Mark Ingram, RB, New Orleans (40-20 win over OAK)
6 carries, 7 yards (1.2 avg), 1 TD
Not his strongest showing yet, but still an NFL TD.
Marcel Dareus, DT, BUF (35-32 win over JAC)
Maybe Dareus’ only opportunity to experience a win this season. Let’s face it, this isn’t the late 80’s in Buffalo.
Julio Jones, WR, ATL (34-16 loss to PIT)
5 catches for 59 yds (22-long)
Another strong showing making some believe he’s on his way to a rookie of the year candidacy.
James Carpenter, OL, SEA
Carpenter still making strides to contribute and possibly start in the big league.
Greg McElroy, QB, NYJ (17-3 win over NYG)
4-5 passing, 59 yards (7.8 yd avg), 1 TD
Amazingly, surprising even the most staunch Bama homer, most think McElroy has solidified himself as stable NFL back-up quarterback. He couldn’t have had a better rookie preseason.
Other Bama players of note:
• Rolondo McClain, LB, OAK (20-40 loss to NO) 5 tackles (3 solo), 2 pass deflections, 1 QB hit
• Rashaad Johnson, DB, ARI (34-31 loss to SD) 4 solo tackles
• Javier Arenas, DB, KC (14-10 loss to STL) 4 solo tackles
• Mark Anderson, DE, NE (34-10 loss to DET) 2 solo tackles
• Roman Harper, DB, NO (27-14 loss to HOU) 1 tackle
In other news, Brody Croyle’s once left-for-dead NFL career apparently has a new home in Arizona. He did not play in the Cardinal’s last outing, but continues to get an NFL paycheck. Now whether he’ll ever record an NFL win…
Cam Newton went a paltry 6-19 against Cincinatti, a middle of the pack defense in 2010, for a QB rating of 44.8. More alarming for those footing his bill in Carolina, Newton has completed just four passes to wide receivers this preseason.
Said one NFL scout after his last outing (source CBS Sports):
“If this weren’t Cam Newton,” said the scout, “you’d say this guy has no business being on the field.” Newton was predictably more comfortable running the ball than throwing it, completing 6-of-19 passes (1-of-8 to Steve Smith) but leading Carolina with 49 rushing yards and a touchdown. One assistant coach told CBS Sports that the Panthers should simplify their offense and allow Newton to freelance more, scrambling whenever he sees an opportunity.