This weekend the NFL sort of began. Yes it’s just preseason, but just like the Star Wars prequels, bad football is better than no football at all. On Friday night Jakeem Grant and DeAndre Washington got their first taste of an NFL game and Michael Crabtree did what he does best, catching ridiculous passes.
Jakeem Grant (WR/PR/KR) - Miami Dolphins
During rookie minicamp and the beginning of fall camp, there has already been talk about how Jakeem is impressing Miami staff, players, and the media. He was able to showcase it on Friday against the Giants. He led the team with 68 yards receiving, 26 yards on kick return, and 60 yards in punt return. He was able to use his speed and quickness, especially on this play, taking a screen pass 24 yards. Grant did leave the game with a rib injury, but it is reported to not be serious.
DeAndre Washington (KR/RB) - Oakland Raiders
DeAndre has been turning heads at practice, and has the chance to take the #2 RB position for the Raiders with a good camp and preseason. He got the chance to show the viewers right away, returning the opening kickoff for 31 yards. He ended up 2nd on the team in receiving (we’ll get to that #1 guy in a bit) with 32 yards on this catch and run.
He was also 2nd on the team in rushing, with 43 yards on 8 carries, including a 25 yard yard scamper that involved a great juke.
Michael Crabtree (WR) - Oakland Raiders
Speaking of that #1 receiver on the Raiders, Crabtree picked up where he and Raiders QB Derek Carr left off last year. He saw limited action, with it being the preseason, but he did have 2 catches for 38 yards.
Other Red Raiders in action
- Branden Jackson also played in the Oakland game, with a tackle and great swatted ball
- Bradley Marquez of the Rams got blocked rather violently in the game opening kickoff return by Dallas, and then saved a ball from going in the endzone on the next kickoff. Unfortunately, the Rams player he swatted the ball to was standing on the line of the endzone and it was ruled a touchback