NFL preseason: Winners and losers from week four

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Pre-season is officially over and real football is finally upon us.

Week four is typically where you’ll find lesser-known players fighting for their NFL lives.

Below you’ll find some familiar and maybe not-so-familiar names who made the final list.


Colt McCoy

With both Robert Griffin III and Kirk Cousins sitting this one out, McCoy shined Thursday night against the Buccaneers.

McCoy played the entire game, finishing 22 of 29 for 321 yards and two touchdowns. McCoy has played extremely well during the pre-season, leaving the Redskins with plenty of depth at the quarterback position.

T.J. Yates

Back in week two, Yates made the list. The loser’s list. His first three pre-season games for Atlanta were horrendous, completing only 39.4 percent of his passes with no touchdowns and two interceptions. Against the Jaguars, though, Yates might have redeemed himself with a solid performance.

He ended the night with 243 passing yards and two touchdowns, including a 67-yard bomb to Freddie Martino. It’s hard to gauge Yates’ ability with his Jekyll and Hyde play during the pre-season, but if he continues to perform like he did against the Jags, he’ll be a solid back-up to Matt Ryan.

Derek Carr

With Matt Schaub struggling in Oakland, Carr threw his hat in the ring Thursday night to compete for the starting job.

The rookie quarterback finished 11 of 13 for 143 yards and three touchdown passes against Seattle. One long scoring drive was even against Seattle’s first-string defense. Let the debate begin over who should be the starting quarterback on opening day.

Henry Josey

Even with most of their starters sitting out, the Eagles’ offense proceeded to roll over the Jets with ease. They leaned heavily on the rookie running back who turned in a solid performance, carrying the rock 22 times for 121 yards.

Josey also averaged an impressive 5.5 yards a carry. Josey made a solid case for himself as he competes for one of the final roster spots on the team.


Jordan Palmer

This week, Buffalo parted ways with two of their backup quarterbacks, Dennis Dixon and Thad Lewis in hopes of upgrading the role. Their solution was the signing of veteran QB Jordan Palmer. Palmer answered by throwing three interceptions in his Bills’ debut.

The Bills were held scoreless in the game against Detroit as Palmer went 9 of 22 for only 73 yards. Palmer is probably still learning the playbook, but will need to improve in a hurry if he wants to solidify the backup role.

Fans watching the Cardinals/Chargers game 

If you like field goals, this was the game for you. No touchdowns were scored as the teams combined for seven field goals in an ugly 12-9 game. San Diego won the game, but it was the fans who truly lost out on this one.

Brandon Weeden 

Tony Romo watched from the sidelines as Weeden and the Cowboys lost their fourth game of the pre-season. Weeden was less than impressive, completing just six passes and throwing an interception. The Cowboys might be in trouble if Weeden is needed to step in and assume the starting role.

Houston defense 

The Texans took a drubbing from the 49ers backups in their 40-13 defeat Thursday night. San Francisco third-string quarterback Josh Johnson lit them up for three touchdown passes in the rout.

The lone bright spot was a 77-yard interception returned for a touchdown by rookie Andre Hal. Regardless, allowing 40 points to the opposing team doesn’t provide a lot of confidence as they head into the regular season.

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