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      So, last week I went through the Falcons game and came up with a few players I thought were intriguing to keep our eyes on as we moved forward through the preseason (with a ton of video to boot, probably too much as that page is/was a bummer to load ); either because they had disappointing outings and we hoped to see improvements from them, or because they looked surprisingly good and we hoped to see the continuation of that level of play. I intentionally focused on players who weren't being talked about a whole lot that week so as to avoid any media redundancy.   
      The disappointments I honed in on against the Falcons were Stephen Paea, Arie Kuandjio and Niles Paul. The impressive performances came from Kendall Reyes, Anthony Lanier (before the rest of the world started noticing him), Carlos Fields, and a special guest appearance from Terrence Garvin.
       
      So how did these guys do against the Jets? And were there any other performances to add to the current list of Extremeskins Coverage intrigue? Let's find out, shall we (with a little less video for the sake of our browsers, mmkay)?     
       

      Stephen Paea, 90
       
      Watching the game in the pressbox at FedEx field, I made it a point to focus in on Paea with my cheap Walmart-purchased binoculars (hey, it was last minute, Spaceman Spiff said I'd probably need them) when he came into the game. From what I saw, he was much improved, however, we must keep in mind that he came in about five minutes into the 2nd half, which means he was playing against lesser talent (and may further indicate a demotion on the depth chart). That being said, last week against the Falcons, he seemed to be moving in slow motion and the only positive he showed really was with his arm strength.
      Against the Jets, however, it was a different story. He moved very well and was a lot more explosive off the snap, to say the least. Let's take a look at a couple of examples.
       
      Here, he's lined up at RDE and you can see him move laterally well while penetrating, putting himself in the perfect position to make the tackle: 

       
      Here, again at RDE, he shows good lateral quickness another time by cutting to his left to find the open lane to the QB, then he puts on the jets to get the sack:

       
      Suffice to say, much better from Stephen Paea. 
       
       

          Arie Kuandjio, 74
       
      Unfortunately, the same can't be said about Arie Kuandjio, who continued to disappoint. Most of his plays aren't necessarily a negative, but they're plays where he can't be considered as having had a positive impact. He often is either out of position or generally not involved when he otherwise should be. But then there's bad as well. 
      Here, at LG, his guy gets underneath and is able to push him back, who then winds up making the tackle on Keith Marshall:

       
      Here, again at LG, is the play I believe John Keim was talking about a couple days ago when he mentioned Kuandjio getting pushed to the ground: 

       
       
      Yeah, let's hope we get a better showing from him against the Bills. 
       
       
        Niles Paul, 84 
          
      Good news for Niles, though, he definitely looked better overall. He did whiff on his first play, but then seemed to make up for it with better blocking in general. Let's take a look.
      Here, lined up at FB and motioned to the left, is the aforementioned whiff:  

       
      Here, lined up on the outside to the left at TE, you'll see him get a solid block on #21 of the Jets and maintain it throughout the play:

       
      Here, lined up as the outside TE on the right side, you'll see him execute a perfect block: 
       

       
      Overall, a better showing from Niles Paul. 
       

      Kendall Reyes, 97
       
      Kendall Reyes continued to impress for the most part. Nothing spectacular, just solid, and I get the sense that we'll be hearing that a lot when it comes to his play throughout the season.
       
      Here, at RDE, he gets some decent pressure on the QB and flushes him outside of the pocket:

       

      Anthony Lanier II, 72 
       
      By far, the most interesting aspect of Lanier's game was how much earlier he was put into the rotation than in the Falcons game, which may indicate he's moving up the depth chart a little. I asked him about it after the game and he seemed to agree. As for his performance, it wasn't as enjoyable to watch as the film against the Falcons (that's not to say he played poorly or regressed, just nothing splashy), but he certainly had his moments. Here are a few examples. 
       
       Here, at RDE, he gets quick interior penetration: 

       
      Here, lined up at LDE, he gets a near sack after beating #64 of the Jets handedly (gotta love the way he lays out there):

       
       
      Here, lined up at RDE, of course is his end of game sack. This one's all about his hustle and awareness: 

       
       
       

         Terrence Garvin, 52
       
      All Garvin has done these past two games is make plays, so I'm putting him here instead of Fields. Last week against the Falcons, he was in on a bunch of plays along with Fields and Lanier, so I didn't give him his own spot and just mentioned his play secondarily. I don't know if it's the weaker competition or not, but he's really impressive out there. Let's take a look at some of the plays he made against the Jets. 
       
