IT’S THE FIRST NFL SUNDAY OF THE YEAR!! This offseason has been an especially-long roller coaster that looked like it would never stop, but it’s finally time. Today’s the day we see the new Cats start their NFL careers and seasons, and this seems to be a great NFL season as we celebrate its 100th season. Here are some of the major headlines that involve Cats alums while watching the games today.
Green Bay Packers @ Chicago Bears
Let’s get started with Thursday night’s game. In case you missed it, here are the highlights of the first game of the NFL season!
There were two Cats involved in that game: Danny Trevathan with the Chicago Bears, and Za’Darius Smith with the Green Bay Packers. Both showed major time on the field and both had great games, as Za’Darius Smith went for three tackles, one sack and one tackle for loss, while Danny Trevathan grabbed four tackles if his own.
Luckily, ESPN caught up with Smith after the game. Here is what he had to say about their newly-formed defense’s performance on Thursday night. Spoiler alert: he seems pretty happy with the victory over the rival Bears.
— Michele Steele (@ESPNMichele) September 6, 2019
Josh Allen, pre-season DROY?
In case you did not see on Friday on KSR, Josh Allen was picked by three of the seven CBS sports writers to win the Defensive Rookie of the Year honors this year. Today, he starts his campaign against the Super Bowl contender, the Kansas City Chiefs, and reigning NFL MVP, Patrick Mahomes.
All preseason, Allen has been the talk of the team in Jacksonville. A new edge rusher is what the Jaguars need for their already-stellar defense. Some say one of the best defenses in the AFC. One thing is for certain, Mahomes will have to pull some more “Mahomes magic” out there later today. Check out this video on an analysis about what Josh Allen going to bring during this next season.
By the way, if you have the Jaguars defense on your fantasy squad, excellent pick! Again, all I ask, please do not hurt Jacoby Brissett. I have already lost one Colts QB this season, I don’t want to lose another one…
Cats with NFL Captain honors
Not one, but two Cats have been given the title of captain. Both Wesley Woodyard for the Titans and Corey Peters for the Arizona Cardinals have been named a captain for their respective teams.
#Titans announce their team captains as voted by the players:
Safety Kevin Byard
DT Jurrell Casey
Center Ben Jones
QB Marcus Mariota
ILB Wesley Woodyard
— TURRON DAVENPORT (@TDavenport_NFL) September 4, 2019
Cardinals captains for 2019:
* WR Larry Fitzgerald
* C A.Q. Shipley
* OLB Chandler Jones
* DT Corey Peters
* P Andy Leehttps://t.co/zp72s3WN65
— Kyle Odegard (@Kyle_Odegard) September 4, 2019
For Woodyard, this will be the 17th straight football season he has been named a captain for his team, including all four years at Kentucky. If you need a refresher, check out this video from 2016 on what being leader means for Woodyard.
For Corey, his defensive coordinator, Vance Joseph has called him the ‘quiet dad’ of the D-Line in Arizona. In an article from arizona sports.com, Joseph had this to say about the newly named captain.
“He’s really quiet until somebody acts up. Doesn’t speak often but when he does, you know he’s serious about it.”
Also, while being called the ‘quiet dad’ in the locker-room, he is “Father Corey” to his wife’s friends. Peters is well-loved both on and off the field and it could be an amazing year for him as the Cardinals start a new era with their number one draft pick from Oklahoma, Kyler Murray.
Cats making their NFL debut
Coming off a 10-win season, many saw their value go up after that stellar performances. Today marks the NFL debut for four players: Josh Allen, Jacksonville; Benny Snell Jr, Pittsburgh; Lonnie Johnson, Houston and Mike Edwards, Tampa Bay.
For Lonnie Johnson, today’s game couldn’t come any faster. In an article from chron.com, Johnson had this today about his first game in the NFL against the future Hall of Famer, Drew Brees.
“I’m excited about it,” Johnson said, “I’m ready to get out there and play and show everybody what I’m made of. I’m ready to show what I’m about for real. Being on the same field with Drew Brees I’ve been watching him growing up. So, it’s going to be amazing. It’s Monday night. I can’t wait to play a real game.”
Lastly, for Mike Edwards, according to the Tampa Bay Times, he feels 100% going into his first game in the NFL today. After sitting out for most of the preseason out for a pulled hamstring, he fully participated last Thursday and is ready for NFL Sunday. This is what Edwards had to say about his NFL debut with his injury.
“I feel 100% now,” Edwards said, “I’m trying to get all the reps I can possibly get to be back in game shape, football shape.”
I know we have had college football back, but something is different when the NFL kicks off – watching football on Saturdays and Sundays is what I look forward to every year. The last thing I want to say is this: enjoy your NFL Sunday, and coming from a Colts fan, appreciate your franchise QB because you never know when he’ll retire. Kick back and relax as the NFL KICKS OFF!
|Danny Trevathan||Chicago Bears||LB||10-3 L to Green Bay. 5 tackles, 4 solo||NBC|
|Za’Darius Smith||Green Bay Packers||DE||10-3 W vs. Chicago. 3 tackles (2 solo), 1 sack, 1 tackle for loss||NBC|
|Josh Allen||Jacksonville Jaguars||DE||40-26 L to Kansas City. 2 tackles (1 solo)||CBS|
|Avery Williamson (IR)||New York Jets||LB||DNP - IR||CBS|
|Wesley Woodyard||Tennessee Titans||LB||43-13 W vs. Cleveland. 2 tackles (2 solo)||CBS|
|Corey Peters||Arizona Cardinals||DT||27-27 tie vs. Detroit. 2 tackles (1 solo)||FOX|
|Randall Cobb||Dallas Cowboys||WR||35-17 W vs. NY Giants. 4 receptions for 69 yards, 1 TD||FOX|
|Chris Westry (IR)||Dallas Cowboys||CB||DNP - IR||FOX|
|George Asafo-Adjei||New York Giants||OT||35-17 L to Dallas||FOX|
|Mike Edwards||Tampa Bay Bucaneers||DB||31-17 L to San Francisco. 1 pass defended||FOX|
|Bud Dupree||Pittsburgh Steelers||DE||33-3 L to New England. 4 tackles (4 solo), 1 sack, 1 stuff (5 yards)||NBC|
|Benny Snell||Pittsburgh Steelers||RB||33-3 L to New England. No reps.||NBC|
|Lonnie Johnson||Houston Texans||CB||Monday, 7:10 PM at New Orleans Saints||ESPN|
|Larry Warford||New Orleans Saints||OG||Monday, 7:10 PM vs. Houston Texans||ESPN|