Unexpected (and expected): Rex Ryan is confident

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Don’t look so surprised.

That’s right, the next time the toe meets the leather in an NFL game, it will be for real! But before we take some time to look forward to the upcoming NFL season (and be sure to check out our experts picks), it’s time to look back at the weird, wild and just plain wacky from Week 4 of the NFL preseason.

And without further ado …


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We spent some time with Robert Griffin III this summer, and he said he liked Tim Hightower to be the team’s top back this season. Hightower was a casualty of roster cuts on Friday.

So maybe we’ll have a little clarity in the Redskins’ backfield? Not so fast. The Redskins are reportedly involved in trade talks for Steve Slaton. Yes, of course they are.

Floyd takes flight

Cardinals WR Michael Floyd has been somewhat quiet this preseason, with the most glowing reviews being about his blocking. Talk the NFL version of saying somebody has a nice personality. But Floyd showed why the Cardinals grabbed him with this amazing one-handed touchdown grab. Say, who was that throwing the football? Sign him up to be the starter.

Oh wait, it’s too late. The Cardinals picked John Skelton, to be the starter. Please contain your excitement.

Block that kick

Packers special teamer Jerron McMillian looked rather nifty right here as he scooped up a block punt and raced for a first down for Green Bay. And we’ll even be magnanimous enough to not mention the blocked punt was the result of a block he failed to make. Let’s just focus on the positive.

To the house

Speaking of special teams, Trindon Holliday returned his third kick for a touchdown in the preseason. If you’re in a fantasy state of mind, the Texans DST should have moved up your draft board.

Let’s go get a snack

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Jets coach Rex Ryan seemed a little too calm this offseason, as he stopped short of his annual Super Bowl prediction. Then on Friday, the coach said this could be his best Jets team yet! And why shouldn’t he be excited, his team scored its first touchdown of the preseason.

Welcome back coach, we missed you.

And based on that touchdown, there is going to be a former SEC signal-caller who will start at quarterback for the Jets this year — Greg McElroy.

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