NFL Ducks: Free Kiko!!

Kevin Cline

After just the second week of the 2013 NFL season, there has already been some separation among teams and players in terms of wins and production.  An interesting development, and something for Duck fans to keep an eye on, is happening in Buffalo.

The long-suffering franchise seemingly did very well on draft day, and now has two superior rookies leading a resurgence.  QB EJ Manuel has probably had the most impressive quarterback debut so far (9th in passer rating, highest among rookie QBs) and last week against Carolina, he led the 1-1 Bills on an impressive, game-winning 80-yard touchdown drive . . . with no timeouts.

On the defensive side of the ball, Kiko Alonso (No. 50) has been all over the field.  The 6’3″, 238-lb linebacker is currently tied for 9th in the NFL in tackles and is filling up the stat sheet elsewhere.  Through two games, Kiko has amassed 19 tackles, 1 sack, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery, an interception, and another pass breakup.  It’s safe to say the young man is holding his own so far, and with ex-Duck Jairus Byrd also in Buffalo, the Bills defense will be one to keep an eye on.

Let’s look at how former Ducks fared in Week 2:


Atlanta Falcons - 

Drew Davis, WR (2 tackles – special teams)

Arizona Cardinals - 

Kenny Rowe, (PS) OLB

Baltimore Ravens - 

Ed Dickson, TE (No Stats); Haloti Ngata,  DT (3 tackles, 1 QB hit)

Kiko Alonso returns an interception against Arizona

Kevin Cline

Kiko Alonso makes an early bid for Defensive ROY against Arizona.

Buffalo Bills - 

Kiko Alonso, LB (10 tackles, 1 sack, 1 QB hit, 1 INT); Mark Asper, (PS) OL; Jairus Byrd, S (Did not play)

Carolina Panthers - 

Kenjon Barner, RB (No stats); Brandon Williams, TE (No stats); Jonathan Stewart, (PUP) RB

Chicago Bears - 

Kyle Long, OG (Started); Dante Rosario, TE (No stats)

Cleveland Browns - 

T.J. Ward,  S (4 tackles)

Dallas Cowboys - 

Darrion Weems, OT (Played)

Houston Texans - 

Eddie Pleasant, S (Did not play)

Kansas City Chiefs - 

Geoff Schwartz, OG (Started)

Miami Dolphins - 

Dion Jordan, DE (2 tackles, 1 QB hit); Josh Kaddu, LB (No stats)

New England Patriots - 

LeGarrette Blount, RB (4 carries, 11 yards; 1 kick ret, 25 yards)

New York Giants - 

Spencer Paysinger, LB (8 tackles)

Dion Jordan had 2 tackles and just missed a sack

Kevin Cline

Dion Jordan had 2 tackles — and just missed a sack.

Philadelphia Eagles - 

Patrick Chung, S (8 tackles); Brandon Bair, (PS) DE; Jeff Maehl, WR (No stats); Casey Matthews, LB (1 fumble recovery);  Isaac Remington, (PS) OL

Pittsburgh Steelers - 

David Paulson, TE (3 rec, 49 yards)

San Francisco 49ers - 

LaMichael James, RB (Injured); Will Tukuafu, DT (No stats); Adam Snyder, OG (Started)

Seattle Seahawks - 

Max Unger, C (Started); Walter Thurmond III, CB (3 tackles 2 passes defended)

St. Louis Rams - 

Kellen Clemens, QB (Did not play)

PS – Practice Squad • RES – Injured Reserve • PUP – Active/Physically Unable to Perform

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