With the first slate of NFL preseason games in the books, several former USF Bulls made their professional debuts over the weekend.
Let’s check in on how the new, and the old, fared.
WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Green Bay Packers
Despite some early drops, the former USF star wide receiver stole the preseason show and put together an impressive debut in his new shade of green and gold.
Valdes-Scantling hauled in five-catches, including a big 51-yard grab, for 101-yards and one touchdown in the Packers’ 31-17 win over the Tennessee Titans.
TOUCHDOWN! @timboyle_7 connects with @MVS__11 on the 15-yard score!#TENvsGB #GoPackGo pic.twitter.com/KfvrGMk7Ru— Green Bay Packers (@packers) August 10, 2018
Deshone Kizer hits Packers rookie Marquez Valdes-Scantling for a 51 yard gain on 2nd and 30 pic.twitter.com/qKizlukazt— TheRenderNFL (@TheRenderNFL) August 10, 2018
Keep an eye on Valdes-Scantling throughout the preseason, as his size and speed should only add to an already potent Packers offense.
- The greatest player in the history of USF football, Quinton Flowers, had one carry for six yards in his Cincinnati Bengals debut.
- DT Bruce Hector registered three tackles, one sack, a quarterback hit and a forced fumble in his debut with the defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles.
UDFA D-tackle Bruce Hector just had a nice sack on Mason Rudolph. There’s room to rise on the DT depth chart, one of the weaker positions on the roster after Cox/with Jernigan out. That won’t hurt his cause. #Eagles— Zack Rosenblatt (@ZackBlatt) August 10, 2018
- Undrafted DE Mike Love had two tackles for loss in his first game with the Buffalo Bills.
- Free agent LB Nigel Harris recorded three tackles, two solo, for the hometown Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
- Also now with the Buccaneers, veteran DE Jason Pierre-Paul had a quarterback hit and two tackles in his first appearance with his new team.
- Second-year Indianapolis Colts RB Marlon Mack had two receptions for 23 yards, and four carries for nine more yards. Mack, however is expected to miss a “few weeks” with a hamstring strain.
- DT Deadrin Senat recorded two solo tackles in his NFL debut with the Atlanta Falcons.
- On Saturday night, CB Deatrick Nichols registered four tackles, two solo, in his debut with the Arizona Cardinals.
Stay tuned for updates from Week 2 action!