Oregon Alumni Take Over NFL Preseason Week One

Kevin Cline

The Eagles-Patriots matchup last Friday featured five former Oregon athletes and doubled as Chip Kelly’s NFL coaching debut.  While we already know how Kenjon Barner and Dennis Dixon did, what about the rest of our beloved Ducks gone pro?

Philadelphia wideout Will Murphy snagged one pass for eight yards, while defensively Casey Matthews and Patrick Chung each recorded four solo tackles.  Chung, who was drafted by New England 34th overall in 2009, was signed as an unrestricted free agent by Kelly in the off-season.

For the Pats, LeGarrette Blount made his debut and led all rushers with 100+ yards and two touchdowns in just 11 carries.

Elsewhere, the Miami defense put three Oregon alumni on the field against Jacksonville.  Dion Jordan recorded one tackle and fifth-round draft pick Josh Kaddu finished with two.  Michael Clay, who is trying to make the Dolphins roster as a free agent also had two tackles (unassisted).

49ers running back LaMichael James carried the rock eight times for 27 yards against a stingy Broncos defense, while Will Tukuafu notched one tackle.

The Texans were also sporting a couple former Ducks.  Jeff Maehl, who was subsequently traded to the Eagles, was targeted twice but finished with no receptions, and Eddie Pleasant finished with two tackles and a pass deflection.

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