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Sunday Knights: Looking back at the NFL's opening weekend

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The NFL is back, and plenty of former Knights are poised for a great year in the professional ranks.

Jason McCourty with one of his two interceptions Sunday.
Jason McCourty with one of his two interceptions Sunday.
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Every week, we'll take a look at former Scarlet Knights who are now playing on Sundays (and Mondays and Thursdays). If there isn't any news or movement for a particular player, he might be omitted from the list going forward

Kenny Britt (WR, St. Louis Rams)

Bayonne's finest originally had a decent situation in St. Louis, but with Bradford injured (again), he might struggle with production this season. He was held without a catch against the Vikings and was only targeted three times on Sunday.

Marcus Cooper (CB, Kansas City Chiefs)

Cooper had a very solid first year in the league, playing his way into a starting cornerback spot opposite veteran Sean Smith. He started off 2014 on the inactive list however, as the second-year player is battling an ankle injury. His status was listed as questionable, so there's a chance he'll play next week.

Anthony Davis (OT, San Francisco 49ers)

We should all applaud Bam for these tweets:

AD was injured for the game against the Cowboys Sunday, which broke his streak of 72 straight games started.

Andrew DePaola (LS, Tampa Bay Buccaneers)

Yay for long snappers!

Jonathan Freeny (LB, Miami Dolphins)

The Dolphins linebacker situation is in flux, as their three starting linebackers were left injured by game's end on Sunday. That leaves an opening for backup Jonathan Freeny to make an impact, with the possibility of playing into quality playing time going forward. He finished with two total tackles.

Khaseem Greene (LB, Chicago Bears)

After a promising year in 2013, the Bears decided to place Greene on the inactive list for the game against Buffalo. His replacement, Christian Jones, did not record a tackle on Sunday.

Duron Harmon (SS, New England Patriots)

Bill Belichick oddly played his entire roster in a loss to the Miami Dolphins. Harmon received time at strong safety, but did was unable to get into any rhythm for an effective game. It remains to be seen whether Harmon will be a regular contributor in the defensive backfield.

Clark Harris (LS, Cincinnati Bengals)

The former tight end is still the long snapper for the Bengals, as he continues his consistent career for Cincinnati.

D.C. Jefferson (TE, Carolina Panthers)

The big target was on the Panthers' injured reserve list before being suspended four games per the league's substance abuse policy.

George Johnson (DE, Detroit Lions)

Johnson was just about ready to retire after having a quiet offseason, but received a lifeline from the Detroit Lions with Ziggy Ansah out with an injury in the offseason. He made the most of his chance in his first game back, netting a sack Giants QB Eli Manning on Monday night.

Jason McCourty (CB, Tennessee Titans)

After not getting one interception in 2013, Jason McCourty now has two in 2014. The Titans surprised the Chiefs in Arrowhead Stadium with an easy 26-10 victory, including a great defensive performance by the McCourty twin. Jason picked off Alex Smith twice and tipped another pass for for an interception. He finished with three tackles.

Devin McCourty (FS, New England Patriots)

While the Patriots limited Miami QB Ryan Tannehill to a meager 178 pass yards, the defensive backfield was a bit inconsistent with so many faces subbing in and out of the lineup, including several other Knights. McCourty finished with four total tackles and is in no real danger of losing playing time.

Ray Rice (RB, suspended from NFL)

Rice was let go by the Ravens Monday afternoon and suspended indefinitely by the NFL after more footage of his striking his fiancee surfaced. Roger Goodell notified all teams within the league that no contract with Rice will be approved until further direction is provided. It will be a long road for Rice, and it is unclear whether he will be able to make a comeback after such a visceral incident was made public to the entire nation.

Logan Ryan (CB, New England Patriots)

The former Rutgers defensive back forced a fumble in a loss to the Dolphins on Sunday, putting a big hit on Lamar Miller to halt a key drive.

Mohamed Sanu (WR, Cincinnati Bengals)

The former third-round pick in 2012 continues to be a factor in the Bengal offense. Sanu caught four passes (five targets) on Sunday for 43 yards, including a catch for a two-point conversion. He added a rush for four yards.

Tim Wright (TE, New England Patriots)

The former wideout was involved in a trade with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the offseason for Patriots' OL Logan Mankins. Wright is becoming a solid contributor to NFL teams with his consistent play, netting three catches for 15 yards.

Jeremy Zuttah (C, Baltimore Ravens)

Zuttah is one of the older veterans of Scarlet Knight alumni, as he now has seven years of NFL experience. After spending his entire career in Tampa Bay with the Bucs, Zuttah was signed by the Ravens in the offseason. He struggled a bit protecting Flacco, but he appears to be in line for lots of playing time going forward.

Practice Squad

Brandon Coleman (WR, New Orleans Saints)

The big target is now on the practice squad for the Saints, who signed him as an undrafted free agent immediately following the Draft.

Quron Pratt (WR, Philadelphia Eagles)

Despite missing the active player cut, Pratt impressed the Eagles enough to earn a spot on the team's practice squad.

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