Dawgs in the NFL: Week One

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By Kevin Keneely:

The University of Georgia has been known to produce some great NFL talent, and that trend continues as UGA enters the 2016 NFL season as a top-10 talent producer yet again. Some of the players have established themselves as elite; Thomas Davis, who is fresh off a Super Bowl appearance, Todd Gurley, the reining Offensive Rookie of the Year, A.J. Green, one of the most consistent wide receivers in the league, and Matthew Stafford, who is one of four quarterbacks to throw for over 5,000 yards in a single season and the fastest to reach 25,000 passing yards.

After the first week of the NFL season, many former UGA players have already began to make a name for themselves in 2016.

Panthers OLB Thomas Davis (UGA 2001-04)

  • TOT: 4
  • SOLO: 4
  • TFL: 1
  • INT: 1
  • PD: 1

Thomas Davis is coming off his first-ever Pro Bowl season, and proved why in the Super Bowl rematch against the Broncos last Thursday. Davis ended Denver’s first drive of the game with an interception, one that could’ve broke the game open as it came directly after the Panthers scored on the opening drive. Davis continues to be a leader for Carolina both on and off the field.

Bengals WR A.J. Green (UGA 2008-10)

  • TGTS: 13
  • REC: 12
  • YDS: 180
  • TD: 1

A.J. Green had easily the most dominant week of all the Georgia alums in the NFL, as he recorded 12 receptions for 180 yards and one touchdown, including three receptions for 26 yards on a late key drive, which helped set the Bengals up for the go-ahead field goal. His 12 receptions and 180 receiving yards were both good enough to establish Green as the league-leader in each category.

Dolphins DB Reshad Jones (UGA 2007-09)

  • TOT: 12
  • SOLO: 6
  • TFL: 1
  • PD: 1

Reshad Jones had a near perfect outing as he led the team in tackles, with 12, and nearly held the Seahawks from scoring any touchdowns, something that has not happened during Pete Carroll’s time in Seattle.

Lions QB Matthew Stafford (UGA 2006-08)

  • 31/39
  • 340 YARDS
  • 3 TDs

Matthew Stafford pulled through with a 39-35 victory against the Colts, while battling it out with fellow No. 1 draft pick Andrew Luck, who threw for nearly 400 yards and four touchdowns. In Stafford’s first game without superstar WR  Calvin Johnson (retired); Stafford dished the ball out to eight different receivers. And for the fifth time in Stafford’s eight-year career, he was able to throw for at least 300 yards in the first week of the season.

Rams MLB Alec Ogletree (UGA 2010-12)

  • TOT: 12
  • SOLO: 11
  • PD: 1

Alec Ogletree had a nice outing on Monday Night Football vs the 49ers. Los Angeles may have gotten blown out on national television, but at least Ogletree did his part, recording 12 tackles.

Former Dawgs who received honorable mention for their week 1 performances are as follows: Malcolm Mitchell, David Andrews, Shawn Williams, Geno Atkins, Chris Conley and Todd Gurley.

Patriots WR Malcolm Mitchell

  • TGTS: 5
  • REC: 2
  • YDS: 33
  • Coming off an injury

Patriots C David Andrews

  • Started at center for the Brady-less Patriots

Bengals DB Shawn Williams

  • TOT: 9
  • SOLO: 5
  • TFL: 1
  • QB Hits: 1

Bengals DT Geno Atkins

  • TOT: 4
  • SOLO: 3
  • Sacks: 1
  • TFL: 3
  • QB Hits: 1

Chiefs WR Chris Conley

  • TGTS: 7
  • REC: 4
  • YDS: 43

Rams RB Todd Gurley

  • CAR: 17
  • YDS: 47
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