This past week kicked off an exciting beginning to the 2015 NFL season. Sixteen Rutgers alumnus suited up in Week 1, providing a bright spot for an otherwise disappointing football weekend for Rutgers fans, after the crushing defeat to Washington State. Here are some highlights from Week 1 for our Knights in the NFL:
Beginning his second year with St. Louis, Britt is looking to contribute to an up-and-coming Rams team that is looking to wreak some havoc in the NFC West. By adding 2 receptions for 37 yards, Britt helped propel his team to an improbable victory against the defending NFC Champions, Seattle Seahawks, 34-31.
As mentioned in my first Knights in the NFL post, the Saints are looking for Coleman to become a breakout star on their offense. He definitely did not disappoint, as he caught 4 receptions for 41 yards, including his first TD, a 12 yard touchdown catch where he eluded a tackle by Tyrann Mathieu. Coleman made his presence felt even when he wasn't catching passes from Drew Brees; late in the game, he made a key block that propelled running back Mark Ingram for a 59 yard run. Unfortunately, the Saints could not put enough points on the board against the stout Arizona defense, as they fell 31-19.
Johnson has looked promising throughout the preseason for the Buccaneers, and he did not disappoint in the regular season opener. In his first career start, Johnson accounted for one tackle and a fumble recovery, the lone takeaway of the game for Tampa Bay. Despite Johnson's strong play, second overall pick Marcus Mariota put up historic numbers for his NFL debut, beating the Bucs 42-14.
#Bucs force the fumble and @_GeoJohns comes out of the pile with the ball #TENvsTB— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@TBBuccaneers) September 13, 2015
The New England Quartet
Jonathen Freeny, Duron Harmon, Devin McCourty, and Logan Ryan accounted for a combined 9 tackles, with one interception by Harmon, as the defending champion Patriots limited the electric Steelers offense with a 28-21 win on opening night this past Thursday.
Duron Harmon covered a lot of ground on his INT of Big Ben, but pass really under thrown https://t.co/zvgnEM9KOq— Steve Palazzolo (@PFF_Steve) September 12, 2015
Week 1's Scarlet MVP:
Watch Brandon Coleman's (@B_Cole16) first career NFL TD: http://t.co/yc3vzwEksZ #SaintsGameday pic.twitter.com/VUDaVaW5xq— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) September 13, 2015