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ND in the NFL: Week 1

Will Fuller turned in a breakout performance for Houston in his NFL debut. Irish Illustrated takes you around the league for a look at former Irish players in Week 1.

Arizona: WR Michael Floyd, TE Troy Niklas

Floyd had three receptions for 61 yards as Arizona lost 23-21 to New England. Niklas made the active roster and made one tackle.

Baltimore: OT Ronnie Stanley, DE Kapron Lewis-Moore

Stanley made his NFL debut at left tackle for Baltimore in a 13-7 win over Buffalo. Lewis-Moore is on the Baltimore practice squad.

Buffalo: S Robert Blanton

Blanton didn't make any tackles for Buffalo in its 13-7 loss to Baltimore.

Carolina: LS J.J. Jansen

Jansen started off the season with a 21-20 loss to the defending Super Bowl champion Broncos. The Panthers missed a potential game-winning field goal after a less-than-perfect long snap.

Cincinnati: TE Tyler Eifert

Eifert was inactive for Cincinnati’s 23-22 win over the New York Jets as he continues to recover from offseason ankle surgery.

Cleveland: George Atkinson III

Atkinson made the active roster but didn’t register a carry for Cleveland in its 29-10 loss to Philadelphia.

Dallas: WR Chris Brown, OL Zack Martin, LB Jaylon Smith

Martin started at guard for Dallas in its 20-19 loss to the Giants. Smith is on the reserve/non-football injury list, meaning he’ll miss at least the first six weeks for sure. Brown, an undrafted free agent signing, is on injured reserve for the season after breaking his foot in preseason practice.

Detroit: RB Theo Riddick, WR Golden Tate

Riddick turned in a stellar effort for Detroit in a 39-35 win over the Colts with seven carries for 45 yards and a touchdown plus five catches for 63 yards and another score. He opened the scoring with a 21-yard run in the first quarter. Matthew Stafford then found Riddick from 13 yards out in the fourth quarter to give the Lions a 34-28 lead. Tate chipped in with seven catches for 41 yards and one carry for two yards.

Houston: WR Will Fuller, OL Nick Martin

Fuller turned in a breakout performance for Houston in his professional debut with five catches for 107 yards and a touchdown on 11 targets. Fuller got into the end zone on an 18-yard screen, giving the Texans a 20-14 lead with 12:44 left in the game. Houston went on to beat Chicago by a 23-14 score. Martin is on injured reserve and will miss the season after requiring ankle surgery in preseason.

Indianapolis: Matthias Farley

Farley made his way onto the active roster but didn’t register any statistics as Indianapolis lost 39-35 to the Lions.

Jacksonville: DL Sheldon Day, TE Ben Koyack

Day and Koyack both made the active roster but neither registered any meaningful stats as Jacksonville opened the season with a 27-23 loss to Green Bay.

Kansas City: CB KeiVarae Russell

Russell didn’t make the active roster for Kansas City in its 33-27 win over the Chargers.

Minnesota: TE Kyle Rudolph, S Harrison Smith

Rudolph had four catches for 65 yards as the Vikings started the season with a 25-16 win over the Titans. Smith totaled eight tackles, six of which were solo stops.

New York Giants:  DE Romeo Okwara, LB Ishaq Williams

Okwara made the active roster for the Giants in their 20-19 win over Dallas but didn’t register any tackles. Williams is on the Giants practice squad.

Pittsburgh: OT Ryan Harris, DE Stephon Tuitt

Tuitt had one tackle and a quarterback pressure for Pittsburgh in its 38-16 win over Washington.

San Diego: LB Manti Te’o, OL Chris Watt

Te’o, a captain for San Diego, led all tacklers with 10 (eight solo) in a 33-27 loss to Kansas City. He added two tackles-for-loss. Watt (knee) is on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list, which means he’ll miss the first six weeks of the season at a minimum.

San Francisco: DL Ian Williams

Williams will miss the entire season after an offseason ankle injury. San Francisco won its opener 28-0 over Los Angeles.

Seattle: RB C.J. Prosise

Prosise had one carry for minus-two yards and a reception for 13 yards in his debut for Seattle, which grabbed a 12-10 win over Miami.

Tennessee: TE Anthony Fasano, CB Cody Riggs

Fasano and Riggs both made the active roster for Tennessee in its 25-16 loss to Minnesota.

Washington: S David Bruton

Bruton had eight tackles (four solo) and one pass breakup for Washington in its 38-16 loss to the Steelers. Top Stories