Rutgers, despite not having the history of an Alabama, Michigan, Ohio State, or other big time programs, manages to get plenty of talent to the next level. Here is how some of these former Scarlet Knights fared in week one of the NFL season.
Mohamed Sanu Sr.: Falcons
Sanu has become a very reliable No. 2 WR with the Atlanta Falcons in recent seasons next to Julio Jones. However, he was limited in a Thursday Night loss to the defending Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles. He logged four catches for 18 yards in the loss.
Janarion Grant: Ravens
Grant went un-drafted but managed to sneak onto the Baltimore Ravens roster. He did not reel in a catch from QB Joe Flacco but made himself known on special teams. Something he was notorious for while at Rutgers. Grant returned a punt 51 yards, setting up a field goal for the Ravens. If Grant can continue to make an impact in the return game, expect him to be used as a weapon more and more each game.
Janarion Grant comes up with a 51 YARD RETURN en route to a Ravens field goal! #NFLKnights pic.twitter.com/LuEKTSYWXZ— Rutgers Football (@RFootball) September 9, 2018
And that's exactly why the Ravens chose Janarion Grant. He has the ability to break and bounce off tackles and keep going. Huge return for the rookie.— Ryan Mink (@ryanmink) September 9, 2018
Kemoko Turary: Colts
Turay was selected in the 2nd round of the NFL Draft by the Indianapolis Colts. He logged 22 (40%) of the teams defensive snaps in a 34-23 loss to the Bengals on Sunday. He did not register a tackle. Turay was seen by a lot of scouts as a project but managed to move up the depth chart and could make an impact later this season.
Horse collar or not, that was a heck of a play from Kemoko Turay right there, and part of the reason why the Colts' brass is so high on him.— Zak Keefer (@zkeefer) September 9, 2018
McCourty twins and Duron Harmon: Patriots
The secondary is Rutgers dominated in New England. Week one saw Devin McCourty earn two tackles and four assisted tackles while Harmon registered two tackles and one assisted tackle. Devin’s brother Jason also played and logged one tackle for the game.
Making history. pic.twitter.com/hqrwMcPxwl— New England Patriots (@Patriots) September 9, 2018
Tyler Kroft: Bengals
The former TE enters his fourth season with the Cincinnati Bengals. While he is behind Tyler Eifert on the depth chart, Kroft has been in the two tight-end rotation for the Bengals. He registered one catch for nine yards in Sunday’s win over the Colts.
Michael Burton: Bears
The Bears fullback did not receive a carry in a Sunday night loss to the Packers, but did manage to get a touch. Burton logged one catch for six yards.
Logan Ryan: Titans
One of the finer defensive backs to come from the Scarlet Knights program. In the Titans delayed loss to the Dolphins on Sunday, Ryan registered four tackles and three assisted tackles.