Sooners in the NFL: Preseason Week 2

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
AUGUST 21, 2014

Week two of the NFL preseason saw the return of Rams quarterback Sam Bradford, while three other former Sooners found the end zone.

- Frank Alexander made four tackles in a 28-16 win over Kansas City. He is currently listed as a backup at the left defensive end position, though he should have extra motivation after being named as one of the team’s training camp MVPs.

- Wide receiver Lacoltan Bester was targeted once in Houston’s 32-7 victory over Atlanta. The rookie free agent is still working to secure a roster spot as he is currently listed among the “others” beyond third-string on the Texans’ depth chart.

- Sam Bradford made his 2014 debut in a 21-7 loss to Green Bay. After not having played since suffering a season-ending knee injury in week seven last season, he completed 9 of 12 passes for 101 yards, including an 11-yard touchdown pass to Lance Kendricks and a 41-yard strike to Brian Quick. Bradford said he “felt good” after his first game of the season.

- Offensive tackle Cory Brandon came off the bench in Seattle’s 41-14 victory over San Diego. He’s listed as the Seahawks’ third-string left tackle, but the Seattle Times doesn’t think he will make the final 53-man roster.

- Wide receiver Justin Brown caught one pass for six yards in Pittsburgh’s 19-16 win over Buffalo. He is still currently listed as the backup to No. 1 wideout Antonio Brown on the depth chart.

- Wide receiver Ryan Broyles caught two passes for 42 yards, tying for the team lead in both categories, in Detroit’s 27-26 loss to Oakland. He is still currently listed on the Lions’ official site as a third-stringer, but leads the team in receiving yards in the preseason and “looks like a favorite to make the team.”

- Safety Quinton Carter of the Denver Broncos recorded two tackles for the second straight preseason game as Denver shut out San Francisco, 34-0. He is still listed as the Broncos’ backup free safety.

- Chris Chester started at right guard for Washington in its 24-23 win over Cleveland and appears atop the team’s depth chart at the position.

- Undrafted rookie running back Brennan Clay rushed four times for five yards for Denver in its win over San Francisco. Clay remains among “others” on the Broncos’ depth chart.

- Linebacker Keenan Clayton did not record any stats as Arizona lost to Minnesota, 30-28. He remains listed as a third-stringer at inside linebacker.

- Jacksonville Jaguars fourth-round draft pick Aaron Colvin is still recovering from a knee injury suffered during January’s Senior Bowl and has not played in either preseason game. The cornerback will start the season on the Physically-Unable-to-Perform List (PUP) and, by rule, must sit out the first six games of the year, if he is able to return to the field at all in 2014.

- Running back Roy Finch continues to impress for New England. He gained 37 yards on seven carries, including a 10-yard touchdown, and had a team-high 34 receiving yards on two receptions in New the Patriots’ 42-35 win over Philadelphia. He also returned two kicks for 26 yards. Though he is listed as s fourth-string back, Finch has gained his confidence back.

- Jamell Fleming finished with two tackles and broke up two passes in Jacksonville’s 20-19 loss to Chicago. He is listed as a fourth-string option at right cornerback, but is currently day-to-day with an Achilles injury.

- Currently listed at third-string at right cornerback on Baltimore’s unofficial depth chart, Dominque Franks made one tackle on special teams and assisted on another stop in the Ravens’ 37-30 win over Dallas.

- After missing the first preseason game while recovering from injury, tight end Jermaine Gresham saw the field for the first time this year in Cincinnati’s 25-17 loss to the New York Jets. Gresham caught two passes for 13 yards.

- For the second time in as many preseason games, James Hanna caught a touchdown for the Cowboys. He finished with three catches for 31 yards, including a 24-yard scoring play where he caught a pass in traffic and broke a tackle before reaching the end zone.

- Defensive back Demontre Hurst tied for second on the team with four tackles for Chicago in its loss to Jacksonville. He’s a candidate to make the squad on special teams.

