Friday, August 29, 2014

UConn alumni report: Todman, Lansanah shine as cuts loom

It was the last chance to make a good impression for the former UConn products on the proverbial roster bubble.

While he went into the game likely to make the Jacksonville's Jaguars, Jordan Todman seemed to give himself a better chance to being the top backup running back behind Toby Gerhart.

Todman, Denard Robinson and Storm Johnson all played in the 24-14 loss to Atlanta but Todman received 16 of the 25 offensive touches as he ran 11 times for 37 yards including a 3-yard touchdown. He also had a team-high five catches (on six targets) for 45 yards. Robinson ran seven times for 12 yards and had a 20-yard reception while Johnson lost four yards on his lone carry. Todman was one of four ex Huskies to play in the game. Dwayne Gratz had one tackle for the Jaguars while Robert McClain had two tackles and a pass defensed and Yawin Smallwood one tackle for the Falcons.

A player who appears to have removed himself from the bubble watch with an outstanding preseason is linebacker Danny Lansanah who had five tackles including three behind the line of scrimmage in Tampa Bay's 24-10 loss to Washington. He also deflected a pass that resulted in an interception. Nick Williams was targeted three times for the Redskins and finished with 12 yards on a pair of catches.

Lawrence Wilson, fighting for one of the final roster spots with the St. Louis Rams, had a pair of tackles in a 14-13 loss to Miami while Shamar Stephen wrapped up an impressive preseason by recording one tackle in Minnesota's 19-3 win over Tennessee.

Finally, Dan Orlovsky was 7 of 11 for 39 yards in Detroit's 23-0 win over Buffalo as he is locked in a fierce competition with Kellen Moore to be Matthew Stafford's primary backup with the Lions and Ryan Griffin had one catch for four yards in Houston's 40-13 loss to San Francisco.

NFL teams have to cut their rosters from 75 to 53 players by tomorrow and can starting placing players on the 10-member practice squads on Sunday.


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