Opening week in the NFL. All teams are 0-0 and have thoughts of the postseason and the Super Bowl, even the Cleveland Browns. Unfortunately, after the first week, many teams start to see the reality of the season, especially the Browns.
This will be the last week I keep players on the list that are not on an active roster or a practice squad so enjoy them while they last.
Star of the Week
TE T.J. Hockenson (Detroit Lions): Hockenson didn’t do much except set the NFL record for the most receiving yards by a tight end in his first game. Hock caught six balls for 131 yards with a touchdown. Unfortunately for the Lions they couldn’t hold the lead and ended up with a 27-27 tie against Arizona in Kyler Murray’s debut.
The Rest of the Hawkeyes
QB C.J. Beathard (San Francisco 49ers): Beathard didn’t dress for the 49ers who defeated Tampa Bay 31-17.
OL Austin Blythe (Los Angeles Rams): Blythe started at right guard for the Rams as they defeated Carolina 30-27 on the road.
OL Ike Boettger (Buffalo Bills): Boettger was inactive for Buffalo this week. The Bills defeated the New York Jets 17-16 on the road.
OL Bryan Bulaga (Green Bay Packers): Bulaga started and played the entire game anchoring the Packers offensive line. The Packers defeated the Bears 10-3 in a rather drab opening game on Thursday night.
RB James Butler (FA): Butler was waived by the Raiders.
DE Adrian Clayborn (Atlanta Falcons): Clayborn and the Falcons lost to Minnesota 28-12. He only recorded one assisted tackle.
OL Cole Croston (FA): Croston was waived by the Patriots.
DT Mike Daniels (Detroit Lions): Daniels had one tackle in the tie against Arizona. While this might not seem like a lot, it’s one more tackle than J.J. Watt had against the Saints on Monday night.
C James Daniels (Chicago Bears): Daniels moves over to his college position (center) this year and the first week wasn’t so successful. The Bears lost to Green Bay 10-3 and they gave up five sacks. It looked like part of the problem was a suspect game plan by Chicago that abandoned the run for large chunks of the game.
DT Carl Davis (FA): Davis did not make the Browns final 53 man roster.
OL Andrew Donnal (FA): In a bit of a surprise, Donnal was not picked as part of the final roster for the Lions.
WR Nick Easley (FA): Easley was waived during the final rounds of cuts by the Bills.
TE Noah Fant (Denver Broncos): Fant started the game with an end around run that ended up losing five yards. It didn’t get much better for the Broncos on the night as they lost 24-16. Fant ended with five balls thrown his way and he caught two for 29 yards.
C James Ferentz (New England Patriots): Ferentz did not make the Patriots final 53 man roster the first go round, but he was added to the roster early last week as the Patriots cut center Russell Bodine who they had just traded for a few days earlier. However, it’s expected that this might only be a one week thing. The Patriots dismantled the Steelers 33-3.
S Jake Gervase (Los Angeles Rams): Gervase is on the Rams practice squad.
OL Adam Gettis (FA): Gettis was waived by the Falcons.
TE Parker Hesse (Tennessee Titans): Hesse is on the Titans practice squad.
LB Anthony Hitchens (Kansas City Chiefs): Hitchens had seven tackles as Kansas City defeated Jacksonville 40-26. Hitchens was flagged for 15 yards for leading with his helmet late in the game.
S Amani Hooker (Tennessee Titans): Hooker played sparingly in the Titans 43-13 victory over the Cleveland Browns.
S Micah Hyde (Buffalo Bills): Hyde had two tackles and one punt return for ten yards in the Bills comeback win over the Jets.
CB Josh Jackson (Green Bay Packers): Jackson only played for three plays in the Packers win and didn’t record any stats. After starting ten games last season, Jackson seems to have slipped on the depth chart.
LB Josey Jewell (Denver Broncos): Jewell was all over the field as he had 13 total tackles (six assisted) against the Raiders in a losing effort.
DT Jaleel Johnson (Minnesota Vikings): Johnson had one tackle in the Vikings 28-12 victory over Atlanta.
CB Desmond King (Los Angeles Chargers): King had three tackles, one for a loss in the Chargers 30-24 OT victory over the Colts. King fumbled on a punt return and left the game with a potential head injury, he would return later in the game. King also had one kick return for 43 yards. In the video below, King breaks down how he prepares to field punts and kickoffs.
LB Christian Kirksey (Cleveland Browns): Kirksey had six tackles including two for loss. However the Browns were thumped by Tennessee 43-13.
TE George Kittle (San Francisco 49ers): Kittle was targeted ten times in the San Francisco victory over Tampa making eight catches for 54 yards.
LS Casey Kreiter (Denver Broncos): Kreiter snapped it long on three field goals in the Broncos loss.
CB Greg Mabin (FA): Mabin was waived by San Francisco.
OL Matt Nelson (Detroit Lions): Nelson is on the Lion’s practice squad as he attempts to transition to an offensive lineman.
LB Anthony Nelson (Tampa Bay Buccaneers): Nelson dressed for Tampa Bay but did not record any stats in the loss to San Francisco.
LB Ben Niemann (Kansas City Chiefs): Niemann did not record any stats in the victory over Jacksonville.
OL Riley Reiff (Minnesota Vikings): Reiff helped lead the Vikings to victory over Atlanta. He was flagged for an illegal block above the waist.
C Keegan Render (FA): Render was cut by the Eagles.
OL Ross Reynolds (FA): Reynolds was signed to the San Francisco practice squad after not making the final 53 man roster.
OL Brandon Scherff (Washington Redskins): Scherff started his 55th straight game for the Redskins. Despite coming out strong early, the Redskins fell to the Eagles 32-27.
OL Marshal Yanda (Baltimore Ravens): Yanda helped the Ravens destroy the Dolphins 59-10. Miami takes the lead as the expected top pick in next year’s draft where they will have their choice of three Iowa studs.