Mac's NFL Blog - 8/24/07

In today's whip-around look at the NFL: Donald Driver got hurt, the Saints looked great, Brodie Croyle looked very green, and Pete Kendall has a new home to complain about. Plus, an Az Hakim sighting!

The Packers lost to the Jaguars, but the worst part is that they may have lost the services of top WR Donald Driver. It's being called a sprain, and the good news is that the Packers trainer didn't think it was the dreaded Lisfranc injury.

However, the loss of Driver for any stretch of time would be a serious blow to the Packers offense. Behind Driver on the WR depth chart is second-year wideout Greg Jennings and rookie James Jones, who often follows up a good play (made a nice catch and run on a 3rd down play) with a poor one (fumbled the ball after failing to properly secure it). Combined with rookie RB Brandon Jackson and a few second-year offensive linemen, the loss of Driver would make this one of the biggest challenges for Brett Favre.

Despite the injury to Driver, Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel saw positive signs.

The Jaguars first-team offense still has some kinks to work out, but QB David Garrard had the second team humming.

Jacksonville had some trouble in nickel packages
. (Could the decision to let go of veterans Donovin Darius and Deon Grant have something to do with that?)

Once again, Saints QB Drew Brees was nearly flawless, and 11-year veteran WR David Patten might have earned a job in New Orleans.

Chiefs QB Brodie Croyle isn't grabbing hold of a job that is clearly his for the taking.

Ten things for Patriots fans to watch for tonight, courtesy of Mike Reiss of the Boston Globe, including the 2007 debut of RB Laurence Maroney.

The Jets have traded disgruntled guard Pete Kendall to Washington, which opens the door for rookie Jacob Bender to earn a starting job.

Trading for Kendall fills the void left at guard by the departure of Derrick Dockery for the Redskins.

Some Jets players aren't really sensing that training camp is over.

If Giants DE Michael Strahan decides to keep playing, his head coach doesn't expect him to ready to play.

Miami Dolphins head coach Cam Cameron is looking to carve out a role for veteran WR Az Hakim. (He's still around?)

Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Johnson likes his young linebackers.

Chargers LT Marcus McNeill seeks to improve in Year 2. (I don't know if that's even possible.)

Broncos WR Brandon Stokley is definitely playing on Saturday. (Am I the only one who always forgets that Stokley still plays?)

Raiders QB Daunte Culpepper will get the start tonight against the St. Louis Rams.

The Vikings don't appear interested in adding free agent DT Corey Simon to the mix, and WR Robert Ferguson will play a lot on Saturday night in Seattle.

Bears LT Jon Tait will make his preseason debut tomorrow night in San Francisco.

Injured 49ers NT Aubrayo Franklin is on target to return when the season opens on September 10th.

Despite having back spasms this week, Lions QB Jon Kitna wants to play this weekend.

Steelers CB Ike Taylor has reclaimed his former starting job.

The Bengals have added LB Lemar Marshall, a Cincinnati native, who was released by Washington earlier this week.

Browns QB Derek Anderson still thinks he can start. (He and Andrew Walter must share an agent.)

From his days as a QB, to his days as current QB coach, Jim Zorn's fingerprints are all over the Seattle Seahawks.

Tonight is the big dress rehearsal for the St. Louis Rams.

Jeff Gordon of STLTODAY.COM wonders where the buzz is locally for the Rams.

There were some positives and negatives during Cardinals camp, which broke on Thursday.

Pat Yasinskas of the Charlotte Observer breaks down the Panthers roster.

Titans WR Eric Moulds sees some similarities between Vince Young and Doug Flutie. (Like say, "release point"?)

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers had Jeremiah Trotter in for an audition, and might be looking at a new kick returner.

Falcons head coach Bobby Petrino is figuring out how to use RB Warrick Dunn in his new offense.


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