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The Bad Things
- Gotta wrap up, not just smash. This is the NFL. Running backs, wide receivers, tight ends, and even quarterbacks are bigger and stronger than some of these guys are used to. But the team needs to see more fundamentally sound tackling from these young guys instead of going for a big hit.
- Way too many drops from Treadwell. One of the biggest praises for rookie WR Laquon Treadwell was a huge pass catch radius. And while he can get his hands on passes, he’s struggling to haul them in. Hopefully this is just a temporary issue in the preseason, but these drops are not acceptable from a first round draft pick.
- Offensive line play. Joel Stave dropped back for 20 passes during this game…but was hit 7 times. That is not acceptable. Carter Bykowski really struggled at left tackle in this game, but considering the depth problems at the position he is likely still a lock to stay with the team. Yuck.
- Hard to judge QB play. Since Stave was constantly under pressure and Sorensen didn’t have much time at all to prepare for the game, it’s hard to judge how the two passers did. However, with the news that Spielman is exploring veteran QB options, it fans wonder just how much faith the team has in Stave/Sorensen.
- Stave’s hand injury. It’s sad the team is thinking about Stave as a backup with Bridgewater and Heinicke on the shelf, but fans will have to pay attention to this hand injury as it develops to find out more. The team has already said they’re looking into quarterbacks, but should they be looking for a couple?
Next: The Interesting Occurrences