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NFL #ProDucks: Week 1

Sep 15, 2021

The 2021 NFL season officially began this past weekend, and 19 #ProDucks were on the active rosters of 15 teams in week one. In total, 27 former Ducks are currently under contract with 21 different NFL teams.
Oregon's NFL alums enjoyed strong season openers across the board, including a handful of career firsts. Penei Sewell made history in his NFL debut as the Lions' left tackle, and fellow rookies Jevon Holland and Deommodore Lenoir impressed in their first games. Tight ends Pharaoh Brown and Juwan Johnson both made big impacts, Justin Hollins put together the best performance of his young career, and Justin Herbert continued his historic start to his career.  
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Carolina Panthers (1-0)

  • RB Royce Freeman played four snaps on special teams in the Panthers' 19-14 season-opening win over the Jets after joining Carolina off waivers ahead of week one.

Chicago Bears (0-1)

  • CB Thomas Graham Jr. is currently on the Bears' practice squad.

Cleveland Browns (0-1)

  • CB Troy Hill had two tackles, one solo, in Cleveland's narrow 33-29 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.

Dallas Cowboys (0-1)

  • DT Austin Faoliu is currently on the Cowboys' practice squad.

Detroit Lions (0-1)

  • OL Penei Sewell – the No. 7 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft – started at left tackle in Detroit's 41-33 loss to San Francisco, becoming the youngest player (20 years, 338 days) since 1970 to start an NFL game at left tackle. He is the second-youngest Lions player since 1950 to appear in a game, and the second Lion ever to start a game before turning 21. Sewell impressed in his first NFL action, earning the 11th-best blocking grade among tackles by Pro Football Focus (PFF) at 75.6 while playing the most snaps of any NFL tackle with 91. Sewell's PFF grade was the highest of any rookie offensive linemen.

Green Bay Packers (0-1)

  • OL Jake Hanson did not play in Green Bay's season-opening loss to New Orleans.

Houston Texans (1-0)

  • TE Pharaoh Brown caught four passes for 67 yards in Houston's 37-21 win over Jacksonville, including a long reception of 29 yards. Brown's 90.9 receiving grade by PFF was tied for the best among NFL tight ends in week one, and his 89.2 overall grade ranked sixth among tight ends.
  • CB Terrance Mitchell made five tackles for the Texans, all solo stops.

Indianapolis Colts (0-1)

  • DE DeForest Buckner made six tackles, five solo, and had a sack and two quarterback hits in the Colts' 28-16 loss to Seattle. Buckner earned a 79.1 pass-rush grade by PFF.

Kansas City Chiefs (1-0)

  • OL Kyle Long is currently on the Chiefs' Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform list.

Las Vegas Raiders (1-0)

  • QB Marcus Mariota made the most of his one snap in the Raiders' 33-27 win over Baltimore on Monday Night Football, breaking loose for a 31-yard rush on an option play.

Los Angeles Chargers (1-0)

  • QB Justin Herbert got his second season off to a strong start, completing 31-of-47 passes for 337 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Herbert threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to Mike Williams with 11:21 remaining to put the Chargers up 20-16, which held as the final score. Herbert earned a solid 84.7 grade by PFF – fourth-best among QBs in week one – and became the only QB in NFL history with 400 completions over their first 16 starts.
  • TE Hunter Kampmoyer is currently on the Chargers' practice squad.

Los Angeles Rams (1-0)

  • LB Justin Hollins enjoyed a career game in the Rams' 34-14 win over Chicago on Sunday Night Football, finishing with eight tackles (six solo) while recording his first career multi-sack performance (2.0). Hollins earned an 80.8 pass-rush grade by PFF and had two of the Rams' three sacks on the night.
  • TE Johnny Mundt played 25 snaps for the Rams in week one but did not record any statistics.

Miami Dolphins (1-0)

  • S Jevon Holland made his NFL debut in the Dolphins' 17-16 win over the Patriots, recording two solo tackles while playing 28 total snaps, including 24 on defense. The No. 36 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft earned an 82.5 grade by PFF in his first game.

Minnesota Vikings (0-1)

  • LB Troy Dye made one solo tackle in the Vikings' 27-24 loss to Cincinnati.
  • DT Jordon Scott is currently on the Vikings' Reserve/PUP list.

New Orleans Saints (1-0)

  • TE Juwan Johnson was a standout performer for the Saints in his first regular-season game as a tight end, catching three passes for 21 yards and the first two touchdowns of his NFL career. Johnson caught TD passes of one and eight yards from quarterback Jameis Winston, helping fuel New Orleans' 38-3 win over Green Bay. Johnson's 86.4 overall grade by PFF was the second-best among NFL tight ends in week one.
  • OL Calvin Throckmorton played 57 snaps at right guard and six snaps on special teams for the Saints.

New York Giants (0-1)

  • OL Shane Lemieux played 17 snaps at left guard in New York's 27-13 loss to Denver.

Pittsburgh Steelers (1-0)

  • DE Henry Mondeaux is currently on Pittsburgh's practice squad.

San Francisco 49ers (1-0)

  • DE Arik Armstead had one solo tackle and a quarterback hit while earning an 82.1 pass-rush grade by PFF in the 49ers' 41-33 win over Detroit.
  • CB Deommodore Lenoir started for the 49ers and played shutdown football in his NFL debut, allowing just one reception for three yards on four targets while playing 55 defensive snaps. Lenoir earned a 75.1 tackling grade by PFF while making three tackles, including two solo.

Seattle Seahawks (1-0)

  • S Ugochukwu Amadi made three tackles, two solo, in Seattle's 28-16 win at Indianapolis while playing 34 snaps, including 23 in coverage.

Tennessee Titans (0-1)

  • S Brady Breeze is currently on the Titans' Reserve/COVID-19 list.

Washington Football Team (0-1)

  • DE Jalen Jelks is currently on Washington's Reserve/PUP list.