3. Genard Avery, LB
Genard Avery‘s stock was already high entering the contest as the coaches thought so much of the fifth-round pick that they gave him some run with the first team.
In fact, he appeared on the team’s first nickel situation of the contest.
He didn’t disappoint.
I mean, did anyone else see rookie Avery line up on the edge alongside three defensive lineman?
Like Kendricks, Avery was noticeable on a ton of plays against the Bills’ first team.
He was responsible for collapsing the pocket on several occasions and more notably, the Memphis product chase AJ McCarron out of bounds on a third-down play.
Avery also held is own against the run.
A key hands-to-face penalty soured his night, but better to do it now than when games actually count.