- Undrafted rookie Gabe Ikard saw playing time in Tennessee’s 31-24 loss to New Orleans. He is listed as the team’s No. 3 center on its unofficial depth chart.

- Rookie offensive lineman Bronson Irwin did not play in Houston’s win over Atlanta. After week one he was listed as the team’s No. 3 right guard but has since slipped back to being listed under the “other” category.

- Second-year man Tony Jefferson made one tackle in Arizona’s loss to Minnesota and is still the top man at strong safety for the Cardinals.

- Offensive lineman Lane Johnson came off the bench in Philadelphia’s loss to New England. After starting all 16 games a year ago, Johnson was hit with a four-game suspension for testing positive for a banned substance. As a result, he has been dropped to the team’s second unit, but he is not discouraged.

- Second-year quarterback Landry Jones threw for 53 yards on two-of-five passing with one interception and a lost fumble in Pittsburgh’s win over Buffalo. He’s listed as the team’s No. 3 quarterback, though neither he nor second-stringer Bruce Gradkowski are doing much to distinguish themselves during camp.

- For the second straight game, Davin Joseph started at right guard for St. Louis. He will likely revert back to where he’s listed on the depth chart, No. 2 right guard, now that starter Rodger Saffold has returned from injury, however.

- David King did not record any stats in the Bengals’ loss to the Jets. He is still the team’s third-string defensive tackle.

- Linebacker Travis Lewis made one special teams tackle and assisted on another stop in Detroit’s loss to Oakland. He is still listed as the team’s backup middle linebacker.

- Phil Loadholt is the starting right tackle for Minnesota. He lined up there in the Vikings’ contest against Arizona.

- Curtis Lofton had a team-high six tackles for New Orleans.

- Defensive tackle Gerald McCoy finished with three tackles and a sack that resulted in a fumble as Tampa Bay lost to Miami, 20-14.

- Stacy McGee recorded his first tackle of the preseason in Oakland’s win over Detroit. The second-year player is the team’s backup defensive tackle.

- Seventh-round draft pick Trey Millard has not played in either preseason game as he continues to rehab his torn ACL. He is on San Francisco’s Non-Football Injury List.

- After sitting out the first preseason game, DeMarco Murray made his 2014 debut against Baltimore and rushed for 34 yards on eight carries and caught one pass for 21 yards.

- Seventh-round draft pick Corey Nelson posted four tackles for the second consecutive week and recovered a fumble. He remains listed as the team’s fourth-string weakside linebacker.

- Adrian Peterson has sat out each of Minnesota’s preseason games. The move is nothing new though for the 2012 NFL MVP, as he has not received a preseason carry since Week 3 of the 2011 preseason.

- Undrafted rookie wide receiver Jaz Reynolds has still yet to play in a preseason game for the Titans, missing his second straight contest. He is still listed among the No. 4 wide receivers on the Titans’ depth chart.

- Fourth-round draft pick Jalen Saunders did not play for the Jets against the Bengals after being injured in a one-car accident on Friday morning. He is currently out indefinitely.

- Donald Stephenson is the starting right tackle for Kansas City and he manned that spot in the team’s loss to Carolina.

- He’s listed as one of the team’s starting wide receivers, but second-year man Kenny Stills has not played in either preseason game for the Saints as he recovers from injury. He did, however, return to practice Monday and hopes to play in the team’s next game.

- Defensive tackle Casey Walker made one tackle in Carolina’s win over Kansas City, but he left the game early in the fourth quarter with a rib injury. He’s still listed as the Panthers’ No. 3 left defensive tackle.

- Tress Way punted three times for Chicago with an average of 40.0 yards per punt. However, he was released by the Bears on Monday.

- Undrafted running back Damien Williams led Miami in both carries (11) and rushing yards (20) against Tampa Bay, including a one-yard touchdown run. He also caught a four-yard pass. Through two games, Williams is starting to make a name for himself.

- Trent Williams started at left tackle for Washington and is the team’s starter there on the depth chart.



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