In most preseasons, that’s what this week’s third exhibition game amounts to, the truest litmus test of where a quarterback situation stands, and the most impactful opportunity to make a pitch for a starting job. As expected, this week could have significant ramifications all over the NFL. Certainly they won’t be the only situations working themselves out in the third preseason games.
The Vikings travelled to Seattle with a bit of vengeance on their minds and it showed. The Vikings sacked Russell Wilson four times and Seattle’s first-team offense was all but booed off the field. The offense did pass block very well for the aged wonder Shaun Hill as he received the nod to start over Teddy Bridgewater.
The beginning of the NFL season is always euphoric. Every team is still in the Super Bowl hunt (because no games have been played) and every player has Pro-Bowl talent. And for those players coming off breakout years, the expectations are even higher. Not many can sustain that level of play for a second season. Of the 54 players selected to the all-pro first team by the Associated Press over the past two years, just six managed to earn back-to-back nominations. With that in mind, here are five players who will have a tough time replicating their success from the 2015 regular season. Kirk Cousins, Washington Redskins Cousins finally got his chance to be the full-time starting quarterback for the