First it is difficult to keep your eye on the personnel changes because no one announces them. The camera rarely catches the nimbers you are trying to spot. But here are a few observations.
1) #75 Chris Clark was terrible. He played Left OT all night and was not very good. He got bulled rushed several times. Had a hard time pushing players out of the QBs area, had several penalties, and worst of all missed a snap count entirely which allowed a sack. I did see Patrick Brown play a few snaps but Clark played the majority of the game. Even DeGeare played a couple of snaps at that position.
I suspect that Ryan Cook, Chris DeGeare, and Jon Cooper will be the only persons chosen for the squad because they each play multiple positions. Pray that DeGeare can improve if any of the starters get hurt. I watched Ryan Cook totally miss a blocking assignment on a running play against the St.Louis 2rd string. This does not bode well.
Someone is going to step up and play the back-up leftside OT. I'm doubting that it is Clark.
2) Long Kicker Specialist
Isn't Rhys suppose to kick the ball out of the endzone? He did not have a touchback the entire 2nd half. He only played in the second half. And the game was in a dome. Don't give this guy a roster spot yet.
3)- The running back battle is interesting.
Each had their own unique talents. Toby is strong and has excellent change of direction but he is very inexperienced in his blitz pick-up. . Albert Young is steady as they go but little flash. Ian Johnson is very quick but he had little chance to showcase his talent. I thought Darius Reynaud looked a whole lot like Chester Taylor. He doesn't finish a run like a RB. But that I think is experience at the position. If he can maintain his special team status I like his chances. Moats only got in a couple of plays but he definitely knows how to run behind his blockers. I wish the others would learn that as well. Don't count Moats out yet.
4) Defensive line- I am impressed with each player. I can see an extra D-Lineman making the roster if that person can significantly aid the special team unit.I know we all want to think Everson Griffen is a #1 pick we stole in the 4th round but he has a long way to go to even make this squad. I do have one question. Why did Green Bay get rid of Montgomery?
5)DBs- It is way early but I liked Cook and Asher. I thought Sheppard played well early. The problem is that the TV coverage really focused on Asher and Cook. So it was biased coverage. But I love the competition.
6) QBs- It was my first time seeing Webb. After watching about 12 back-up Qbs this weekend I have to say that our three QBs don't look special and ready to start yet. Whitehurst, Painter, Quinn, and even Clausen looked as good or better to me than what the Vikings showed on the field ( Tebow reverted to his old dangerous slow throwing style while under pressure ). All back-up QBs have issues. But of all the back-ups I watched I thought Sage showed the most poise. After 10 years you would think he might.
7) LBs- Ok I am starting to like Brinkley more and more. I really thought he was a tad overrated last year.
8) WRs. - Payne and Bittle both dropped passes. Not a good sign. Especially since they were not bullets from Brett. I would guess that others will get playing time from here on out.. Other than that there are still many many WRs trying to earn a couple of spots.
9) Special Teams- Hard to tell since the TV coverage is awful. But here is who I saw around the ball a lot. Frampton, Onatolu, and Farwell. The new guys have a ways to go to unseat the special team squad.
Final Analysis: So far no one from last years team looks to be unseated. Still plenty of time for a new guy to make an impression. Remember we only lost 3 players from last years squad ( Taylor, Hicks, and Paymah) . So if Cook, Gerhart, and DeGeare take those roster spots someone has to be replaced for another new guy to make it.