It’s game day fellow uglies. The months waiting for this next football season to start have dragged on and on endlessly, but the wait is finally over. Okay, so it’s just preseason, but that’s still way better than no football at all. So now we just have a few more hours to wait to see our team in action for the first time under the new regime, on a new field, and with a bevy of new players.
Tonight’s game will feature two of the highly touted QBs of the last draft likely for a large portion of the event while both teams try to determine how ready their rookie is for the NFL. Teddy Bridgewater, projected to be the #1 player selected for most of the time leading up to the draft snuck past team after team until landing on the Vikings roster with pick #32, and so far he has appeared to live up to his #1 billing. Meanwhile, the Raiders drafted Derek Carr in the 2nd round, younger brother of David Carr, the #1 draft pick back in 2002. Derek has some great physical abilities but early reports indicate that he’s not ready to take over as the starter in Oakland just yet, and may not get the job at all this year. Both teams have veteran QBs who have had their share of good and bad years under center as well, so neither team has a need to rush the early draft pick onto the field unless the vets start showing that another bad year is on the way.
Outside of QB, there are still many things to be looking for in this game. Rookie LB Anthony Barr was selected much higher than Teddy, but has gotten much less attention from the media. Will he be a quick enough study to earn a starting job for the beginning of the regular season? With Adrian Peterson sitting out, we’ll have a great look at Matt Asiata and 3rd round pick Jerick McKinnon and see how they’ll be used to replace Toby Gerhart. The team also has 3 new starters on the D-line, one other new starter on the LB corps, and a handful of new faces at DB so there’s going to be a lot of new stuff going on and it will be interesting to see how different this team looks with all the new faces and a new scheme both on offense and defense.
I AM Ready for some football!