September 2, 2014

Three Newberry College players earn spot on NFL rosters

Corey Washington earned a spot on the Giants roster.

Corey Washington (left) earned a spot on the Giants roster.

Three former Newberry College football players will be on NFL rosters for the season’s first week, as the league’s 32 teams announced their cuts to 53 players per team Saturday.

As expected, Kansas City cornerback Ron Parker made the Chiefs’ roster for the second straight season opener. Parker started two preseason games and made four tackles in early action. He had an interception against the Vikings’ Matt Cassell in week three. This will officially mark Parker’s fourth professional season and second with Kansas City.

Despite an injury late in the preseason, Brandon Bostick remained on the active roster for the Green Bay Packers. He made two receptions for 33 yards in the preseason before being injured in the game against St. Louis. He is expected recover in time to play in Week 2. This will be his second professional season after playing in 11 games for Green Bay last year. He was the first Newberry alum to score in the NFL.

The feel-good story of the NFL this preseason was wide receiver Corey Washington, who caught four touchdown passes late in games for the New York Giants. The undrafted player impressed the Giants’ coaching staff enough to earn a spot as one of five receivers on New York’s opening day roster. Washington led the NFL with four touchdown receptions this preseason. He had a total of 10 catches for 155 yards.

Newberry in the NFL Week One
Thursday, September 4
8:30 p.m. – Green Bay at Seattle, NBC national

Sunday, September 7
1 p.m. – Tennessee at Kansas City, CBS regional

Monday, September 8
7:10 p.m. – New York Giants at Detroit, ESPN Monday Night Football

2nd Quarter Recap: Watson, Gurley and a 21-21 halftime tie

clemson logoClemson freshman quarterback Deshaun Watson entered the game late in the first quarter and continued the drive into the second quarter.  And what a drive it was.  Watson ran for 7 yards on his first play.  He later hit Mike Williams for 29 yards to the Georgia 30, and on the next play he found Charone Peake on the post patter and rifled a pass between two Bulldogs for the touchdown.  That ties it at 14.

After forcing a punt, the Tigers started at their own 32 and Stoudt returned and moved the Tigers right down the field.  The  big play was a 35 yard pass to Artavis Scott to the Georgia 28.  Pass interference on Georgia moved the ball to the 13.  The Tigers faced a fourth and half a yard at the Georgia 4 and Stoudt ran for 2 yards and the first down.  And 3 plays later CJ Davidson dove over from the 1 for the score.  21-14 Clemson.

That lead lasted all of 13 seconds.  That’s how long it took Todd Gurley to return the kickoff for a touchdown.  Gurely went up the middle of the field and broke free around his own 40.  No Tiger could catch him. 21-21.

Late in the quarter the Tigers put a drive together that reached the Georgia 18 but had to settle for a 35 yard field goal attempt by Ammon Lakip who was wide left on his first career attempt.

End of quarter…Clemson 21-Georgia 21




1st Quarter Recap: Clemson strikes quick, Georgia strikes twice 14-7

clemson logoThe game could not have started better for Clemson.   The Tigers took the opening kickoff and thanks to a 38 yard catch and run by Mike Williams to the Georgia 34 they moved quickly into Bulldog territory.  Cole Stoudt twice converted third downs on runs and DJ Howard capped the drive with a fourth down dive into the end zone from the half-yard line.  Clemson 7-0.

The teams exchanged punts and then Georgia got its offense in gear.  The Bulldogs went 57 yards in 5 plays with Todd Gurley going the final 23 yards on a run around the right side.  7-7 with 6:36 left in the quarter.

The Dogs had a promising drive on their next possession wiped out by a lost fumble by receiver Michael Bennett after a catch at the Clemson 10.  But Clemson went three and out and Georgia started again at the Clemson 36.  It took the Dogs only 5 plays to score thanks to a couple of nice runs on the toss sweep by Gurley and a pass to Bennett to the Clemson 2.  From there quarterback Hutson Mason run in for the score and a 14-7 lead.

End of quarter…Georgia 14-7





Connor cut: Browns put Connor Shaw on waivers

Connor Shaw was  cut by the Browns Saturday.

Connor Shaw was cut by the Browns Saturday.

Connor Shaw did not make the cut for the Brown’s 53 man roster Saturday. The news was first reported by NFL reporter Aaron Wilson. The team cut Shaw, who was battling veteran Rex Grossman for the third quarterback role. Johnny Manziel is the backup behind starter Brian Hoyer.

Shaw played in two of the Brown’s four preseason games. In his first action he completed 8-9 passes for 123 yards and a touchdown. In Thursday’s game against the Bears Shaw didn’t attempt a pass, but he ran the ball six times for 20 yards. He didn’t get into the game until the fourth quarter in both of his preseason appearances.

Shaw, USC all-time winningest quarterback could still earn a spot on the Browns practice squad if he clears waivers.



Tajh Boyd doesn’t make Jets final cut, released by team

Tajh Boyd didn't make the final cut with the Jets.

Tajh Boyd didn’t make the final cut with the Jets.

The New York Jets decided not to make Tajh Boyd part of their 53 man roster and cut the former Clemson star Saturday afternoon. The Jets selected the Tigers record setting quarterback in the seventh round of the May NFL draft.

Boyd did his best to make is case to earn a roster sport Thursday when he completed seven of 12 passes for 92 yards and a touchdown. He was sacked twice, but also ran three times for 16 yards.

The Jets are going with Matt Simms and Michael Vick as the two QBs behind starter Geno Smith.

Boyd still has a shot to stick around in New York if the team elects to sign him to the practice squad.