We saw 65 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl alumni from the 10th annual game (2022) make NFL 53-man rosters (25), get signed to the practice squad (33), or placed on the injured reserve (seven) to kick off the 103rd NFL season. There were a handful of NFLPA Collegiate Bowl alumni who made an impact during week one. Below is our first installment of the ‘NFLPA Collegiate Bowl Alumni Spotlight.’ Be sure to check back each week for top performances!
One familiar face making a name for himself in a new place would be five-year veteran Marquez Valdes-Scantling, who is line for a big year, moving from Green Bay to the Kansas City Chiefs, as Patrick Mahomes new slot weapon. The speedy ‘MVS’ did not disappoint, snatching four passes for 44 yards in their week one matchup. Click here to view.
Entering his fourth season, Indianapolis Colts veteran wide receiver Ashton Dulin made his presence known amongst new quarterback Matt Ryan, collecting three catches for 46 receiving yards during their 20-20 tie with the Houston Texans. Dulin could have a larger role than anticipated in the Colts offense in ’22. Click here to view.
A four year veteran and second season as starter for the New York Jets, linebacker Quincy Williams recorded six tackles, including one sack in the Jets week one loss to the Baltimore Ravens. Williams set a career-high with 110 tackles a year ago and has emerged as one of the team leaders on defense. Click here to view.
Hard Knocks rising rookie star Malcolm Rodriguez is the Detroit Lions new man in the middle. After a stellar training camp, the sixth round pick was flying around the field during his debut, making six tackles in a valiant effort against the Philadelphia Eagles. His gritty play is the exact DNA that Lions head coach Dan Campbell seeks and you should expect to hear ‘Rodrigo’ have his name called often throughout the season. Click here to view.
Entering his third season as a starting cornerback for the Kansas City Chiefs, the lengthy L’Jarius Sneed picked up right where he left off, making several big plays during their win over the Arizona Cardinals, including one sack and a pass deflection, while finishing with eight tackles. The former fourth round pick could be in line for a Pro Bowl-caliber type year. Click here to view.
In total, 248 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl alumni were actively on 53-man rosters, practice squads, or injured reserve during opening kickoff. Be on the lookout for more standout performers throughout the season right here, as we bring you the ‘NFLPA Collegiate Bowl Alumni Spotlight!’ Click here to view the Opening Day roster.
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