Ignore preseason football at all costs

The preseason isn't the time to look at statistics.
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - I've said it before and I'll say it again, the NFL preseason means absolutely nothing...except putting money into the owner's coffers.

With the exception of checking the injury report after each weekend's play, I ignore anything I see during the NFL's exhibition season. Here's why?

In the 2007 exhibition season the top-three quarterbacks were J.T. O'Sullivan (Detroit), Kevin Kolb (Philadelphia) and Seneca Wallace (Seattle). How did they do last year? I think Kolb had a pretty good year holding the clipboard on the sidelines.

One year ago the three leading rushers were; Thomas Clayton, Gary Russell and Pierre Thomas, while the three best receivers were Shaun McDonald, Lance Moore and Chris Henry.

Did any of these guys help you win your league title?

The 2007 edition of the Atlanta Falcons and New York Jets went 3-1 in preseason, while the New England Patriots and Green Bay Packers went 2-2.The Indianapolis Colts and the Super Bowl winning New York Giants were both 1-3 in exhibition play.

At the moment I'm writing this, Quinn Gray (Indianapolis) leads the passing stats with running back Marcus Mason (Washington) and wide receiver Billy McMullen (Washington) leading the rushing and receiving statistics.

Please tell me that none of these players are in your Top-250 Player Rankings.

Or better yet, if they are, does your league have an opening for a savvy owner?

That said, there are things I have learned during the exhibition season...like how to control the distance on my pitching wedge.

Seriously, everything I learned during the 2008 NFL preseason is injury related. The following players will start the season at less that 100-percent: QB Tom Brady, QB Peyton Manning, RB Ronnie Brown, RB Willis McGahee, RB Ryan Grant, RB/KR Joshua Cribbs, RB Maurice Jones-Drew, WR Chad Johnson, WR Darrell Jackson (no surprise there for the oft-injured wide receiver), WR Bernard Berrian, TE Antonio Gates, DL Elvis Dumervil, DL Jason Taylor, DB Brian Dawkins, DB Antrel Rolle and LB Shawne Merriman.

Comments? Criticism? Applause? Contact Steve Schwarz at sschwarz@sportsnetwork.com.

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