The second week of NFL preseason action is in the books. Here is how all the Arizona Wildcats around the league fared.
J.J. Taylor, RB, New England Patriots
Taylor had a monster game vs. the Eagles, recording 145 all-purpose yards. He carried the ball 13 times for 92 yards and a touchdown, caught three passes for 18 yards, and returned three punts for 34 yards.
And check out this filthy spin move:
J.J. Taylor is out here putting NFL defenses through the spin cycle pic.twitter.com/oi5OyoPCS5— AZDesertSwarm.com (@AZDesertSwarm) August 20, 2021
Taylor is part of a crowded backfield in New England, but appears well on his way to earning a roster spot.
Nick Folk, K, New England Patriots
Folk still has not played this preseason, but his competitor—rookie Quinn Nordin—had a rough week, missing one of his two field goal attempts and half of his four extra point attempts.
Folk returned to practice Monday and is expected to be the Patriots’ starting kicker come the regular season.
Nick Foles, QB, Chicago Bears
Foles played just 12 snaps in the first week of the preseason and didn’t play at all in Week 2. He is destined to be the Bears’ third-string quarterback behind Andy Dalton and Justin Fields.
Roy Lopez, DL, Houston Texans
Lopez picked up his second sack in as many weeks as the sixth-round pick continues to cause havoc.
He’s also becoming known for his sack dance:
Roy Lopez got it again and, yes, did the dance again pic.twitter.com/hF3m5ikWnL— Rivers McCown (@riversmccown) August 22, 2021
Gary Brightwell, RB, New York Giants
Brightwell debuted after missing the preseason opener with a leg injury, and totaled three carries for seven yards along with three catches for 12 yards. One of those grabs helped the Giants convert a key fourth down late in the fourth quarter.
Demetrius Flannigan-Fowles, LB/S, San Francisco 49ers
Flannigan-Fowles (concussion) returned after missing the preseason opener and was quite productive, recording five tackles, including a tackle for loss.
Now a linebacker, Flannigan-Fowles got the start and was called a “riser” by Matt Barrows of The Athletic:
The 49ers have two former safeties they converted into linebackers, Flannigan-Fowles and Marcell Harris. Both were active against the Chargers, tying for the team lead with four tackles, including one each behind the line of scrimmage. We give the nod to Flannigan-Fowles in this item because his total came with fewer snaps and because he also had a tackle on special teams.
Rob Gronkowski, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Gronk did not play as the Bucs are doing their best to save his legs for the regular season.
Dane Cruikshank, S, Tennessee Titans
Cruikshank missed another game due to injury.
Will Parks, S, Kansas City Chiefs
Parks played four snaps on special teams and was cut after the game. Adding insult to injury, he was fined $5,500 for an illegal block he made against the Niners in the first week of preseason action.
Jace Whittaker, CB, Arizona Cardinals
After playing 43 snaps in Week 1, Whittaker played 47 snaps in Week 2 and logged four tackles (one for loss) along with a pass breakup.
His highlight was blowing up a screen pass by delivering a big hit behind the line of scrimmage:
Jace Whittaker should make this team as Byron Murphy's backup pic.twitter.com/i7BlQotnJY— Around The Block - Arizona Cardinals (@Cardinals_ATB) August 21, 2021
Lorenzo Burns, CB, Jacksonville Jaguars
Burns did not record any stats against the Saints on Monday Night Football.
PJ Johnson, DT, Detroit Lions
Johnson played 15 snaps but did not record any stats in a 26-20 loss to the Steelers.