I mean YOUTHS.
I'm not one of those folks that puts the Pats in the Super Bowl, or buries them after one preseason game. Especially, with 15ish players sitting this one out.
However, I did leave with a good feeling about some of the teams' younger players.
Players like Richardson, Merriweather, Rogers, and Washington (not a rookie, but still young) have gotten some good "training camp press", and it was nice to see them perform well on Friday.
Merriweather to me, just looks like a football player. You could expect him to seem lost for his first NFL game, but he wasn't. I expect big things from him in time, and maybe less time than normal.
Everybody saw Rogers stand out. 6 tackles, 1 QB hurry, 1 sack, and 1 fumble recovery (oh, and it was LeKevin Smith that stripped the ball on said fumble) was a great start for him.
I'm a Washington fan, and hope the numbers game doesn't send him out of town. It'd be nice to finally have a WR with size AND skill around these parts. He had a couple of nice catches on Friday.
On that near interception by Richardson, he played the man perfectly. He showed a burst when the ball went in the air, and turned to look at the ball. He had the better chance of catching it, and if the WR didn't play DB and swipe at the ball, Richardson may well have had a nice int. He looked smooth out there.
I still consider Wright a youngster, and every time you watch him perform, he makes players. Another sack, and a QB hurry Friday night. He makes plays, whether subbing on D, or on Teams.
I didn't get a good look at the OLine to see how Elgin looked, but here's hoping he ends up being a player.
The bottom line is, it is too early to finalize roster spots for most the young players, but I for one left the game Friday feeling good about many of the 20 somethings. If they continue to shine, we may have to start some posts on which veterans get canned.