The beastly Luke Kuechly was one of several former Boston College Eagles taking to the field this past weekend in NFL preseason Week 2 action. Kuechly’s spot on the Carolina Panthers is secure, but what about the rest of them?
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Kuechly had four tackles in limited snaps in Carolina’s Sunday night win over the Kansas City Chiefs, including one sack of quarterback Alex Smith. Expect the good times to continue to roll for the NFL’s defending Defensive Player of the Year.
Hey, weren’t there people saying he was overrated coming out of Boston College? That his tackle totals were inflated? He only looked good because the rest of the defense was in decline? Their mouths are now shut.
NFL Preseason Week 2: Andre the Giant
Fourth-round draft pick Andre Williams got eight carries for 19 yards for the New York Giants in the team’s 27-26 win over the Indianapolis Colts. No Giant had more than 32 in what featured two very lopsided halves, so it is no major cause for concern.
His carries came in the second quarter and beyond, and no, he was not thrown the ball at any point.
NFL Preseason Week 2: Other Eagles in the Giants/Colts Game
Matt Hasselbeck played some quarterback for the Colts, going 4-for-8 for 39 yards with one touchdown pass; he also had a lone nine-yard rush. Hasselbeck is nearing the end of his career and there is no guarantee that he will make the Colts out of camp, but it is good to see him still playing.
On the other side, Mark Herzlich combined on three tackles while Mathias Kiwanuka had one solo tackle.
NFL Preseason Week 2: Freese the Imperfect?
It is a shock to all of us, but Nate Freese is capable of missing kicks. In Detroit’s 27-26 loss to the Oakland Raiders on Friday, it was his missed extra point that was the difference in the game.
Remember, the NFL experimentally moved the PAT kicks to the 15-yard line, which is the equivalent of a 33-yard kick as opposed to the standard 20-yard chip shot that kickers make almost universally.
Freese fell victim, but he did nail a 55-yard field goal earlier in the game. Go figure.
Things are still looking up for the rookie former Eagle, who is about as reliable as they come under ordinary circumstances.
NFL Preseason Week 2: Other Notes
Chase Rettig did not play for the Green Bay Packers in their game against the St. Louis Rams.
Kevin Pierre-Louis had five tackles, three solo, as the Seattle Seahawks dump-trucked San Diego, 41-14.
Ryan Quigley had three punts for the New York Jets, hitting a long of 53 yards for an average of 47.3. His is a name to watch as he could conceivably make the team.
Also from that Jets game, Steele Divitto had two tackles in their victory over the Cincinnati Bengals.