Posted by Gregg Rosenthal on August 21, 2011, 2:32 PM EDT
America’s favorite running segment quickly summarizing preseason games is back. Check outThursday and Friday’s “what we learned” or go back toWeek One of the preseason if you dare.
Texans 27, Saints 14
1. Houston’s offense absolutely steamrolled New Orleans’ vanilla-looking group. (The two teams play again in Week Three.) Arian Foster and
Ben Tate look plenty healthy running the ball.
3. The play of Saints undrafted rookie receiver becoming hard to ignore.is
49ers 17, Raiders 3
1. Alex Smith moved the ball better this time around with some long drives, but the 49ers starters only scored three points. Rookie backup Colin Kaepernicklooked solid as well, but Smith looks locked into the starting job.
Jason Campbell left the game early and was tested for a concussion after. Oakland’s offense has struggled in all facets in two preseason games.
3. 49ers rookie Kendall Hunter hasn’t overly impressed in camp, but he was dynamic last night. The kid has rare speed and terrific moves in the open field. If Hunter can pass protect, he should get a lot of run behind Frank Gore.
4. Braylon Edwards made a big impact with a beautiful long catch. With Michael Crabtree hurt, Edwards was a key pickup.
Rams 17, Titans 16
1. Except for a 83-yard score to Brandon Gibson on a blown coverage early, Sam Bradford and the Rams starting offese struggled. It was 16-7 Titans at halftime.
2. Matt Hasselbeck left the game early, but it wasn’t a serious injury. Jake Locker once again looked promising in relief, but not so promising that he should be starting. Locker was inaccurate on a number of throws.
It’s been a nice preseason overall for both Titans quarterbacks.
3. No one really stepped up in the Rams receiver battle. Gibson looks like the No. 1 guy at the moment and it’s unclear after that.
Broncos 24, Bills 10
2. Willis McGahee looks a little revived in Denver. The Broncos have been effective running in both preseason games, with McGahee back to his role as touchdown vulture.
3. Buffalo’s offensive line was overmatched, especially left tackle Demetrius Bell.
4. Really, there wasn’t a lot of positives for the Bills. C.J. Spiller didn’t show he was worthy of starting. Running back Johnny White and wide receiver Donald Jones both left after taking nasty hits.
Vikings 20, Seahawks 7
1. Tarvaris Jackson didn’t look great, but Seattle’s offensive line was the real problem Saturday night.
2. Seahawks fans (and Lawyer Milloy) are straining to see Charlie Whitehurst as the answer. His YPA is under 5.5 in two outings. This preseason hasn’t told us much.