Several WVUPros stood out in NFL Preseason Week 3 action and other news and notes.
– Geno Smith was officially named the Jets starting quarterback following a 9 for 14 passing effort for 137 yards and one TD. He also gained another 17 yards on the ground on three carries.
– While the identity of the Jets’ starting QB became crystal clear on Saturday, the Rams’ QB situation became much murkier on Sunday. Sam Bradford was playing in his second game since recovering from a torn ACL suffered during a game last season. He limped off the field during the first quarter after taking a hit from a Browns’ defensive lineman. Tests taken in the locker room then were inconclusive, but on Sunday, head coach Jeff Fisher confirmed that Bradford had suffered another torn ACL and would be out for the season after undergoing more tests.
“It’s all a part of the game,” Rams’ receiver Stedman Bailey tells us regarding Bradford’s injury. “We now as a team have to step our grind up a notch, and we will be okay.”
Bailey had one catch in the game for 9 yards as the Rams defeated the Browns 33-14.
Backup QB Shaun Hill is expected to take over as the starter for the Rams.
– Tavon Austin was held without a catch during Saturday’s game against the Browns where he was targeted once. The Rams starters only played two offensive series because the team wanted to play the backups more with the first round of cuts looming on Tuesday, especially with Bradford’s injury status unknown at the time.
– The Bears signed KR Darius Reynaud last week after releasing specialist Eric Weems. During their clash with the Seahawks, Reynaud returned two kicks for a 20-yard average and took a hard hit on the one attempted punt return.
Unfortunately, he was released on Sunday.
– The Seahawks offense had their way with the Bears defense, and Ryan Mundy had a tough time setting the edge on run plays. That allowed the Seahawks backs to bounce outside for big chunks of yards. Mundy finished with four tackles in the blowout loss.
– J.T. Thomas played well for the second consecutive week since returning from a hamstring injury. He recorded five tackles for the Jaguars against the Lions.
– Rookie DE Will Clarke recorded the first sack of his career on Sunday against Arizona, bringing down rookie Logan Thomas. He finished with two tackles.
– Fellow Bengal Adam Pacman Jones did not record any tackles in the game.
– A week after starting at corner for the Jets, Ellis Lankster played only three snaps vs. the Giants.
– Najee Goode had one tackle for the Eagles on Thursday night against in-state rival Pittsburgh. He got some reps with the starters during the first quarter at linebacker.
– Will Johnson did not play in Thursday’s game for the Steelers with a hamstring injury.
– Terence Garvin had one tackle against the Eagles.
– Keith Tandy tied for a Bucs’ team lead in tackles on Saturday with five.
– Chris Neild had two tackles for the Redskins when they went up against Beltway rival Baltimore.
– Pat McAfee continued a strong preseason with four punts for a 45-yard average on Saturday against New Orleans, landing two inside the 20. Needless to say, he felt pretty good about one such punt: