5. New York Jets Have Failed To Score A Touchdown
This only preseason, as Rex Ryan will be the first to tell you. However, it is still a cause for concern when you don't score any touchdowns in the first two games and you have Super Bowl aspirations.
Mark Sanchez hasn't necessarily had the worst preseason, as he is 13/17 for 80 yards. He does have the single interception from last weeks game against the Giants, but that isn't the worst part. The bad part is Sanchez has only averaged 4.4 yards per throw, which is not something fans are wanting to see.
So far, the "Tim Tebow Project" has failed in New York. Unless the plan was to see how much media attention you could bring to your team, if that's the case, than it has been the best move Rex Ryan ever made.
Tim has gone 9/22 (43%) for for 96 yards and one interception. Yes, he has more yards than Sanchez, but do not get it confused, Mark Sanchez is the starting quarterback of the New York Jets and he has two more games to prove he deserves the job.
4. Maurice Jones Drew 'OK' With Trade
MJD emerged as 2011's leading rusher, recording 1,606 yards on a team that only had him as a weapon.
Blaine Gabbert is starting to come into his own, as he went 13/16 for 112 yards and two touchdowns against New Orleans last week. With rookie Justin Blackmon also looking dominant, it looks as if the Jags will have talent all over the field this year.
So why would MJD want to leave? Turns out he and new owner Shahid Khan don't exactly see eye-to-eye.
It's obvious Jones wants a new deal, but he can't seem to get his owner to agree. Khan said in a recent interview, "Trains leaving the station, run, get on it." Not something an owner should be saying to a superstar seeking a new contract.
After a 28-day holdout, MJD is ready to play football again. He just wants to make sure he is taken care of, and playing for an owner who respects him.
3. Michael Vick Hurt In Both Games
Maybe this doesn't deserve to be on a 'surprise' list, as Michael Vick has only finished a 16-game season once. However, he has made it clear this offseason he will do what ever it takes to stay healthy for all 17 weeks. So, to some this comes as a surprise when it's two weeks in a row.
The first week against Pitt, it wasn't really Vick's fault. Jason Kelce got pushed back a little too far, and Vick followed through on a throw (which he should've done) which smacked his thumb into Kelce's helmet forcing him out of the game with a thumb 'sprain'.
He returned the following week to camp, and got the nod to start against New England. Same story, he was knocked out on the second drive. This time, however, it was something he could've avoided.
Vick took the snap and immediately started scrambling backwards, he saw a Patriot on his right, so naturally he turned left. That's where Jermaine Cunningham was waiting for him. Cunningham got the best hit on Vick any player could ever ask for, perfect shot to the mid-section. Vick got rid of the ball, which opened up more room to be hit.
Thankfully, the injury was just a "rib-contusion" and no bones were broken or cartilage damaged. If Vick would have taken the sack, i wouldn't be making this article, and Nick Foles would have never gotten a chance to play with the first team.
2. The Emergence Of Nick Foles
Obviously, as we all now know, Vick took the hit instead of the sack. This opened the door for rookie Nick Foles who took advantage of the opportunity.
So far this preseason, Nick Foles has gone 24/38 for 361 yards, four touchdowns and only one interception. He has a 63% completion ratio and an outrageous quarterback rating of 120.35, the highest in the NFL.
That right, the highest QB rating does not belong to Aaron Rogers, Drew Brees or Tom Brady. No, it belong to Eagles' backup Nick Foles, who is having the best preseason of any player. Foles has two more games to show why the Eagles should look no further for a back-up quarterback, possibly even a future starter.
1. Quarterback Shake-Up
If there is one constant in the 2012 preseason, it is that no quarterback's job is safe. In the last week alone, we have seen four quarterbacks lose their jobs, with younger players taking over.
John Skelton has won the job in Arizona over the always-hesitant Kevin Kolb. Sophomore Jake Locker took over the reigns in Tennessee and Ryan Tannehill beat out the competition in Miami to win the number one spot. Also, as of August 21st, Russell Wilson will be starting in Seattle. It is clear that youth is taking over in the NFL in 2012.
*Honorable Mention: Chad Johnson Loses His Job
To be in the top five though, the story has to be a surprise... sorry, Chad.
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