Friends, fans, and followers of Tide Talk Sports, I present to you a new feature that I will be doing every Tuesday, and that is “Talking NFL.” This is where I will highlight a few former Alabama football standouts that are tearing it up in the NFL. So, without further ado let’s get on with the first installment of “Talking NFL”!
Henry Ruggs III- 3 REC, 55 YDS
While he didn’t record a touchdown reception Sunday, Ruggs showed signs of why they picked him up 11th in last year’s draft. Over his very own teammate Jerry Jeudy and Oklahoma standout CeeDee Lamb, Ruggs was the first Bama wide-out selected. Speed is what drew the Raiders to take him, and he showed flashes of that speed in Sunday’s game. It’s not going to take long before he breaks one to the end zone.
Jerry Jeudy- 4 REC, 56 YDS
Much like Ruggs, Jerry Jeudy proved himself to be a guy that the Broncos can trust at wide receiver. The Broncos continue to build up their offensive line. Drew Lock has a cannon of an arm, and another weapon in Jerry Jeudy. Even though they lost, the Bronco faithful have to know the future is bright.
Derrick Henry- 31 Car, 116 YDS
Since Henry is on my favorite NFL team, (still #2 in my heart behind Bama, cause Roll Tide) and while I love all of our former players, Derrick Henry tops the list. Henry is the type of guy who will say “give me the ball, get on my back, and hang on.” He has the ability to take over a game week in and week out. Although he didn’t do anything flashy last night, he still averaged around four yards per carry. In the NFL getting 100 plus yards in a game against any defense is an accomplishment. Henry does this nearly every week. He’s a beast with the ball in his hands.
Julio Jones- 9 REC, 157 YDS
Ladies and gentlemen, Mr. Julio Jones. The man who paved the way for all of the great wide receivers Alabama has had and will continue to have, Julio is unstoppable. He’s been a nightmare for opposing defenses for years now, and was a defensive nightmare for the Seahawks on Sunday. Julio managed nearly 18 yards per catch. While that was impressive, he had a teammate who also gave Seattle fits…
Calvin Ridley- 9 REC, 130 YDS, 2 TD’s
Calvin Ridley is in a great spot. While most of the attention is given to Julio, Ridley had an outstanding day as well. Calvin also averaged 15 yards per catch, and was about to snag two TD’s on that Seattle defense as well. Atlanta needs to rebuild it’s defense a bit. Having two outstanding wide outs, that offense will click week to week.
Amari Cooper- 8 REC, 81 YDS
Amari had a quite a night for Dallas. The entire Dallas offense struggled to find it’s footing in their first game under a new head coach. Amari is on this list because he is still a great receiver. Once that offense starts clicking, he will be Dak’s go-to guy for big time offensive production.
Defense, Defense, Defense:
Washington Football Team (AKA Alabama defense 2.0)
As everyone knows, Washington has a ton of Alabama players, and they each had great games Sunday. Landon Collins had four tackles with one assisted tackle. Johnathan Allen recorded two assisted tackles, one tackle, and a half sack. Damon Payne had a half sack and two assisted tackles. Shaun Dion Hamilton recorded two assisted tackles, and Ryan Anderson recorded an assisted tackle.
Every Alabama fan’s favorite defensive tackle had three assisted tackles in Sundays game. Q is still the only person I know who has sneezed and blessed themselves, and he’s still a fan favorite among the Alabama faithful.
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