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NFL Preseason Week 2: Ranking the Five Most Impressive Players

The preseason usually benefits everyone on the NFL roster. But there are a few players that make a lasting impression. Jason Radowitz ranks the top five performers in Week 2 of the NFL preseason.
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NFL Preseason Week 2: Ranking the Five Most Impressive Players

The preseason usually benefits everyone on the NFL roster. It benefits the veterans, who get to play a couple of drives early to get comfortable on the football field again. It also benefits rookies and walk-ons who are looking for a job on an NFL roster once preseason concludes. Everyone wants to catch the eyes of either their front office or a front office to get a shot at playing on the big stage. Here are the top five performers in Week 2 of the NFL preseason.

Top 5 NFL Preseason Performers in Week 2

1. Kavontae Turpin, WR, Cowboys

Turpin had one rush for seven yards and no catches but he's on this list. Why? Because he had a kick return and punt return for a touchdown against the Chargers in a 32-18 win. Without those two touchdowns, the Cowboys might've not even won the game. Turpin became the first player in nine seasons to have a kickoff and punt return touchdown in the same game. He was coming off a USFL MVP award prior to playing in preseason action for the Cowboys. What a game for the speedy return man.

2. Case Keenum, QB, Bills

Case Keenum doesn't really need to prove himself. He's going to be a career backup quarterback and he'll make solid money doing it. The Bills defeated the Broncos 42-15 this week and you can thank Keenum. He went 16-for-18 with 192 yards passing along with a touchdown. He finished with a 129.6 quarterback rating and helped lead the Bills to their second victory of the preseason. The Bills had the highest scoring output in Week 2. Keenum was a beast.

3. Erik Ezukanma, WR, Dolphins

Erik Ezukanma added six catches on nine targets for 114 yards. He didn't have a touchdown but he was getting plenty of targets and making big plays with those targets from his quarterback, Skylar Thompson. Ezukanma was a fourth-round pick for the Dolphins and he's already paying dividends. He had a one-handed grab as one of his six catches in Week 2. Therefore, he gets the honors of being one of the top five players in Week 2 of preseason football.

4. Justin Jackson, RB, Lions

Jackson didn't get a whole lot of carries. But when he got them, he put together some massive runs. Jackson had a long run of 21 yards but averaged 7.7 yards per carrying on seven attempts. That's going to help you stay on a roster going into the actual season.

5. Lance McCutcheon, WR, Rams

The Rams didn't defeat the Texans, but Lance McCutcheon wasn't the reason. McCutcheon added five catches for 96 yards on six targets. He averaged 19.2 yards per reception and his long reception of the day was 29 yards. He was a reliable target for the Rams and is doing everything he can to stick out. At this point, I think he deserves a roster spot for the Rams. He's a wideout from Montana State that seems to be always overlooked. But he might've just got his break.

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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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