Gregg Snyder: Knights in the NFL, Wk. 4
Oct 4, 2011 | By: Random Blogger
SOR Staff Writer Gregg Snyder breaks down the efforts put forth by former Scarlet Knights currently making a living in the National Football League. Let's jump rght into it.
Knight of the Week
He may not have lit up the stat book but Cincinnati Bengals running back Brian Leonard made the most of his opportunities when his team needed it most. Leonard finished the game with four carries for 36 yards and one reception for 15 yards. On the Bengals final drive, Leonard got the call on the final two offensive plays. His 15-yard reception was followed by a 14 yard run to the Buffalo Bills 25 yard-line. That run set up the game winning 43 yard field goal as the Bengals won 23-20.
Also in the Cincinnati win was Clark Harris. Harris handles the long snapping duties for the Bengals.
Joe Porter got his first career start this week as the Oakland Raiders took on the New England Patriots. Porter finished with four tackles as the Raiders fell 31-19.
On the other side of the field, Devin McCourty was in his usual starting cornerback spot for the Patriots. For the second straight week, McCourty led the Pats with eight tackles.
Ray Rice and the Baltimore Ravens hosted the New York Jets this week. Rice carried the ball 25 times for 66 yards and one touchdown. He also caught two passes for 64 yards. Baltimore came out with a 34-17 win.
Jamaal Westerman made five tackles for the Jets, one coming on special teams.
Tennessee Titans look like one of the leagues surprise teams this season. This week, they went out and throttled the Cleveland Browns by a score of 31-13. Cornerback Jason McCourty had 10 tackles to help the Titans on defense.
Speaking of surprise teams, the San Francisco 49ers are quietly 3-1 after beating the Philadelphia Eagles by a score of 24-23. Anthony Davis once again started on the 49ers offensive line.
Gary Gibson played but did not record any stats in the St. Louis Rams 17-10 loss to the Washington Redskins.
Jacksonville Jaguars safety Courtney Greene lost his starting job a few weeks ago and was inactive this week. The Jaguars lost to the New Orleans Saints by a score of 23-10.
The Tampa Bay Bucs and Indianapolis Colts battled on Monday Night Football. Tampa Bay offensive lineman Jeremy Zuttah got the start again, his third of the season, but the bigger news was a horrific injury to Colts defensive lineman Eric Foster. Foster, always a Rutgers fan favorite got caught underneath another player and suffered an ugly ankle/leg injury. Keep Eric in your thoughts as he will have a long recovery period. Foster is likely done for the year, and will probably join fellow Colt Gary Brackett on Injured Reserve.
Rookie defensive back Joe Lefeged continues to see more and more game action for the Colts. Lefeged played as a nickel/dime back and recorded two tackles. He also returned two kickoffs for a total of 36 yards. The Colts fell to Tampa Bay by a score of 24-17.
Kevin Haslam (Jaguars), Gary Brackett (Colts) and Kenny Britt (Titans) are on injured reserve while George Johnson (Buccaneers), Howard Barbieri (Texans), Kevin Brock (Raiders), Ryan D’Imperio (Vikings), Alex Silvestro (Patriots), and Brandon Bing (Bills) are being used on practice squads.