The last week of the NFL Preseason came and went in the blink of an eye on Thursday night. We saw some good football played by your favorite WVUPros, but a potential severe injury cast a pall over the night. We start this week’s recap there.
– Chris Neild got the start for the Redskins against the Bucs at NT. He is going into his fourth season in the NFL, with his contract expiring at the end of it. At the beginning of his second year in the league, he tore his left ACL and missed the entire season. He returned last year and played well, and he was in great shape heading into this season.
Near the end of the first quarter, Neild went down while defending a run play and had to be carted off the field. Following the game, Redskins’ head coach Jay Gruden confirmed that Neild was undergoing tests for a feared torn ACL on his right knee.
We are waiting for final word on the injury and will keep you updated.
– Keith Tandy led the Bucs with eight tackles in that game. He was all over the field on defense and special teams. He played like a man fighting for a job, although his roster spot was likely already clinched.
– Stedman Bailey caught two passes for the Rams for 26 yards. Tavon Austin was only in on a few plays during the first quarter as the starters received most of the night off.
– J.T. Thomas got the start for the Jaguars against the Falcons as the team looks to be deciding whether to keep him or Nate Stupar. Thomas got the start over Stupar who started a game for the Jags two weeks ago. Thomas finished with four tackles. His ability to play both inside and outside linebacker and being a well-regarded special teams player could help him make the roster.
“With the NFL, you just never know,” Thomas said after the game. “But I think I made a strong case for myself with my versatility, being able to play multiple positions, and being able to really have an impact on special teams.”
– Will Clarke showed improvement throughout the preseason for the Bengals, saving the best for last. He finished with five tackles against the Colts.
– Pat McAfee punted eight times in that game for a 53.5 yard average. He landed two inside the 20-yard line and had a long of 59.
– Ellis Lankster had five tackles for the Jets and broke up one pass. Najee Goode recorded two tackles for the Eagles. Geno Smith did not play in the game.
– Will Johnson had one catch for 18 yards and one rush for 6 for the Steelers against the Panthers. He had another nice gain called back on a penalty. Terence Garvin had four tackles in the contest.