USC's Byrd Flying High For The Panthers

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It was exciting and the best Houston's offense has looked in years.

"For the first game out there I thought he did some good things". I thought he handled it pretty well. We probably haven't seen half of how Mike Shula plans to use him yet. That seems unnecessary considering that even if Newton played, it would have been in limited time.

Watson's improvisational skills are second to none, being able to escape trouble quickly and do the right thing with the football. "The highest level of this sport". "He was on the practice squad going against guys like Josh Norman and Bradberry from a year ago".

Watson also did a nice job reading the defense. On the very next possession, Deshaun Watson made a great play for a first down that was negated due to an illegal touch by Dres Anderson who stepped out of bounds before the catch. I mean, there's a lot to correct.

Not awful, but not great. Savage went 8-for-8 on the drive, again, against backups.

Savage had one good drive (and two bad ones) on Wednesday night, and there's a fair chance that he retains the starting job that Bill O'Brien refused to give him in the Ryan Fitzpatrick era, Case Keenum era, Ryan Mallett era and Brock Osweiler era. Lamar Miller is the starter, the Texans drafted D'Onta Foreman, and Akeem Hunt has had a really good training camp.

Since we're talking quarterbacks, we might as well look at what the Panthers put on the field.

When Watson hit the field, he immediately showed his ability to improvise and make plays on the fly.

If a starting quarterback is just that - a quarterback who starts - then yes, there are 32 starting quarterbacks in the National Football League at any given time.

This line came down from Carolina minus-3 when coach Ron Rivera officially announced he wouldn't play Cam Newton in the preseason opener.

As I discussed in a weekend camp-observations feature, after seeing the Browns' first practice in pads a week earlier, Osweiler should be outperforming the other three passers, all of whom were in college when Osweiler threw his last pass as a Bronco. Players to watch were Taylor Moton, who spent most of the game at guard, as well as Amini Silatolu, who spent most of the game at left tackle.

No. 4 quarterback Garrett Gilbert is just a camp arm and will likely be cut. He didn't let penalties on his team affect him and didn't turn the ball over in almost three quarters of play. Johnathan Stewart continues as a solid backfield presence, along with Christian McCaffrey and Fozzy Whittaker. If he starts this year, expect a lot of interceptions with cornerbacks jumping the pass and potentially taking the ball to the house. Cunningham was all over the field yesterday, leading the Texans with 7 tackles and showing the athleticism to cover tight ends and running backs when he needs to. He looked like he has been down this road before and is ready for anything that's thrown at him.

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