Roundup: Names on the preseason radar

On the day after 11 games filled the NFL preseason schedule, here’s a look at what stories are on the radar:

  • Maybe not what the Chiefs had in mind: Thomas Jones has been outplayed during the preseason by both Jamaal Charles and rookie Dexter McCluster, writes Adam Teicher.
  • Words like “potential” and “star” and “potential star” continue to pop up often near the name of Bucs rookie WR Mike Williams.
  • Brandon Jacobs was a late scratch against the Steelers due to a stiff neck that Giants coach Tom Coughlin said “came out of nowhere,” while Ramses Barden says his back injury “is not chronic” and he hopes to be in uniform this week, writes Paul Schwartz.
  • It was thought the Cowboys’ makeshift offensive line could limit the amount of time Tony Romo saw against the Chargers. Romo played almost the entire first half against the Chargers, and Charean Williams writes LG Montrae Holland and RT Robert Brewster held their own.
  • After watching Tra Thomas retire and the Chargers try to protect Philip Rivers‘ blindside against the Cowboys, Jay Paris writes it’s time for Chargers GM A.J. Smith to end the impasse with Marcus McNeill.
  • Matt Moore and Jimmy Clausen — as well as the rest of the Panthers’ offense — drew underwhelming reviews against the Jets.
  • The second look at the Jets’ offense wasn’t any better than the first, writes Viv Bernstein.
  • The big storyline coming out of the Saints’ domination of the Texans was the Drew Brees impersonation by backup QB Chase Daniels, writes Jeff Duncan.
  • Joe Berger started at center for the Dolphins and looks to have the edge over Jake Grove, while 33-year-old Ricky Williams is running as hard as ever, writes Dave Hyde.
  • Mike Sims-Walker, who rebounded from a poor performance and a shoulder injury in the preseason opener, came to life against the Dolphins, writes Vic Ketchman. Jack Del Rio was happy to see it, because  he says Sims-Walker isn’t an established player and needs to “show some grit.”
  • Joe Flacco made exactly one impressive throw in five series, writes Kevin Van Valkenburg. Better news is that Terrell Suggs looks back to being Terrell Suggs.
  • Larry Johnson called his preseason debut with the Redskins “disappointing” after finishing with eight carries for four yards while splitting first-half reps with Clinton Portis.
  • Steven Jackson made his preseason debut after back surgery and looked just like Steven Jackson, writes Jim Thomas, even if the Rams don’t have any solid backup options.
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