Week One of the 2013 NFL Preseason is in the books and all 14 former Huskies saw their field for their respective teams. Here is a breakdown of how each individual did for their team.
LB Pat Schiller & WR Martel Moore, Atlanta Falcons
Schiller was one of Atlanta's standouts on defense Thursday in a 34-10 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. The Geneva, Ill., native tallied five tackles for the Falcons to rank second on the team. Additionally, he played on 45% of the team's defensive snaps and 20% of the special teams plays. Meanwhile, Moore did not record any stats, but was in on 10 offensive plays at the end of the game.
CB Rashaan Melvin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
One of Tampa Bay's training camp surprises so far, Melvin got his first live game action Thursday night in the Buccaneers' 44-16 loss to the defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens. Though he only notched one tackle, the former Huskie was in on 41% of Tampa Bay's defensive snaps and 54% of the special teams plays.
WR Perez Ashford, Seattle Seahawks
After bouncing around between several teams during the offseason, Ashford landed in Seattle just over a week ago and has already made strides in training camp. Thursday night in a 31-10 Seahawk win at San Diego, the former Huskie wide receiver got some time at punt returner and made the most of his opportunity. After returning his first kick two yards, Ashford broke his second return for 27 yards to get the Seahawks inside Charger territory late in the fourth quarter.
DB Tracy Wilson, Tennessee Titans
The veteran Wilson is off to a good start in his third preseason in the NFL. The former Huskie recorded three tackles in Tennessee's 22-21 loss to Washington and played 35% of the team's defensive snaps and 33% of the special teams plays.
LB Sean Progar & RB Chad Spann, New York Jets
Former Huskie teammates reunited in the NFL, both Progar and Spann made sound contributions in the Jets' 26-17 loss at Detroit Friday night. On offense, Spann gained two yards on three carries, but it was his 23-yard catch and run in the third quarter that helped set up a New York field goal. For Progar, he made one tackle in his NFL debut.
QB Chandler Harnish & WR Nathan Palmer, Indianapolis Colts
In Indianapolis' 44-20 loss to the Buffalo Bills Sunday afternoon, both Harnish and Palmer saw extended playing time. The former NIU QB and MAC MVP Harnish finished the day 14-of-33 passing for 109 yards and an interception. Meanwhile, Palmer caught one pass from Harnish for no gain.
LB Alan Baxter, Pittsburgh Steelers
Baxter saw the field late in Pittsburgh's 18-13 loss to the New York Giants and made one tackle. Additionally, he played 26% of the defensive plays and 42% of the special teams snaps.
OL Doug Free, Dallas Cowboys
Free got plenty of action Friday night in the Cowboys' 19-17 loss at Oakland, playing 42% of the offensive snaps and helped Dallas to 10 first half points.
OL Scott Wedige, Arizona Cardinals
Returning to his home state, Wedige saw action for most of the fourth quarter in Arizona's 17-0 win at Green Bay. In total, he was in on 18 snaps on offense and 28% of the team's total offensive plays.
LB Larry English, San Diego Chargers
Looking to find a spot in San Diego's starting lineup at outside linebacker, English was limited in his amount of snaps (11 for 20%) and recorded no stats.
FB Jason Schepler, San Francisco 49ers
Schepler saw playing time late in San Francisco's 10-6 loss versus the Denver Broncos, but did not record any stats.
Nine of the 14 former Huskies will be featured in live, nationally-televised games in Week Two. On Thursday, English and the Chargers head to Chicago to take on the Bears at 7 p.m. on ESPN. The next night on Fox, fans can catch a glimpse of Melvin as the Buccaneers play at New England. Saturday on NFL Network, Arizona hosts Dallas at 4:30 p.m. in a game that features Free and Wedige. Meanwhile, NFLN will join the Jaguars-Jets game in progress as Progar and Spann both look to get more playing time. Harnish, Palmer and the Indianapolis Colts take on the New York Giants Sunday night on Fox, while Baxter's Pittsburgh Steelers face the Washington Redskins Monday night on ESPN.