Cal in the NFL - Week 14

BERKELEY – During a week that saw an NFL-record 90 total touchdowns scored, former Cal players accounted for nine of those scores. Here’s a look at all 35 former Cal players currently playing in the NFL, with top performances of Week 14 delivered by Jeremy Ross, Shane Vereen, Keenan Allen and Cameron Jordan.

  • Jeremy Ross (WR/RET), Detroit Lions – Had a 58-yard punt return for a TD and a 98-yard kick return for a TD in a 34-20 loss to Philadelphia, the first two return TDs of Ross’ career. In total Ross returned four kickoffs for 172 yards and two punts for 71 yards including the two TDs. Despite the snowy conditions, Ross became the first player with a punt return TD and a kick return TD in the same regular-season game since 2011 and the first to accomplish that feat for Detroit since 1977. Ross also added a tackle on special teams. Detroit fell into a tie for the NFC North lead with a 7-6 record. Visit NFL.com to check out both of Ross’ TDs.
  • Shane Vereen (RB), New England Patriots – Had a game and career-high 12 receptions for 153 yards in a 27-26 comeback win against Cleveland. Both marked franchise records for a running back. Vereen also added three carries for nine yards, including a six-yard TD run. Trailing 19-3 late in the third quarter, Vereen accounted for all New England’s yards on a three-play, 72-yard TD drive to trim Cleveland’s lead. Vereen had a 50-yard catch, followed by a 16-yard catch, and then found the end zone on a six-yard TD run. New England remains atop the AFC East with a 10-3 record.
  • Keenan Allen (WR), San Diego Chargers – Had three receptions for 59 yards, including a 43-yard TD catch and a four-yard TD catch, in a 37-14 win against the Giants. Despite leaving the game briefly with a shoulder injury, Allen recorded the first multi-TD game of his career. Allen’s three catches pushed his season total to 61, breaking LaDainian Tomlinson’s team rookie record of 59 in 2001. Allen also leads San Diego and all NFL rookies with 902 total receiving yards and is a frontrunner for the league’s Offensive Rookie of the Year.
  • Cameron Jordan (DE), New Orleans Saints – Recorded three tackles, including 2.0 sacks for a total loss of 19 yards, in a 31-13 win against Carolina. Jordan is tied for fourth in the NFL with 11.5 sacks on the season. Both Jordan’s sacks came on third downs and forced Carolina punts. Previously tied with Carolina for the NFC South lead, New Orleans took over sole possession of the division lead with a 10-3 record.
  • Tyson Alualu (DT), Jacksonville Jaguars – Recorded three tackles and two quarterback hits in a 27-20 win against Houston. Jacksonville won its third straight game, tied for the longest winning streak in the AFC.
  • C.J. Anderson (RB), Denver Broncos – Did not play in a 51-28 win against Tennessee. With the win, Denver clinched a playoff berth and remains atop the AFC West, as well as the race for home-field advantage in the AFC, with an 11-2 record that equals Seattle for the best record in the NFL.
  • Bryan Anger (P), Jacksonville Jaguars – Punted eight times for an average of 42.6 yards, including placing one punt inside the opponents’ 20 yard-line, in a 27-20 win against Houston. Jacksonville won its third straight game, tied for the longest winning streak in the AFC.
  • D.J. Campbell (S), Miami Dolphins – Did not play in a 34-28 win against Pittsburgh.
  • Andre Carter (DE), New England Patriots – Played in a 27-26 comeback win against Cleveland. New England remains atop the AFC East with a 10-3 record.
  • Sean Cattouse (DB), Chicago Bears – Played in his second consecutive game since joining his hometown Chicago Bears prior to Week 13 in a 45-28 win against Dallas on Monday Night Football. Chicago is tied for the NFC North lead with a 7-6 record.
  • Chris Conte (FS), Chicago Bears – Recorded eight tackles in a 45-28 win against Dallas on Monday Night Football. Chicago is tied for the NFC North lead with a 7-6 record. (they might have changed number of tackles after you looked at it, they adjust those sometimes)
