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Finau makes final case for spot with Jets

August 29, 2014
The Maui News

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Defensive tackle Tevita Finau, bidding to make the New York Jets' roster, started and had three tackles in the team's preseason finale on Thursday, a 37-7 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.

The 28-year-old Finau, a Kahuku High School graduate who played at Lahainaluna and Maui High, had two tackles on defense and one on punt coverage. He totaled six tackles, including a sack, in four preseason games.

Teams' 53-player rosters must be finalized by Saturday.

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Finau was one of the Jets' final cuts last year. He has also had practice-squad stints with the Eagles, Dallas Cowboys and Arizona Cardinals, but has not played in a regular-season NFL game.

Cody Parkey kicked field goals of 54, 53 and 25 yards for Philadelphia (2-2), increasing the rookie's chances of beating Alex Henery for a roster spot.

The Jets (2-2) used Michael Vick on the first play from scrimmage - he handed off to Daryl Richardson, then was replaced by Matt Simms.

Fact Box

National Football League

All times HST

Thursday's Results

Atlanta 24, Jacksonville 14

Green Bay 34, Kansas City 14

Detroit 23, Buffalo 0

Cincinnati 35, Indianapolis 7

Philadelphia 37, N.Y. Jets 7

Miami 14, St. Louis 13

N.Y. Giants 16, New England 13

Carolina 10, Pittsburgh 0

Washington 24, Tampa Bay 10

San Francisco 40, Houston 13

Baltimore 22, New Orleans 13

Denver 27, Dallas 3

Minnesota 19, Tennessee 3

Cleveland 33, Chicago 13

San Diego 12, Arizona 9

Oakland 41, Seattle 31

Thursday, Sept. 4

Green Bay at Seattle, 2:30 p.m. (NBC)

Sunday, Sept. 7

New Orleans at Atlanta, 7 a.m. (FOX)

Minnesota at St. Louis, 7 a.m.

Cleveland at Pittsburgh, 7 a.m.

Jacksonville at Philadelphia, 7 a.m.

Oakland at N.Y. Jets, 7 a.m.

Cincinnati at Baltimore, 7 a.m.

Buffalo at Chicago, 7 a.m.

Washington at Houston, 7 a.m.

Tennessee at Kansas City, 7 a.m.

New England at Miami, 7 a.m. (CBS)

Carolina at Tampa Bay, 10:25 a.m.

San Francisco at Dallas, 10:25 a.m. (FOX)

Indianapolis at Denver, 2:30 p.m. (NBC)

Monday, Sept. 8

N.Y. Giants at Detroit, 1:10 p.m. (ESPN)

San Diego at Arizona, 4:20 p.m. (ESPN)

Vick, who played for the Eagles from 2009 to 2013, was cheered when he ran onto the field and got more applause when he left. He will start the regular season as the backup to Geno Smith.



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