Through five weeks in the NFL, which player has the most receiving yards?
If you said former Illini and current Denver Bronco Brandon Lloyd, then you are correct sir.
After gaining 135 yards on 5 receptions (two of which were touchdowns) during Sunday’s loss to the Baltimore Ravens, Lloyd now leads the NFL with 589 receiving yards.
Not bad for a journeyman receiver who has certainly found a connection with Kyle Orton.
Too bad former Illini head coach and Chicago Bears’ offensive coordinator Ron Turner couldn’t figure out a way to make Lloyd and Orton hook up more often while playing one season together in the Windy City.
Wide Receiver Arrelious Benn
Benn had two catches for 25 yards, including an 18-yarder, as the surprising Bucs improved to 3-1 on the season thanks to a last-second field goal from Connor Barth.
Tight End Michael Hoomanawanui
With a dominating performance, the Lions got their first victory of the season while the Rams’ brief run atop the NFC West came to an end. Out with a knee injury sustained in week one, Hoomanawanui says he is healthy and expects to play in week six.
Offensive Lineman David Diehl vs. Kicker Neil Rackers and Safety Eugene Wilson
Suddenly alive and well after embarrassing the Bears on Sunday Night Football, the Giants crushed the much-improved Texans, with Diehl and the rest of the New York offensive line yielding no sacks and allowing Eli Manning plenty of time to complete 27 passes for 297 yards. In the loss, Rackers was perfect on a 38-yard field goal attempt and 1 extra point. Back from injury, Wilson had 1 tackle and 1 assist for the Texans, which gave up 414 yards to the G-Men.
Wide Receiver Brandon Lloyd
Always boasting a ridiculous defense, the Ravens held Kyle Orton to 307 yards passing, which may not seem like a great job but is actually quite respectable when considering how the Broncos have been flinging the ball around the field. In the loss, Denver wide receiver Brandon Lloyd had another big day, catching 5 passes for 135 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Offensive Lineman Tony Pashos
The Cleveland offensive line had a rough game against the Falcons, allowing 3 sacks and opening few holes as the Browns rushed for just 48 total yards during another loss. Could Colt McCoy be in line to start for the Browns?
Cornerback Kelvin Hayden vs. Offensive Lineman Jon Asamoah
It wasn’t pretty but the Colts knocked off the Chiefs late in the fourth quarter, thus leaving the NFL with no undefeated teams. Hayden contributed 3 tackles and 1 assist for the Colts, which haven’t been all that impressive thus far in 2010.
Asamoah is a backup on the Kansas City offensive line.
Running Back Pierre Thomas and Linebacker Danny Clark
With former Illini back Pierre Thomas and Reggie Bush both out with injuries, the Saints’ offense continued to struggle on Sunday during an embarrassing loss to the Cardinals, which scored 17 points in the fourth quarter to complete the upset. At least, New Orleans got a strong defensive game from Clark, who had 5 tackles, 1 assist and 1 forced fumble.
Cornerback Alan Ball and Defensive Lineman Josh Brent
The Cowboys continue to look like a wreck, losing another home game to fall to 1-3 on the season. Ball had 1 tackle and 2 assists while Brent had 1 tackle.
Punter Steve Weatherford, Offensive Lineman Brandon Moore and Tight End Jeff Cumberland vs. Wide Receiver Greg Lewis
Weatherford was solid as usual, averaging 46.3 yards on 7 punts, pinning 4 punts inside the 20-yard line and having a long punt of 53 yards. Moore and the Jets’ offensive line also continued its strong play, with LaDainian Tomlinson rushing for 94 yards on 20 carries (4.7 yards per rush) and Shonn Greene going for 57 yards on 10 carries (5.7 yards per rush). The Jets did give up 2 sacks. Cumberland was inactive again.
With Randy Moss back in the Minnesota purple and white, Lewis benefited on his one reception of the night, gaining 33 yards on the play.
Week 5 Byes
● Miami Dolphins: Cornerback Vontae Davis
● Pittsburgh Steelers: Running Back Rashard Mendenhall
Until week six.
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