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Tigers in the NFL (and beyond) — Week 4

Duval is 30/39 on field goals and 37/37 on extra points this season for a total of 139, which leads the CFL. He also punts for Montreal, averaging 45.2 yards per punt... which would rank him 1st if he were kicking in the NFL So why ISN'T he in the NFL?

Two more undefeateds go down, leaving the Chiefs as the only squad with an 0 in the loss column.  Don’t expect that to last; they face Jerraud Powers and the Colts in Indianapolis this weekend.  Now if we could just get those pesky winless teams a victory we could have true parity.

Quarterbacks:
Jason Campbell #8 – stayed on the bench this week as the Raiders lost another one, 31-24, this time to the Texans.  Gradkowski did go down with a shoulder injury, but apparently it’s not going to keep him out of the starting lineup.
For the season Jason is 30 of 52 for a 57.6 completion percentage for 267 yards, 1 TD and 2 INTs.  He has also rushed for 54 yards on 10 carries and been sacked 6 times.

Running Backs:
Ronnie Brown #23 – 11 carries for 27 yards and 4 catches for 29 yards was all Ronnie had in a very weird Monday Night game.  The Dolphins came out and dominated the first quarter and look poised to run the Pats out of the stadium;the Fins had 150ish yards to the Pats 7.  Then the weirdness began, 2 Miami INTs led to 2 NE Field Goals, then the Pats ran a kick back, blocked a punt inside the ten, blocked a field goal they ran back for a TD, and returned a 3rd INT for a TD.  The odds were not on Karlos and Ronnie’s side last night.  Pats win 41-14.
Ronnie has gained 126 yards on 48 attempts this year and has one TD.  He has also caught 9 balls for 51 yards.
Heath Evans #44 – is fighting the good fight and leading the way for the Saint’s scrub-like backfield of Chris Ivory and LaDell Betts.  Heath may be the healthiest running back the Saints have with 4, yes 4, backs on the injury list.  No rushes this week but he caught a pass for 4 yards in the Saints 16-14 win over the Panthers.
Heath has started every game this year but has only 1 carry for 0 yards and 3 catches for 29 yards.  It would be nice if they kept stats for blocking.
Tony Richardson #49 – started in the Jets’38-14 shellacking of the Bills in Buffalo but did not record a stat.
Tony has started at fullback all 4 games but has only caught 2 passes for 9 yards this season.
Carnell Williams #24 – had a bye week this week. Carnell has started all 3 games and rushed for 139 yards on 55 carries, a dismal 2.5 ypc.  He’s caught 8 passes for 64 yards.  He has yet to score this season.
Ben Tate #43 – is on IR with the Houston Texans.

Wide Recievers:
Devin Aromashadu #19 – is still in the doghouse after being the #1 target in week one.  He’s not happy playing in the slot, and doesn’t fit that role in most people’s opinions, so he sits.
Devin caught 5 passes for 71 yards in the first game of the year but hasn’t touched the ball since.
Ben Obamanu #87 – dressed but played mostly on special teams and did not record a stat in the Seahawks’ embarrassing 20-3 loss to the Rams. Ben has played in every game this year and has caught 3 passes for 36 yards and a TD this season.
Montez Billings #89 – is on the New Orleans practice squad.
Prechae Rodriguez #85 – has been cut by the Saskatchewan Roughriders who were disappointed in his production after making a trade for him in the offseason.  He has yet to be picked up by another team.  He had 30 catches for 375 yards and 2 TDs this season.

Offensive Lineman: There’s a great article on some former Auburn offensive lineman in this week’s San Diego Tribune.
Ben Grubbs #66 – helped his Ravens win that battle against the Steelers. 17-14. Ben has started all 4 games for the Ravens this year.
Marcus McNeill #73 – is still sitting and won’t be able to play for a few more weeks.
King Dunlap #65 – played mostly on special teams for the Eagles in their 17-12 loss to the Redskins, but King was in the game right before the half when the Eagles were trying to get on the board. He has played in all 4 games but hasn’t started this season.
Tyronne Green #69 – has been elevated to the starting RG position due to injuries, and is likely to stay there.  He had an easy time of it in his first start – the Chargers demolished the Cardinals, 41-10. Tyronne has played in 3 games this season and got his first start against the Cardinals this past week.
Tim Duckworth #78 – played on special teams in the Panthers’ 16-14 loss to the Saints in New Orleans.
Duck is the team’s top reserve guard and has played in every game this year with no starts.

