The NFL just wrapped up the second week of preseason, and while that would typically mean only the halfway point, for many Cougs on training camp rosters it could have been their last big chance to prove themselves. There are only three preseason games this year, and many teams have used the first two weeks to evaluate the depth of the roster with starters expected to play more in the third game.
There are nearly a dozen Cougs on rosters around the league. This is how they fared in Week 2 of the preseason.
River Cracraft - San Francisco 49ers
Cracraft didn’t have much of an opportunity to showcase his skills this week. On offense, he wasn’t targeted with a pass while 11 other 49ers were. On special teams, Cracraft was back twice to return punts, but called for a fair catch both times.
Andre Dillard - Philadelphia Eagles
Dillard did not play this week as he continues to deal with a knee sprain. His name has also come up in trade rumors. He is in a training camp battle at left tackle, but the knee injury is certainly not helping his cause.
Daniel Ekuale - Jacksonville Jaguars
Ekuale and the Jaguars will play on Monday night against the Saints. We could potentially see Ekuale tackle Easop Winston.
Anthony Gordon - Kansas City Chiefs
Gordon was battling for a backup quarterback spot with the Chiefs and was thought to be playing his way into consideration for at least a practice squad role. He completed all seven of his passes this week for 42 yards, but it wasn’t enough — the Chiefs released him this morning.
Frankie Luvu - Carolina Panthers
Luvu recorded three tackles and a forced fumble. The latter of which got Steve Smith very excited on the call.
He also batted down a pass, which Smith also enjoyed.
Frankie Luvu is making quite a name for himself— Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) August 22, 2021
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Hercules Mata’afa - Minnesota Vikings
Mata’afa played 25 snaps at defensive tackle and recorded one tackle. He is vying for a rotational role along the Minnesota defensive line.
Gardner Minshew II - Jacksonville Jaguars
Along with Ekuale, Minshew will be in action on Monday. The Jaguars have not officially named Trevor Lawrence their starting quarterback, however, there are rumors they could be showcasing Minshew for a trade.
Dezmon Patmon - Indianapolis Colts
Patmon had his first breakout game of the preseason, leading the Colts with 60 receiving yards. He hauled in four of his five targets, including a 28 yard catch. Patmon is competing for a roster spot and certainly helping his cause.
Jalen Thompson - Arizona Cardinals
Thompson started for the Cardinals and recorded one tackle in limited action. Thompson is in line for a starting role heading into his third season and thus far has managed to avoid injuries that plagued him last season.
Easop Winston - New Orleans Saints
Winston will attempt to follow up a strong first outing on Monday night against the Jaguars.
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