Sooners in the NFL: Preseason Edition

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– Frank Alexander had one tackle in a 20-18 loss to Buffalo. He is currently listed as a backup at the left defensive end position, though when asked for a camp MVP to this point, Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said that Alexander has been “the most consistent in practice day in and day out.”

– Wide receiver Lacoltan Bester had a nine-yard catch as Houston was shut out by Arizona, 32-0. The rookie free agent is still working to secure a roster spot as he is currently listed among the “others” beyond third-string on the Texans’ depth chart.

– Sam Bradford did not play in St. Louis’ preseason opener, a 26-24 loss to New Orleans. Bradford has not played since suffering a season-ending knee injury in week seven last season, but the quarterback is expected to make his 2014 debut this week against Green Bay.

– Offensive tackle Cory Brandon came off the bench in Seattle’s 21-16 loss to Denver. It was just three days earlier that the Seahawks claimed Brandon off waivers from Arizona to provide depth along the offensive line.

– Wide receiver Justin Brown caught two passes for nine yards in Pittsburgh’s 20-16 loss to the New York Giants. He is currently listed as the backup to No. 1 wideout Antonio Brown on the depth chart, but has also seen time as the team’s top slot receiver.

– After seeing three straight seasons come to an end because of injury, wide receiver Ryan Broyles is trying to work his way back up the Detroit Lions’ depth chart. He is currently listed on the Lions’ official site as a third-stringer, but he did catch three passes for 27 yards in the team’s 13-12 victory over Cleveland.

– Safety Quinton Carter of the Denver Broncos can relate to Broyles’ plight. Carter has missed the past two seasons because of knee injuries, but he returned to the field in the team’s 21-16 victory over Seattle and tallied two tackles. He’s currently slotted in as the backup free safety.

– Chris Chester started at right guard for Washington in its 23-6 win over New England and appears atop the team’s depth chart at the position.

– Undrafted rookie running back Brennan Clay is trying to emerge from a pack of players to grab the team’s fourth running back spot. He enjoyed a good practice Monday, including a little trash talk with fellow Sooner, Quinton Carter. In the team’s preseason opener against Seattle he received three carries, gaining two yards.

– In his first appearance with the Arizona Cardinals, linebacker Keenan Clayton made one tackle in the team’s win over Houston. He is currently listed as a third-stringer at inside linebacker.

– Jacksonville Jaguars fourth-round draft pick Aaron Colvin is still recovering from a knee injury suffered during January’s Senior Bowl. He has been able to resume running and cutting, but the cornerback will start the season on the Physically-Unable-to-Perform List (PUP) and, by rule, must sit out the first six games of the year, if he is able to return to the field at all in 2014.

– Another undrafted rookie, running back Roy Finch rushed for a team-high 15 yards on three carries and caught one pass for seven yards in New England’s loss to Washington. Though he is listed as s fourth-string back, Finch is trying to provide value on special teams. He returned one kick for 23 yards in the preseason opener and was back on punt return duty.

– Cornerback Jamell Fleming finished with two tackles and a pass breakup in Jacksonville’s 16-10 win over Tampa Bay. He is listed as a fourth-string option at right cornerback, but was praised by head coach Gus Bradley recently.

– Currently listed at third-string at right cornerback on the Baltimore Ravens’ unofficial depth chart, Dominque Franks helped his cause in the preseason opener with a tackle and an interception he returned 25 yards.

– Tight end Jermaine Gresham was activated from the Physically-Unable-to-Perform List (PUP) on August 4 and was held out of Cincinnati’s 41-39 loss to Kansas City. He spent the off-season recovering from hernia surgery, but is still listed atop the team’s depth chart.

– Fellow tight end James Hanna caught his first ever touchdown for Dallas in the Cowboys’ 27-7 loss to San Diego. He finished with two catches for 11 yards, including a four-yard score in the second quarter. Hanna is listed as the backup to Jason Witten, but should still see plenty of playing time as his blocking appears to be improving.

– Second-year defensive back Demontre Hurst had a team-high eight tackles and one pass breakup as Chicago beat Philadelphia, 34-28. He’s trying to work his way up from initially being listed as the team’s No. 5 left cornerback on the depth chart.

