By: Barry Barnes, Founder
The NFL Regional Combine talents were sharp on the defense in Week Two. Several squads wanted to make amends for Week One. Many put their “best foot forward” via their shoulder pads as hitting was the name of the game for the RC defensive standouts.
The Los Angeles Chargers were in another defensive battle. This time it was against the Miami Dolphins. The back and forth showdown went down to the wire with NFL Regional Combine linebackers Jatavis Brown and rookie Nigel Harris leading the defense.
Brown, who led the Chargers in Week One, was flying to the ball as usual. The 2016 RC pioneer racked up 12 tackles and nearly had a pass defensed.
Harris’ athleticism quickly impressed the Chargers’ organization, and following Week One, he earned more playing time in Week Two. The rookie finished with three tackles.
The Oakland Raiders had a field day against the New York Jets on both sides of the ball. Linebacker Tyrell Adams has been an animal since the start of the season. After patiently waiting, Adams is wasting no time proving his worth in the Raiders’ talent pool of defensive stoppers.
Adams registered two tackles.
Former Raider, now Cowboys defensive end Benson Mayowa is rolling in Dallas.
The scoreboard in the finale was a lot to a little bit in the Cowboys’ matchup against the Denver Broncos, but it was not easy for the Broncos to post numbers as Mayowa and the Cowboys’ front seven bore down on quarterback Trevor Siemian. Mayowa walked away with four tackles.
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The Los Angeles Rams were in the hunt against the Washington Redskins, and one of their “hunters” was veteran safety Cody Davis. Davis has been one of the most consistent players in the NFL. The Rams have benefited from Davis’ talent since his signing in 2013, following his outstanding workout at the Houston-held RC trials.
Davis amassed three tackles, including the big hit on Redskins running back Chris Thompson. Midway through the third quarter with 8:43 remaining, Thompson fielded a 65-yard kickoff from Rams kicker Greg Zuerlein, and on his return, Davis flew in and up-ended Thompson on his 16-yard return.
To add to the game’s intrigue, Rams head coach Sean McVay called upon punter Johnny Hekker to summon his inner quarterback skills.
Down by three with 10:05 left in regulation on fourth-and-6 from the Redskins’ 45-yard line, Hekker received the punt for a fake passing play and connected with rookie receiver Josh Reynolds. The play went for 28 yards and the Rams eventually tied the game at 20 all before the Redskins closed the contest out with a touchdown.
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While Hekker was instrumental in the battle for field positioning with four punts, landing one inside the 20, Pittsburgh Steelers punter Jordan Berry duplicated the same efforts against the Minnesota Vikings as he booted five punts, including two inside the 20.
Chicago Bears defensive end Roy Robertson-Harris continues to impress as he garnered two tackles against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
- Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen did not have a stellar game, but he still led his team in receptions with five for 44 yards.
- Jacksonville Jaguars rookie wide receiver Keelan Cole caught his first two catches of the 2017 campaign and recorded 13 yards.
- Buccaneers full back Alan Cross, Green Bay Packers wide receiver Trevor Davis and Arizona Cardinals tight end Ifeanyi Momah had a reception. Momah’s catch spanned 46 yards. Shortly before the first quarter was over with 1:21 left, quarterback Carson Palmer went deep down the left side of the field and connected with the 6-7, 255 tight end.
Week Three should be even more exciting.