We have finally arrived upon the last preseason game of the year. Although it's my least favorite game, it's nice to be one step closer to opening day. Here is what I'm watching for.
This game might be meaningless to me, but Brian Brohm is playing for his future. Can Brohm step to the plate? I think Brohm is going to make the team unless he really looks horrible. Either way, here is his chance to dispel all the critics against the Titans.
It sounds like DeShawn Wynn will get the bulk of the work tonight. Is this an audition for a trade, or merely the team giving Wynn a shot to make his case for a backup role? I think if Wynn shows any kind of promise this evening he locks up a spot on the 53 man roster.
I know Sutton has been the feel good story of the year. Honestly, regardless of his performance, I think he finds his back against the wall. His ineffectiveness on punt returns may have sealed his fate on the final roster. Unless he flashes brilliance, I think Sutton walks his away onto another squad by Monday.
It is time for Nick Barnett to squash the haters. Does he still have it? Is he fully recovered from the knee injury? These are questions that still need to be answered. There is little doubt in my mind that Nick Barnett is still the emotional leader on this team. Can he translate that leadership onto the field? Tonight is his chance.
Time for Pat Lee to shine or dine somewhere else. We have seen flashes from Lee in the past, although few and far between. Lee may see more playing time than he has in his career. Does he make the most of it, or are the hopes for Pat Lee all but finished. Lee, just as much as Brohm, is fighting for a job tonight.
Well, what has the guy got? We will find out tonight. The staff seems pretty high on the kid, and others seem pretty low on Poppinga. Who's it going to be?
Kick and Punt Returns
With Will Blackmon out, I will be watching to see who gets inserted to pick up the slack. Tyrell Sutton was ineffective, and no one else has displayed the flash I am looking for. Since we can't count on Blackmon to stay healthy, who can we count on to take his place? This actually concerns me more than anything else, it's our heel and we need to fix it.
How will Nagler respond to the verbal lashing he took this week? I know I hit him kind of hard, but you guys nearly crucified the poor man. Just so you know, Nagler and I had a good laugh over the whole thing a couple of days ago already. Here I thought I was bad, but you people chained him to the wagon and drug him through the dirt. I thank you for that, but let's give the guy some slack. He is kind of emo.
Let's just hope Kampman, Barnett, Poppinga, and Hawk all don't play tonight.
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