This weekend saw several former Illini have career days in the NFL.
Kelvin Hayden and Brandon Lloyd faced each other in Denver, and both paced their teams in important statistical categories. Hayden had 10 tackles against an explosive Broncos offense that included Lloyd registering a career-high 167 yards receiving.
The Jets-Dolphins game also provided some late night excitement as four former Illini faced each other in a shootout that was not decided until the final drive.
Here is a recap of how all of the former Illini did in week three.
Guard Jon Asamoah
The rookie Asamoah has yet to see action in his role as a backup lineman on the undefeated Chiefs.
Offensive Lineman Dave Diehl
Diehl helped the Giants gain 107 rushing yards against the Titans. The Titans did record 2 sacks on Eli Manning, but the overall protection was good enough for the quarterback to throw for 364 yards.
Offensive Tackle Tony Pashos
Pashos did not see any action Sunday. He is currently a backup to the Browns’ John St. Clair.
Running Back Rashard Mendenhall vs. Wide Receiver Arrelious “Rejus” Benn
Mendenhall rushed 19 times against the Buccaneers, a season low for attempts, but still managed to rack up a season-high 143 yards and a touchdown.
Mendenhall seems to have regained his status as a goal-line back following rumors that he would be replaced in such situations due to his fumbling problems.
The Pittsburgh coaching staff has come out and stated that Mendenhall will remain the team’s feature back.
Benn had a bittersweet game for the Buccaneers.
While Tampa lost its first game this season, the rookie receiver also caught the first pass of his NFL career and finished with 3 receptions for 33 yards.
Running Back Pierre Thomas and Linebacker Danny Clark
Thomas led a Saints rushing attack that struggled against the Falcons’ defense.
Thomas gained only 30 yards on 9 attempts on the ground, but did have 6 receptions for 61 yards as well.
Clark played but did not accumulate any stats for the game.
Wide Receiver Greg Lewis
Lewis had 3 receptions for 30 yards. He was the second most-targeted receiver after Percy Harvin, but that did not translate into as impressive performance as one would expect with Brett Favre struggling to pass the ball in the first three games.
Linebacker J Leman is still on the Vikings’ injured reserve.
Cornerback Alan Ball and Defensive Lineman Josh Brent vs. Kicker Neil Rackers and Safety Eugene Wilson
The Cowboys pulled off the upset in Houston as they finally showed up looking ready to play.
Ball and Brent each had 2 tackles against Houston in the battle for Texas.
Rackers made two field goals and a PAT in Houston’s losing effort while Wilson had 4 tackles.
Tight End Michael Hoomanawanui
Nursing a leg injury, Hoomanawanui did not see any action in the St. Louis win over the Redskins.
Cornerback Kelvin Hayden vs. Wide Receiver Brandon Lloyd
Hayden had a great game against the Broncos. He recorded a team-high 10 tackles as well as a pass deflection.
Lloyd also had a great day, recording a career-high and team-high 167 yards and a touchdown and benefiting from Orton’s 476-yard performance.
Linebacker Will Davis
Davis recorded 2 tackles as Arizona held off the Raiders to improve to 2-1.
Offensive Lineman Steve Moore, Punter Steve Weatherford, and Tight End Jeff Cumberland vs. Cornerback Vontae Davis
Moore and the rest of the Jets’ offensive line were tremendous against Miami, helping the Jets gain 146 rushing yards, keeping Miami’s intimidating defense from recording a single sack, and limiting the Dolphins to just 2 tackles for a loss.
Weatherford had 4 punts for 168 yards, including twice placing the Dolphins inside the 20-yard line.
Cumberland has yet to see any action as he was held out for the third week in a row.
Davis only had one tackle, but this stat does not tell how well he played corner, shutting down his opponent for most of the game.
New York quarterback Mark Sanchez rarely had to pass that way, thanks to Davis’ fellow cornerback Jason Allen’s poor coverage and costly penalties.
Until week 4.
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