There’s no other way around it, Game 1 of the preseason was ugly. Whether you’re in the “Relax guys, it means nothing” group or the “We struggled like this last year and came out the gates flat” group we all can agree that the product was what it was on Thursday... abysmal. It’s no doubt that many on the team will look at the tape and have a book full of notes on improvements they want to make against the Texans in Game 2.
The beauty of these exhibition games is you can atone of your past sins without having any impact on our team’s overall outcome for the year. The games don’t count. And with a city that has had Dennis Rodman, Ben Wallace and now Andre Drummond terrorizing the glass in the NBA, we know a thing or two about rebounding. We have plenty of candidates to have a bounce-back game so there will probably be several that improve. But for now who are you singling out to have the biggest rebound and improve their play vs the Texans?
I expect Amani Oruwariye to be Game 2’s Ben Wallace and rebound to the tune of a stellar game. Rookie cornerbacks take time to adjust. We have seen him go through ups and downs all training camp. But in that training camp he has consistently worked on mistakes and improved from them. We have already seen him claw his way from third team to first team reps on occasion. Even against the Patriots, his overall play wasn’t the best but he found himself in good position on several occasions and made a few nice plays.
With a game as bad as we witnessed this past Thursday the list of guys who can improve their play is long. And just because the game didn’t count doesn’t mean these players and coaches are blowing off looking pathetic vs. the Patriots. Playing time is on the line and some players’ NFL careers may be on the line depending on how they perform these next three games. Who are you picking to have bounce back Game 2 performance?