      Here, lined up on the right side at ILB, you have to love his back pedal and then quick reaction to break up the pass: 

       
      Here, again lined up on the right side at ILB, he shows his speed as he slices his way through to apply quick pressure on the QB, causing the incompletion: 

       
      He was also in on a fumble recovery (right place, right time, so no need for a video really), but it just shows his hustle. He's really flying around out there and is fun to watch. 
       
      Well, that does it for now. We'll see how these guys look on Friday against the Bills as well as their spots in the rotation. Will they improve, stay the same or regress? Will we see them higher on the depth chart, the same, or lower? I might do a part 2 of this if I have the time and add some others to the list. Hope you all enjoyed it, see you around on the board!

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The Comeback (1993 Wild Card game) : Bills 41- Oilers 38

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Every year when wild card weekend arrives, I think back to the game I almost turned off.

Bills 41- Oilers 38

I haven't seen a comeback like it since and I guess it still is the largest deficit a team has come back from... in the playoffs at least.

Did anyone turn the game off when it was 35-3? Anyway I would love to have some drama like it today.

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I would imagine, if Dallas would've made the playoffs, they would've blown a lead worse than this one.

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Another good one was in early 2003. The Giants were whipping the 49ers at Candlestick 38-14 in the 3rd but the Niners came back to go ahead 39-38. Giants had a shot at a field goal at the end and I forget what happened (whether it was a bad snap or what) but they threw the ball downfield to a guy who got tackled by a 49er before the ball arrived but nothing was called.

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another good one was in early 2003. The giants were whipping the 49ers at candlestick 38-14 in the 3rd but the niners came back to go ahead 39-38. Giants had a shot at a field goal at the end and i forget what happened (whether it was a bad snap or what) but they threw the ball downfield to a guy who got tackled by a 49er before the ball arrived but nothing was called.

trey junkin!!!!!

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Every year when wild card weekend arrives, I think back to the game I almost turned off.....Did anyone turn the game off when it was 35-3? Anyway I would love to have some drama like it today.

I'm in the same boat. I thought it was over and decided to leave it on while I was doing something else. Glad I didn't leave the room, that game was one of the most miraculous sports moments I have ever seen. Such an amazing game. Thank you Frank Reich.

That and the 2004 Red Sox vs Yankees series, unbelievable.

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I did turn the game off. My brother and I went down to SLC instead. Went in to a sports apparel place that used to be common around here and they had the game on. We checked to see if Moon and the Oilers had put up 70 yet and then our jaws hit the ground when we saw that the Bills had come back. I think we walked in right around their second to last score. :doh:

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I was on I-40 going west listening to it on the radio.

One of the few positives I've gained from my many trips to hospital the past few months, is falling in love with listening to sports on the radio again. I'm weird in that I'd rather read a book than watch the movie, and although I like watching football on TV, I also love listening to it be called on the radio (and baseball as well). Takes me back to when I was a kid my dad would always have baseball/football games on the radio as we drove around. This does not include Sonny/Sam/Larry btw. :)

I actually turned the comeback game on when it was a blowout and watched the Bills work their way back. Also remember watching the Music City Miracle game as well. The 49er game was a botched snap that they holder tried to throw downfield to a player who was interfered with. Should have been offsetting penalties with giants getting another chance @ kick. Those kinds of finishes are fun, but only if your team isn't involved, or more specifically, on the bad receiving end.

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I was only 5 at the time of that game, so I don't remember a damn thing. I was probably watching the Power Rangers or something.

The only notable NFL comeback games that I remember, are the Niners in '02, and the Music City Miracle.

I remember falling asleep while the Packers were being beaten down in Glendale back in '09 by like 3 TD's, only to wake up to a tied game that ended up going back and forth, with Rodgers just missing Donald Driver on a deep ball in OT to complete the comeback. That was a fun game.

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