I'll be the first to say any adulation or prognostication is ridiculously premature. But this is for first impressions of the new guys.
The guy I was most impressed with was Julian Love. I thought he was all over the place.
Yeah I get it, what about Jones, ASJ? First, I'm looking at this through the lens of who is going to help us the most this year. I don't expect Jones to play much, if any, this year. However, I do acknowledge that his accuracy was top-notch, and the only take away that you can take from the first preseason game with respect to Jones is a very positive impression.
I also think that Dexter Lawrence distinguished himself as a presence on the defensive line that will pay immediate dividends.
Obviously, Ryan Connelly stood out big time with the Pick 6 and general athleticism which has been sorely needed in the linebacking corps. There were a couple of plays where I thought DeAndre Baker provided blanket coverage on his receiver. Although I don't think you could take away a whole lot of this first preseason game with respect to Deandre, I do think that he did show some potential as an island type of cornerback.
Ballentine was also very active and incredibly athletic.
Overall, the defensive rookies in particular seem to have a swagger that is rarely seen in a rookie class especially on the defensive side of the ball.
My overall first impression is extremely bullish on the defensive rookies, and I believe that these defensive players out of this class showed enough to have some optimism on the impact they can have in year 1 & beyond.
I'm trying to keep things in perspective, because it's only one preseason game, and the quality of competition that these players will face will escalate mightily once the regular season starts. I feel overall very positive that Gettleman nailed this draft and we may come away with at least for high-end starters. What say you guys?