Its a home game and I am going so for that reason alone I am glad the game is being taken seriously.
That said there are already over 60 players on IR. You have to wonder whether shaking a little rust off of veteran players is worth the risk of injury in preseason. Why not play your 2's against there 1's and get a real evaluation of how well they might play in a regular season game. Cam needs the work at this stage of his career. The same situation in 3 or 4 years I don't want to see him come out of the locker room to play the 3rd quarter in a meaningless game. I sure as hell don't want to see J Stewart take more than a series or 2 of reps tomorrow night. Hopefully they are smart about it. I bet Brady doesn't play much.
Absence makes the heart grow fonder. Benjamin had a good rookie year. He also came to OTAs overweight having to miss time for hamstring pulls. He then gets hurt in a non contact drill in camp. I can't call him a "bonafied star" yet.
Not an issue. You are in practice running 2 tight end sets working on your passing game. You aren't going to change it up and run any plays to capitalize on a pass rush pinning its ears back. In these drills unlike in games the Defense knows what the Offense is going to run. I am sure Ron just rolled his eyes at those tweets.
Stewart has to stay healthy period. Cam does as well. We weren't going to be some high powered passing team anyway. Cam will run more than I would like but we can still win the south. We have enough at WR to move the chains.
Coaches that plan it right can get much more out of a few practice sessions with another team than a preseason game. They can run 20 plays simulating one situation that might come up 5 times in a game if they want to. Smith is full of crap. This is not a new thing. The first training camp I ever went to was in Texas during the Jimmy Johnson Cowboy days. They had the Raiders in that week and that was when teams went 2 a days in pads. It was awesome to watch. Personally I think they should do more of this and fewer preseason games.
Not me. I can yell just as loud sitting as I can standing. Never understood why people want to stand up the whole game. Fortunately my seats are upper deck row 1 with no rows in front of me. Only time I have someone block my view of the game is when the teams are inside the 10 going into the closest end zone. If someone stands up in the WC row they block my sight lines of 1/3 of the end zone even if I stand. I tolerate Panther fans doing that but if its the opposing team I tell a security guy. Most of the time they don't have a ticket for that seat.
The best part of that show was when Steve told a story about going against Champ Baily in 2003. He said he put a move on him early and beat him for an 8 or 9 yard gain. Champ adjusted and shut that move down for the next 6 or 7 plays. Steve admitted to getting frustrated and showing his ass.
Ricky Proehl came up to him on the sidelines and told Steve to get his head out his ass. Said they would need him to make a play to win that game. Good stuff.