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Top 10 NFL Preseason Performances of All Time

Jason Radowitz is here to share the top 10 NFL preseason performances from unlikely players. Who made his list?
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Top 10 NFL Preseason Performances of All Time

Many athletes have the dream of playing professionally in the NFL. Players that have gone under the radar their entire life need the preseason to showcase their abilities to make an NFL roster in the regular season. Other players were destroyed in college, but played against weaker competition, leaving the front office wondering about their future in the NFL. Here are the top 10 NFL preseason performances from unlikely players.

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Top 10 NFL Preseason Performances of All Time

10. Blaine Gabbert, 2012

Blaine Gabbert was the first-round pick of the Jaguars in 2012. Jacksonville had been searching for quarterbacks for a while and figured they finally had their guy. Gabbert got everyone's hopes up after putting together a 90-yard drive against the New York Giants, who had just won the Super Bowl in the previous year. Everything was great until he finished 2012 with a 1-9 record as a starter. That preseason drive was exciting though.

9. Henry Josey, 2014

Does anyone remember Henry Josey? He was undrafted out of Missouri and averaged 6.6 yards per carry in the preseason. There was buzz around what Josey was capable of, but unfortunately, those stats didn't lead to much.

8. Stephen Williams, 2013

I'm pulling out some names you might've never heard. Williams was a wideout for the Cardinals before getting a chance with the Seahawks. Williams caught seven catches for 236 yards with three touchdowns, averaging 33.7 yards per catch in the preseason in 2013. The thought was that Williams could be a big-play receiver for a team in need. But after four games and no catches, Williams was finally cut from the team.

7. Marcus Rush, 2016

Marcus Rush tallied six sacks in four games along with a fumble recovery and interception as a linebacker for the 49ers. Despite all of those stats, he didn't make the roster for the 49ers that year. I'm not sure if Rush was just lucky or he was having the most insane preseason by a defender that we've ever seen.

6. Raheem Mostert, 2015

Mostert had a 162-yard performance in one game, which was literally half of the Eagles' offense. Mostert showed off a ton of speed and ability but still didn't make the roster for the Eagles. As we know, Mostert finally had his breakthrough in the league with the 49ers a few years later. You can thank his 2015 performance for that.

5. Blake Bortles, 2014

We're back to the Jaguars. Blake Bortles was drafted two seasons after Blaine Gabbert. The Jaguars were already turning heads when they drafted Bortles. Nobody trusted what the Jaguars were doing. Bortles made the Jaguars look good for the time being, as he completed seven of 11 passes for 117 yards in his first start in preseason. Two of those passes were dropped passes. Bortles got Jacksonville fans excited again for no reason.

4. John Brown, 2014

John Brown impressed during his preseason debut. He only caught two passes in his first game, but people were finally talking about him being a legitimate threat for the Cardinals. Those two passes were touchdowns. Anytime a player is finding the endzone and making plays around the goalline, you want to take notice. Brown's preseason production has led him to a quality career in the NFL.

3. Mark Ingram, 2014

Mark Ingram was riding the bench since joining the NFL in 2011 out of Alabama. How many times do we say that? Anyway, he finally got an opportunity with the Saints in a preseason game against the Rams and had eight carries for 83 yards including a 22-yard touchdown in the first half. He opened his eyes and became a star in the NFL after that.

2. Victor Cruz, 2010

Victor Cruz was an undrafted free agent and tagged along with the Giants in 2010. Cruz has six catches for 145 yards and three touchdowns in an August 16 preseason game. Cruz then became a reliable pass catcher for the Giants in the regular season and became a Giants legend with a salsa dance. Cruz will never forget that preseason game.

1. Brett Hundley, 2015

The Packers found their next quarterback. Or so they thought. Hundley went 16-23 for 236 yards with four touchdowns on September 3. He also had 12 rushing yards. The rookie from UCLA looked like he would have a strong career in the NFL. It never worked out, but he was terrific in that game.

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Jason grew up an avid sports fan. His passion for sports writing grew in high school and he developed a blog that was strictly for New York Sports. From his work, you will quickly realize that he loves looking at games from an analytical and numbers perspective and hopes to provide you with that same perspective in his articles.


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