As I’m sure you’re all aware, It’s almost everybody’s favorite time of year: College football season! But just a week later, the NFL starts, which is also cool!
The NFL preseason is already a few weeks underway so we decided to update you on how your favorite Bulls from the past are doing in the professional ranks.
From now on, we’ll be doing this Bulls in the pros series every week for the rest of the NFL season.
Kayvon Webster, DB, New Orleans Saints
Super Bowl Champion Kayvon Webster spent the majority of his career with the Denver Broncos, but has bounced around the last three years. He spent 2017 with the Rams and was with the Texans last season. About two months ago he signed with the New Orleans Saints and is fighting for a spot on the roster.
Webster totaled three tackles over the first two weeks of preseason and has been getting a lot of snaps in coverage too. Be sure to check him out Saturday night when the Saints take on the New York Jets at 7:30.
Marquez Valdes-Scantling, WR, Green Bay Packers
MVS has obviously solidified himself as a starter for the Green Bay Packers with a solid rookie campaign in 2018. He hasn’t played much in the preseason, but the third game is typically seen as a “dress rehearsal” for the season,so expect him to see an uptick in playing time. The Packers take on the Raiders Thursday night at 8:00.
Deadrin Senat, DL, Atlanta Falcons
Senat had a fine rookie year with the Atlanta Falcons in 2018 but hasn’t done much to impress coaches so far in camp, getting only three tackles through three games. Last week, he was running with the third team defense, according to the team’s official depth chart and that’s strange considering he was a third-round draft pick. Senat will try to climb that depth chart when the Falcons faces Washington this Thursday night at 7:30.
Austin Reiter, C, Kansas City Chiefs
Reiter enters his second year with the Kansas City Chiefs and looks like he’ll get the chance to be an opening day starter for the first time in his career. Reiter has primarily been a backup center during his first three years in the league,only getting five starts over that time. This year though, he’s started both preseason games and is listed at the top of the teams depth chart. He’ll probably get a lot of playing time in that third dress rehearsal game too. If you want to see how he handles the pressure, watch him take on the 49ers on Saturday night at 7:30.
Jason Pierre-Paul, DL, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
JPP is currently with the Bucs, but an offseason neck injury has kept him off the field as he recovers. If he’s able to come back at all, it won’t be until the back end of the season.
Deatrick Nichols, DB, Arizona Cardinals
Nichols spent most of his rookie year on the Arizona Cardinals practice squad and has had a training camp to forget about so far. Most recently, he got beat deep for a 53 yard touchdown against the Raiders. The week before that got ran over by Northwestern alum (Go ‘Cats and all that) and LA Charger Justin Jackson on his way to the end zone. It’ll be an uphill battle to crack the 53 at this point, and with a new coach in town, practice squad may be tough to get too.
Terrell McClain, DL, Arizona Cardinals
McClain is having a much better time out in Arizona than his fellow Bull. Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury said he expects McClain to be a big player in the AZ defensive front in 2019.
“Terrell’s a guy who has had success in this league,” Cardinals coach Kingsbury said Monday. “A pro’s pro, shows up, works hard, knows his assignment. He’s done a really nice job in camp. From the lack of depth now, he’s a guy we’re counting on to step up and have a prominent role.”
McClain and Nichols will both be in action again Saturday at 1:00 when they take on the Vikings.
Marlon Mack, RB, Indianpolis Colts
The greatest RB in USF history is making a name for himself in the NFL. Heading into this third season with the Colts, he’s the entrenched starter in the backfield. Last week he saw his first preseason action and got 10 yards on 6 carries plus a catch for 8 more yards. He’ll likely get his first significant action of 2019 on Saturday night against the Bears.
Aaron Lynch, OLB, Chicago Bears
Lynch is a virtual lock to make the roster as a backup at OLB with a few weeks left in camp. The only issue is he hasn’t played at all during the preseason and has barely practiced during camp because of various injuries, most recently a shoulder issue. If Lynch gets healthy he’ll be on the field Saturday night against Mack and the Colts.
Mike Love, DL, Buffalo Bills
Love spent most of 2018 on the Bills practice squad before being promoted to the active roster at the end of the season. This year though, Love has a good shot to get the fourth and likely final DE spot. Last week he got flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct but also registered a tackle, a QB hit and some good pressure against the Panthers. The week before that he got an assisted tackle against the Colts.
The Bills head to Detroit to take on the Lions Friday night at 8:00
Eric Lee, DL, Detroit Lions
The very nearly Super Bowl Champion Eric Lee is looking to crack the Lions roster again after spending 2018 flip flopping between Detroit’s practice squad and 53 man roster. According to the Detroit News, Lee is a lock to make the team after the first two preseason games. He made two tackles in the first preseason game against the Patriots and looked good even when not around the ball. He sat out practice this week with an unknown injury, so it’s unclear if he’ll suit up against the Bills.
Bruce Hector, DL, Philadelphia Eagles
Hector spent 2018 back and fourth between the practice squad and active roster. In 2019, it’s going to be tough for him to be anywhere other than the practice squad once camp breaks in two weeks. Through two games, he has three tackles. He’ll get another shot to prove he should make the team on Thursday against the Ravens.
D’Ernest Johnson, RB. Cleveland Browns
Johnson is getting his first extended taste of the NFL after he proved himself as the best RB in the history of the AAF. He’s quickly won over Browns fans too with his ability consistently gain yards every time he touches the ball. He’s been the leading rusher in both preseason games so far, with 23 yards on 5 carries against the Redskins and 53 yards on 10 carries against the Colts last week. He also caught a TD pass against Indianapolis. Johnson is doing all he can to try show somebody, even if it’s not the Browns, that he belongs in the NFL.
He’ll get another chance to show that Friday night, back in Ray Jay against the Bucs.
Mazzi Wilkins, CB. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The perpetual underdog, Wilkins signed with the Bucs only two days before camp started, making it a long shot for him to win a roster spot. But since then, he’s done nothing but impress. He picked of Jamies Winston in the first practice and in two preseason games he’s forced a fumble and recorded an interception. In practice every day it seems like he’s making another play that turns heads. He’s not a lock for a roster spot, but he’s in a battle for one, which is a lot more than most people originally thought.
He’ll be back in Ray Jay when the Bucs host the Browns Friday night. One more big play and he just might grab a spot on the 53.
Mazzi Wilkins on the importance of excelling on special teams in order to stay on an NFL roster. pic.twitter.com/ZO51fUO0TR— PewterReport (@PewterReport) August 19, 2019
Quinton Flowers RB Cincinnati Bengals.
Finally, a reason to talk about Quinton Flowers, the GOAT of all GOATs. Because the NFL is stupid Flowers won’t get a shot to be a QB anywhere, so he’s trying to make the Bengals as a running back. Sadly, it hasn’t been going too well for him so far. In week one, Q had 5 yards on 4 carries… which isn’t great. Last week things got a little better, he racked up 9 yards on two carries and 8 more yards on two catches.
In a surprise to nobody on this website, he showed he really can do it all. He absolutely blew up a Chiefs blitzer while he was in pass protection last week.
Nice blitz pickup by Quinton Flowers pic.twitter.com/Xlggdy3azM— Matt Minich (@CoachMinich) August 12, 2019
Flowers is still a long shot to make the roster, but you’d imagine they’ll keep him around on the practice squad because of sheer potential.
He’ll take the field next against the Giants on Thursday night.