Week one of the 2011 NFL preseason is in the books and some late-round draft picks took advantage of their chance and impressed coaches, experts and fans.
At the top of this list of players is Philadelphia Eagles’ fourth-round draft pick Casey Matthews.
The middle linebacker out of Oregon was able to leave a lasting impression on Eagles’ defensive coordinator Julio Castillo in the preseason opener.
Castillo said after the team’s 13-6 win against the Baltimore Ravens that Matthews did “an excellent job running the defense with the substitutions”.
The former Duck, who comes from a family of NFL players—brother, father, grandfather and uncle all played or play professional football—has still a lot to learn and improve, but with performances like the one on Sunday he has a shot at starting in the season opener against St. Louis.