Mac's NFL Blog - 8/18/07

In today's NFL Blog, Brian McIntyre wonders about the Jets' quarterback situation and provides links from around the country as we prepare for Week 2 of the preseason.

In my preview of the 2006 New York Jets season, I speculated that with QB Chad Pennington coming off a second rotator cuff surgery, it wouldn't be all that surprising to see then-rookie QB Kellen Clemens wind up as the Jets starting quarterback by the end of the season.

Ok, I couldn't have missed more badly on that quasi-prediction, but perhaps I was just a year off.

After spending the first preseason game doing nothing but working on the center-quarterback exchange and handing the ball off, Pennington finally got to attempt a pass last night. The good news is that just 1 of his 10 attempts hit the Meadowlands turf. The bad news is 2 of those attempts were picked off by a Minnesota Vikings defender and returned for a touchdown.

Meanwhile, Clemens has led the Jets on five scoring drives and has posted a 118.3 passer rating in the season where the games don't count. The Jets insist there's no quarterback controversy, but if head coach Eric Mangini wants to keep that "Mangenius" label Tony Soprano's crew bestowed on him, maybe there should be.

Links

Before last night's Tennessee Titans-New England Patriots preseason game, Titans LB Keith Bulluck told Patriots WR Reche Caldwell to keep his head on a swivel. As it turns out, that was just talk for the media's sake.

Patriots safety Rodney Harrison's 2006 season came to an end against the Titans in Nashville, and he took out his frustration by blindsiding Titans QB Vince Young on a blitz.

During a rainy first half, the Patriots offensive line was springing leaks.

Titans QB Vince Young was rusty in his preseason debut, but rookie CB Michael Griffin had a big night with a pair of interceptions and a long kick return.

Sean Jensen of the Pioneer Press says that the Vikings opportunistic defense and two-headed running attack is why the Vikings feel they can win even with QB Tarvaris Jackson.

Ex-Green Bay Packers WR Robert Ferguson is interested in joining the Minnesota Vikings.

The Buffalo Bills aren't going anywhere this season, but they've got some shiny new toys.

Atlanta Falcons backup QB DJ Shockley crumpled to the turf, and while an MRI will be performed sometime today, nobody expects the results to be very good.

The Panthers fizzled in Philadelphia last night, and it likely cost them an early end to two-a-days.

After a successful outing for QB Donovan McNabb, Philadelphia Inquirer columnist Phil Sheridan says the Eagles universe is restored.

Green Bay Packers second-year WR Greg Jennings feels like a forgotten man.

Kansas City Chiefs head coach Herm Edwards is less than a week away from naming a starting quarterback for the season.

Giants QB Eli Manning's mechanics are apparently determined by how comfortable he is with the receiver he's throwing to, which explains a few things.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers right guard Davin Joseph likes the way the Bucs offensive line is shaping up, and hopes they can stick together for awhile.

The Denver Broncos have lost rookie left tackle Ryan Harris and veteran right tackle Adam Meadows to injuries this week, and are in the market for an offensive lineman (or two).

Saints WR Marques Colston will sit out tonight's game against Cincinnati with general camp "wear and tear".

Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic has 5 things to watch for in the Cardinals' preseason game against the Houston Texans today, which will be shown live on the NFL Network at 4pm ET.

New Dallas Cowboys safety Ken Hamlin will make his preseason debut tonight in Texas Stadium.

Oakland Raiders QB Andrew Walter hopes his start tonight against San Francisco won't be his last. (I admire his confidence, but has he not noticed Daunte Culpepper in the Raiders' QB meetings?)

There's no shortage of confidence in Ravens camp.

Seahawks QB David Greene is expected to play the entire second half in tonight's game against Green Bay, where he'll attempt his first pass in a live game situation in nearly a year.

The St. Louis Rams know how important it is to stop the run.

Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson says "you can't be nothing but excited" about the Texans' 2007 prospects, now that the slackers are off the team.

Miami sports radio station 790 The Ticket mocked the Dolphins, which resulted in Dolphins DE Jason Taylor backing out of a weekly radio segment.

Chicago Bears DE Alex Brown will see his string of 64 consecutive starts come to an end on September 9th, but he's optimistic about the Bears Super Bowl chances this year.

Even with Mike Martz calling the plays, the Lions will run the ball tonight. I wonder if Lions WRs Roy Williams and Mike Furrey not playing tonight has anything to do with that?

Bengals rookie RB Kenny Irons was officially placed on injured reserve on Friday, which means a few Bengals running backs will audition to be the understudy to Rudi Johnson.

Pittsburgh Steelers safety Ryan Clark makes his first trip back to FedEx Field since leaving as a free agent before last season.

Former Cal Bear and current 49ers LB Tully Banta-Cain is enjoying his homecoming, even if he was a Raiders fan growing up.


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