  • Thomas DeCoud (S), Atlanta Falcons – Recorded two tackles before leaving the game at the end of the first quarter due to injury in a 22-21 loss to Green Bay.
  • Brian De La Puente (C), New Orleans Saints – Started in a 31-13 win against Carolina. De La Puente’s protection over the past three seasons helped Drew Brees to become only the fifth quarterback to eclipse 50,000 career yards passing, a mark Brees set against Carolina. Previously tied with Carolina for the division lead, New Orleans took over sole possession of the NFC South with a 10-3 record.
  • Mike Gibson (T), Arizona Cardinals – Played in a 30-10 win against St. Louis. With the win Arizona snapped an eight-game losing streak against NFC West opponents.
  • Matt Giordano (FS), St. Louis Rams – Played in a 30-10 loss against Arizona.
  • Tony Gonzalez (TE), Atlanta Falcons – Had three receptions for 25 yards, including a two-yard TD catch, in a 22-21 loss to Green Bay. Gonzalez has 109 career TDs, leading all active NFL players and sixth on the all-time list.
  • Lavelle Hawkins (WR), San Diego Chargers – Did not play in a 37-14 win against the Giants.
  • DeSean Jackson (WR), Philadelphia Eagles – Had four receptions for 59 yards, including a 19-yard TD catch, in a 34-20 comeback win against Detroit. With the four receptions, Jackson now has a career-high 65 receptions on the season. Philadelphia won a league-best fifth consecutive game and took over sole possession of the NFC East with an 8-5 record.
  • Marvin Jones (WR), Cincinnati Bengals – Had three receptions for 60 yards, including a 29-yard TD catch, in a 42-28 win against Indianapolis. Jones is tied for a team-high eight TDs on the season. Cincinnati has won three consecutive games and increased its lead to two games in the AFC North with a 9-4 record.
  • Mychal Kendricks (LB), Philadelphia Eagles – Recorded five tackles and two pass deflections in a 34-20 comeback win against Detroit. Kendricks also recovered a Matthew Stafford fumble at Philadelphia’s 24 yard-line in the fourth quarter that led to a game-sealing TD drive. Philadelphia won a league-best fifth consecutive game and is first in the NFC East with an 8-5 record.
  • L.P. LaDouceur (LS), Dallas Cowboys – Played in a 45-28 loss to Chicago.
  • Marshawn Lynch (RB), Seattle Seahawks – Had 20 carries for 72 yards, including an 11-yard TD run, in a 19-17 loss to San Francisco. Lynch has 1,042 rushing yards on the season, surpassing 1,000 yards for the third straight season and fifth time in his seven-year career. Despite the loss Seattle clinched a playoff berth and remains atop the NFC West with an 11-2 record.
  • Alex Mack (C), Cleveland Browns – Started in a 27-26 loss to New England. Mack has started all 77 games in his NFL career (all with Cleveland).
  • Brandon Mebane (DT), Seattle Seahawks – Recorded two tackles in a 19-17 loss to San Francisco. Despite the loss Seattle clinched a playoff berth and remains atop the NFC West with an 11-2 record.
  • Mike Mohamed (LB), Houston Texans – Recorded one tackle in a 27-20 loss to Jacksonville.
  • Aaron Rodgers (QB), Green Bay Packers – Out with injury.
  • Mitchell Schwartz (T), Cleveland Browns – Started in a 27-26 loss to New England. Schwartz has started all 29 games in his NFL career (all with Cleveland).
  • Brian Schwenke (C), Tennessee Titans – Started in a 51-28 loss to Denver.
  • Craig Stevens (TE), Tennessee Titans – Played in a 51-28 loss to Denver.
  • Will Ta’ufo’ou (FB), Jacksonville Jaguars – Started in a 27-20 win against Houston. Jacksonville won its third straight game, tied for the longest winning streak in the AFC.

Reserve/Injured

  • Lorenzo Alexander (LB), Arizona Cardinals  
  • Desmond Bishop (LB), Minnesota Vikings
  • Justin Forsett (RB), Jacksonville Jaguars
  • Nick Sundberg (LS), Washington Redskins
  • Steve Williams (CB), San Diego Chargers

 Cal also has one former player head coaching in the NFL.

  • Ron Rivera (Head Coach), Carolina Panthers – Carolina’s eight-game winning streak was snapped with a 31-13 loss to New Orleans.

For more detailed information on Cal’s 35 players currently on NFL rosters, check out their bio pages at ESPN.com.

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