One great thing about preseason is multiple games on Thursday night. We had four served up to us last night — all with plenty of big time players making big time plays. Here are my top performers from Thursday night’s preseason action.
Jordan Cameron, TE, Browns – Cameron went beast mode last night against the Lions, catching three passes for 42 yards and two touchdowns. Coming into his third year, it looks like this former college basketball player and project is coming into his own. Look for him to explode onto the scene this season as one of the premier tight ends in the league.
LeSean McCoy, RB, Eagles – It looks like Shady McCoy has returned to form after an injury riddled 2012. The Eagle back was breaking ankles and piling up yards left and right Thursday. His stat line was eight carries for 47 yards (5.9 per carry) and a touchdown. He’s going to be a game-changer in Chip Kelly’s offense, especially in what could again be a tight NFC East divisional race.
Matt Forte, RB, Bears – Jay Cutler continued to have issues on and off in Marc Trestman’s offense, but Forte looked right at home. He carried the ball eight times for 74 yards and a score. His night was highlighted by a 58 yard run where he broke a tackle and caught his balance, nearly pulling away from the Charger D. The running back position is a crucial part of making Trestman’ scheme work and Forte looks to be up to the task.
Ladarius Green, TE, Chargers – On the other side of the field, Green had a big night for San Diego. The second year man out of Louisiana-Lafayette hauled in five passes for 78 yards and a score. It’s starting to look more and more like he will in fact be the heir apparent to Antonio Gates in San Diego.
David Gettis, WR, Panthers – the former Baylor star was pretty much the only highlight for Carolina on Thursday. He was targeted nine times, catching five passes for 82 yards. At 6’3, 220 pounds, he has real sleeper potential as a red-zone threat on a team full of small and average sized receivers.
Julio Jones, WR, Falcons – Julio looked to be in midseason form against the Ravens. He hauled in three passes for 55 yards and a touchdown. I fully expect Jones to establish himself as the second best receiver in the league in 2013 behind only Calvin Johnson.
Ashlee Palmer, LB, Lions – Palmer had a solid outing against the Browns, piling up seven tackles, a sack, a tackle for loss and a hit on the quarterback. He’ll play an integral role in what is shaping up to be a fearsome Detroit pass-rush in 2013.
Jon Bostic, LB, Bears – I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention Bostic. He didn’t have a huge game stat-wise, but the lick he laid on poor Mike Willie still has my jaw hurting today. With the departure of Brian Urlacher, Bostic looks comfortable and primed to carry the torch and the next great Chicago Bear middle linebacker.
BY J.P. SCOTT ON AUGUST 16, 2013
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