The first week of NFL action is finally here and several former Kentucky Wildcats were on the field contributing for their respective teams. Not too many things I would rather do with my weekend than watch the Cats win on Saturday, then watch the NFL Cats in action all day Sunday.
Randall Cobb, WR, Green Bay Packers
Entering his seventh season with the Packers, Cobb looked to be Aaron Rodgers’ favorite target today against the Seattle Seahawks. Cobb was targeted 13 times resulting in 9 receptions for 85 yards, all of which were game highs. Green Bay was able to pick up a win in a low-scoring defensive battle, 17-9.
Here’s Cobb’s 29 yard reception, his longest of the day:
— Samuel Gold (@SamuelRGold) September 10, 2017
Wesley Woodyard, LB, Tennessee Titans
Veteran linebacker Wesley Woodyard saw a big drop in production last season for the Tennessee Titans, only accumulating 57 tackles, his lowest season total since 2010. Today was a great start at getting back on track this year for the defensive captain. He tied for the most total tackles on the team with 8 today, including 5 solo tackles, a sack, and another QB hit.
Looks like a lot of Lebeau's blitzes are designed to free up #59 Wesley Woodyard. Good quickness and closing speed. OL has to be aware. pic.twitter.com/zKt1AUwgLz
— Ted Nguyen (@RaidersAnalysis) September 9, 2017
Avery Williamson, LB, Tennessee Titans
Fourth year linebacker Avery Williamson is poised to have a really solid year alongside Woodyard in the Titans’ linebacking corps. Williamson finished today with 6 total tackles, including 4 solo. Unfortunately, the effort from the two Wildcat linebackers was not enough, as the Titans fell to the Oakland Raiders by the score of 26-16.
Here is what Titans’ head coach Mike Mularkey had to say about Williamson before the season started:
— Mickey Ryan (@MickeyRyan1045) August 10, 2017
Za’Darius Smith, LB, Baltimore Ravens
Former Kentucky lineman Za’Darius Smith has moved into more of a pass-rushing linebacker for the Baltimore Ravens this season. Unfortunately for Smith, his season opener didn’t last too long. After quickly getting three tackles and a sack, Smith went down with a knee sprain and had to be carted off the field. He didn’t return to the game, so we’re hoping for a speedy recovery for big Z. The Ravens embarrassed the Bengals in Cincinnati, shutting them out 20-0.
Danny Trevathan, LB, Chicago Bears
After missing seven games due to injury last season, Danny Trevathan is hoping to get back into the swing of things with a bounce-back season this year. It was incredible that Danny was even on the field today, recovering extremely fast from his knee injury in the second half of last year. Trevathan had two solo tackles today, along with one QB hit. The Bears fell to the Atlanta Falcons by the score of 23-17.
Check out the story on his recovery just before the season:
— CSN Chicago (@CSNChicago) August 25, 2017
Corey Peters, DT, Arizona Cardinals
While Corey Peters may not be an every-down player for the Cardinals, but they do rely on his efforts as a substitute on their defensive line. Peters had two tackles today and one QB knockdown. Peters only had four games last season where he had more than 2 tackles, so this is a solid start for him.The Cardinals lost to the Detroit Lions, 35-23.