It was quite the week one in the NFL, as the Sunday slate did their best impression of a college football Saturday, with loads of crazy finishes dotting the landscape. Let’s take a look at how the TCU contingent performed.
Jonathan Anderson, LB (Chicago Bears): Anderson had one assisted tackle in the Bears loss to the Texans in Houston.
Week 1 Stats: 1 tackle
2016 Season Stats: 1 tackle
Trevone Boykin, QB (Seattle Seahawks): We almost got our first look at Tre in a regular season game, as Russell Wilson’s ankle got rolled up on in the second half. Wilson was able to stay in and finish the game though, a 12-10 Seahawks win over the Dolphins. With conflicting reports regarding Russell’s health going forward, it is very possible he could make his regular season debut this week.
Marcus Cannon, OL (New England Patriots): Cannon had a solid game for the Pats, who were without several of their offensive weapons, including Tom Brady, but pulled off a surprising win at Arizona regardless. Backup Jimmy Garappolo was sacked only twice by the ‘Desert Swarm’ defense, so good job, big Cannon!
Tank Carder, LB (Cleveland Browns): Tank didn’t have any stats Sunday in the Browns’ 29-10 loss at the Eagles. More importantly, RGIII is hurt. Again.
Andy Dalton, QB (Cincinnati Bengals): Welcome back, Red Rifle! Andy looked good in his first start since injuring his thumb late last season, and had a really nice game against the Jets in his return, going 23/30 for 366 yards, a touchdown, and one INT. His 54 yard completion to AJ Green was especially encouraging, and helped the Bengals secure a 23-22 come from behind win.
Week 1 Stats: 23-30 (76.7%), 366 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT, 3 rush, 7 yards
2016 Season Stats: 23-30 (76.7%), 366 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT, 3 rush, 7 yards
Josh Doctson, WR (Washington Redskins): After missing the entire preseason due to an achilles injury, Doc didn’t get much of a chance to show off his skills on Monday Night Football against the Steelers, but made his mark regardless. In addition to Kevin Durant sporting his jersey at the game, Josh finally got on the field late in the fourth with the Skins trailing big, and recorded his first career catch on an out route for nine yards. Though it would be his only target and reception of the game, it’s likely just the first of many as he works himself back into game shape and settles into the role of red zone target that he is expected to be.
Week 1 Stats: 1 reception, 9 yards
2016 Season Stats: 1 reception, 9 yards
Jerry Hughes, DE (Buffalo Bills): Hughes’ day got off to a rough start, as the defensive stalwart for the Bills missed the first bus, opting for an Uber instead of waiting for bus number two. But it’s a good thing he found his way to the stadium, as he racked up a pair of sacks and six tackles against the Ravens in a 13-7 loss.
Week 1 Stats: 6 tackles, 2 sacks
2016 Season Stats: 6 tackles, 2 sacks
Joey Hunt, C (Seattle Seahawks): I don’t believe Joey got on the field much, if at all, Sunday, but after the Seattle line gave up three sacks and had Wilson running for his life most of the afternoon, it’s not inconceivable that he could find his way onto the field sooner rather than later.
Colin Jones, S (Carolina Panthers): Jones did not accumulate any stats in Carolina’s Thursday night opener, as the Panthers dropped a heartbreaker in Denver.
Jeremy Kerley, WR (San Francisco 49ers): Kerley fit right in his first game in San Fransisco, as he led the team in receiving despite having only been with the program for a week. Showing his high football IQ and above average abilities as a slot receiver, Kerley quickly became Blaine Gabbert’s favorite target on a variety of routes.
Week 1 Stats: 7 receptions, 61 yards; 2 punt returns, 11 yards
2016 Season Stats: 7 receptions, 61 yards; 2 punt returns, 11 yards
Derrick Kindred, S (Cleveland Browns): Have yourself a debut, Peanut! The rookie safety started his career off with a bang, amassing six tackles in the season opener against the Eagles. He should be competing for the starting job throughout the season.
Week 1 Stats: 6 tackles
2016 Season Stats: 6 tackles
Marshall Newhouse, OT (New York Giants): Eli was sacked only twice, and for a scant four yards, so Newhouse and the rest of the line did their jobs. The bigger story, of course, was how this one ended.
Halapoulivaati Vaitai, OT (Philadelphia Eagles): The Eagles won. Big V might have played. Carson Wentz didn’t go on injured reserve, like his counterpart, so... he gets a passing grade.
Jason Verrett, CB (San Diego Chargers): J Feeva had one of the best plays of the young season, ripping the ball away from Chief’s receiver Jeremy Maclin as part of an impressive, acrobatic, interception Sunday. He added a pair of tackles and a pass breakup in an absolute gut punch loss in Kansas City.
Week 1 Stats: 2 tackles, 1 PD, 1 INT
2016 Season Stats: 2 tackles, 1 PD, 1 INT
Frogs On Practice Squads
Aaron Green, RB, St. Louis Rams
P.J. Dawson, LB, Cincinnati Bengals
Stansly Maponga, DE, New York Giants