– Undrafted rookie Gabe Ikard saw playing time at center in Tennessee’s 20-16 win over Green Bay. He’s listed third on the center depth chart for the Titans, but an injury in the game allowed Ikard to see the field with the No. 2 offense.

– Fellow undrafted rookie Bronson Irwin got onto the field for Houston in its loss to Arizona. Irwin was signed by the Texans on Aug. 2 after being cut by Seattle and is currently listed as the team’s No. 3 right guard.

– Second-year man Tony Jefferson got the start at strong safety in Arizona’s win over Houston, but did not record any stats. After going undrafted last year, Jefferson has climbed to the top of the team’s depth chart.

– Offensive lineman Lane Johnson came off the bench in Philadelphia’s loss to Chicago. After starting all 16 games a year ago, Johnson was hit with a four-game suspension for testing positive for a banned substance. As a result, he has been dropped to the team’s second unit.

– Second-year quarterback Landry Jones completed a team-high 11 passes on 21 attempts for 74 yards in the Steelers’ loss to the Giants. He is entrenched as the team’s No. 3 signal-caller, but is finding his second training camp more comfortable than his first.

– After spending his first seven seasons with Tampa Bay, Davin Joseph joined St. Louis in the offseason. He got the starting nod at right guard in the team’s preseason opener, but is listed as the backup on the team’s depth chart.

– David King recovered a fumble in Cincinnati’s loss to Kansas City. In his second season in the league, King is listed as the team’s third defensive tackle.

– Linebacker Travis Lewis made four tackles in the Lions’ win over the Browns. He is slotted in as the backup at middle linebacker for Detroit.

– Sixth-year veteran Phil Loadholt is the starting right tackle for Minnesota. He lined up there in the Vikings’ 10-6 win over Oakland.

– Curtis Lofton made three tackles as one of New Orleans’ starting inside linebackers in the Saints’ win over the Rams. Lofton led the team with 125 tackles a year ago, ranking 16th in the NFL.

– Two-time Pro Bowler Gerald McCoy had one tackle for a loss of five yards as Tampa Bay lost to Jacksonville.

– Stacy McGee did not record any stats for Oakland in the Raiders’ loss to Minnesota. The second-year player is the team’s backup defensive tackle.

– Seventh-round draft pick Trey Millard continues to rehab his torn ACL and is on San Francisco’s Non-Football Injury List.

– Starting running back DeMarco Murray did not play in the Cowboys’ preseason opener, but it was a precautionary move rather than because of injury.

– Rookie linebacker Corey Nelson tied for the team lead with four tackles in the Broncos’ preseason opener. The seventh-round pick is listed as the team’s fourth-string weakside linebacker.

– Adrian Peterson sat out the preseason opener for the Vikings. The move is nothing new though for the 2012 NFL MVP, as he has not received a preseason carry since Week 3 of the 2011 preseason.

– Undrafted rookie wide receiver Jaz Reynolds did not play for Tennessee in its game against Green Bay. He is listed among the fourth-string wideouts on the Titans’ depth chart.

– Fourth-round draft pick Jalen Saunders is listed as the New York Jets’ top punt returner and among the fourth-stringers at wide receiver. In the preseason opener, he caught one pass for one yard and returned two punts for five yards. He has surprised some with his blocking.

– Donald Stephenson is the starting right tackle for Kansas City and he manned that spot in the opener against Cincinnati.

– He’s listed as one of the team’s starting wide receivers, but second-year man Kenny Stills did not play in New Orleans’ opener due to a quad injury suffered earlier in camp.

– Defensive tackle Casey Walker assisted on one tackle in Carolina’s loss to Buffalo. He’s listed as the Panthers’ No. 3 left defensive tackle.

– Tress Way punted twice for Chicago, averaging 37.5 yards per kick with a long of 38. He did have a 63-yard kick downed at the eight-yard line but it was negated by a penalty. Way is listed with Patrick O’Donnell as the Bears’ starting punter and also saw time as the team’s holder.

– Undrafted running back Damien Williams gained just two yards on six carries, but added 18 yards on three receptions and returned two kicks for 23 yards in Miami’s 16-10 loss to Atlanta. Williams left the game in the fourth quarter because of an ankle injury but was back at practice on Monday. He’s one of four players listed as a fourth-string running back.

– Trent Williams started at left tackle for Washington. He was chosen as a preseason captain by head coach Jay Gruden.