Knights In The NFL: Week 1

TIM WRIGHT (81) and BRIAN LEONARD (30) - Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Catching up with former Scarlet Knights now playing on Sundays.

The NFL is back, which means it's time to find out how you really did on draft day. Have a couple former Scarlet Knights on your roster? Read on for some quick recaps on how Rutgers alums did across the NFL (Posted is an initial list. In subsequent weeks, player updates will depend on production):

Steve Beauharnais (LB, New England Patriots)

According to Wikipedia, Beauharnais has signed a deal with the Patriots, but the link for the citation did not match the info. He is still listed on the roster according to the official team website, so it appears that he's made the cut.

Marvin Booker (LB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers)

The undrafted rookie is currently on the injured reserve list for the Buccaneers.

Kenny Britt (WR, Tennessee Titans)

The Titans were able to pull the upset against the Steelers, but Kenny Britt was largely a non-entity during the game. Britt was held to one catch for 15 yards and was targeted a total of two times by QB Jake Locker.

Marcus Cooper (CB, Kansas City Chiefs)

Cooper was able to see some action on special teams in the Chiefs 28-2 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars, where he notched his first career NFL tackle. He even provided a sound bite during a post-game interview with Reid Ferrin of the official website for the Kansas City Chiefs:

We just came in with the mindset to get the job done. You come with that mindset and put your mind to it and you get things done.

Anthony Davis (RT, San Francisco 49ers)

Davis, Rutgers' 11th overall pick in 2010, helped pave the way for the 49ers' 494 total yards in the 34-28 win over the Packers.

Justin Francis (DE, Free Agent)

The former Patriot was cut in the preseason in an injury settlement.

Jonathan Freeny (LB, Miami Dolphins)

Freeny was active for the game against the Browns on Sunday, but did not record any stats.

Gary Gibson (DT, Tampa Bay Buccaneers)

Gibson was re-signed by Schiano before the season started and is currently battling for position behind Gerald McCoy, Akeem Spence, and Derek Landri.

Khaseem Greene (LB, Chicago Bears)

The former two-time Big East Defensive POTY is currently manning the special teams unit for the Bears.

Duron Harmon (S, New England Patriots)

Harmon made the cut, but was ruled out against the Buffalo Bills due to injury.

Clark Harris (LS, Cincinnati Bengals)

Harris is back at long snapper for a very prolific punting unit that led the NFL in downed punts inside the 5. Cincinnati punter Kevin Huber punted four times for a total of 198 yards against the Chicago Bears.

D.C. Jefferson (TE, Arizona Cardinals)

Revenge of the Birds reports that Jefferson was on the field against the Rams for four offensive snaps.

George Johnson (DE, Minnesota Vikings)

Johnson was inactive for Sunday's game against the Lions.

Joe Lefeged (S, Indianopolis Colts)

Lefeged was supposed to back up starting KR David Reed who was questionable, but no kick returns were recorded in the game, so Joe did not even have a chance. On the bright side, Lefeged is still a member of the team despite stupidly getting caught with an unregistered gun.

Brian Leonard (RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers)

The 7-year veteran had 1 reception for 4 yards in the loss to the NY Jets. He served as the back-up to Doug Martin, who also struggled with production against Rex Ryan's defense. Leonard looks to stay at RB with the Bucs picking up Spencer Larsen to play fullback.

Devin McCourty (FS, New England Patriots)

Devin McCourty had 3 total tackles (2 solo, 1 assist) in the win against Buffalo. He did let Bills WR Stevie Johnson get away from him on one play, allowing EJ Manuel to throw for the TD in the third quarter.

Jason McCourty (CB, Tennessee Titans)

The Titans cornerback remains a top defensive back in the league, with 4 total tackles (1 TFL) against the Steelers and 1 pass defended. McCourty helped befuddle Ben Roethlisberger and the pass game, as he finished at 21/33 for 193 yards, 1 TD and 1 INT. In an interesting stat line, Roethlisberger threw for 193 yards, but the team itself finished with 163 yards.

Ray Rice (RB, Baltimore Ravens)

The newly-minted Super Bowl champ and top-5 fantasy pick had a rough go against the Denver Broncos. Rice had 12 attempts for only 36 yards with a long of 12 (1 TD). He did add 8 receptions for 35 yards, but this is a rough line for an elite starting back. Let's hope he finds his groove against the Browns.

Logan Ryan (CB, New England Patriots)

The third-round pick was the most-improved player for the Patriots this past offseason according to Doug Kyed of NESN. Ryan is currently the third-string corner behind Aqib Talib and Marquice Cole.

Mohamed Sanu (WR, Cincinnati Bengals)

Sanu had 4 receptions for 19 yards Sunday against the Bears, but the former Knight had a very atypical play that was inconsistent with what we expect. Holding a four-point lead in the fourth, Bears defender Tim Jennings was able to strip Sanu, leading to a Chicago lead and eventual win. Sanu could be a darkhorse wideout this year, but he'll have to show the NFL that that play was an anomaly, and not a habit.

Jamaal Westerman (OLB, Buffalo Bills)

Westerman played three seasons under defensive coordinator Mike Pettine from 2009-2011 for the Jets, and both reunited this season when the Bills decided to keep Jamaal as a situational pass rusher. He did not record any stats during the Patriots game.

Timothy Wright (TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers)

Ryan Dunleavy of Scarlet Scuttlebutt has a great profile on Tim Wright's transition to tight end from wide receiver.

Jeremy Zuttah (C, Tampa Bay Buccaneers)

The six-year veteran was part of an offensive line that contributed to three sacks allowed versus the NY Jets on Sunday.  Zuttah also had a miscommunication with QB Josh Freeman when he snapped the ball when Freeman wasn't ready, leading to a safety.

Did I miss anyone? Feel free to leave a comment below if you know of any other updates on Knights in the NFL.

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