The final week of the pre season, as useful as it may be for teams, is incredibly hard to draw conclusions from. Many players are playing knowing that their NFL dreams are on life support. With that in mind here’s my conclusions for Week 4 of the NFL.
It seems fitting to start with one of our British players trying to find his place in the NFL. Jamie Gillan punted 6 times for an average of 44.3 yards and a long of 50. The 22 year old ‘Scottish Hammer’ also made a nice tackle on the Lions kick returner.
— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) August 30, 2019
Update: So impressive was Gillan’s performance he won the punting job, beating out veteran Britton Colquitt.
The Browns defensive line showed that, even when they’re showcasing players way down the depth chart, they’re a fearsome unit. Against the Lions they collected an impressive 6 sacks.
The same cannot be said for their o-line and so they made a trade to bolster the unit. They acquired Bills offensive lineman Wyatt Teller and a 2021 seventh-round pick. In return they sent a 2020 fifth-round pick and sixth-round pick to Buffalo.
Bengals running back Rodney Anderson, who was developing in to a pre season favourite, suffered a season ending ACL injury. It’s a bitter pill to follow for a player that had the same injury last year.
The good news is that Bengals rookie reliever Ventell Bryant continued his upswing in production. On Thursday night he hauled in 9 catches for 83 yards. He finished the pre season with 14 catches for 154 yards.
Joshua Dobbs’ play in the final pre season game was mediocre, and failed to impress in the 25-19 loss to the Panthers . In limited time he completed 3 of his 5 pass attempts for 21 yards. Perhaps the limited time was due to a pending trade. Whatever the reason he was once again outplayed by Mason Rudolph, who completed seven of his 11 throws for 125 yards. Rudolph will be Big Ben’s backup in Pittsburgh for 2019.
The Steelers’ depth at linebacker continues to impress. Ulysees Gilbert III had another good game, notching three tackles and a big blocked field goal. Meanwhile the play of the day went to Jayrone Elliott. He rushed rookie quarterback Will Grier, dislodging the ball. The play would have been noteworthy if it had ended there but Elliott recovered the loose ball and returned it for an 88-yard touchdown return.
Keeping with the theme of British players, Jermaine Eluemunor will be lining up for New England Patriots after he was traded from the Baltimore Ravens for an undisclosed draft pick. Eluemunor failed to win the starting guard position and the 6-foot-4, 335-pounder was deemed surplus to requirements by the Ravens.
First round picks get a second chance, and that’s what Shane Ray got in Baltimore this off season. However, his play has been disappointing. On Thursday he accounted for just one tackle, despite playing with third stringers playing for their NFL career. In fact, his whole pre season produced just two tackles and a half-sack on 88 defensive snaps. It’s hardly surprising his time with the Ravens came to an end when they cut him in the first round of cuts.