By Mark J. Rebilas, US Presswire
Two pre-season games into the season and I’m ready to call out a few players. For starters, we are in deep trouble at quarterback. Call it rust, or unfamiliarity, but Carson Palmer looks like a bewildered freshman on his first day of high school. No touch on the deep ball and inaccuracies on the short passes makes me believe we have bigger issues the just “rust”. That brings us to Matt Leinart and Terrelle Pryor. Leinert looks like his did when he played at AZ, confused, inaccurate and injury prone. TP, on the other hand, look like he switched positions and sports over the summer. TP’s passes have been inaccurate and most have looked like lob passes from a point guard to power forward. TP (a.k.a. Happy Feet) needs some real work and I’m not sure if he has the tool belt for the job.
Jacoby Ford has looked scared and unsure of his abilities this preseason. Maybe it’s the erratic play of Palmer, but he has not looked like the Jacoby Ford of the past. It might also be the outstanding play of undrafted free agent Rod Streater who has put all of the wide receivers on notice. By the way, is Darrius Heyward-Bey still on the team? DHB is doing his best “Ghost to the Post” impression and has literally disappeared this pre-season.
Then there is DeMarcus Van Dyke …. Um yeh. I better save that one for a longer article.
I know what you are saying Raider Nation, it’s preseason @Simonizr, chill. I hope you are right, but this does not settle my anxiety towards opening day. In a conference that went on an overhaul from the Chiefs, to the Donkeys, it’s going to be a season of challenge for our beloved Oakland Raiders.