Through the first full weekend of the NFL preseason schedule, the most intriguing battle for Penn State fans seems to be shaping up in Washington.
The Nittany Lions all-time leading rusher, Evan Royster, is locked in a battle for a roster spot with Silas Redd, among other players.
Penn State fans will certainly remember Redd, who rushed for over 1,000 yards for the Nittany Lions in 2011. Redd transferred to USC after the NCAA hit Penn State with sanctions in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal in the summer of 2012.
The two former teammates each enjoyed some success Friday night with Redd getting a slight advantage.
The undrafted rookie free agent, carried the ball nine times for 45 yards with two receptions for 18 yards in Washington’s 23-6 victory. Royster, fourth-year pro, carried the ball seven times for 23 yards with one catch for six yards.
Redd has one other advantage over Royster. He comes with a price tag that’s about $200,000 cheaper.
McGloin shines in lost
Matt McGloin may be the third quarterback on the Oakland Raiders roster, but he was the only one to get the team in the end zone in a 10-6 loss to Minnesota.
McGloin went 11 of 18 for 90 yards. He scrambled for a 10-yard touchdown with under two minutes left in the game. Here’s a link to McGloin’s TD.
McGloin’s former teammate Gerlad Hodges had an impressive game for the Vikings. The second-year linebacker blocked a field goal and had two tackles. Fellow Viking linebacker Michael Mauti had a tackle in the game.
Raiders defensive end Jack Crawford had one tackle.
Norwood grabs game-winner
Bronco receiver Jordan Norwood had a big game in Denver’s preseason opener.
Norwood pulled in three catches for 51 yards as the Bronco’s defeated Seattle, 21-16. His biggest catch of the night came in the fourth quarter when he grabbed a 34-yard touchdown pass from Brock Osweiler that proved to be the game-winner.
He also returned a punt for 20 yards.
According to the blog “Predominantlyorange.com,” Norwood’s big game has him in position to grab the final receiver’s spot on Denver’s roster.
Other Penn Staters in action
Here are some highlights of other Penn Staters in action this past weekend:
- Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Tamba Hali had one tackle in the Chiefs’ 41-39 victory over Cincinnati. Bengals defensive tackle Devon Still had one tackle.
- Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Nate Stupar had five tackles (four solo) in the Jaguars’ 16-10 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Fellow Jaguars linebacker Paul Posluszny had one tackle.
- Miami Dolphins tight end Brett Brackett had three receptions for 57 yards in the Dolphins 16-10 loss to the Atlanta Falcons. He caught all three passes thrown to him. Defensive lineman Jared Odrick had one tackle for the Dolphins.
- Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Derek Moyer had four receptions for 32 yards in the Steelers’ 20-16 loss to the New York Giants.
- Chicago Bears place kicker Robbie Gould hit two of three field goal attempts and converted both his PATs in a 34-28 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles.
- Tennessee Titans defensive tackle DaQuan Jones had one tackle for a loss in the Titans’ 20-16 victory over Green Bay.
- Arizona Cardinal linebacker Glenn Carson had two tackles in the Cardinals’ 32-0 shutout of the Houston Texans and Coach Bill O’Brien.