FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The NFL completed its preseason last night with a full slate of games before the regular season action begins next week. Many teams have already made their first set of cuts to their rosters, but for those that remained, including some former Razorbacks, may have staked their claim to a spot with their performance last night.
Below is an update on how each of those former Hogs did during Week 4 of the preseason:
Washington 20, Tampa Bay 13 | Game Recap
Linebacker Martrell Spaight capped his strong preseason with a start for the Redskins, where he made three tackles, two being unassisted, all in the first half. Spaight finishes the four-game preseason with 17 tackles, which tied for the most on the team and tied for the ninth-highest total in the NFL.
Tennessee 21, Miami 10 | Game Recap
Guard Sebastian Tretola played nearly the entire game for the Titans Thursday against the Dolphins as he lined up for 56 plays, five on special teams. Tretola also recorded one tackle after quarterback Alex Tanney threw an interception early in the first quarter.
With Tretola on the line, the Titans rushed for 128 yards, scoring three times in the 11-point victory.
New York Giants 17, New England 9 | Game Recap
Tight end A.J. Derby capped his strong preseason with another good performance for the Patriots on Thursday. The quarterback turned tight end was on the field for 53 plays making five catches for 51 yards, the second-highest total on the team. The majority of Derby’s targets came in the second half, but he did have an 18-yard reception from quarterback Tom Brady late in the first half, which was the seventh-longest pass play in the game.
Derby finishes the preseason with the most catches (15) and yards (189) of any NFL tight end and also had one touchdown. His receiving yardage was also the third-highest of any receiver (tight ends and wide receivers combined).
Defensive end Trey Flowers was only on the field for 12 plays last night, but he still was able to record one assisted tackle, coming on the second play from scrimmage. During this preseason, Flowers tied for the most tackles (15) among all defensive ends and also had two and half sacks, one of just six ends with more than two over the four preseason games. Flowers was also one of two defensive ends to score a touchdown as his forced fumble, scoop and score in week one against the Saints was a performance to remember.
Philadelphia 14, New York Jets 6 | Game Recap
Tackle Jason Peters did not play in Philadelphia’s final preseason game, but should be ready to go by week one of the regular season. Peters suffered a quad injury just before week one of the preseason, but he was able to get back on the field for week two and week three. The Eagles face the Cleveland Browns in week one of the regular season next Sunday in Philadelphia.
Atlanta 17, Jacksonville 15 | Game Recap
Quarterback Brandon Allen got his first start of the preseason Thursday for Jacksonville, playing the entire game and completing 17 passes for 164 yards and two touchdowns. Allen connected with Shaq Evans with 4:28 left in the first quarter to complete a 10-play 75 yard drive, getting the Jaguars on the board first.
After the Falcons had taken a 17-7 lead, Allen came up big again with another 11-play, 78 yard drive, this time finishing with a 5-yard touchdown pass to Shane Wynn to bring Jacksonville within two as the game winded down.
Allen finishes the preseason leading the team with 302 yards on 27-of-48 passing with two touchdowns.
Defensive end Chris Smith also got the start for the Jaguars in week four as he totaled three tackles, two unassisted and one for a loss. Smith ends the preseason with 11 tackles, 10 as solo stops, which is the second-highest total on the team and seventh among all defensive ends in the NFL.
Carolina 18, Pittsburgh 6 | Game Recap
Tackle Robert Thomas was on the field for 26 plays for the Panthers in their preseason finale, but did not start or record any statistics. Thomas played in all four of Carolina’s preseason games and finished with seven tackles, five as solo stops.
Wide receiver Cobi Hamilton saw time as a substitution for the Steelers, making two catches on three targets for 18 yards. He also had two kickoff returns for 51 yards. Hamilton’s preseason ends with him making eight catches for 84 yards, averaging 10.5 yards per catch.
Indianapolis 13, Cincinnati 10 | Game Recap
Cornerback Tevin Mitchel got the start for the Colts against the Bengals. The former Hog played just 12 plays from scrimmage as it was his second appearance of the preseason.
Detroit 31, Buffalo 0 | Game Recap
Running back Jonathan Williams did not play in the Bills’ final preseason game, but made plenty of impressions with his performances earlier in the month. Williams totaled 103 yards on the ground through three preseason games, including two scores.
Center Travis Swanson also did not play in the final preseason game for the Lions, but should be the starting center for Detroit during opening weekend.
Chicago 21, Cleveland 7 | Game Recap
Tackle Alvin Bailey played the most snaps of any Brown during their final preseason game Thursday night against Chicago. Bailey didn’t start the game, but subbed in early in the first quarter and proceeded to play 76 percent of the snaps, including one on special teams. Bailey played in all four of Cleveland’s preseason games.
Kansas City 17, Green Bay 7 | Game Recap
Running back Knile Davis started in the backfield for the Chiefs’ final preseason game against the Packers. He tallied 58 yards on 14 carries including one touchdown. He also caught one pass on two targets for seven yards. Davis’s five-yard score early in the second quarter brought the game even at 7 and was the first of 17-straight points scored by Kansas City.
Davis has had a fairly productive preseason for Kansas City as he finishes with 104 yards on the ground on just 29 carries and the one touchdown from Thursday night.
Minnesota 27, Los Angeles 25 | Game Recap
Wide receiver Jarius Wright got the call for the start for the Vikings against the Rams. The former Hog wideout finished the game with three catches for 35 yards, averaging just over 11 yards per catch. Wright saw 40 plays on the field and had the second-highest total receiving yards of any Vikings player in the game.
Safety Rohan Gaines came in as a substitution for the Rams and played just 15 plays from scrimmage without recording any stats.
Baltimore 23, New Orleans 14 | Game Recap
Quarterback Ryan Mallett started under center in Baltimore’s final preseason game of 2016. He completed 8-of-12 passes for 65 yards, all coming in the first half. Mallett is in a fierce battling for the number two quarterback position behind Joe Flacco. Mallett completed the preseason with 315 yards passing, completing 35-of-50 passes and totaling three touchdowns, which was the most on the team.
Seattle 23, Oakland 21 | Game Recap
Running back Alex Collins had arguably his best performance of the preseason against the Raiders as he rumbled for 40 yards on nine carries and also scored his first professional touchdown. Collins score from one-yard out gave the Seahawks some breathing room late in the fourth quarter, giving them a 23-14 lead.
Collins finishes the preseason with 77 yards on the ground on 21 carries. The yardage was the third-highest of any Seahawks running back during the preseason and he was one of three to score at least one touchdown.
Denver Kirkland got the start at right guard for the Raiders and he played every snap (65 plays) as well as three from special teams. Kirkland’s week four playing time was his most of any game during the preseason.
Henry finishes his preseason with five catches for 57 yards, while Philon finishes with six stops, five being unassisted.