What I've learned from the preseason so far:
1. The Colts are dead in the water if Peyton Manning isn't healthy. Sure, he's almost certain to be 100%, but if anyone's seen the Colts first two preseason games, all three quarterbacks have shown just how important Peyton is to the Colts. I've always tried to give Jim Sorgi a little bit of a break because he's never really had the first team offense to work with. No mas. The Panthers game was a nightmare for Sorgi, who spotted Carolina 14 points from two of his turnovers. The guys behind Sorgi are Quinn Gray and The Pillsbury Throw Boy. Yikes.
2. If Manning is healthy, he may have the best group of pass-catchers he's ever seen working by his side. Harrison caught several passes early in the Panthers game and has practiced with the same speed and vigor seen in the old Marv. A full season of Harrison, Wayne & Gonzalez is sweet. However, it's the tight ends on the Colts that have really impressed me in the preseason. Clark is a given stud. Gijon Robinson and rookie Jacob Tamme look incredible, snagging everything thrown their way and getting great seperation in the open field. I don't think the Colts will miss the absence of Ben Utecht or Bryan Fletcher so long as Robinson and Tamme continue to play like they have.
3. Tim Hightower looks like he is the future of the Cardinals ground game. Obviously, it's very early. However, Hightower runs with authority, hits the hole fast and looks very tough to bring down. Edgerrin's turning 30 this year and will probably lose goalline carries to Hightower, who has fresh legs and a powerful trunk. Call it a sixth sense, but Hightower seems like the real deal.
4. The Raiders running game is going to be impressive. I don't know about you, but Michael Bush looked really good. Straight-ahead running with explosion is going to earn you more yards than bouncing around, and Michael certainly understands the concept of north-south running. Maybe the other Bush should take notice. The Raiders line was opening nice holes for both Bush and McFadden and will likely continue to be a run-first offense. Potential McFadden owners should take notice that the Raiders have a plethora of talent in their backfield and shouldn't expect the rookie to do too much with so many bodies getting carries.