockout in NFL history took place all summer.

    Due to the lockout, more eyes have been on preseason football than usual, and there are a lot of players who have looked outstanding so far during preseason. These are five players that really got my attention.

Matthew Stafford

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    Matthew Stafford has by far been the most impressive this preseason, and he has really caught my eye.

    It got me thinking that if he can stay healthy, the Lions could very well make the playoffs this year. Stafford’s numbers so far this preseason have been beyond outstanding.

    In his first preseason game, he completed six of his seven passes against Cincinnati with two of those being touchdown catches. In his second game against Cleveland, Stafford cooled off just a little by completing six out of 10 passes and only throwing one touchdown.

    Stafford’s best game to date came in his third preseason game against New England when he completed 12 of his 14 passes, threw for 200 yards and had two touchdowns.

    With the fact that Stafford has been looking extremely sharp this preseason and the fact that he has one of the best wide receivers in the game in Calvin Johnson, teams better take the Lions a little more seriously this year.

Antonio Brown

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    If you’re a fantasy owner and no one in your league has Antonio Brown, pick him up right now!

    Brown has looked as good as advertised so far this preseason as he’s racked up three touchdowns in three games.

    Against Washington, Brown had four receptions for 64 yards, and against Philadelphia the following week, he was on the receiving end of a 29-yard touchdown.

    It wasn’t until last weekend, when he had 137 receiving yards with two touchdowns against Atlanta, that Brown had heads turning in his direction.

    Brown is going to be big part of the offense this season with Mike Wallace and Hines Ward getting most of the attention from the defense.

Von Miller

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    Von Miller was expected to produce early as soon as he was selected by the Denver Broncos on draft day, and he has done just that.

    The Broncos have to be pleased with how the rookie has played thus far this preseason.

    Miller only had two tackles against Dallas in his first preseason game, but he picked it up in the second preseason game against Buffalo when he recorded three tackles, including a sack.

    Miller is coming off his most impressive performance in Week 3 as he racked up four tackles with two sacks. Miller looks to be very promising for the Broncos.

Brent Grimes

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    Brent Grimes has picked up right where he left off last year as he has been tearing it up so far this preseason.

    Grimes had 87 tackles and five interceptions last year and after only playing three weeks of preseason has already accounted for two interceptions.

    Grimes had an interception and a pass breakup against Miami in Week 1, two tackles and an interception along with a pass breakup against Jacksonville and had two tackles and a pass breakup against Pittsburgh last weekend.

Colt McCoy

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    His last game against Philadelphia wasn’t that impressive, but all in all, Colt McCoy has looked great this preseason.

    McCoy had very impressive numbers against Green Bay in Week 1 as he competed nine of his 10 passes, threw for 135 yards and had a touchdown.

    McCoy followed up his Week 1 performance with another stellar performance against Detroit as he threw three touchdowns.  

    And finally his performance against the Eagles was a step in the wrong direction as he completed 50 percent of his passes, had no touchdowns and threw an interception.

    McCoy is going to have to play like he did earlier in the preseason if the Browns are going to have a chance this year.

    I have McCoy on this list simply because he came out of nowhere those first two weeks, and I was very impressed with the progression he's shown.