Cal in NFL: Davis Webb, Jordan Kunaszyk State Case to Make Rosters
Patrick Laird, Richard Rodgers, Josh Drayden also play in NFL preseason games this weekend hoping to make rosters
Former Cal players Jordan Kunaszyk and Davis Webb are on the bubble of making their teams' regular-season rosters, but they gave the officials of their teams something to think about with their performances on Sunday.
Earlier Sunday, Kunaszyk had a strong performance. He signed with the Cleveland Browns a little over a week ago, and on Sunday he gave the Browns a reason to keep him on the roster for a while.
Kunaszyk did not start the Browns’ 21-20 preseason loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, but he got enough playing time to make seven tackles, including six solo stops. He had two tackles while playing 19 defensive plays in his first exhibition game for the Browns last week.
That probably will be enough to keep him on the Browns’ roster for at least one more week. NFL teams must reduce their rosters to 80 players by Tuesday afternoon, then teams will play their final preseason game next weekend before teams make the final cut to 53 players on Tuesday, August 30.
Kunaszyk has played in 26 regular-season NFL games in his three-year pro career, and he is hoping to play a few more this season. He is listed a third-team inside linebacker on the Browns depth chart, so his status for making the Browns’ regular-season roster is uncertain.
Webb is listed as the No. 3 quarterback for a New York Giants team that features Daniel Jones and Tyrod Taylor, and not all teams keep three quarterbacks. But Webb played the entire second half of the Giants' 25-22 preseason victory over Cincinnati on Sunday and was outstanding.
Playing the entire second half Webb completed 22 of 27 passes for 204 yards, two touchdowns, no interceptions and an impressive passer rating of 122.8. He led the two second-half touchdown drives that put the Giants ahead, and after the first of those touchdowns Webb ran it in for a successful two-point conversion.
Webb got his first playing time in a regular-season NFL game last season, when he was on the field for four plays in mop-up duty for the Buffalo Bills. He handed the ball off twice and knelt down twice in a blowout win. The 27-year-old Webb has yet to throw a regular-season pass.
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