In the second week of the NFL season, a number of players who once called Tiger Stadium home saw action for 19 different professional teams.
In Monday night football, marking the last game of Week 1, defensive end Danielle Hunter represented LSU for the Minnesota Vikings. He recorded one tackle on the evening, which ended with a 29-19 Vikings win at home over the New Orleans Saints.
For Thursday night’s matchup, the Houston Texans’ only LSU alum - running back Alfred Blue - was listed as inactive for the second week in a row. For the Cincinnati Bengals, running back Jeremy Hill had 6 carries for 17 yards, averaging 2.8 yards per carry. Wide receiver Brandon LaFell had 4 receptions for 30 yards, averaging 7.5 yards per catch. Linebacker Kevin Minter recorded one tackle. While both teams failed to impress, the Texans defeated the Bengals, 13-9.
On Sunday, many more former Tigers made their Week 2 appearances.
At Bank of America Stadium, Buffalo Bills long snapper Reid Ferguson started the second game of his career. Cornerback Tre’Davious White posted four tackles and two assists. Defensive tackle Kyle Williams did not make any tackles, but had 6 assists.
For the Carolina Panthers, wide receiver Russell Shepard came up with one reception for for 6 yards. Offensive guard Trai Turner also made his 43rd career start at the position. The Panthers went on to win at home over the Bills, 9-3.
In Tampa, past Tiger linebackers Kwon Alexander and Kendell Beckwith were finally able to make their regular season debut after complications due to Hurricane Irma. Alexander recorded one tackle, while Beckwith recorded five in the Buccaneers’ 29-7 victory over the Chicago Bears.
Defensive end Danielle Hunter saw action in the Minnesota Vikings vs. Pittsburgh Steelers matchup, with 4 assists. For the Steelers, offensive tackle Jerald Hawkins was inactive for the second week in a row due to a knee injury. It is unsure as to whether or not he will return against the Bears next week. The Steelers won in their house, 26-9.
Arizona Cardinals defensive back Tyrann Mathieu played a major role in handing the Indianapolis Colts their second loss of the season, recording 3 tackles and one interception. Cornerback Patrick Peterson had a total of 3 tackles. For the Colts, defensive tackle Al Woods had one tackle and one assist. Linebacker Barkevious Mingo did not see any action in the team’s 16-13 loss.
At Arrowhead Stadium, punter Donnie Jones suited up for the Philadelphia Eagles, totaling four punts for 169 yards, averaging 42.3 yards per punt. Free safety Jalen Mills had 2 tackles on the day. For the Chiefs, defensive tackle Bennie Logan continued to step up, recording one tackle, one assist and a sack. The Chiefs defeated the Eagles, 27-20.
Running back Leonard Fournette was the only former LSU player on EverBank Field this Sunday. He didn’t have quite as explosive of an outing as he did in the opener, but did post 4 carries for 40 yards, averaging 2.9 yards per carry. He also had one touchdown in Jacksonville’s 37-16 loss to the Tennessee Titans.
Safety Jamal Adams had 3 tackles and 1 assist for the New York Jets, who faced the Las Vegas Raiders on the road. Teammate and cornerback Morris Claiborne was also effective, with 3 tackles and 2 assists. For Las Vegas, offensive lineman Vadal Alexander made his second appearance of the season.
In Los Angeles, defensive tackle Davon Godchaux and wide receiver Jarvis Landry were able to make their regular season debuts. Like the Buccaneers, the Miami Dolphins’ schedule was affected by the most recent hurricane. Godchaux had one tackle and one assist on the game. Landry was by far one of the most impactful players on either offense, racking up 13 receptions for 78 yards. He averaged 6.0 yards per catch.
For the Chargers, veteran offensive tackle Joe Barksdale made 64th career start. The team fell to the Dolphins, 19-17.
Offensive lineman La’el Collins was the only former Tiger to play in the Dallas Cowboys - Denver Broncos matchup, making his 16th career start for Dallas. The Cowboys were defeated by the Broncos, 17-42.
In Seattle, center Ethan Pocic made his second NFL appearance for the Seahawks. Safety Eric Reid had a big day for San Francisco, recording 5 tackles and 2 assists. Teammate and cornerback Rashard Robinson was right with him, recording 5 tackles. The Seahawks ultimately won the game, 12-9.
When the Washington Redskins took on the Los Angeles Rams Sunday afternoon, offensive guard Andrew Whitworth saw his 166th NFL start, his second with the Rams. On the other side of the ball, defensive tackle Michael Brockers totaled 4 tackles. The Redskins slid by the Rams, 27-20.
In Sunday Night football, linebackers Deion Jones and Duke Riley were in for the Falcons. Jones recorded 4 tackles and 1 assist, while Riley recorded 3 tackles and 2 assists. Despite what appeared to be a Green Bay comeback in the fourth quarter, the Falcons held on to win, 34-23.
Monday evening, the Detroit Lions faced the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Punter Brad Wing was in for the Giants, punting five times for 239 yards, averaging 47.8 yards per punt. Wide receiver O’dell Beckham Jr. is played his first regular season game of the year after an ankle injury kept him sidelined for the opener. He had 4 receptions for 36 yards, averaging 9.0 yards per catch.
Wing had a different type of highlight though.
Gotta act like a wounded animal in this sitch pic.twitter.com/STR99Hermx— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) September 19, 2017
Michael Brockers, Andrew Whitworth, Eric Reid and Rashard Robinson will be in for the Rams and 49ers respectively this Thursday. Kickoff is set for 7:25 p.m. CT at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Ca.