Auburn football: Tigers in the NFL, Week 1

rblack@ledger-enquirer.comSeptember 11, 2013 

Former Auburn Tiger Karlos Dansby played seven of his 10 seasons in the NFL with the Arizona Cardinals. A free agent at the end of last year, he signed with the Cleveland Browns during the offseason.

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The NFL season is one week old. It's a league where Auburn is well-represented, as there are 24 former Tigers spread across NFL rosters.

With the help of Taylor Bryan, assistant director of communications in Auburn's athletics department, we'll recap how Auburn alums fare each week.

Now, let's look back at the opening week.

THE STAR

Karlos Dansby (LB, Arizona Cardinals): Started for the Cardinals and had eight solo tackles, as well as a pass deflection. Dansby also recorded a touchdown saving fumble recovery on a strip ball. Dansby has tallied 893 tackles in 10 seasons in the NFL.

HONORABLE MENTION

Cam Newton (QB, Carolina Panthers): Newton was 16-of-23 for 125 yards and one touchdown in the Carolina's 12-7 home opening defeat by the Seattle Seahawks. Newton also rushed for 38 yards on five attempts. The 2011 No. 1 overall pick has passed for more than 8,000 yards in 33 career games.

Josh Bynes (LB, Baltimore Ravens): Started for the Ravens in their season opener against the Denver Broncos and recorded eight tackles (six solo). Denver defeated the Ravens 49-27 on Thursday night in the season opener.

Rob Bironas (PK, Tennessee Titans): Was a perfect 3-for-3 on field goals with a long of 44 yards. Bironas also made an extra point as the Titans defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers, 16-9.

BEST OF THE REST

Daren Bates (LB, St. Louis Rams): Bates recorded one solo tackle in his first NFL regular season game. The tackle came during a kickoff return in the second quarter against the Cardinals. The Rams defeated Arizona, 27-24.

Ronnie Brown (RB, San Diego Chargers): Ran for 27 yards on five attempts against the Houston Texans on Monday Night Football. Also had two receptions for 24 yards his Chargers fell 31-28 to Houston.

Jason Campbell (QB, Cleveland Browns): Did not play in the Browns opening game against the Miami Dolphins. Campbell is the No. 2 quarterback on the roster behind Brandon Weeden. He has passed for more than 14,000 yards in nine seasons after being drafted by Washington in 2005.

King Dunlap (OT, San Diego Chargers): Started in the Chargers' 31-28 defeat by the Houston Texans on Monday Night Football. Dunlap is in his sixth season in the NFL and his first with the Chargers after five seasons in Philadelphia.

Nick Fairley (DT, Detroit Lions): In Detroit's 34-24 victory over the Minnesota Vikings, Fairley recorded 1.5 sacks and five total tackles. He now has eight sacks and 54 combined tackles in his three-year career.

Tyronne Green (OG, New England Patriots): On the injured reserve on August 15 with an undisclosed injury after getting hurt in the preseason.

Quentin Groves (LB, Cleveland Browns): Recorded one sack for the Browns in their 23-10 defeat of the Miami Dolphins. Groves has 7.5 sacks in his career and is in his first season with Cleveland.

Ben Grubbs (OG, New Orleans Saints): Grubbs started for the Saints in their season opener against the Atlanta Falcons. He helped protect Drew Brees, who threw for 357 yards and two touchdowns in the Saints' 23-17 victory. Grubbs has played in 91 games in seven seasons in the NFL.

Josh Harris (LS, Atlanta Falcons): Played in the Falcons' 23-17 defeat to the New Orleans Saints. Snapped for one field goal and two extra points as well as six punts. He played in all 16 games last season as a rookie.

Will Herring (LB, New Orleans Saints): Recorded one solo tackle for the Saints in their season opening 23-17 victory over the Atlanta Falcons. An Opelika native, Herring has 132 total tackles in his six-year career.

Brandon Jacobs (RB, New York Giants): Jacobs inked a one-year deal with the Giants on Tuesday. The 6-foor-4, 264-pound running back spent 2005-11 with the New York club before signing with San Francisco for the 2012 season. He has rushed for 4,856 yards and 56 touchdowns in eight seasons. Corey Lemonier (LB, San Francisco 49ers): Saw playing time, but did not record any statistics in San Francisco's 34-28 win over the Packers. Lemonier was drafted by the 49ers in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft.

Sen'Derrick Marks (DT, Jacksonville Jaguars): Started at defensive tackle in his first regular season game with the Jaguars. Marks recorded two assisted tackles in the Jaguars' 28-2 loss to Kansas City. He has 102 tackles and three sacks in his five-year career.

Brandon Mosley (OG, New York Giants): Did not start for the Giants in their first game of the 2013 season, but did see playing time on the offensive line. The Giants came up short to Dallas, 36-31.

Ben Obomanu (WR, New York Jets): After being one of the Jets' final cuts in training camp, Obomanu was resigned on Tuesday. In five seasons with Seattle, the Selma native recorded 87 receptions for 1,209 yards and seven touchdowns.

Jerraud Powers (CB, Arizona Cardinals): Recorded four solo tackles and one pass deflection against the St. Louis Rams as his Cardinals fell late, 27-24. Powers has totaled 214 tackles, 34 pass deflections and six interceptions in his five-year career.

Jay Ratliff (NT, Dallas Cowboys): Remains on the Cowboys' physically unable to perform (PUP) list with a hamstring injury and is not expected to return until Week 7.

Carlos Rogers (CB, San Francisco 49ers): Started at cornerback for the 49ers in their home opener against Green Bay. Rogers did not accumulate any statistics, but helped lead the 49ers defense to a 34-28 victory. The nine-year veteran has recorded 15 interceptions in his career.

Pat Sims (DT, Oakland Raiders): Recorded one assisted tackle in his first game with the Raiders after moving as a free agent in the offseason. The week one defeat by the Indianapolis Colts, 21-17, opens Sims' fifth season in the NFL. He has recorded 139 tackles in his career.

Ben Tate (RB, Houston Texans): Had nine carries for 55 yards and two receptions for seven yards to help the Texans defeat the Chargers 31-28 on Monday Night Football. Tate's longest run of the night was 14 yards. He has run for 1,276 yards in his career.

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