Knights in the NFL, Wk. III
Sep 26, 2011
By: Gregg Snyder- SOR Staff Writer
Rutgers Legend Devin McCourty (left)
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
The New England Patriots may have lost a tight game, 34-31 to the Buffalo Bills, but second year cornerback Devin McCourty had yet another good game. McCourty finished with 11 total tackles, eight of which were solo, and one pass deflection. This is the second game this season that McCourty has recorded double digit tackles.
Tennessee Titans wide receiver Kenny Britt is thought to have torn his ACL and MCL yesterday in the second quarter of a game against the Denver Broncos. He is scheduled to have an MRI on his knee today. It is believed that he will miss the remainder of the season. This is a tough blow for Rutgers fans as well as the Titans organization as Britt has become the NFL team's go-to guy, offensively. He did play and caught three passes for a total of 18 yards. Britt also lost a fumble in the game but his team was able to pull off the close victory.
Devin’s twin brother, Jason McCourty, also had a nice game of his own. He and the Tennessee Titans got another win under their belts by topping the Denver Broncos 17-14. McCourty recorded six tackles (five solo), a pass deflection, and an interception. He was able to return the interception 22 yards.
Speaking of wins, Jeremy Zuttah started his second straight game on the Tampa Bay offensive line and the Buccaneers took home a 16-13 win over the Atlanta Falcons.
Entering this weeks home game, Oakland Raiders defensive back Joe Porter did not have any tackles on his stat sheet. That changed this week as Porter recorded five tackles in Oakland’s 34-24 win over the New York Jets.
Jamaal Westerman saw action once again on defense for the Jets. He was able to record two tackles in the loss.
It did not take long for the Baltimore Ravens to jump all over the St. Louis Rams this week. The Ravens came out with an easy 37-7 win. Running back Ray Rice totaled 162 yards on just 13 touches. He had eight carries for 79 yards, including a 53 yard run, and caught five passes for 83 yards.
On the opposite sideline, St. Louis defensive lineman Gary Gibson recorded his first tackle of the season in the loss.
Gary Brackett had been listed as questionable on the Indianapolis Colts injury list this week and did indeed miss his second straight game with a shoulder injury. Defensive lineman Eric Foster was also listed as questionable with a hamstring injury. Foster however did play and in fact got the start. He recorded two tackles in the Colts 23-20 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Colts’ rookie defensive back Joe Lefeged had some what of a coming out party despite the loss. Lefeged handled the kick return duties once again, returning three kicks for 75 yards, a 25 yards average. He also made an impact on defense. Playing in the Indianapolis secondary, Lefeged recorded two tackles, a pass deflection, and an interception, all career firsts. The diving interception which Lefeged ran back 25 yards to the Pittsburgh 24-yard line in the second quarter set up an Indianapolis field goal.
Courtney Greene did not start but played in a reserve role for the Jacksonville Jaguars in their 16-10 loss to the Carolina Panthers. Greene who had started the previous two games recorded one tackle.
Anthony Davis and the San Francisco 49ers pulled out a 13-8 win over the Cincinnati Bengals. Davis once again started at tackle.
Clark Harris and Brian Leonard made appearances for the Bengals. Harris continues to handle the long snapping duties for Cincinnati while Leonard contributes out of the offensive backfield. He did not get a carry this week but caught one pass for seven yards in the loss.
Kevin Haslam (Jaguars) is on injured reserve while George Johnson (Buccaneers), Howard Barbieri (Texans), and Kevin Brock (Raiders) continue to be used on practice squads.