The Bulls started the offseason with 12 players on NFL active roster's but by opening kick-off Sunday there were only six, Mike Jenkins, Anthony Henry, Stephen Nicholas, Kawika Mitchell, Marc Dile and Chad Simpson. See how they fared in the opening week.
--Detroit cornerback Anthony Henry, who was acquired in the offseason from Dallas, led the Lions with 11 tackles and intercepted New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees in the end zone in Sunday's 45-27 loss. The play was a flea-flicker between Reggie Bush, and Brees who threw the deep pass down the middle of the field, but Henry played the ball perfectly, intercepting it and returned it 26 yards to the Detroit 24-yard line. He also had with two passes defended and had a special team tackle.
--Dallas cornerback Mike Jenkins, the former USF standout had two tackles, and a pass defended in the 34-21 win over Tampa, but was Johnny on the spot. Early in the first quarter with Tampa Bay down 0-3, the Buc's lined up for a field goal attempt, but it was blocked by Gerald Sensabaugh, and Jenkins retuned the blocked punt 17 yards to set up another scoring drive. Late in the third quarter, the Bucs were driving and it appeared that Jenkins intercepted a Leftwich, his second as a cowboy, but an illegal contact penalty on safety Gerald Sensabaugh negated the play.
--Atlanta Falcons linebacker Stephen Nicholas, is part of a young revamped LB unit, and was second on the team with seven tackles in a 19-7 win against the Miami Dolphins. Last year Nicholas made 37 tackles in his rookie season, but his role was more of a back-up and special team's ace, but earned the starting gig during the offseason.
--Buffalo linebacker Kawika Mitchell, who was just selected by his teammates as one of the Bills defensive captains for the 2009 season had 7 tackles, with 4 of them solo in a 24-25 loss to the New England Patriots. Mitchell a 7- year NFL veteran, was drafted by the Chiefs, won a Super Bowl ring with the Giants in 2007, before signing with Buffalo in 2008Started 63 of 64 games in the last four NFL seasons.
-- Indianapolis Colts RB Chad Simpson,who spent his first two seasons at South Florida before transferring to Morgan State had three returns for 82 yards with an average of 27.3 yards per touch, and a long of 39 yards.
--Tampa Bay OL Marc Dile signed with free agent contract with the Buccaneer's and was listed as the Buc's second team left guard, but was inactive for Sundays' loss to Dallas. With center Jeff Faine out for 4-6 weeks with a left triceps 'strain Morris said the Bucs have several candidates within the roster to replace Faine, including moving Jeremy Zutah and Marc Dile who played some center through training camp, but they will also consider adding a player.
Detroit Lions cornerback and former USF Bull Anthony Henry (32) holds the ball up after intercepting a Drew Brees pass in the first half against the New Orleans Saints in New Orleans, Sunday, Joining the celebration is Detroit Lions cornerback Eric King(29).
Dallas Cowboys' Mike Jenkins (21) tries to bring down Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Derrick Ward (28) during the third quarter Sunday.
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