Defensive Lineman:
Jay Ratliff #90 – Jay had the week off with the Cowboys. He’s started all three games this year and has 5 tackles and a pass deflection from his NT spot.
Quentin Groves #52 – had four tackles this week against the Texans as Oakland fell 31-24.  Quentin is playing with bruised ribs and probable for this weekends game.
Quentin has started every game this season and has collected 14 tackles, a pass deflection and an INT.
Spencer Johnson #91 – got a whopping 8 tackles and a pass deflection in his first start of the year.  Too bad his performance didn’t help the Bills win; the Jets took it 38-14. Spencer has played every game this year and has 16 tackles and 2 pass deflections.
Pat Sims #90 – recorded 3 tackles in the Bengals’ loss to the Browns, 23-20.  He was called for a crucial defensive holding penalty that let the Browns run out the clock in the final second.  Fans aren’t angry with Sims so it must have been a ticky-tack call; if anyone saw the game please let me know.  Don’t know that I’ve seen a DT called for holding except on kick blocking.  Pat has played in 3 games this season and has 3 tackles and a pass deflection.
Sen’Derrick Marks #94 – recorded just 1 tackle in the Titans’ 26-20 loss to the Broncos. Sen’Derrick hasn’t started a game but has played in all 4 and has 9 tackles, a pass deflection, and an INT.

Linebackers:

Karlos Dansby #58 – had 4 tackles in the Dolphins’ 41-14 loss to the Patriots on — again — an odd Monday night. Karlos has 29 tackles and a pass deflection in 4 starts this year.
Will Herring #54 – had 2 tackles and a sack in Seattle’s 20-3 loss to the Rams. Will has 9 tackles and a sack this year and has played in all 4 games without a start.
Takeo Spikes #51 – got the start despite still feeling the effects of his knee injury. Takeo had 3 tackles in the 49ers demoralizing last-second field goal loss to the Falcons, 16-14. Takeo has started every game this year and has 15 tackles and a pass deflection.
Reggie Torbor #53 – got his 2nd start of the year and had 5 tackles in the Bills’ 38-14 loss to the Jets. Reggie has played in 3 games with 2 starts. He has 9 tackles and 2 pass deflections.
Antonio Coleman #59 – got on the field for the first time this week and had 1 tackle for the Bills’ in the 38-14 loss to the Jets.

Cornerbacks:
Carlos Rogers #22 – had 6 tackles, a pass deflection, and forced a fumble when he absolutely lit up Mike Bell in the flat.  The Skins won 17-12 over the Eagles.  And Carlos was even handing out bulletin board material: “DeSean gives you so many things, that kind of freelance … Maclin is straight, he’s a route-runner. But they both don’t want no physical contact, so that’s one of the key things.”
Carlos has started every game this year and has 24 tackles, 1 interception, 5 pass deflections and a forced fumble.
Jonathan Wilhite #24 – had 2 tackles on Monday night in the Patriots’ win over the Dolphins, 41-14.
Wilhite has started one game and played in all 4 this year. He has 13 tackles and a pass deflection.

Jerraud Powers #25 – had 4 tackles and returned 2 punts for 7 yards in the Colts’ embarrassing loss to the Jaguars, 31-28. Jerraud has started every game this year and has 18 tackles and an INT. He’s also returned 7 punts for 48 yards.
Rod Hood #37 – is on IR with the Tennessee Titans.
Walt McFadden #22 – has a pulled hamstring and was inactive this week when his Raiders lost to the Texans 31-24. Walt has only played in one game this season and has one tackle.
Pat Lee #22 – has played in three games this season but has not recorded a stat for the Packers.

Kickers:
Robert Bironas #2 – missed his first field goal of the year, but nailed 2 including a 55 yarder in the Titans 26-20 loss to the Broncos. He made both of his XP attempts. Bironas has gone 6/7 on field goals this year with a long of 55 and is 10/10 on extra points.
Damon Duval #15 – Duval injured his leg and foot this week, and his coach had this to say:  “He’s a point scorer and he makes lots of tackles when the special teams don’t. When Damon goes down it’s a tough thing.”  You can read the whole article here.  He had 3 punts in the game before being injured for an avg. of 48.7.
Damon is 30/39 on field goals and 37/37 on extra points this season for a total of 139, which leads the league.  He is also the team’s punter and is averaging 45.2 yards per punt which would rank him 1st if he were kicking in the NFL… and honestly I don’t know why he’s not in the NFL.  You could save yourself a roster spot by having a K/P.

For old times sake:

Questions, comments, anyone you want to know about that’s not listed?  Let me know and I’ll have it up next week!

Thor Burk came to Auburn as a young man in 1997 and never left. He’s always loved Bo Jackson, but his true love of Auburn football proper began in the early 90s. In addition to writing a weekly report on Tiger greats in the NFL, he’s a professional BBQ judge (Memphis certified), and all around foodie. Write him at [email protected].

You can read his notes on Week 1 here, Week 2 here and his former-Tigers-only break down of Madden’s revamped rating system here.

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