Washington football fans were probably delighted to see some familiar faces show out on the field during Week 2 of the preseason.
A lot of people tend not to pay attention to the preseason considering the record means nothing to the regular season. However, the preseason is a time for under-looked players to prove their value and for rookies to show they can make an NFL roster.
Former Washington Football quarterback Jacob Eason has a solid start
Indianapolis Colts quarterback Carson Wentz once again found himself injured and unlikely to play in the regular-season opener. The starting job has since been left to be decided between former Washington football quarterback Jacob Eason or Texas Longhorns rookie Sam Ehlinger.
Jacob Eason transferred to the University of Washington from the University of Georgia and sat out the 2018 season due to the NCAA’s rules on transfer eligibility. He started the 2019 season for the Huskies and was drafted by the Colts in the fourth round of the 2020 NFL Draft.
Eason earned the starting nod for the preseason opener at Carolina and had himself a solid game, completing 15 out of 21 passes for 183 yards. He didn’t throw for any touchdowns but he connected with his receivers on several nice throws.
OLB Joe Tryon
The first Washington football player to be drafted in the 2021 NFL Draft is having himself a debut. Joe Tryon was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 32nd overall. Had he not opted out of the 2020 season with the Huskies, he likely would have been drafted higher.
The Bucs got a steal.
Tryon was a disruptive player in his debut with the Buccaneers and had an incredible sack on the Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Brandon Allen. Not a single Bengal touched Tryon as he penetrated the pocket with ease, taking Allen down within a second. Unfortunately, a penalty was called on the play for contact with the quarterback’s helmet but it still goes to show not to let Joe Tryon go unblocked.
Other plays made by former Huskies
Defensive back Myles Bryant, who went undrafted to the New England Patriots in 2020, had a nice pass break up during the Patriots’ Week 1 game against the Washington Football Team.
Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Aaron Fuller showed great effort on a 17-yard reception to get the first down.
Seahawks linebacker Ben Burr-Kirven made an insane jump over the pile to make a goal-line stop against the Raiders.