The second week of the preseason for the former Mountaineers trying to make it in the NFL ended on Monday night — just after Johnny Manziel made one of his phalanges more famous than the others. Here is a recap of what went down in NFL Preseason Week 2 action among the former WVU stars.
Geno Smith — The Jets redeemed themselves from possibly their worst game of last season by defeating the Bengals on Saturday evening. Last year, Smith threw two interceptions that were returned for TDs (one by Adam Jones), and the Bengals routed the Jets 49-9. On Saturday, after a slow start, the Jets won 25-17. Smith went 10 for 13 passing for 98 yards and one interception. He used his legs on a couple of occasions, scoring one rushing touchdown while gaining 20 yards on four carries.
Tavon Austin — Austin started at receiver for the Rams against the Don Barclay-less Packers on Saturday. He was targeted three times, catching two passes for 20 yards.
Stedman Bailey — Bailey saw plenty of action with the Rams’ second unit, hauling in two passes for 24 yards.
Charles Sims — In case you missed it, Sims had surgery to repair an ankle he injured last week during practice and will be out 12-14 weeks.
Will Clarke — The rookie defensive lineman for the Bengals is still adjusting to the pro game and struggles, at times, particularly against the run. He did deliver one quarterback hit against the Jets but recorded no tackles.
J.T. Thomas — Thomas returned from a hamstring injury last week that kept him out of the preseason opener and half of training camp. The time off didn’t have an effect on Thomas, as he had the second-most tackles on the team, recording five.
Ellis Lankster — Lankster earned his first career start for the Jets at the No. 2 cornerback position against the Bengals. He didn’t break into the stat sheet but broke up passes on consecutive plays at one point.
Chris Neild — Neild played well for the Redskins, backing up at nose tackle. He recorded two tackles and even dropped back in pass coverage.
Najee Goode — Goode spent some time playing with the starters for the Eagles against New England. He had one tackle in the contest.
Terence Garvin — The second-year player had a great game for the Steelers against the Bills this past weekend, with seven tackles and one sack.
Will Johnson — Johnson injured his hamstring and is questionable for this week’s game against Philadelphia on Thursday night.
Keith Tandy — Tandy had two tackles for the Bucs against in-state rival Miami.
Pat McAfee — The Boomstick punted six times for a 48.2 yard average, landing three inside the 20-yard line against the Giants.
Adam Pacman Jones — Jones had two tackles against the Jets for the Bengals.
Ryan Mundy — Mundy recorded three tackles for the Bears against the Jags in a starting role. The team hasn’t formally declared Mundy the starter as of yet for Week 1, but head coach Marc Trestman praised Mundy for making the right calls and for being in the right place.
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