It’s exciting to finally have some football around. While the Hall of Fame game is never the most exciting, it finally gives us our first look at our new squad. Allows us to see who the dark horses are, who could be the next steal, who knows, maybe even the next Tom Brady?
Okay, that is a reach.
The team has wrapped up one of their five games for the preseason. There is plenty to sit down and analyze about the game. Who performed best, who shocked us, who was a letdown. This will be on the lighter side, and we will instead crown who should take home our ROTB game ball.
The most obvious choice to earn the game ball. Gabbert was impressive in his Cardinals debut, leading the team on their only two touchdown drives, and putting the team up 15-0 early in the game. Gabbert finished the evening with an 11/14 185 yard stat line. He also pushed the pile for a two-point conversion. He was accurate and had a good pocket presence behind the team's second offensive line.
Momah is back. But he seems to always have a good Preseason and Training Camp. It’s the injuries that have derailed his season’s. Momah was the team's most impressive receiver on Thursday, hauling in three passes for 48 yards. At 6’7, 225 pounds he is difficult to bring down. He required two or three Cowboys to bring him down on two of his three catches. Momah and Niklas will see a lot of time on the field if they can both manage to remain healthy.
Baker received an extensive look, playing from start to finish. Bettcher wanted to see where Baker fit best, and just like the guy he’s most often compared to, he did not have any glaring weaknesses anywhere. He was smart near the line of scrimmage, choosing the right angles to chase down ball carriers. He had a nice pass defended and was always in a good position in coverage. Baker was willing to sacrifice his body against bigger players and held up nicely.
Second Team Offensive Line:
The line consisted of John Wetzel, Kaleb Johnson, Cole Toner, Tony Bergstrom, and Ulrick John. This line lacked a lot of push in the run game, but for the majority of the game, they kept a nice clean pocket around Blaine Gabbert. It was impressive to watch how well the unit seemed to gel, despite only having a couple weeks practice together.
Logan looks exactly as advertised. He was explosive returning kicks. Was explosive through a running lane, and overall just looked faster than that 4.37 at the combine. Hopefully, the wrist injury is nothing severe enough to keep him on the sidelines for a prolonged amount of time.
Obviously, there are some more so I want to read them. Vote in the poll below, and let's discuss who else should be in the running.
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