Preseason Week 2 kicks off in an hour. Let’s recap Week 1 with plenty of former Rutgers Scarlet Knights in action either tuning up or doing their best to catch on for the regular season.
In Thursday’s action, Leonte Carroo scored a 33 yard touchdown which was the highlight of the game until Miami scored a 99 yard TD to win it late. Mohamed Sanu (Falcons) was on the losing side, converting his one target into a catch for 5 yards. Dolphins 23, Falcons 20.
Derrick Nelson (Ravens) won 23-3 over local “rival” Washington. The entire line played well which may mean Nelson ends up in a roster crunch, perhaps on the practice squad. Rumors also have it that Jeremy Zuttah may return to the Ravens after he was traded in the offseason to the 49ers and then cut right before camp.
The Brady-less Patriots dropped their opener to Jacksonville 31-24. Devin McCourty and Duron Harmon contributed no stats, but Jon Freeny added 4 tackles. Freeny is hoping to make the team and re-gain his starting position after missing the second half of 2016.
Jason McCourty and Kenny Britt of the Browns participated in another legendary Rutgers receiver preseason battle with Brandon Coleman of the Saints. Coleman (3 catches, 23 yards) got the better of Britt (1 catch, 4 yards) individually, but the Browns prevailed 20-14. McCourty made his first tackle in Orange and Brown in the win.
Rutgers west and Rutgers midwest got together with Denver prevailing 24-17 in Chicago. For the Bears, Michael Burton made a tackle without accumulating offensive stats while Marcus Cooper had a tackle in his first game with the team. The Broncos were led by Kevin Snyder’s 4 tackles. Quentin Gause played but did not record any stats.
Bengals Clark Harris and Tyler Kroft got the win over George Johnson of the Buccaneers. Harris’s kicking units were strong, Kroft was not targeted. The field goal unit missed a field goal and as a result former starting placekicker Roberto Aguayo was cut. Johnson was held out of the contest as a precautionary measure. He has gotten time with the starters in camp and looks to regain his pre-injury starting position from early 2016.
Saturday, the team formerly known as the New York Titans (the Jets) 7, Tennessee Titans 3. Big free agent signing Logan Ryan made three tackles but was maligned for getting beat deep on one play. His starting spot is likely not in jeopardy.
Carlton Agudosi and Kaleb Johnson of the Cardinals got the better of Anthony Cioffi’s Raiders, 20-10. Agudosi who made a nice 10 yard catch in the Hall of Fame game did not play due to injury, but it is not thought to be serious. Johnson “looked good” per our friends at Revenge of the Birds. Cioffi made a tackle in his first game.
In Sunday’s action, Tim Wright did not play after his recent return to Detroit, while Steve Longa impressed with four tackles, all solo. The Lions dominated the Colts, winning 24-10. The Colts lone touchdown came as time expired.
Andre Patton was inactive for the Chargers. The first game for the now L.A. Chargers did not go well, as they were demolished by a score of 48-17. I saw no report of an injury.
Other local NFL scores: Packers 24, Eagles 9.
NOTE: A previous version of this article mentioned Chris Muller with Denver and Andrew DePaola as the Bucs long snapper. Both are in fact no longer with those teams and free agents.