The last week of exhibition football is, thankfully, upon us. Every NFL team will be in action on Thursday night with final cuts due by Saturday. Expect to see a flurry of action over the next four or five days around the NFL, and some of that could involve WVUPros.
Here is what to watch for on Thursday night (all times Eastern).
Falcons at Jaguars 6 pm - J.T. Thomas has had two strong weeks defensively for the Jags since missing the first week with a hamstring injury. His play has put him in consideration to backup at middle linebacker.
Colts at Bengals 7 pm - Expect to see a lot of rookie Will Clarke for the Bengals in this game. He picked up his first career sack last week against the Rams. Adam Jones could return a few punts from Pat McAfee.
Jets at Eagles 7 pm NFL Network - After naming Geno Smith as their starter, don’t expect to see the second-year quarterback for more than a series or two. After starting the second week of the preseason at corner, Ellis Lankster played only three defensive snaps last week. He is contending for one of the starting jobs, and could get another start tonight. Najee Goode has seen an increase in playing time from last year for the Eagles at inside linebacker and has spent some of his time getting first-team reps.
Rams at Dolphins 7 pm - The Shaun Hill era begins this week after losing Sam Bradford for the season after he tore his ACL for the second time last week. Head coach Jeff Fisher maintains that the offense will not change much in Bradford’s absence. Tavon Austin hasn’t had many opportunities to contribute during this preseason. Any special plays designed to get him the ball–such as reverses or the famous touch pass–are being held for the regular season. Tonight will be our last chance to see Stedman Bailey, who is suspended for the first four games of the regular season for violating the league’s PED policy.
Panthers at Steelers 7 pm - Will Johnson missed last week’s game against the Eagles with a hamstring injury. Still no word on his status for tonight. Terence Garvin backs up at ROLB.
Redskins at Buccaneers 7:30 - Headed into the last game of the preseason, Chris Neild is on the roster bubble. He has competition at NT this year with players who can also play on the ends, while the run-stopping Neild only plays in the middle. He is going into his fourth season with the team, but missed his second with a torn ACL. He has looked faster and stronger during camp and the preseason. There are five players battling it out for the one or two roster spots left on the defensive line. Keith Tandy has played well this preseason and is in the mix at safety for the Bucs.