[caption id="attachment_17671" align="aligncenter" width="558"] Stephen Brashear / Associated Press[/caption] While the starters rest up those players on the edge got one last shot at making their teams, that's who'll be featuring in these notes this week: Players on the bubble who fought for their place on the roster.
I enjoyed watching Detroit's Mikel LeShoure play against Buffalo. I love the way he runs - hard between the tackles. He would have challenged Javid Best for the starting role last season but tore his Achilles tendon early. He's clearly healthy now but don't forget there is a two game suspension looming. While the Lions have a rather shallow pool of RBs the Texans have a ton of depth. Justin Forsett managed 114 yards off 13 carries and two touchdowns. That effort included a terrific 53 yard run. Another Texans player who just earned himself a roster spot was kick return specialist Trindon Holliday, who returned his third kickoff for a touchdown in their match against the Vikings. If you have been trying to figure out the Redskins running back situation, stop. You'll only hurt yourself. I'm inclined to think the reason why Alfred Morris didn't play was because he had earned his role and Shanahan needed to be sure Roy Helu and Evan Royster were healthy as starters. I admit my interest is peaked in Lance Dunbar, the Cowboys' rookie RB. They're certainly set with DeMarco Murray and Felix Jones at the position so it makes sense they'd move him to the practice squad. The play of the week may go to Kevin Elliot, the Jaguar's other rookie WR. He came to the team undrafted and has made some moves in camp, now in game. Last year we would talk about the Jaguars like they had zero receivers, now they have depth? When it comes to the Falcons' running game I don't like Michael Turner, I think he's too banged up. But I love Jacquizz Rogers who had some nifty runs and managed 24 yards and a touchdown off five carries. New York tabloids rejoice as the Jets finally scored a single touchdown in the preseason. The QB? Greg McElroy. There's a twist I bet you didn't see coming. Seriously expect to see the Jets play much better in the regular season, but it's clear once again their defence will carry them. Mr. Irrelevant threw a 42 yard touchdown pass in Indianapolis' win over the Bengals. The 253rd pick of the 2012 NFL draft, Chandler Harnish made the most of his opportunity. Imagine that, not only were you the last player, and QB selected in the draft, but the team that picked you also picked Andrew Luck with their 1st overall. Good on him. Sam Bradford played for a a full half in the Rams 31-17 win over the Ravens. He made the most of it with 3 touchdown passes. It's hard to pick which receiver will emerge, if any, but my interest is now peaked in Danny Amendola and Steve Smith. Janoris Jenkins, the troubled corner back and 2nd round pick made a nice interception and returned it for 6. I'd love for the Rams investment in him to be worth it. http://youtu.be/ic6bUUK3MSc I have no idea why the Browns didn't start Brandon Weeden. Out of all the rookie QBs he's the one who needed the snaps the most. Not that any of his backups really impressed, Colt McCoy gave them the excuse they need to cut him. Week four is great for discovering depth in unexpected places. Both QBs Colin Kaeperninck and Josh Johnson (who was just cut) had great games, and backup RB Anthony Dixon did well pounding the rock. I'm not saying Gore is done, but he'll be done soon, and both Dixon and Kendall Hunter could put up numbers. I'm interested in Omar Bolden, the Denver rookie CB who had a terrific final game: 5 tackles and a 103 yard kickoff return for a TD. That's how you make a team, show a spark on special teams. Finally you may or may not have noticed but the Seahawks have been playing great defence this preseason. Bruce Irvin, the OLB/DE and Seahawks' 1st round pick this year had 1.5 sacks against the Raiders. Remember when we were calling Pete Carroll crazy for drafting him a Russell Wilson? Woops. Let us know if you think a particular player on the bubble did a great job making the team, we'd love to hear from you!