Some of the players we will highlight this week are likely locked in to a roster spot already, but everyone has something to prove. Will these guys become the next D2 football alum to hit it big like Tennessee's Delanie Walker or Brandon Williams of the Ravens? We'll have to tune in and see.
Take a look at some of the names to keep on your scouting radar for the 16 game slate in week two of the preseason down below. Even though these players may not end up on their current team, a waiver claim may be in the future and you might be cheering them on from your couch soon enough.
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Matt Judon, LB — Baltimore Ravens
@ Miami Dolphins, Thursday, 7:00 p.m. ET
A second-year player from Grand Valley State, Judon is looking to make a big leap after racking up four sacks as a fifth-round rookie in 2016. Fast-forward to 2017 and the former Laker standout is trying to play his way into more field time while also becoming a more consistent pass-rusher.
Going against a Dolphins O-Line that is one of the more underrated groups in the league, Judon might have some fits in the early going. But facing new quarterback Jay Cutler might benefit the NFL sophomore, as timing may be lagging for the veteran signal-caller with his new team. Lots of opportunities.
Keelan Cole, WR — Jacksonville Jaguars
vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Thursday, 8:00 p.m. ET
Last week I left Cole off my our players to watch list and he lit the field up for 108 yards on two catches. This week, the gauntlet has been thrown down, and the task of consistency now faces the former Kentucky Wesleyan player.
Some time with the starters might be a necessary tool to see if Cole is really worth the hype he has generated. Burning second-teamers is still something, but producing against a rising Tampa Bay defense would mean much more to coaches and management.
Matt Feiler, OL — Pittsburgh Steelers
vs. Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, 4:00 p.m. ET
Offensive linemen aren't as easy to track during a live game, but the preseason is a great time to pay attention to the men in the trenches. It's important that Feiler showcases his talent for all to see in this one, as the former Bloomsburg Huskies lineman has run out of practice squad eligibility and therefore must stick to the Steelers roster or hope to be claimed by someone else.
A swing guard and tackle, Feiler has actually had a very good camp and outplayed former fourth-rounder Jerald Hawkins in the first preseason game against the Giants. But it is unlikely the Steelers just cut ties with Hawkins and keep Feiler, raising the stakes for the next three contests.
Rontez Miles, S — New York Jets
@ Detroit Lions, Saturday, 7:30 p.m. ET
Miles should be a safe bet to make the Jets roster, but his potential role with the team is still in flux after the team spent two draft picks on safeties this year, and other players trying to make a name as well. A former All-American with California (PA), Miles has found love from the Jets fans for his play on special teams and occasional defensive time.
But last week against the Titans, Miles failed to show up on the stat sheet while fellow safety Ronald Martin recorded an interception to catch the eyes of coaches. Detroit offers a lot more opportunities to make plays in the passing game for Miles, and coming up with some pass breakups and tackles will get him back in the good graces of coaches as he continues to latch on to a roster spot for New York.