NFL Preseason 2014: Undrafted Rookies to Watch in Week 2

Marcel DavisCorrespondent IAugust 12, 2014

New Orleans Saints wide receiver Brandon Coleman (16) receives a pass during there NFL football training camp in White Sulphur Springs, W. Va., Saturday, July 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Chris Tilley)
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While they're not the rookies most fans are anxious to see, the NFL's preseason ultimately is a platform for undrafted players to make NFL teams.

From Arian Foster to Tony Romo, the league is littered with the success stories of the NFL draft's forgotten men.

Entering Week 2 of the 2014 preseason, here are three undrafted rookies worth monitoring.


QB Chase Rettig

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While the downpour of rain in the Green Bay Packers' preseason opener didn't provide Chase Rettig the most conducive conditions to succeed, he has impressed thus far in training camp.

Lombardi Ave's James Katorski went as far to predict that Rettig would usurp Scott Tolzien as the team's third-string quarterback.

Although Arthur Arkush of wasn't as optimistic about Rettig's chances, he, too, admits that Rettig has impressed Green Bay:

A productive player during his collegiate career at Boston College despite being surrounded by marginal players, Rettig is in the ideal situation in Green Bay.

Surrounded by the likes of head coach Mike McCarthy and quarterback Aaron Rodgers, if Rettig has the potential to succeed at the NFL level, you can be assured that they'll get it out of him—much like they did with Matt Flynn.

Set to face a deep St. Louis Rams defense in Week 2, Rettig could make a name for himself with a strong performance.


WR Brandon Coleman

Boasting a 6'6" frame while averaging north of 21 yards per catch during his collegiate career at Rutgers, Brandon Coleman not being selected was one of the shocks of the 2014 NFL draft.

Signed by the New Orleans Saints, this plight could soon turn into a positive for Coleman. With the success that the formerly undrafted Lance Moore and former seventh-rounder Marques Colston have had over the years, Coleman picked the right landing spot.

Not lacking for confidence, Coleman reiterated his view of himself to Katherine Terrell of The Times-Picayune.

"I'm a developed receiver," he said. "I can stretch the field, I can block in the run game. I can do everything. I can do crossing routes. I'm not just a deep threat, typical fade guy in the red zone. I can bring the whole package."

Although he failed to register a reception in his debut, with Colston telling Terrell that he views Coleman as a mirror image of himself, you can expect Coleman to do a better job of showcasing his talents against the Tennessee Titans.


RB Silas Redd

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Tallying 63 total yards in his preseason debut, Silas Redd impressed Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden with his performance.

Whether it was enough to earn him a roster spot remains to be seen. At the very least, though, Gruden had some positive things to say about Redd's performance to Todd Dybas of The Washington Times.

"Redd between the tackleshe's a good power runner. He's got great vision. He's shown that in practice so far, and we wanted to see him carry it over to the gameand it did today," he said.

With running back Chris Thompson expected to miss Washington's next contest versus the Cleveland Browns, Redd should see even more playing time.

And if it breaks the way Comcast SportsNet Washington's Rich Tandler sees it, Redd very well could end up with Thompson's roster spot:

Going against a Cleveland defense that was stout against the run in its opener, a strong performance from Redd could nudge him further up Washington's depth chart.