The NFL Preseason officially kicked off last night with the Saints defeating the Cardinals in the Hall of Fame Game. This Thursday and Friday provide the first full slate of Preseason games (we will have full previews both days).
While there weren’t any former Mountaineers who played in the HOF game, there are several bits of news to get you caught up on from the past several days.
- Bruce Irvin dominated in the Seahawks scrimmage on Sunday.
- The Dolphins named Steve Slaton as their #3 RB behind Reggie Bush and Daniel Thomas. Slaton caught a TD pass during Red Zone drills today from former ECU QB David Garrard.
- Ellis Lankster continues to impress during Jets’ training camp after picking off another Tim Tebow pass today in practice.
- Chris Neild finds himself battling for a roster spot with the Redskins in his second season.
- The Steelers’ linebacking corps has had some injury problems early in camp, but Mortty Ivy has been healthy. Steelers’ linebacker coach Keith Butler said Ivy received reps at outside linebacker last week. With injuries persisting, that will likely continue into this week.
- Darius Reynaud missed Saturday’s practice with a RB injury in Titans’ camp. He returned healthy yesterday.
- Keith Tandy is working with the third-team safeties for the Bucs. He has got a lot of work in the deep secondary according to Roy Cummings of the Tampa Tribune. Was noted on Monday for making a great play on a 30-yard pass to Preston Parker. Parker out-leaped Tandy, but the former Mountaineer corner stripped the ball on the way down.
- Najee Goode is on the third-team now as linebacker for the Bucs.
- Tyler Urban made some nice plays last week while getting some work as the Patriots #3 TE.
Urban has very good size for a tight end, and he showed his ability as both a blocker and receiver.
In a one-on-one blocking drill, Urban had one of the day’s highlights when he completely stuffed Trevor Scott, making the potential starter at defensive end look very bad in the process. Urban also looked good catching passes, including one tough catch in double coverage during the 11-on-11 portion of practice.
As a rookie, of course, Urban has to perform his rookie duties: