The preseason is upon us, and while the outcomes of the games aren't very important, it's always interesting to see how the rookies and second year players are doing. Here's some stuff I noticed from the bits of the Browns' game I saw and looking at the stats/game summaries elsewhere. Feel free to add other observations (especially if you saw any of the action)
Jets vs Browns: Both Cleveland QB's looked decent (Anderson's numbers don't include a sizable PA call), especially for the first game of the preseason. I don't like Quinn, but he looked good in the short passing game. I didn't see him throw anything downfield and he did throw an int, though. Rogers and Williams didn't do anything terribly impressive while I was watching, but I was watching pretty casually. My hope for Rogers is that he's a better 4-3 UT than 3-4 NT (i.e. better at penetrating than achoring). The stats show he had 2 tackles on runs of 3 and 5 yards, so good news on that front, although it really doesn't mean much. Those 8 yards were the bulk of Thomas Jones' total for the day, so don't get too excited. The big news, though, is that Favre is a Jet. Did you know Favre is a Jet? Favre is a Jet.
Giants vs. Lions: Manning wasn't great, and Kitna (perfect QB rating on 7 attempts) and Calvin Johnson both looked very good. If Johnson and Williams can play well together, they could have a scary passing game. They also probably have the best QB in the NFC north now (funny, huh?), so they really could go 10-6 this year. Other than a big run by Jacobs, no one could run the ball, which basically means nothing. Andre Fluellen, a 3rd round 3-4 DE prospect we passed on had a sack.
Ravens vs. Patriots: Brady didn't play and all the backup QB's were ugly (3 ints, 50%, 4 ypa). One of these days all those "probable, knee" injuries will catch up to Brady, and Matt Gutierrez will be waiting. LaMont Jordan (I didn't even know the Pats had him) had a good day running against 2nd and 3rd teamers, but Moroney was bad (6 for 6yd, long: 6yd). The Ravens couldn't run either. Boller put up his classic numbers (11 for 15, 102 yd, 0 td, 1 int, 1 fumble), and the other QB's weren't impressive. Against the scrubs, Flacco was 0-3 with a fumble. NE's top 3 picks all made the stat sheet with tackles. Crable had 4 tackles, .5 sacks, and an int off Boller.
Saints vs. Cardinals: It's early, but the Saints could have an even better passing attack than before. First off, all 3 QB's looked very good. Secondly, Meachem (first round WR last year) has been great in camp and had a very impressive showing (4 for 129 yd, 1 td) in his first pre-season game this year. Colston and Shockey didn't play, but you know they'll be productive. Finally, if Adrian Arrington doesn't get arrested, he could prove to be another 7th round steal at WR. Reggie Bush, on the other hand, put up his classic numbers (7 for 22, 3.1 ypa), so the running game could really drag down the offense. Maybe they should follow New England's lead and just go 4 wide all day. They have the players. On the other side, Leinart got the start and put up some good numbers himself. None of the draft picks (ther than Arrington) stood out. On the last play of the first half, though, Orien Harris sacked Brian St. Pierre.
Chiefs vs. Bears: I didn't look too closely, but the only thing that stood out was that team midget Garrett Wolfe had 89 yards from scrimage and had 2 big plays.
Did I miss anything? Did anyone get to watch DTV or local games and see anything interesting that ESPN didn't say?