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Bearcats in the NFL: Week One

We take a look at how former Bearcats performed in Week One of the NFL season.

Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Thirteen former Bearcats are currently listed on active NFL rosters. Cincinnati, Cleveland, Denver, Kansas City, New England, New York (Giants), Philadelphia and San Diego are the teams that hold former UC players on their rosters. Let's take a look at how they all did in week one of the NFL season.


Brent Celek contributed in Philadelphia's 34-17 win over Jacksonville by catching three passes for 15 yards. His longest catch of the day came late in the first quarter when Eagles QB Nick Foles found him for a 12-yard pickup.

Jason Kelce and the Eagles offensive line had an iffy day. They gave up a combined five sacks to the Jacksonville defense but did allow Foles to throw for 322 yards. Philadelphia's duo of LeSean McCoy and Darren Sproles also ran for 145 yards behind Kelce and the offensive line.

Travis Kelce had a decent day in Kansas City's 16-point loss to Tennessee. Kelce was the recipient of three passes from Alex Smith that went for 49 yards. A 27-yard reception by Kelce early in the second quarter lead to a field goal opportunity for Ryan Succop that banged off of the upright.

Jeff Linkenbach is currently listed as the backup for Chiefs RG Zach Fulton. In May, Kansas City drafted Fulton in the sixth-round of the NFL Draft.

Adrien Robinson did not pick up any stats last night. He watched Giants TE's Larry Donnell and Daniel Fells get all of the action in the 35-14 loss to the Lions.

Kenbrell Thompkins played a small part in New England's 33-20 loss over Miami. Tom Brady found Thompkins five times for 37 yards on Sunday. Thompkins had catches on three Patriots possessions that lead to 13 of the 20 points they put on the board. The longest reception for the former Bearcat was a 13-yard catch late in the third quarter.


Philadelphia has two former Bearcats coming off the edge in Connor Barwin and Trent Cole. The duo picked up two tackles a piece on Sunday. The biggest play for any former Cincinnati player came with Philadelphia up 27-17 late in the 4th Quarter. Cole got to Jaguars QB Chad Henne for the sack and forced fumble which was then picked up and returned for a touchdown by DT Fletcher Cox.

John Hughes was inactive on Sunday. He watched from the sidelines with a hamstring injury as his Cleveland Browns fell short to Pittsburgh, 30-27.

Ricardo Mathews, who was just signed by San Diego on September 1st, was inactive last night. Mathews is listed as the third string DT behind Sean Lissemore and Ryan Carrethers. His San Diego Chargers came up short 18-17 to the Cardinals on ESPN.

Derek Wolfe had one tackle on Sunday night in Denver's 31-24 victory over the Colts.

Special Teams

Kevin Huber had a pretty good day for Cincinnati. He punted to Baltimore four times and had three of those inside the 20-yard line. Huber's longest punt of the day was 50 yards.

Mike Windt was a busy long snapper last night. With San Diego going against a tough Cardinal defense, Windt had to deliver the ball to Chargers punter Mike Scifres six times.