Here are the Pack alum's performances from week three of the NFL season. Players are listed in alphabetical order as not to offend anyone; please hold your applause until the end of the presentation.
David Amerson (‘13/2nd): I can't help but smirk a bit when a media-anointed GOD like RG III struggles. Dude is impressive, but the Skins are 0-3. It takes a team. The jury is still out as to whether Amerson can be part of a successful Skins team. He had three tackles and two passes defended in Washington's 27-20 loss to Detroit. He also got burned for a 37-yard catch two weeks ago against Green Bay when he freelanced, playing inside leverage even though the coaches had instructed him to play outside leverage. In the same game, he got burned on a double move when he was caught eyeing the quarterback. It's like a broken record. It's like a broken record.
Audie Cole (‘12/7th): Speaking of embarrassing, the Vikes dropped to 0-3 with a loss to the forever rebuilding Browns. Cole has appeared in all three games for Minnesota but has recorded just one tackle.
Jerricho Cotchery (‘04/4th): We may have to consider dropping the alphabetical order thing here, as it is really getting depressing to catalog results from winless team after winless team. Mike Tomlin, meet the hot seat. The Steelers made it interesting after a turnover fest put them in a 17-0 hole but ultimately lost to the Bears 40-23 (after getting to within 27-23) despite being +201 in total yards. Cotch caught three balls for 52 yards.
Mike Glennon (‘13/3rd): Despite another sub 50% completion rate, tossing a pick, and leading his team to a whopping three points, Josh Freeman went the distance in the Bucs' 23-3 loss at New England. I remain convinced that Glennon gets his shot sooner rather than later, though Greg Schiano has stated that Freeman will remain the starter for at least one more week.
T.J. Graham (‘12/3rd): Dear god, E.J., get rid of the ball. The former Florida State standout was sacked eight times in the Bills' 27-20 loss to the Jets in the matchup of rookie QBs. Geno Smith threw for 331 yards for the surprisingly respectable Jets. Graham did his thing. Unfortunately, his thing seems to be catching one pass per game for about five yards.
Leroy Harris (‘07/4th): Harris was a DNP in Detroit's 27-20 win over Washington.
Nate Irving (‘11/3rd): Big Nate is starting to assert his considerable authority, posting a career-high nine stops in the Broncos' 37-21 win over the rival Raiders. It was the 14th straight regular season win for Denver, tying a franchise record. The club's 127 points are 31 more than any other team in the NFL. I'm pretty amped for the Denver-Seattle Super Bowl. Just hope Nate doesn't suplex Russell.
Markus Kuhn (‘12/7th): A month ago, Tom Coughlin said Kuhn was close to returning. He still hasn't returned.
Ted Larsen (‘10/6th): Larsen continues to see duty as a reserve center for the Bucs.
Manny Lawson (‘06/1st): Former Pack first round picks continue to make their mark for the Bills' D. A week after Super Mario registered 4.5 sacks, Lawson tallied a career-high 14 tackles, including one for a loss, in Buffalo's setback against the J-E-T-S Jets Jets Jets.
Philip Rivers (‘04/1st): The Chargers continued their troubling habit of blowing 4th-quarter leads, but at least this time Rivers did not giftwrap it with a pick six. Rivers was rather efficient in the 20-17 loss to the Titans, completing 20 of 24 passes, one good for a touchdown, though those 20 completions were only good for 184 yards, and Rivers was sacked twice.
J.R. Sweezy (‘12/7th): The Seahawks have run the ball an NFL-high 109 times so far this season, with many of those runs featuring Marshawn Lynch running behind a pulling Sweezy. Lynch has 210 yards and two TDs through three games.
Mario Williams ('06/ 1st): Duke Williams (four tackles), Aaron Williams (four tackles), and Kevin Williams (two tackles, QBH) outshined the more famous Williams in this one, as Mario made just two tackles a week after setting a franchise record with 4.5 sacks. I did not watch the game, but I am going to assume he was quadruple teamed.
Adrian Wilson (‘01/3rd): Wilson is still languishing on the Pats' IR.
Russell Wilson (‘12/3rd): Wilson tossed four TDs against the overmatched Jags and then let backup Tarvaris Jackson get some reps. Wilson is the second coming and all, but the turnovers have been a bit of a disconcerting development so far in 2013: three lost fumbles and two picks so far. Hopefully the time doesn't come when the Seahawks' defense can't clean up that mess.
C.J. Wilson (‘13/UDFA): Da Bears are 3-0 and I'm still wondering what C.J. stands for. The reserve corner remains a part of the 53-man roster, but he has yet to get his uniform dirty.
Earl Wolff (‘13/5th): The Chiefs moved to 3-0 at the expense of Earl's Eagles thanks to a five-turnover performance. Andy Reid has to be smiling super big and super-super sizing his value meals. Wolff was on the field the entire time that I watched the game; he made five tackles. It seems it is a matter of when, not if, Wolff will officially wrestle the starting gig from teammate Nate Allen.
Willie Young (‘10/7th): Young seems to be blossoming this year. Primarily a pass rush specialist, Young did his job Sunday, getting credit for a team-high four QB hits, though he did not have a sack. Young also pulled down five ball carriers, including one tackle for a loss. He has 10 tackles through three games this year after having just 11 in 16 games a year ago.
Tune in next week to read about Glennon coming off the bench to spark a furious rally in
Foxboro Raymond James Stadium.