Utes in the NFL: Week 2 Review, Week 3 Preview
SALT LAKE CITY – It was a defensive highlight show in the second week of the NFL regular season for Utah as former standouts in the secondary put together impressive performances for their respective teams.
Most forced incompletions among rookie DBs
?? C.J. Henderson - 5
?? Jaylon Johnson - 4
?? Julian Blackmon - 2
?? Michael Ojemudia - 2 pic.twitter.com/4RK6ax8Jfz
— PFF College (@PFF_College) September 21, 2020
In his debut as a Pro Ute, Julian Blackmon was outstanding for the Indianapolis Colts as they took down the Minnesota Vikings, 28-11. The Layton, Utah, native finished the game with two tackles and two passes defended, including a key pass breakup that he tipped into his teammate's hands for an interception in the third quarter.
Julian Blackmon +
Khari Willis =
— Indianapolis Colts (@Colts) September 20, 2020
Jaylon Johnson had another strong game as the Chicago Bears edged the New York Giants 17-13 on Sunday, finishing the game with four tackles and two passes defended that included a two-yard stop on the goal line. He has five passes defended through two games, the second most by a rookie defender in their first two games since the league started tracking the stat in 1999.
Highest-graded rookie defenders through Week 2:
1. Chase Young - 81.1
2. Jaylon Johnson - 80.3
3. CJ Henderson - 80.3
4. Jordan Elliott - 78.2
5. Antoine Winfield Jr. - 77.4 pic.twitter.com/m8RsJKLDom
— PFF (@PFF) September 22, 2020
Marcus Williams was business as usual for the New Orleans Saints, leading the team in tackles with nine. His nine stops is the second-highest tackle total of his professional career after notching 10 against Minnesota in the playoffs last year.
On offense in week two, there were also three former Utes that started for their respective teams, including two for the Denver Broncos. Both Garett Bolles and Tim Patrick started for the Broncos against Pittsburgh while Sam Tevi started at left tackle for the Los Angeles Chargers.
Bolles and Tevi are mainstays on their respective offensive lines as Bolles started in his 50th game with Denver. Tevi has seen action in 46 career games for the Chargers, starting in 32.
NFL Regular Season Week 2 Recap
|Bradlee Anae, Dallas||vs. Atlanta||W, 40-39||Sub on DL, ST|
|Cody Barton, Seattle||vs. New England||W, 35-30||1 tackle|
|Julian Blackmon, Indianapolis||vs. Minnesota||W, 28-11||2 tackles, 2 PD|
|Marquise Blair, Seattle||vs. New England||W, 35-30||2 tackles|
|Garett Bolles, Denver||at Pittsburgh||L, 26-21||Started at LT|
|Devontae Booker, Las Vegas||vs. New Orleans||W, 34-24||3 rush, -1 yds; 1 rec, 6 yds|
|Terrell Burgess, L.A. Rams||at Philadelphia||W, 37-19||1 tackle|
|Kylie Fitts, Arizona||vs. Washington||W, 30-15||Sub at LB, ST|
|Jaylon Johnson, Chicago||vs. NY Giants||W, 17-13||Started at CB; 4 tackles, 2 PD|
|Zack Moss, Buffalo||at Miami||W, 31-28||8 rush, 37 yds (4.6 ypc)|
|Tim Patrick, Denver||at Pittsburgh||L, 26-21||Started at WR; 2 rec, 24 yds|
|John Penisini, Detroit||at Green Bay||L, 42-21||Sub on DL|
|Eric Rowe, Miami||vs. Buffalo||L, 31-28||2 tackles, 1 PD|
|Sam Tevi, L.A. Chargers||vs. Kansas City||L, 23-20 (OT)||Started at LT|
|Marcus Williams, New Orleans||at Las Vegas||L, 34-24||Started at FS; 9 tackles|
|Mitch Wishnowsky, San Francisco||at NY Jets||W, 31-13||4 punts, 199 yds (49.8 avg), 2 IN20, 59 LG|
Hey Cody Barton ???? https://t.co/k0Y165YPtZ
— Utah Football (@Utah_Football) September 21, 2020
As the Utes enter week three, it will be a battle of the rookies as Zack Moss and the Buffalo Bills take on Terrell Burgess and the L.A. Rams on Sunday at 11 a.m. MT on FOX. The dynamic duo of Leki Fotu and John Penisini will also face off against each other when the Arizona Cardinals play the Detroit Lions on Sunday 2:25 p.m. MT on FOX.
|Date||Game||Time||TV||Utes to Watch|
|Thursday, Sept. 24||Miami at Jacksonville||6:20 p.m. MT||NFL||#21 Eric Rowe (Miami)|
|Sunday, Sept. 27||Chicago at Atlanta||11 a.m. MT||FOX||#33 Jaylon Johnson (Chicago|
|Sunday, Sept. 27||L.A. Rams at Buffalo||11 a.m. MT||FOX||#26 Terrell Burgess (L.A. Rams), #20 Zack Moss (Buffalo)|
|Sunday, Sept. 27||Washington at Cleveland||11 a.m. MT||FOX||#11 Alex Smith (Washington)|
|Sunday, Sept. 27||Las Vegas at New England||11 a.m. MT||CBS||#23 Devontae Booker (Las Vegas)|
|Sunday, Sept. 27||San Francisco at NY Giants||11 a.m. MT||FOX||#6 Mitch Wishnowsky (San Francisco), #72 Jackson Barton (NY Giants)|
|Sunday, Sept. 27||NY Jets at Indianapolis||2:05 p.m. MT||CBS||#32 Julian Blackmon (Indianapolis)|
|Sunday, Sept. 27||Carolina at L.A. Chargers||2:05 p.m. MT||CBS||#69 Sam Tevi (L.A. Chargers)|
|Sunday, Sept. 27||Tampa Bay at Denver||2:25 p.m. MT||FOX||#72 Garett Bolles (Denver), #81 Tim Patrick (Denver)|
|Sunday, Sept. 27||Detroit at Arizona||2:25 p.m. MT||FOX||#91 John Penisini (Detroit), #95 Leki Fotu (Arizona), #49 Kylie Fitts (Arizona)|
|Sunday, Sept. 27||Dallas at Seattle||2:25 p.m. MT||FOX||#56 Bradlee Anae (Dallas), #57 Cody Barton (Seattle)|
|Sunday, Sept. 27||Green Bay at New Orleans||6:20 p.m. MT||NBC||#43 Marcus Williams (New Orleans), #42 Chase Hansen (New Orleans)|