David Climer liked some of the progress we saw in Locker last night, especially his resilience. My most exciting takeaway was the regularity with which Locker was scanning the whole field as he worked through his progressions. Sure his accuracy was a little worse that the stat line showed, but you can work with that if he's always finding the open man. Lots of very encouraging signs last night.
After last night, you'd be a fool not to snag Kendall Wright in your fantasy drafts. He's clearly a favorite target of Locker, and he looks like a polished veteran already. Wright showed off almost every skill you could ask for in a WR last night: twitch-quick reactions, soft hands, superb body control to make adjustments to the ball, tremendous breakaway speed and the ability to use his body to shield the ball. I'm not saying every game will look like that one, but Wright is instantly our top WR option in an offense that will air it out.
PFF loved what they saw from our defense, and how could you not? Granted the Cardinals are awful on offense (outside of Fitzgerald), but this is 2.5 games now where the defensive line (especially Derrick Morgan) has come alive, and the rest of the team is making plays off of the carnage they're causing. Speaking of which...
When teams start to gameplan for our defense, you better believe Colin McCarthy is going to be at the top of their watch list. The second year MLB has really stepped up his game this preseason, piling up gaudy numbers of tackles, tackles for loss and interceptions. For a guy who plays a position that is first off the field when we leave our base package, he's evolved into our best every down linebacker by far.
Robert Johnson's most notable play last night was a missed chance at an interception, but less noticed was his terrible attempt at run support. Despite his unusual size and build for a safety, he's not at all a factor in the box. However, that may not be the worst thing, since Griffin's role so far this preseason has been playing closer to the line and attacking. Johnson has started the last two preseason games, and I think he's shown enough in coverage that he'll get more playing time than may of us thought he ever would.
In all my years as an NFL fan, I can't recall a single passing of the QB torch that has gone down as politely and respectfully as Hasselbeck giving way to Locker. Their relationship is a testament to the maturity, respect and humility both QBs have, and that's not something you can teach.
Jerry Gray shows Chuck Cecil how to criticize refs without shaming yourself on a national stage.
Heart-breaking turn of events for Mariani last night; here's to hoping he comes back stronger and better next year.