The second week of the NFL Preseason has come and gone. Here are your Northwestern-oriented highlights.
The Greatest Player In NFL History, QB, Denver Broncos:
128.2. That was Trevor Siemian’s passer rating in his second preseason game, all but sealing up Denver’s starting job for him. Paxton Lynch (9-13, 39 yards) got the chance to start, but he was quickly outshined by Siemian’s methodical touchdown drive with the second-stringers, which was capped off by this phenomenal back-shoulder throw:
Siemian finished the game 8-for-11 for 93 yards and a touchdown, which, when combined with Lynch’s mediocrity, should be enough to cement the opening day starting spot for him for a second straight year. Don’t believe me? Here are some tweets:
Trevor Siemian closes the door finally on Paxton Lynch.— MileHighReport (@MileHighReport) August 20, 2017
And with that, "2017 Denver Broncos starting QB Trevor Siemian" should no longer be in doubt.— Benjamin Allbright (@AllbrightNFL) August 20, 2017
There is no way that Vance Joseph can look his team in the eyes and name Paxton Lynch the starter. Game over Trevor Siemian is your starter— mark schlereth (@markschlereth) August 20, 2017
Gotta think Trevor Siemian just won the QB job.— Nicki Jhabvala (@NickiJhabvala) August 20, 2017
Last night was huge game for Paxton Lynch. He couldn't have looked less competent. All signs continue to point to him being a colossal bust.— Evan Silva (@evansilva) August 20, 2017
There are plenty more where that came from. So yes, for another year, we’ll get to watch a Northwestern grad start at QB for an NFL team. WOOOOOOOO!
Ifeadi Odenigbo, DE, Minnesota Vikings: Odenigbo, who saw limited snaps in the Vikings’ first preseason contest, made up for lost time with a well-rounded, dominant performance against the Seahawks. The 7th round-pick led his team in tackles with 6, and threw in a sack, forced fumble, and 2 QB hits for good measure. The sack can be seen here:
Odenigbo with a sack on the next play pic.twitter.com/eQstCBYqJp— Josh Mensch (@JoshMenschNFL) August 19, 2017
Odenigbo still has work to do defending against the run and needs to add some finesse to his game, but he has made significant strides towards making the Vikings final 53 or practice squad. Oh, and he still looks pretty good in purple and white.
Austin Carr, WR, New England Patriots: If last week’s highlight-reel Austin Carr catches weren’t enough for you, here’s another beautiful toe-tapping grab:
Carr had 3 catches for 31 yards on 5 targets, and continues to work towards a roster spot. Here’s a quick video on the former Wildcat and his ties to New England. (Warning: If you, like many, hate the Patriots with a passion, this video is probably not for you.)
Get to know new undrafted WR Austin Carr— Patriots Militia (@PatsMilitia) August 12, 2017
Dean Lowry, DE, Green Bay Packers: Coming off a successful game last week, Lowry injured his knee early in the Packers’ matchup with the Patriots. The injury seemed minor, but stay posted for updates.
Anthony Walker Jr., LB, Indianapolis Colts: Walker, who faced off against his former position group mate, had another strong showing. The fifth-round pick was second on the team in tackles with 5, and continued his bid for a starting spot.
Joe Jones, LB, Dallas Cowboys: Walker’s aforementioned teammate is, of course, Joe Jones, who still has a good chance at a roster spot despite cooling off a little bit Saturday, recording just two tackles. In case you missed it, this article does a great job of detailing the undrafted free agent’s inspirational story.
UPDATE: C. J. Robbins, who signed with the Titans as an undrafted free agent, is still with the team and had a sack in their preseason game this weekend. We can’t find anybody talking about his chances of making the team, but we’ll do our best to update you on the defensive tackle’s progress through the rest of the preseason.