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Beavers in the NFL: Week One

Brandin Cooks shows off on Monday Night.

Wild Card Round - Atlanta Falcons v Los Angeles Rams Photo by Harry How/Getty Images

The NFL season is underway, and a few Beavers are seeing some game time. Here’s what happened in Week One.


  • Brandin Cooks: Los Angeles Rams - Wide Receiver

Cooks was the highlight of the week for former Beavers. He pulled in 5 receptions for 85 yards, and while he didn’t grab any touchdowns, he was the Rams leading receiver in terms of yardage in their 33-13 win over the Raiders.

  • Johnny Hekker: Los Angeles Rams - Punter

The Rams didn’t need much punting in their blowout win, but Hekker performed well when called upon. He punted twice, with an average of 58.2 yards per punt.

  • Jacquizz Rodgers: Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Running Back

Despite the explosive offense in the Bucs 48-40 win over New Orleans, Rodgers did not see a lot of action. He only had two carries, for one yard.

  • Mike Remmers: Minnesota Vikings - Offensive Tackle/Guard

Remmers and the rest of the Vikings starting O-Line had some trouble with the Niners pass rush, giving up three sacks, but for the most part kept Kirk Cousins safe in his first start as a Viking. The Vikings run blocking still needs some work, and Remmers needs to do better there; Deforest Buckner spent a lot of time in the Vikings backfield. Minnesota won the game 24-16.

  • Andy Levitre: Atlanta Falcons - Guard
  • Ricky Ortiz: Atlanta Falcons - Fullback

It wasn’t a great night for the Atlanta Falcons pass and run blocking units. Matt Ryan was sacked 4 times in the Falcons 18-14 loss. Ortiz in particular looked over matched when blocking for Devonta Freeman. The Falcons only generated 74 total yards on the ground.

  • Jordan Poyer: Buffalo Bills - Safety

In the Ravens 47-3 blowout of the Bills, Poyer finished with 8 total tackles, 4 solo and 4 assists. The Bills defense performed badly, but a lot of that was down to Quarterback Nathan Peterman placing them in impossible situations.


That’s all for week one. There will be another full week of NFL action this weekend. Of interest to Beavers fans, Brandin Cooks and the Rams will take on the Cardinals. Check back next week to see what went down.