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Tigers in the NFL: Week 1

Tigers in the NFL: Week 1

By Colby Lanham // Athletic Communications

Week 1 of the NFL regular season is officially in the books, and we’re going to take a look at some of the Tigers that had some top-notch plays:

– Third-year Arizona Cardinals running back Andre Ellington finished with 12 carries for 69 yards and a rushing touchdown. Ellington was forced to leave the game early due to a mild PCL sprain. The Cardinals went on to win 31-19. 

– DeAndre ‘Nuk’ Hopkins was one of the few bright spots for the Houston Texans on Sunday, snatching nine receptions for 98 yards and two touchdowns in the team’s 27-20 loss against the Kansas City Chiefs.

FACT: If you throw it up, DeAndre Hopkins WILL go up and get it. Just…wow. #Touchdown #KCvsHOU

— NFL (@NFL) September 13, 2015

– Fourth-year Tennessee Titans cornerback Coty Sensabaugh picked off Tampa Bay Buccaneers rookie quarterback Jameis Winston and took it back to the house for his first career interception and touchdown. The pass was the first of Winston’s career. The Titans rolled past the Bucs, 42-14.

Jameis Winston with a pick-6 on his first #NFL pass. #TENvsTB

— 247Sports (@247Sports) September 13, 2015

– Making his regular season debut for the New York Jets, safety Marcus Gilchrist led the team in tackles with six in their 31-10 dismantling of the Cleveland Browns. Gilchrist had previously played as a four-year starter with the San Diego Chargers before signing with the Jets in free agency.

– Also making his regular season debut with a new team, the Philadelphia Eagles, cornerback Byron Maxwell led the Eagles in tackles with six. After coming to prominence as a member of the Seattle Seahawks’ vaunted “Legion of Boom,” Maxwell signed a big deal with Philadelphia in free agency.

– Punter Bradley Pinion made his debut as a rookie with the San Francisco 49ers, booting three punts for an outstanding 46.7 average, and finished the game with a net punting average of 43.7. The 49ers went on to win 20-3 over the Minnesota Vikings.