10 Knee-Jerk Reactions After Preseason Game #1

OK, the sample size is incredibly small, but after one preseason game, here are my top 10 knee-jerk thoughts and reactions:

barge1) Brian Hoyer still looks sharp. If you didn’t know he tore his ACL last season, you’d never know by the way he played. Quick decisions, accurate throws, didn’t miss a step.

2) One game is too small a sample size, but Johnny Manziel looked pretty good too. You can tell he was trying to play his college game at the pro level, but he also showed poise in the pocket, had pretty good accuracy, and still needs to learn some more about being an NFL QB. But his debut was pretty good.

3) My guess is that we will almost certainly see Manziel with the ones next week in Washington. This will give the coaches the chance to…study…something. But I’ll be honest, comparing Manziel and Hoyer is apples to oranges. The coaches will have a tough decision to make between these two because their skill sets and abilities are both very, very different.

4) This defense is deep! Seriously, have we ever seen a defense with this much talent and depth, almost everywhere? I know Justin Gilbert did not play, so we couldn’t get a good read on him, but damn! These guys could be really good.

5) We WILL have a running game this year!!!! Ben Tate and Terrance West made TRich look like Adam Rich (of “Eight Is Enough” fame).

6) Pierre Desir has some learnin’ to do. He looked like a rookie. It’s OK, he can learn. We don’t need to make him a starter right away.

7) This draft looks pretty good, with Manziel, Joel Bitonio, Chris Kirksey, Justin Gilbert, and Terrance West looking like Day 1 starters. Thank you Ray Farmer!

8) Tackle, tackle, tackle. Oh wait, that didn’t happen much. Learn to tackle!!

9) Pat Shurmer is STILL the worst coach this team has ever had.

10) This could be a fun season!