Well, that’s it. The 2017 NFL preseason is in the books. Several former Iowa Hawkeyes put up solid efforts over the last month or so in hopes of continuing their football careers for paychecks on Sundays. Some succeeded, while others struggled to make much of an impact.
Here is how your former Hawkeyes who took the field in Week 4 of preseason fared.
Leshun Daniels, Running Back, New England Patriots
Daniels led the Patriots in both carries and yards for the second time this preseason. He finished with 15 rushes for 46 yards against the Giants. He also caught three passes for 25 yards. He showed up every time New England got him involved this preseason. Unfortunately, the Patriot depth chart is loaded at the running back position. It’s unlikely he makes the 53-man roster, but he’s a good bet to make the practice squad.
Jake Rudock, Quarterback, Detroit Lions
Rudock went 6 for 9 for 41 yards against Buffalo. He didn’t get much work, mostly due to an obvious effort to get rookie Brad Kaaya more snaps. I believe Rudock’s job as the backup to Matthew Stafford is safe in 2017, but that is likely going to change moving forward with Kaaya’s development.
Greg Mabin, Cornerback, Buffalo Bills
Mabin logged three tackles, one defended pass and one interception against the Lions. It feels like he’s done enough to make Buffalo’s final roster, but it’s not guaranteed. He has earned a spot on the practice team if nothing else.
Louis Trinca-Pasat, Defensive Tackle, Los Angeles Rams
LTP had two tackles against the Packers. He got decent run in the preseason, and it appears his job is safe.
Marshall Koehn, Kicker, Minnesota Vikings
Koehn missed an extra point against the Dolphins — his only attempt of the night. You gotta make those if you want to make the team. Unfortunately, I don’t believe he has done enough this summer to make the cut.
Jaleel Johnson, Defensive Tackle, Minnesota Vikings
Johnson logged four tackles against the Dolphins. He’s productive every time out, and he should have no problem not only making the team, but playing significant snaps as well in 2017.
C.J. Beathard, Quarterback, San Francisco 49ers
C.J. went 5 of 9 for 31 yards against the Chargers. He also had three carries for 80 yards, the bulk of which came on this 62-yard scamper:
He showed maturity and the ability to run the offense in the preseason. He’ll make the team and he should be the backup to start the season. Although some of our readers disagree, I firmly believe he has a real shot at the starting job before season’s end.
Desmond King, Defensive Back, Los Angeles Chargers
King actually sacked Beathard for an 8-yard loss on Thursday night. There’s not much more to say about Desmond King at this point. He never should have fallen to the 5th round, and he continues to show everyone why.