Gregg Snyder: Knights in the NFL, Wk. X
Nov 15, 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 right into it.
Knight of the Week
It was a rather down week performance wise for our former Scarlet Knights. Tennessee Titans cornerback Jason McCourty continued his All-Pro caliber season with seven more tackles to lead the Titans to an impressive 30-3 win over the Carolina Panthers. The Titans improved to 5-4 on the season and are right in the AFC South race behind the Houston Texans. McCourty now has 74 tackles on the year, leading all NFL cornerbacks.
Former Rutgers wide receiver Tiquan Underwood was signed to the New England Patriots early last week. Many believed he could immediately see time on special teams. Underwood, however, was cut the same week.
Speaking of the Patriots, another former Knight went down with an injury. Cornerback Devin McCourty recorded three tackles on defense and one of special teams for New England. McCourty left the Patriots 37-16 win over the New York Jets with a seperated shoulder and did not return. There is currently no timetable for his return but McCourty is expected to miss a few weeks. New England took sole possession of first place in the AFC East.
The Jets missed their opportunity, but Jamaal Westerman continues to make an impact. The announcers even mentioned that Westerman has been coming into his own lately. The linebackers recorded one tackle and had a QB hurry that resulted in a safety.
Jeremy Zuttah returned to action for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after missing time with a knee injury. George Johnson has seen some extended playing time and recorded two tackles in the Bucs 37-9 loss to Houston.
The St. Louis Rams topped the Cleveland Browns, 13-12, for their second win of the season. Gary Gibson recorded an assist for St. Louis.
Courtney Greene was active but did not record any stats for Jacksonville in the Jaguars 17-3 win over the Indianapolis Colts.
Rookie safety Joe Lefeged had one tackle and one assist for Indianapolis in the loss.
Anthony Davis and the San Francisco 49ers won a big game against the New York Giants on Sunday. Davis once again started on the San Fran offensive line. With the 27-20 win, San Francisco improved to 8-1 on the year.
The Cincinnati Bengals dropped a 24-17 matchup with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Clark Harris handled the long snapping duties while Brian Leonard saw time in the Bengals backfield. Leonard finished with two carries for three yards in the loss.
With the Baltimore Ravens playing catch-up all game, Ray Rice only carried the ball five times, gaining 27 yards. He also caught eight passes for 54 yards. Rice had a career first in the game, throwing a one yard touchdown pass to Tight End Ed Dickson in the second quarter. Baltimore lost to the Seattle Seahawks by a score of 22-17.
This week’s Monday Night Football matchup ended as a blow out. The Green Bay Packers dominated the Minnesota Vikings, 45-7. Vikings fullback Ryan D’Imperio caught one pass for one yard in the loss. His biggest impact came on special teams however. D’Imperio had one tackle and one fumble recovery for Minnesota.
Kevin Haslam (Jaguars), Gary Brackett & Eric Foster (Colts) and Kenny Britt (Titans) are on injured reserve while Howard Barbieri (Texans), Kevin Brock (Raiders), Alex Silvestro (Patriots), and Brandon Bing (Giants) are being used on practice squads.