Auburn football: Tigers in the NFL, Week 7

rblack@ledger-enquirer.comOctober 22, 2013 

The NFL season finished up Week 7 with Monday night's matchup between the Minnesota Vikings and New York Giants, which had all of one combined victory entering the game. But that's beside the point, as the gist of this post is to check with Auburn alums in the NFL and see how they performed in the past week.

My everlasting gratitude goes to Taylor Bryan, a student assistant in Auburn's athletics department who compiled this information.

THE STAR

Cam Newton (QB, Carolina Panthers): Newton was 15-of-17 for 205 yards and a touchdown for a career-high 88.2 percent completion rate. He also rushed 10 times for 26 yards and a touchdown. The top overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, Newton has 9,251 yards passing with 50 touchdowns along with 1,626 yards rushing and 24 touchdowns in his career.

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Karlos Dansby (LB, Arizona Cardinals): Dansby recorded five solo tackles against the Seahawks, making him the top tackler on the Cardinals with 62 total tackles and sixth overall in the league. He also had a pass deflection in the 33-24 defeat. Dansby has 942 tackles in his pro career.

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Daren Bates (LB, St. Louis Rams): Bates did not record any statistics in the Rams’ 30-15 defeat by the Carolina Panthers. Bates has five total tackles and has played on special teams in all seven games this season.

Rob Bironas (PK, Tennessee Titans): Hit his only field goal, a 31 yarder, against the San Francisco 49ers. He was also 2-for-2 on extra points. Bironas is 11-for-14 in 2013 and has hit 225 field goals in his NFL career at a rate of 85.2 percent.

Ronnie Brown (RB, San Diego Chargers): Brown had 35 total yards in the Chargers’ 24-6 defeat of the Jacksonville Jaguars. The No. 2 overall pick in 2005 has recorded more than 7,000 total yards in his nine-year career with 40 touchdowns.

Josh Bynes (LB, Baltimore Ravens): Bynes did not play Sunday against the Steelers after having surgery on his finger. Bynes has 33 stops in 2013 and 67 tackles in his three season career.

Jason Campbell (QB, Cleveland Browns): Did not play in the Browns’ 31-13 loss to the Green Bay Packers. Campbell has 14,688 yards passing and 76 touchdowns in his career.

King Dunlap (OT, San Diego Chargers): Started against the Jaguars for the second-straight game since suffering a concussion in Week 3. He has played in 57 games in his six year career.

Nick Fairley (DT, Detroit Lions): Recorded one pass deflection in the third quarter against the Bengals. Fairley has 12 tackles and 1.5 sacks in 2013. He has 60 tackles and eight sacks in his three-year career.

Tyronne Green (OG, New England Patriots): Placed on the injured reserve on August 15 with an undisclosed injury.

Quentin Groves (LB, Cleveland Browns): Recorded one solo tackle and forced a fumble on a punt return on the Browns’ opening drive. Groves has 156 tackles, 7.5 sacks and two interceptions in his six seasons in the NFL.

Ben Grubbs (OG, New Orleans Saints): The Saints were on a bye during Week 7 and will return to action next Sunday against Buffalo. Grubbs has started 91 of his 95 career games played for Baltimore and New Orleans.

Josh Harris (LS, Atlanta Falcons): Harris snapped the ball for one field goal, four extra points and four punts Sunday against Tampa Bay. Harris has played in all 21 games since joining the league in 2012.

Will Herring (LB, New Orleans Saints): The Saints were on a bye during Week 7 and will play Buffalo at home next Sunday. Herring has 134 tackles in seven seasons.

Brandon Jacobs (RB, New York Giants): Jacobs did not play on Monday Night Football against the Vikings after suffering a hamstring injury Week 6 against the Bears. Jacobs has rushed for more than 5,000 yards and 59 touchdowns in his NFL career.

Corey Lemonier (LB, San Francisco 49ers): Lemonier recorded two tackles (one solo) in the 49ers’ victory over the Titans. Lemonier has 11 total tackles through the first seven games of his rookie season.

Sen’Derrick Marks (DT, Jacksonville Jaguars): Had three solo tackles and a sack in the Jaguars’ 24-6 defeat by San Diego. In his first season with Jacksonville, Marks has 17 tackles through Week 7. Marks has recorded 116 tackles and five sacks in his five professional seasons.

Brandon Mosley (OG, New York Giants): Saw action for the fourth-straight week as the Giants defeated Minnesota 23-7 on Monday Night Football. Mosley missed all of 2012 due to injury after being selected in the fourth round of the 2012 NFL Draft.

Jerraud Powers (CB, Arizona Cardinals): Recorded four tackles (two solo), and a pass deflection in the Cardinals’ loss to Seattle. He has 25 tackles and seven pass deflections this season. Powers has 235 tackles and six interceptions in five seasons in the league.

Carlos Rogers (CB, San Francisco 49ers): Rogers recorded three solo tackles in the 49ers’ victory over the Titans. He has 18 tackles, an interception and three pass deflections this season. A former Pro Bowl selection, Rogers has 416 tackles and 16 interceptions in nine seasons in the NFL.

Pat Sims (DT, Oakland Raiders): The Raiders were on bye Week 7 and will return next Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Sims has 152 tackles and five sacks in his career.

Ben Tate (RB, Houston Texans): Recorded 50 yards rushing on 15 attempts against the Chiefs as well as two receptions for 5 yards. He has 1,539 yards and seven touchdowns in his career. Tate has totaled 318 yards on 66 attempts so far in 2013.

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