NFL Update: Jackson Punt Return for Touchdown Nullified by Penalty
VIDEO OF ASA JACKSON PUNT RETURN (SB Nation)
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. -- Former Cal Poly cornerback Asa Jackson recorded three tackles and one pass deflection Friday night in the Baltimore Ravens' 27-12 loss to the Detroit Lions in an NFL exhibition game at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.
Jackson (pictured at right) also returned a punt 85 yards for a touchdown, but it was nullified by a holding penalty by Nigel Carr near midfield early in the third quarter.
"The rookie's 85-yard return, in which he switched fields to cover the final 30 yards, was easily the game's most exciting play, and it displayed the speed and explosiveness that the Ravens coveted when they drafted Jackson," wrote Jeff Zrebiec in a blog for the Baltimore Sun.
One of Jackson's tackles in the game was on special teams during a punt by the Ravens. His two defensive tackles came in the fourth quarter. He also made one fair catch on another punt.
Jackson tweaked a hamstring on a kickoff early in the third quarter of Baltimore's 31-17 exhibition victory at Atlanta a week earlier.
Jackson, a fifth-round draft pick of the Ravens last April, missed one practice due to the injury. Prior to the injury, Jackson recorded two tackles on special teams and downed an Atlanta punt in the second quarter.
The Ravens (1-1) host the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday.
Meanwhile, ex-Mustang wide receiver Ramses Barden was the target of two Eli Manning passes, but did not make any catches in the New York Giants' 26-3 win over the New York Jets on Saturday at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.
Both Manning passes to Barden occurred in the first quarter.
Barden caught one pass for 14 yards in the Giants' 32-31 loss to Jacksonville a week earlier. It came on the fourth offensive play of the game.
The Giants (1-1) play their third exhibition game Friday at home against the Chicago Bears.
Barden was a third-round draft pick of the Giants in 2009. He caught one pass in three games in 2009 and five passes in 2010, missing 10 games due to an ankle injury. He finished his third NFL season in 2011 with nine catches for 94 yards.
Linebacker Chris Gocong, in his third season with the Cleveland Browns after four years with the Philadelphia Eagles, suffered a season-ending right Achilles tear in practice three weeks ago, according to CBSSports.com. The injury occurred as he attempted to cover tight end Jordan Cameron on a pass play in the end zone during team drills.
"We're disappointed he got hurt," coach Pat Shurmur said. "I'm very fond of Chris and the effort he puts into being a good football player. Any time a good football player gets hurt, unfortunately there's a loss there. The challenge for us is to cover it up with the guys that are on this roster. I talked to Chris; he's fine."
Cleveland (2-0) defeated the Green Bay Packers 35-10 this weekend and will host the Philadelphia Eagles on Friday.
Former Mustang offensive lineman Scott Winnewisser, who earned considerable playing time in the New Orleans Saints' 17-10 NFL exhibition win over St. Louis on August 5, was waived by the Saints with an injury settlement the next day.
Winnewisser suffered what has been described as a minor knee injury during the game and is undergoing rehabilitation.
The Saints (1-2) lost to Jacksonville 27-24 over the weekend and will host the Houston Texans on Saturday.
Winnewisser (6-5, 301), who signed a free agent contract with the Saints on May 28, joined the team after participating with 63 other free agents, rookie draft picks and veterans in the Saints' rookie mini-camp May 11-13. The versatile lineman played mostly at tackle but moved to right guard in his senior campaign at Cal Poly.
The Santa Barbara, Calif., native and Bishop Diego High School graduate began his collegiate career as a walk-on for Cal Poly. Winnewisser graduated with a degree in biomedical engineering.
Photo of Asa Jackson courtesy Associated Press