Saints’ Armstead falling behind in battle for starting role


New Orleans Saints left tackle Terron Armstead has struggled in the team’s first two preseason games.

The Arkansas-Pine Bluff product’s struggles have widened Charles Brown’s lead in the battle for the starting position.

After the Saints’ 17-13 win over the Kansas City Chiefs, Mike Triplett of the New Orleans Times-Picayune said, “Left tackle Charles Brown was solid all night and clearly remained ahead of rookie Terron Armstead, who had a couple of missed assignments with the second-string offense.”

Armstead again struggled in New Orleans’ 28-20 win over the Oakland Raiders on Friday.

According to fellow Times-Picayune writer Larry Holder, on one play in the third quater, Armstead lost his defender and the Raiders’ David Bass was able to pick up a sack-fumble of quarterback Seneca Wallace. The play resulted in a one-yard touchdown return for Oakland’s Ryan Robinson.

Steelers’ Johnson still on PUP List

Pittsburgh Steelers tight end David Johnson is still on the team’s PUP List and could remain there for a few more weeks.

Last week, the Pine Bluff High graduate told Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, “I should be back in a few weeks. The rehab, everything, is going real good. I should be back real soon.”

The question remains, though, whether or not the Arkansas State product will be able to make the team’s 53-man roster if he is unable to get off the PUP List before the end of the preseason.

Wright suffers concussion in loss to Buffalo

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Jarius Wright suffered a concussion in a preseason game against the Buffalo Bills on Friday.

The Warren native had two catches for 16 yards in the 20-16 loss. The performance came a week after the University of Arkansas product made a single 10-yard catch in a 27-13 loss to the Houston Texans.

According to Sean Jensen of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, when asked if Wright will be ready for Sunday’s game against San Francisco, head coach Leslie Frazier said, “I’m not sure about that. We’ll see how it goes as the week goes on.”

Childs remains on Vikings’ PUP List

Warren native and UA product Greg Childs remains on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) List for the Vikings.

Williams facing fewer snaps in 2013

Vikings defensive tackle Kevin Williams hasn’t been involved much in the team’s first two preseason games.

The Fordyce native sat out the Vikings’ first preseason game against Houston along with several other veterans. The Oklahoma State product played in the team’s second preseason contest against Buffalo but failed to record a tackle.

The limited playing time for the 33-year-old will likely carry over into the season. According to Dan Wiederer of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, in late July, coach Frazier said, “I’m sure he’s more than capable of playing 50-60 snaps, but I think it’ll be better for our football team if we can get those snaps between 30 and 40.”

Gragg sees significant time with Bills

Buffalo Bills tight end Chris Gragg has already played 90 snaps in the team’s first two preseason games.

The Warren native started the first game against the Indianapolis Colts and played 57 snaps. The UA product made two catches for 14 yards; he added one 11-yard catch in Friday’s win over Minnesota.

Lions’ Johnson fighting for roster spot

Detroit Lions defensive back Tyrell Johnson is in the thick of a fight for a spot on the team’s final roster.

The Rison native made five tackles (four solo) in Detroit’s preseason-opening win over the New York Jets, but he failed to make the box score in the team’s loss to the Cleveland Browns on Thursday.

It still appears that the Arkansas State product’s best chance to make the roster is on special teams. According to Justin Rogers of the MLive Media Group, Johnson worked with the first-team coverage units during practice Monday.

Eagles’ Thornton trying to hold onto starting role

Philadelphia Eagles defensive lineman Cedric Thornton appears to be safely on the team’s roster but still in a battle for a starting job.

The Star City native was only made one tackle so far in the preseason, although it was for a loss. According to Mark Eckel of The Times of Trenton, the Southern Arkansas University product was a starting defensive end heading into the Eagles’ game against the Carolina Panthers this past Thursday.

Eckel noted, though, rookie Bennie Logan, who had two tackles and a pass deflection against Carolina, “is coming on strong and could win the job before the preseason ends.”