Kickoff of the 2021 NFL season saw several former Tigers take the field for their professional teams, with some members of the 2021 draft class making their NFL debut.
We’ll go game-by-game for this recap, with final scores and statistics of Ex-Auburn players.
Dallas Cowboys vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay defensive backs Carlton Davis and Jamel Dean recorded 11 combined tackles in last Thursday’s 31–29 win over the Cowboys. Former Tiger cornerback Davis intercepted Dallas’ Dak Prescott during the third quarter, and returned it for 25 yards before being stopped. Davis also had three passes defensed while Dean had one.
Buccaneers linebacker K.J. Britt played primarily on special teams.
New York Jets vs. Carolina Panthers
One of the few matchups on Sunday that featured ex-Auburn players on both sidelines saw Derrick Brown’s Panthers defeat Jamien Sherwood’s Jets 19-14.
Brown finished with four tackles, one batted pass and a sack. The sack came late in the fourth quarter, where Brown bull-rushed through the Jets’ offensive line to crush quarterback Zach Wilson.
Sherwood got his first career start on Sunday, but the 2021 fifth-round pick was forced to leave the game early with an elbow injury. He finished with one tackle, and will miss a few weeks before he is able to return.
Philadelphia Eagles vs. Atlanta Falcons
Marlon Davidson and the Falcons lost to the Eagles 32–6 on Sunday, with Davidson recording three total tackles, one of them solo. Former Tiger Josh Harris serves as the Falcons’ long snapper
Punter Arryn Siposs had four punts for the Eagles, averaging 47.3 yards per punt and a long of 54 yards. Siposs had three punts land inside the 20-yard line.
Minnesota Vikings vs. Cincinnati Bengals
Tight end C.J. Uzomah recorded two catches for 35 yards in Sunday’s 27–24 win against the Vikings. The Auburn product snagged in a 32-yard catch-and-run in overtime to set up the eventual game-winning 33-yard field goal.
San Francisco 49ers vs. Detroit Lions
Defensive end Dee Ford recorded one tackle and a sack. The seven-year veteran also recorded another quarterback hit against Detroit’s Jared Goff.
Seattle Seahawks vs. Indianapolis Colts
Offensive lineman Braden Smith started his 44th career game for the Colts in their 28–16 loss to the Seahawks on Sunday. Smith, who signed a 4-year, $72 million contract in the offseason, suffered a foot injury during the game. The 2018 second-round pick is questionable to play next week.
Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Houston Texans
Daniel Thomas and Rudy Ford’s Jaguars were defeated by the Texans 37–21. Ford recorded three tackles, two of them solo, while Thomas was inactive.
Cleveland Browns vs. Kansas City Chiefs
Wide receiver Anthony Schwartz hauled in three catches on five targets for 69 yards with a long of 44yards. He also had one carry for 17 yards. The rookie showed out in the absence of Odell Beckham Jr., using his speed to get open against the Kansas City defense.
Miami Dolphins vs. New England Patriots
This Week 1 matchup saw a matchup of three former Auburn defensive backs, with Noah Igbinoghene’s Dolphins taking down Jonathan Jones and Brandon King’s New England Patriots 17–16. Jones finished with one pass defensed and an acrobatic interception mid-way through the fourth quarter. Patriots quarterback Jarret Stidham didn’t see the field, and Igbinoghene was a healthy scratch.
Denver Broncos vs. New York Giants
Giants receiver Darius Slayton caught three of his seven targets for 65 yards, with a long of 42 yards. The 2019 fifth-round pick saw a high volume of targets from his quarterback, so watch for his numbers to go up as the season goes on.
Chicago Bears vs. Los Angeles Rams
Angelo Blackson’s Bears lost 34–14 to the Rams on Sunday night, with Blackson totaling four total tackles, one of them solo.
Baltimore Ravens vs. Las Vegas Raiders
Kicker Daniel Carlson went 3/3 on extra points and 2/2 on field goals in Monday night’s 33–27 win against the Ravens, including a new career long of 55 yards to send the Raiders to overtime. Running back Peyton Barber, also on the Raiders, did not see the field in the win.
Defensive Lineman Montravius Adams re-signed with the New Orleans Saints last Monday. Adams was cut by the Saints two weeks ago.
Former Tigers on Injured Reserve/Practice Squads
T/G Jack Driscoll, Philadelphia Eagles (IR)
DE Carl Lawson, New York Jets (IR)
LB Josh Bynes, Baltimore Ravens (PS)