EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. How did you react when Thomas Davis sacked New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez?
It was the first quarter and the Jets had the ball third-and-7 when Davis, who had just entered the game, took down Sanchez for an 8-yard loss.
If you know Davis, or know his story, you clenched your fist or smiled or cheered. Maybe you did all three. Obviously, Davis is capable of much more. But, man, this was a start.
Davis has three times torn the ACL in his right knee, and three times come back. Rehabilitation is laborious and boring, and never guaranteed. But if you have a gift, how do you not put yourself in position to take advantage of it?
Davis, a linebacker entering his eighth season, has a gift, and you saw glimpses Sunday, one of them a quick-closing deflection of an end-zone pass to tight end Josh Baker.
• The crowd at MetLife Stadium was dismal. Doesnt mean New York fans arent passionate about football. Means theyre not passionate about preseason games.
Think about it. You have a choice between watching an exhibition in a stadium outside a swamp or staying home and watching on national TV.
Lets go to the scoreboard: Home 1, Swamp 0.
• Carolina linebacker Luke Kuechly rarely is out of place. He knows where to go, how to get there and when. The last Panthers rookie defender who came to the team similarly fully formed was Jon Beason.
• Wide receiver Louis Murphy replaced Steve Smith in the starting lineup. We know who Carolinas No. 3 receiver is.
My older son says that if I go all ESPN and write about a certain reserve New York Jets quarterback, he wont talk to me at an upcoming family wedding. Does he mean Greg McElroy or Matt Simms?