Your Weekly Spartans in the NFL- Preseason Week 3 Report
NFL preseason action continued this week, as teams start to make decisions on which players will be granted a roster spot and which players will be given the boot. Read on to see how each of the twenty-four Spartans in the NFL did this past week.
Greg Jones starred at middle linebacker for the Giants in a 20-17 victory over the Bears. The second year player had three tackles and one assist in the game. Kellen Davis started at tight end for the Bears, but did not haul in any passes.
Punter Brandon Fields stood out once again for the Dolphins, but Miami still lost 23-7 to the Falcons. Fields booted the ball seven times for an average of 48 yards, with the longest being 58 yards. Fellow Dolphin B.J. Cunningham saw time at wide receiver but did not record any stats.
Domata Peko, Kyle Cook, and the Bengals were defeated by Jerel Worthy and the Packers, 27-13. Peko started at defensive tackle, recording a tackle and an assist, while Kyle Cook started at center. Worthy recorded one tackle and an assist for Green Bay.
Running back Edwin Baker had 13 carries for 35 yards in a 12-10 victory over the Vikings. His longest rush was for 21 yards.
Javon Ringer and the Titans beat D.J. Young and the Cardinals, 32-27. Ringer had one rush for seven yards while Young started at left tackle.
Coltsâ€™ quarterback Drew Stanton did not play in his teamâ€™s 30-17 loss to the Redskins, as his wife went into labor Saturday morning. Teammate Brandon McKinney was also forced to sit, as the defensive tackle went down with a knee injury in the second quarter. He is awaiting the results of an MRI. Colts cornerback Chris Rucker saw some playing time but did not record any stats. Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins also played and did not have any stats, besides a quarterback kneel.
Fullback Todd Anderson of the Rams got some playing time in a 20-19 loss to the Cowboys. Four Spartans faced off in a preseason matchup between the 49ers and the Broncos on Sunday afternoon. Garrett Celek, Trenton Robinson, and San Francisco defeated Kevin Vickerson, Mark Dell, and Denver in a 29-24 outcome. Robinson racked up two tackles and an assist at safety, while Celek did not record any stats at tight end. For the Broncos, Dell did not play, while Vickerson (freshly back from a concussion) had two tackles at defensive tackle.
Patriotsâ€™ signal caller Brian Hoyer did not record any stats in a 30-28 defeat at the hands of the Buccaneers.
Keshawn Martin had a mixed day in a 34-27 loss to the Saints on Saturday. The rookie wideout reeled in two passes for twelve yards, including a ten-yard touchdown pass. But he also lost two fumbles. Head coach Gary Kubiak said that Martin has to work on holding on to the ball, as the young player will have a significant role in the offense.
Ross Weaver of the Lions saw time at corner but didnâ€™t have any stats in a 31-20 loss to the Raiders.
While Jetsâ€™ safety Eric Smith watched from the sidelines, Ogemdi Nwagbuo and the Panthers beat the Jets, 17-12. The Spartan defensive tackle had one tackle in the Sunday night showdown.