By Jack Spencer

NFL football is finally back on television. Sure, it’s the preseason version, but it’s football and the games will start to matter soon enough. After scanning the channels Thursday night while watching four games and highlights on the NFL Network, I have a few observations from Thursday night’s games.

The Washington Redskin’s decision to draft QB Kirk Cousins after the selection of Robert Griffin III continues to illustrate why that was such a smart move. If Griffin’s knee is not 100%, Washington should feel solid about having Cousins start any games. Washington Running back Roy Helu might be shaping up as a late round handcuff for Alfred Morris owners.

I continue to believe that Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson will have a very solid season while running behind a rebuilt offensive line. Johnson ripped off a 58-yard score Thursday night in limited action.

If Tarvaris Jackson continues to play at the level he played Thursday night, Brady Quinn will be looking for work somewhere other than Seattle.

The wide receiver situation in San Francisco is going to be something to monitor through the preseason. Will A.J. Jenkins live up to his former first-round selection status? The Niners are going to need everyone to step up at receiver this year.

Is Brandon Weeden ready to take his game to the next level? In limited duty he completed 10 of 13 for 112 yards and a score. Cleveland could really benefit from some stability at the quarterback position.

Fumble issues continue for St. Louis Rams RB Isaiah Pead who laid one on the carpet again. Speedy wide receiver Tavon Austin dropped the only pass thrown his way.

Rookie QB Mike Glennon did nothing to fuel a non-existent quarterback controversy in Tampa Bay.

Baltimore Ravens running back Bernard Pierce limped off the field and never returned.

Brian Leonard appeared to have the upper hand as the backup to RB Doug Martin. Leonard ran strong and played well in pass protection. Peyton Hillis took a shot to the knee and did not return.

How potent is the two tight end set for the Cincinnati Bengals going to be this year? The duo of Jermaine Gresham and Tyler Eifert could be lethal.

Continued performance from Dane Sanzenbacher like Thursday night, and I’m seriously looking at him as a late round fantasy pick.

The Atlanta Falcons should seriously be in the backup quarterback market. Dominique Davis and Sean Renfree behind Matt Ryan? Not much depth there.

That’s it for tonight. I’ll have more after tomorrow night’s games.






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