It was week one in the NFL, and several of the 21 former TCU Football players on professional rosters took snaps. Outside of injured players (Travin Howard and Jason Verrett) and those on the practice squad, we saw lots of Horned Frogs on football fields across the country for week one. Here’s how they did.
Ben Banogu, DE, Indianapolis Colts
The Colts lost their opener, but Banogu did record a tackle. The second year pro is hoping for a breakout campaign as a sophomore, but will have plenty of competition for snaps on a crowded defensive front for Indy.
Ross Blacklock, DT, Houston Texans
Blacklock started for the Texans in the NFL opener last Thursday, but did not record a sack. He seemed to be around the ball quite a bit, but was part of a defense that got torched by Patrick Mahomes — which plenty of teams can say.
L.J. Collier, DE, Seattle Seahawks
The Seahawks rolled in Atlanta, and Collier had a solid first career start with one tackle and a QB hit. He did a good job getting in the backfield and bothering Falcons QB Matt Ryan, and looks poised for a nice second year with Seattle.
Andy Dalton, QB, Dallas Cowboys
Andy didn’t see the field, as expected, as the Cowboys lost the first game of the Mike McCarthy era. The choice to go for it on fourth and three instead of kick a potential game-tying field goal will be the talk of DFW this week.
Jeff Gladney, CB, Minnesota Vikings
It was a wild west shootout in Minny, as the Packers and Vikings combined for 77 points in the NFC North showdown. Gladney didn’t make the box score, but fans were clamoring for him on social media as the Vikings secondary got absolutely torched by Aaron Rogers.
Jerry Hughes, DE, Buffalo Bills
Named a captain prior to week one, Hughes had two tackles as part of a defense that tortured Sam Darnold and the Jets to open the season.
Joe Noteboom, OL, Los Angeles Rams
Noteboom was great for the Rams Sunday night, making so many impressive blocks that he got his own highlight package. He took 73 snaps on offense, allowing just one sack against an aggressive Dallas front.
Matt Pryor, OG/OT, Philadelphia Eagles
Pryor looked like he was slated to start for a Philly offensive line that has been decimated by injuries, but despite that unit giving up eight sacks to Washington, Pryor never saw the field. When asked why not, Doug Pedersen said “We made decisions on quite a few factors. Nate Herbig had a good week in practice.”
Jalen Reagor, WR, Philadelphia Eagles
Reagor was all speed for the Eagles, as he flew down the field time and time again against the Washington Football Team. Reagor was out for the opening punt, but fumbled the fair catch — though he would get other chances later.
His first career reception was a 55 yarder on third and 22, as he blew by the corner for the big catch:
That would be his only catch of the game, on four targets, as the Eagles coughed up a 17-0 lead on the way to losing 27-17.
Austin Schlottmann, OG/C, Denver Broncos
Schlottman beat out another former Frog, Patrick Morris (now on Denver’s practice squad), for the backup center job. He did not play in the Bronco’s season opener against Tennessee.
Vernon Scott, S, Green Bay Packers
I am not sure if Scott saw the field in week one, but he did not record a stat.
Ty Summers, LB, Green Bay Packers
Same for our friend Ty.
Halapoulivaati Vaitai, OT, Detroit Lions
Vaitai did not play for the Lions Sunday due to an injury.