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Rutgers Alums in the NFL- Week 3

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Well, a few good things to mention regarding our former Scarlet Knights that play in the pro circuit this past week, but some surprises as well. Of course, earlier today I wrote about Anthony Davis’ re-retirement from the NFL which sounds like it is due to concussion concerns. I know we all wish AD well, and want more than anything for him to be happy and healthy.

Monday Night Football had the Saints hosting the Atlanta Falcons. While the Saints remain 0 for the season after being on the losing end of a 45-32 score last night, we had an opportunity to see Rutgers alum Brandon Coleman starting for the Saints, due to the absence of Willie Snead. Coleman shone in the loss, which was certainly not the fault of an offense that put up 32 points. Coleman was on the field for 69 of 81 plays (85%), and had seven catches for 78 yards, for 7.1 yards per catch. However, the best play of the night for Coleman was a 28 yard pass from former Boilermaker Drew Brees, who landed on right on the money. Here is a clip from a tweet by NFL Brasil (who knew there even WAS an NFL Brasil!?!)

Former Rutgers star and current Patriots star Devin McCourty, besides being on the sideline of the Rutgers-Iowa game on Saturday along with football alum Kevin Malast, was recently on CSN New England speaking about how the Pats roster have bought into the coaches’ game plans, and as a result, are successful despite the loss of QB Tom Brady during his four-game suspension. Here is the link to the video. McCourty is one of only six Pats to have played in all three games this current season.

The defensive squad of the Patriots includes former Scarlet Knights Devin McCourty, Duron Harmon, Jonathan Freeny, and Logan Ryan. These four had a combined 11 tackles and 5 assists against the Texans on Sunday. Pretty impressive group.

Replacing C.J. Uzomah, Rutgers alum Tyler Kroft started for the Bengals against the loss to the Denver Broncos. It was his first start this season.

Mohamad Sunu left the game early in last night’s Saints-Falcons game discussed above. However, the Falcons seemed to do fine without him, finishing with 45 points on the board. He is listed as day-to-day due to a shoulder injury for the Falcon’s game on Sunday against the 1-2 Carolina Panthers.

The Ravens’ Jeremy Zuttah has not had a great season to date. Those in Baltimore are openly questioning if there is a problem, as noted in this article on the Ravens’ SB Nation site published on Saturday. Despite this grumbling, the Ravens are a perfect 3-0 to start the season.

And in closing, Kenny Britt may just have the quote of the week. Speaking about head coach Jeff Fisher following the 37-32 victory over the Tampa Bay Bucs, Britt was quoted by ESPN’s Alden Gonzalez as saying: