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San Francisco 49ers' DEs DeForest Buckner and Arik Armstead bright spots in disappointing season

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San Francisco 49ers' DEs DeForest Buckner and Arik Armstead bright spots in disappointing season

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The San Francisco 49ers' disappointing season, upended by the knee injury to budding star quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, certainly has revealed areas of need that must be addressed in order for this team to ever contend in the NFC West division. 

Defensive end is not on that list because of the presence of two former Oregon Ducks. The previous regime in charge before John Lynch became the franchise's general manager in 2017 drafted well in that area when it selected Arik Armstead with the 17th-overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft and followed up the next year by taking DeForest Buckner with the seventh pick of the first round. 

Their careers have contrasted since they helped lead the Ducks to the national championship game during the 2014 season. Buckner has blossomed quicker in the NFL while Armstead, held back by injuries, is just now starting to realize his potential. 

During their growth as professional players and transitioning from college kids to professional adults, they have always been able to lean on each other. Both arrived at Oregon in 2012 and since have not been teammates only once, in 2015. Their hope now is that they can continue to grow together and help lead the 49ers (4-10) back to respectability and achieve similar success to what they accomplished at Oregon where together they experienced only five losses in three seasons. 

“We’ve been playing together for seven years," Armstead said. "It’s been great. It’s a unique situation to be playing with somebody for so long and kind of grow together and always be there through the ups and downs. It’s been a pretty cool experience.”

--- Buckner emerges 

The 49ers' locker room at Levi's Stadium following Sunday's 26-23 overtime win over Seattle - just two weeks after losing 43-16 at CenturyLink Field - didn't feel like that of a losing team. In part, that was because everyone in that locker room knew how much that win meant to former Seahawks' superstar cornerback Richard Sherman. Also, the win snapped a 10-game losing streak to the Seahawks dating back to 2013. 

“We took it personally," Buckner said. "They flat-out embarrassed us two weeks ago."

Buckner, from Hawaii, had 11 tackles and two sacks in the game to reach 11 sacks for the season. Armstead, from Sacramento, Calif., added five tackles. He has three sacks on the year. For sure, Buckner is putting up the sexier numbers and was rewarded by being named as a Pro Bowl alternate. But Armstead's contributions can't be discounted. He is a strong run stuffer opposite Buckner and according to San Francisco coach Kyle Shanahan is starting to emerge as a pass rusher. 

"He does have that type of ability, so I think that's what people hope for," Shanahan told reporters last week. "But, that's not just something that you do. That takes a while, and it takes guys some time playing in this league, playing different positions, to really find their groove. I do see that chance for Arik."

First, Armstead must continue to remain healthy. He has been hindered by injuries off and on since landing at Oregon. After appearing in all 16 games as a rookie, Armstead missed eight his second year and 10 last season. This year has had played in all 14 games. 

"I don't want to jinx myself," Armstead said. "We have two more games. I'm just blessed to be healthy out there."

--- Adjusting to change

Last season San Francisco switched from the 3-4 defense, which the franchise ran when it selected Buckner and Armstead, to the 4-3 defense when Shanahan took over and hired defensive coordinator Robert Saleh. The change didn't impact Armstead and Buckner much given that each is well equipped to play either defense given their considerable athleticism especially given their size.

Both are the prototypical, large, two-gap, 3-4 defensive ends at 6-7, 300 pounds for Buckner and 6-7, 292 for Armstead. However, each is more athletic than your average man of that size. While most 4-3 defensive ends are smaller, it cannot be forgotten that hall of famer Reggie White racked up 198 sacks at 6-5, 291 and Carolina's Julius Peppers will likely make the hall of fame with 158 career sacks at 6-7, 295. Comparing Buckner and Armstead to the likes of the late White and Peppers is, of course, premature. However, both Buckner and Armstead certainly fit into the same breed of defensive end. Large. Strong. Athletic. 

Buckner has certainly shown flashes of being a potential future All-Pro with 20 sacks in three seasons thanks to 11 this year. 

“Getting to double digits, I knew I was capable of it and to see my hard work get paid off, it’s definitely gratifying," he said. "I knew I could do it and I worked my tail off in the offseason to get there."

Saleh said Buckner last year had many pressures and QB knockdowns that could have been sacks with fine-tuning of his technique when disengaging from blockers and closing on quarterbacks. 

"We talked about him needing to find that extra half of step," Saleh told reporters this week. "He's really taken it to heart and he's found that step."

Sometimes, Saleh said, it takes a while for young defensive linemen to find their way. Armstead is no different. 

"Arik is probably having his best year," Saleh said. "It just takes time."

--- Remaining 49ers

The 49ers picked up the fifth-year option on Armstead's rookie contract and Shanahan said they hope to resign him long-term. That's also the plan with Buckner. Armstead said he certainly wants to remain with the 49ers. 

"I love it here," he said. "I've been here my whole career. They drafted me and gave me an opportunity. I want to be here and help win games."

Armstead entered the NFL at age 21 and said he has grown a lot in four years. 

"Most, probably as a person," he said. "I'm 25. Getting kind of old. But maturing as a person. I'm out on my own now. I'm a professional. I've had a good experience."

Armstead has been very active doing charity work in his hometown of Sacramento, which he said is very important to him. 

"I feel like I've been blessed in my life with so many things and it's my responsibility to give back in any way that I came," he said. "A lot of my efforts are directed to people in Sacramento where I'm from and trying to impact my city in a positive way."

The Oregon duo of Buckner and Armstead is respected by teammates. Defensive tackle D.J. Jones said the two are often inseparable.

"You see one you see the other," he said. "They are the twin towers." 

Jones said teammates don't give the former Ducks too much grief for being bosom Ducks. 

"Both are phenomenal people off the field," Jones said. "On the field, they are just the same. I've learned so much from them."

Their NFL careers are in full swing and their futures appear to be strong. How long they remain teammates will be played out on the business end of the NFL pool. One thing for sure is that both have benefited from entering this world together as former Ducks tied at the hip and supporting each other. 

“It’s encouragement and helping each other," Armstead said. "Teaching each other things we’ve learned and passing it along. Having good communication out there from playing together so long. Definitely encouraging each other is the main thing.”

Week 7 ProDucks: Pharaoh Brown elevated; Grasu plays; Mariota can't close

Week 7 ProDucks: Pharaoh Brown elevated; Grasu plays; Mariota can't close

Tennessee quarterback Marcus Mariota can't seem to stop the Titans' skid.

Tennessee lost its third consecutive game on Sunday in London, England, falling 20-19 to the Los Angeles Chargers. Mariota passed for 237 yards and rushed for 38, and he threw a one-yard touchdown pass on 4th and goal with under 40 seconds remaining to put the titans in position to tie. However, Tennessee coach Mike Vrabel elected to go for two and Mariota's pass fell incomplete.

Tennessee has now lost three straight games since that dramatic overtime win over Philadelphia to fall to 3-4. But all hope isn't lost. Tennessee is just one game behind Houston (4-3) and have division wins over the Texans and 3-4 Jacksonville.

-- Pharaoh Brown activated

Cleveland has elevated tight end Pharaoh Brown from the practice squad to the 53-man roster.  Brown began his NFL career with the Oakland Raiders as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2017. He played in two games that season but was released following the season. The Raiders waived Brown last September leading to him landing with the Browns and making their practice squad.

--- Freeman scores

Denver rookie running back Royce Freeman Carried the 13 times for 39 yards and score on a one-yard touchdown for his fourth of the season in the second quarter during a 45-10 win over Arizona. 

Freeman is still starting but he hasn't been all that productive as of late. In Denver's last three games, Freeman has rushed for just 90 yards on 27 carries. Backup Phillip Lindsay has rushed for 169 on 30 carries. 

--- Grasu sighting

Center Hroniss Grasu, acquired a couple of weeks ago, saw his first action with Baltimore during Sunday's 24-23 win over New Orleans. He appeared in 12 plays on offense and four on special teams. 

Below is a team-by-team list of former Ducks, Beavers and others from around the state, currently on NFL rosters If we've missed anyone, please let us know with an email to AaronFentress@CSNNW.com:

 

 ARIZONA CARDINALS

None. 

 

 ATLANTA FALCONS

 

Score: Won 23-20 over the New York Giants. 

  • Andy Levitre, Oregon State, guard: Out for the season with a torn triceps. 
  • Rocky Ortiz, Oregon State, running back: Had two carries for seven yards. 

 

 BALTIMORE RAVENS

Score: Lost 24-23 to New Orleans. 

  • Randin Crecelius, Portland State, guard: The undrafted rookie free agent is on the practice squad. 
  • Hroniss Grasu, Oregon Ducks, center: Activated and appeared in 12 plays on offense and four on special teams. 
  • Patrick Onwuasor, Portland State, linebacker: The backup had one solo tackles.  

 

 

 BUFFALO BILLS

 

Score: Lost 37-5 at Indianapolis.

  • Derek Anderson, Oregon State, quarterback: Anderson started in place of rookie Josh Allen and completed 20 of 31 passes for 175 yards and zero touchdowns with three interceptions. 
  • Kyle Peko, Oregon State, nose tackle: Is on the team's practice squad.  
  • Jordan Poyer, Oregon State, safety: Had five tackles, three solo. 

 

 

 CAROLINA PANTHERS

Score: Won 21-17 at Philadelphia. 

  • David Mayo, Texas State (Scappoose H.S.), linebacker: Played but did not record a tackle. 

 

 

 CHICAGO BEARS

 

Score: Lost 38-31 to New England.

  • Kyle Long, Oregon Ducks, guard: Started at left guard. 
  • Ryan Nall, Oregon State (Central Catholic H.S., Portland), running back: Is on the team's practice squad. 

 

 

 CINCINNATI BENGALS

 

Score: Lost 45-10 at Kansas City.       

    • Jake Fisher, Oregon Ducks, offensive tackle: Played in reserve. 

     

     

     CLEVELAND BROWNS

     

    Score: Lost 26-23 in overtime at Tampa Bay.   

    • Pharaoh Brown, Oregon Ducks, tight end: Elevated to the 53-man roster on Tuesday. 
    • Terrance Mitchell, Oregon Ducks, defensive back: Mitchell underwent surgery on a broken wrist last week but could return at some point this season. 

     

     DALLAS COWBOYS

     

    Score: Lost 20-17 at Washington. 

    • Tyree Robinson, Oregon Ducks, safety: Robinson is on the team's practice squad.  

     

     DENVER BRONCOS

    Score: Won 45-10 at Arizona.   

    • Royce Freeman, Oregon Ducks, running back: Carried the 13 times for 37 yards and score on a one-yard touchdown in the second quarter. 

     

     DETROIT LIONS

     

    Score: Won 32-21 at Miami. 

    • LeGarrette Blount, Oregon Ducks, running back: Carried the ball 10 times for 50 yards and scored on a two-yard touchdown. 
    • Tyrell Crosby, Oregon, offensive tackle: Inactive.  

     

     

     GREEN BAY PACKERS 

    None. 

     

     HOUSTON TEXANS

     

    Score: Won 20-7 over Jacksonville. 

    • Brennan Scarlett, California and Stanford (Central Catholic H.S., Portland): Had one special teams tackle.

     

     

     INDIANAPOLIS COLTS

     

    None. 

     

     JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS

     

    None. 

     

    KANSAS CITY

     

    Score: Won 45-10 over Cincinnati.   

    • Steven Nelson, Oregon State, defensive back: Started at right cornerback and had one solo tackle and two passes defended.  
    • De'Anthony Thomas, Oregon Ducks, wide receiver: Fractured his leg in practice on Oct. 11 and placed on injured reserve. 

     

     

    LOS ANGELES CHARGERS

    Score: Won 20-19 over Tennessee.   

    • Tyrell Williams, Western Oregon (Cascade H.S., Turner), wide receiver: Started and caught four passes for 118 yards including a 75-yard touchdown. 

     

    LOS ANGELES RAMS

     

    Score: Won 39-10 at San Francisco. 

    • Brandin Cooks, Oregon State, wide receiver: Cooks caught four passes for 64 yards and had a 19-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter. He also carried the ball once for seven yards. 
    • Samson Ebukam, Eastern Washington (David Douglas H.S.): Started at outside linebacker and had three solo tackles, one tackle for loss and one quarterback hurry. 
    • Johnny Hekker, Oregon State, punter: Punted four times for 120.  
    • Troy Hill, Oregon Ducks, defensive back: Started at right cornerback and had four solo tackles and one interception he returned for seven yards. 
    • Sean Mannion, Oregon State, quarterback: Did not play. 
    • Johnny Mundt, Oregon Ducks, tight end: Appeared on 11 offensive plays. 
    • Ndamukong Suh, Nebraska (Grant H.S.), defensive tackle: Had two solo tackles and one quarterback hurry. 

     

     

    MIAMI DOLPHINS

     

    Score: Lost 32-21 to Detroit. 

    • Kiko Alonso, Oregon Ducks, linebacker: Had five tackles, four solo and one pass defended. 

     

    MINNESOTA VIKINGS

     

    Score: Won 27-17 over Arizona.  

    • Mike Remmers, Oregon State, offensive tackle: Started at right guard. 

     

     

    NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

    Score: Won 38-31 at Chicago.   

    • Ryan Allen, Louisiana Tech (West Salem H.S.), punter: Punted four times for 171 years. 
    • Patrick Chung, Oregon Ducks, safety: Had seven solo tackles, one pass defended and one QB hurry.  

     

     

     NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

     

    Score: Won 24-23 at Baltimore. 

    • Max Unger, Oregon Ducks, center: Started at center. 

     

     

     NEW YORK GIANTS

     

    Score: Lost 23-20 to Atlanta. 

    • Jonathan Stewart, Oregon Ducks, running back: Stewart has been placed on injured reserve with a foot injury. 
    • Aldrick Rosas, Southern Oregon, kicker: Made both field goal attempts from distances of 31 and 36 yards. 

     

     

    NEW YORK JETS

     

    None. 

     

     OAKLAND RAIDERS

     

    None. 

     

    PHILADELPHIA EAGLES

     

    Score: Lost 21-17 to Carolina. 

     

     

    PITTSBURGH STEELERS

     

    Score: Off

     

     

    SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS

     

    Score: Lost 39-10 to the Rams.  

    • Arik Armstead, Oregon Ducks, defensive end: Started at right defensive end and five solo tackles, one sack and three quarterback hurries. 
    • Victor Bolden Jr., Oregon State, wide receiver: Appeared in five plays on special teams.
    • DeForest Buckner, Oregon Ducks, defensive end: Started at left defensive end and had three solo tackles and one tackle for loss. 

     

     SEATTLE SEAHAWKS

    Score: Off. 

     

     TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

     

    Score: Won 26-23 in overtime over Cleveland. 

    • Jacquizz Rodgers, Oregon State, running back: Rushed three time for eight yards and caught one pass for 11.  

     

     

     TENNESSEE TITANS

     

    Score: Lost 20-19 to the Los Angeles Chargers.   

    • Marcus Mariota, Oregon Ducks, quarterback: Mariota completed 24 of 32 passes for 237 yards and one touchdown with one interception.  He also rushed for 38 yards on seven carries. 

     

     WASHINGTON REDSKINS

    Score: Won 20-17 over Dallas. 

    • Byron Marshall, Oregon Ducks, running back: Has been played on injured reserve with an ankle injury. He could return midway through the season.  

     

    Week 6 ProDucks: Updates on Mariota, Freeman, Alonso and more

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    Week 6 ProDucks: Updates on Mariota, Freeman, Alonso and more

    Tennessee quarterback Marcus Mariota had another off game during the Titans' 21-0 loss to Baltimore.

    Mariota was sacked 11 times during the game while completing 10 of 15 passes for 117 yards with no interceptions. He also rushed twice for 25 yards.

    This performance comes after last week's showing of 14 of 26 for 129 yards with no touchdowns and one interception during a 13-12 loss at Buffalo.

    His performance in both defeats have people questioning if he is the answer at quarterback. Of course, the team has many problems. The receivers are mediocre, tight end Delanie Walker is done for the season, the running game has been down and Mariota's third coaching staff in four years probably needs more time to get things going in the right direction. 

    --- Down day for Freeman, again

    Denver rookie running back Royce Freeman had his second consecutive down game during a 23-20 loss at home to the Los Angeles Rams.  

    Freeman carried the ball just nine times for 22 yards. Last week he had five carries for 31 yards against the Jets. 

    Freeman now has 272 yards on 58 carries with three touchdowns.  

    -- Kiko Alonso bounces back. 

    During last week's loss to Cincinnati, Miami linebacker Kiko Alonso had his first off day in the tackling department with just four, but did have an interception. In Sunday's 31-28 overtime  win over Chicago, Alonso bounced back with 11 tackles, nine solo, and forced and recovered a fumble. The forced fumble occurred near the end of regulation and led to the game tying field goal.

    Alonso has had double digit sacks in four out of six games for the 4-2 Dolphins and remains second in the NFL with 61 tackles on the season.

    Below is a team-by-team list of former Ducks, Beavers and others from around the state, currently on NFL rosters If we've missed anyone, please let us know with an email to AaronFentress@CSNNW.com:

     

     ARIZONA CARDINALS

    None. 

     

     ATLANTA FALCONS

     

    Score: Lost 41-17 at Pittsburgh. 

    • Andy Levitre, Oregon State, guard: Out for the season with a torn triceps. 
    • Rocky Ortiz, Oregon State, running back: Appeared in 13 plays on offense and seven on special teams. 

     

     

     BALTIMORE RAVENS

    Score: Won 21-0 over the Titans. 

    • Randin Crecelius, Portland State, guard: The undrafted rookie free agent is on the practice squad. 
    • Hroniss Grasu, Oregon Ducks, center: Inactive. 
    • Patrick Onwuasor, Portland State, linebacker: The backup had four tackles, three solo, and two sacks. 

     

     BUFFALO BILLS

     

    Score: Lost 20-13 at Houston.

    • Kyle Peko, Oregon State, nose tackle: Is on the team's practice squad.  
    • Jordan Poyer, Oregon State, safety: Had five tackles, four solo, and intercepted one pass and had a tackle for loss. 

     

     CAROLINA PANTHERS

    Score: Lost 23-17 at Washington

    • David Mayo, Texas State (Scappoose H.S.), linebacker: Played but did not record a tackle. 

     

     

     CHICAGO BEARS

     

    Score: Lost 31-28 at Miami

    • Kyle Long, Oregon Ducks, guard: Started at left guard. 
    • Ryan Nall, Oregon State (Central Catholic H.S., Portland), running back: Is on the team's practice squad. 

     

     

     CINCINNATI BENGALS

     

    Score: Lost 28-21 to Pittsburgh.      

      • Jake Fisher, Oregon Ducks, offensive tackle: Appeared in seven plays on offense.

       

       

       CLEVELAND BROWNS

       

      Score: Lost on 38-14 to San Diego.    

      • Terrance Mitchell, Oregon Ducks, defensive back: Mitchell underwent surgery on a broken wrist last week but could return at some point this season. 

       

       DALLAS COWBOYS

       

      Score: Won 40-7 over Jacksonville. 

      • Tyree Robinson, Oregon Ducks, safety: Robinson is on the team's practice squad.  

       

       DENVER BRONCOS

      Score: Lost 24-21 to the Los Angeles Rams.  

      • Royce Freeman, Oregon Ducks, running back: Carried the nine times for 22 yards. Last week he had five carries for 31 yards against the Jets. 

       

       DETROIT LIONS

       

      Score: Off. 

       

       

       GREEN BAY PACKERS 

      None. 

       

       HOUSTON TEXANS

       

      Score: Won 20-13 over Buffalo. 

      • Brennan Scarlett, California and Stanford (Central Catholic H.S., Portland): Had one special teams tackle and recovered a fumble on special teams.

       

       INDIANAPOLIS COLTS

       

      None. 

       

       JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS

       

      None. 

       

      KANSAS CITY

       

      Score: Lost 43-40 at New England.   

      • Steven Nelson, Oregon State, defensive back: Started at right cornerback and had four solo tackles.  
      • De'Anthony Thomas, Oregon Ducks, wide receiver: Fractured his leg in practice on Oct. 11 and placed on injured reserve. 

       

       

      LOS ANGELES CHARGERS

      Score: Won 38-14 at Cleveland.  

      • Tyrell Williams, Western Oregon (Cascade H.S., Turner), wide receiver: Started and caught three passes for 118 yard and two touchdowns.

       

      LOS ANGELES RAMS

       

      Score: Won 23-20 at Denver. 

      • Brandin Cooks, Oregon State, wide receiver: Cooks returned from a concussion last week at Seattle to start and catch two passes for 53 yards.  
      • Samson Ebukam, Eastern Washington (David Douglas H.S.): Had two tackles and forced a fumble. ]
      • Johnny Hekker, Oregon State, punter: Punted three times for 120 yards.  
      • Troy Hill, Oregon Ducks, defensive back: Had seven solo tackles.   
      • Sean Mannion, Oregon State, quarterback: Did not play. 
      • Johnny Mundt, Oregon Ducks, tight end: Played special teams. 
      • Ndamukong Suh, Nebraska (Grant H.S.), defensive tackle: Had two solo tackles. 

       

       

      MIAMI DOLPHINS

       

      Score: Won 31-28 over Chicago.

      • Kiko Alonso, Oregon Ducks, linebacker: Had 11 tackles, nine solo, and forced a fumble that he recovered. 

       

      MINNESOTA VIKINGS

       

      Score: Won 27-17 over Arizona.  

      • Mike Remmers, Oregon State, offensive tackle: Started at right guard. 

       

       

      NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

      Score: Won 43-40 over Kansas City.   

      • Ryan Allen, Louisiana Tech (West Salem H.S.), punter: New England did not punt the entire game. 
      • Patrick Chung, Oregon Ducks, safety: Had one solo tackle on defense and two assisted tackles on special teams. 

       

       

       NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

       

      Score: Off

       

       NEW YORK GIANTS

       

      Score: Lost 34-13 to Philadelphia. 

      • Jonathan Stewart, Oregon Ducks, running back: Stewart has been placed on injured reserve with a foot injury. 
      • Aldrick Rosas, Southern Oregon, kicker: Made two of three field goal attempts. 

       

       

      NEW YORK JETS

       

      None. 

       

       OAKLAND RAIDERS

       

      None. 

       

      PHILADELPHIA EAGLES

       

      Score: Won 34-13 over the New York Giants. 

       

      PITTSBURGH STEELERS

       

      Score: Won 28-21 at Cincinnati.     

      • Kameron Canaday, Portland State, long snapper: Appeared in eight plays on special teams. 

       

       

      SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS

       

      Score: Lost 33-30 to Green Bay.  

      • Arik Armstead, Oregon Ducks, defensive end: Started at right defensive end and had three solo tackles. 
      • Victor Bolden Jr., Oregon State, wide receiver: Played but did not record a statistic. 
      • DeForest Buckner, Oregon Ducks, defensive end: Started at left defensive end and had two tackles and a sack.

       

       

       SEATTLE SEAHAWKS

      Score: Won 27-3 over Oakland.

      • Ed Dickson, Oregon Ducks, tight end: Out with an injury.  
      • Dion Jordan, Oregon Ducks, defensive end: Inactive.   

       

       TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

       

      Score: Lost 34-29 at Atlanta. 

      • Jacquizz Rodgers, Oregon State, running back: Returned two kickoffs for 31 yards. 

       

       TENNESSEE TITANS

       

      Score: Lost 21-0 at home to the Ravens.   

      • Marcus Mariota, Oregon Ducks, quarterback: Mariota was sacked 11 times. He had 25 yards rushing on two carries.  He completed 10 of 15 passes for 117 yards. 

       

       WASHINGTON REDSKINS

      Score: Won 23-17 over Carolina. 

      • Byron Marshall, Oregon Ducks, running back: Has been played on injured reserve with an ankle injury. He could return midway through the season.  

       

      Week 5 ProDucks: Tough week for Ducks in the NFL

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      Week 5 ProDucks: Tough week for Ducks in the NFL

      A week after one of the most impressive performances of his career, Tennessee quarterback Marcus Mariota had one of the most disappointing outings of his career. 

      Mariota completed just 14 of 26 passes for 129 yards with no touchdowns and one interception during a 13-12 loss at Buffalo.

      Granted, the Titans' receivers didn't help by dropping some passes, including a sure touchdown. But Mariota has got to find a way to beat the Bills (2-3) despite the issues around him. Tough loss. 

      --- All-around Chung. 

      New England won 38-24 over Indianapolis last Thursday and at the heart of the victory was safety Patrick Chung, who had 11 tackles, 3 solo, with a half sack and an interception.

      --- Great Buckner 

      Defensive end DeForest Buckner continues to get the job done for the San Francisco 49ers. During Sunday's loss to Arizona, the third-year player had four tackles, three solo, one tackle for loss and three quarterback hurries. 

      --- Down day for Freeman

      Denver lost 34-16 at the New York Jets and for just the second time this season, running back Royce Freeman failed to reach the endzone. In fact, he carried the ball just five times for 31 yards and caught three passes for 16 yards.

      Freeman now has 250 yards on 49 carries with three touchdowns.  

      --- Blount TDs

      Detroit Running back LeGarrette Blount came to life with two one-yard touchdowns in a win over Green Bay. However, he gained just 22 yards on 12 carries. For the season, Blount has just 117 rushing yards.

      There are 21 former Oregon Ducks currently in the NFL. 

      Below is a team-by-team list of former Ducks, Beavers and others from around the state, currently on NFL rosters If we've missed anyone, please let us know with an email to AaronFentress@CSNNW.com:

       

       ARIZONA CARDINALS

      None. 

       

       ATLANTA FALCONS

       

      Score: Lost 41-17 at Pittsburgh. 

      • Andy Levitre, Oregon State, guard: Out for the season with a torn triceps. 
      • Rocky Ortiz, Oregon State, running back: Appeared in 13 plays on offense and seven on special teams. 

       

       

       BALTIMORE RAVENS

      Score: Lost 12-9 in overtime at Cleveland. 

      • Randin Crecelius, Portland State, guard: The undrafted rookie free agent is on the practice squad. 
      • Hroniss Grasu, Oregon Ducks, center: Inactive. 
      • Patrick Onwuasor, Portland State, linebacker: The backup had one tackle and defended one pass. 

       

       BUFFALO BILLS

       

      Score: Won 13-12 over Tennessee. 

      • Kyle Peko, Oregon State, nose tackle: Is on the team's practice squad.  
      • Jordan Poyer, Oregon State, safety: Had three solo tackle and one fumble recovery. 

       

       CAROLINA PANTHERS

      Score: Won 33-31 over the New York Giants. 

      • David Mayo, Texas State (Scappoose H.S.), linebacker: Had one special teams tackle. 

       

       

       CHICAGO BEARS

      Score: Off. 

      • Kyle Long, Oregon Ducks, guard: No game. 
      • Ryan Nall, Oregon State (Central Catholic H.S., Portland), running back: Is on the team's practice squad. 

       

       

       CINCINNATI BENGALS

       

      Score: Won 27-17 over Miami.  

      • Jake Fisher, Oregon Ducks, offensive tackle: Appeared in six special teams plays.

       

       

       CLEVELAND BROWNS

       

      Score: Won 12-9 in overtime over Baltimore.  

      • Terrance Mitchell, Oregon Ducks, defensive back: Mitchell underwent surgery on a broken wrist last week but could return at some point this season. 

       

       DALLAS COWBOYS

       

      Score: Lost 19-16 to Houston in overtime. 

      • Tyree Robinson, Oregon Ducks, safety: Robinson is on the team's practice squad.  

       

       DENVER BRONCOS

      Score: Lost 34-16 at the New York Jets. 

      • Royce Freeman, Oregon Ducks, running back: Carried the ball five times for 31 yards and caught three passes for 16 yards. 

       

       DETROIT LIONS

       

      Score: Won 31-23 over Green Bay. 

      • LeGarrette Blount, Oregon Ducks, running back: Carried the ball 12 times for 22 yards and scored on touchdown runs of one yard. 
      • Tyrell Crosby, Oregon, offensive tackle: Did not play. 

       

       

       GREEN BAY PACKERS 

      None. 

       

       HOUSTON TEXANS

       

      Score: Won 19-16 at Dallas in overtime. 

      • Brennan Scarlett, California and Stanford (Central Catholic H.S., Portland): Appeared in 23 teams on special teams.

       

       INDIANAPOLIS COLTS

       

      None. 

       

       JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS

       

      None. 

       

      KANSAS CITY

       

      Score: Won 30-14 over Jacksonville. 

      • Steven Nelson, Oregon State, defensive back: Started at right cornerback and had three tackles, two solo, an interception and another pass defended.  
      • De'Anthony Thomas, Oregon Ducks, wide receiver: Caught one pass for 13 yards and had a tackle on special teams. 

       

       

      LOS ANGELES CHARGERS

      Score: Won 26-10 over Oakland.  

      • Tyrell Williams, Western Oregon (Cascade H.S., Turner), wide receiver: Started and caught three passes for 66 yards. 

       

      LOS ANGELES RAMS

       

      Score: Won 33-31 at Seattle. 

      • Brandin Cooks, Oregon State, wide receiver: Started but did not catch a pass before leaving the game with a concussion. 
      • Samson Ebukam, Eastern Washington (David Douglas H.S.): Had four tackles, two solo and one tackle on special teams. 
      • Johnny Hekker, Oregon State, punter: Punted once for 38 yards. 
      • Troy Hill, Oregon Ducks, defensive back: Had five tackles, three solo, and defended a pass.  
      • Sean Mannion, Oregon State, quarterback: Did not play. 
      • Johnny Mundt, Oregon Ducks, tight end: Appeared in 2 plays on offense and 12 on special teams. 
      • Ndamukong Suh, Nebraska (Grant H.S.), defensive tackle: Had six tackles, two solo, with a sack. 

       

       

      MIAMI DOLPHINS

       

      Score: Lost 27-17 at Cincinnati.

      • Kiko Alonso, Oregon Ducks, linebacker: Had four tackles and one interception. 

       

      MINNESOTA VIKINGS

       

      Score: Won 23-21 at Philadelphia.  

      • Mike Remmers, Oregon State, offensive tackle: Started at right guard. 

       

       

      NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

      Score: Won 38-24 over Indianapolis.   

      • Ryan Allen, Louisiana Tech (West Salem H.S.), punter: Punted four times for 193 yards for an average of 38.8. 
      • Patrick Chung, Oregon Ducks, safety: Had 11 tackles, 3 solo, with a half sack and an interception.

       

       

       NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

       

      Score: Won 43-19 over Washington. 

      • Max Unger, Oregon Ducks, center: Started at center. 

       

       NEW YORK GIANTS

       

      Score: Lost 33-31 at Carolina. 

      • Jonathan Stewart, Oregon Ducks, running back: Stewart has been placed on injured reserve with a foot injury. 
      • Aldrick Rosas, Southern Oregon, kicker: Made three field goals from 42, 53 and 36 yards. 

       

       

      NEW YORK JETS

       

      None. 

       

       OAKLAND RAIDERS

       

      None. 

       

      PHILADELPHIA EAGLES

       

      Score: Lost 23-21 to Minnesota. 

      • D.J. Alexander, Oregon State, linebacker: Had one solo tackle.  
      • Haloti Ngata, Oregon Ducks, defensive tackle: Did not play with a calf injury.
      • Isaac Seumalo, Oregon State, guard: Started at left guard.

       

      PITTSBURGH STEELERS

       

      Score: Won 41-17 over Atlanta.     

       

       

      SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS

       

      Score: Lost 28-18 to Arizona.  

      • Arik Armstead, Oregon Ducks, defensive end: Started at right defensive end and had three solo tackles. 
      • Victor Bolden Jr., Oregon State, wide receiver:  Did not play. Serving four-game suspension for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances. 
      • DeForest Buckner, Oregon Ducks, defensive end: Started at left defensive end and had four tackles and three solo. He also had a tackle for loss and three quarterback hurries.  

       

       

       SEATTLE SEAHAWKS

       

      Score: Lost 33-31 to the Los Angeles Rams. 

      • Ed Dickson, Oregon Ducks, tight end: Out with an injury.  
      • Dion Jordan, Oregon Ducks, defensive end: Appeared in 22 snaps but did not record a statistic.   

       

       TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

       

      Score: Off. 

       

       TENNESSEE TITANS

       

      Score: Lost 13-12 at Buffalo.   

      • Marcus Mariota, Oregon Ducks, quarterback: Mariota had an off day, completing 14 of 26 passes for 129 yards with zero touchdowns and one interception. He carried the ball twice for 10 yards. 

       

       WASHINGTON REDSKINS

      Score: OFF.

      • Byron Marshall, Oregon Ducks, running back: Has been played on injured reserve with an ankle injury. He could return midway through the season.  

       

      Week 2 ProDucks: Royce Freeman reaches milestone; Marcus Mariota ailing

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      Week 2 ProDucks: Royce Freeman reaches milestone; Marcus Mariota ailing

      Denver rookie running back Royce Freeman scored his first touchdown in the NFL on a one-yard run against Oakland on Sunday. 

      Freeman finished with eight carries for 28 yards rushing, a dip from last week's 71-yard performance against Seattle. 

      Quarterback Marcus Mariota did not play against Houston because he could not properly grip the ball in this right hand due to an elbow injury suffered the previous week against Miami. Tennessee coach Mike Vrabel said Mariota's status for this week at Jacksonville remains up in the air. 

      Cleveland cornerback Terrance Mitchell continues to have a strong season. On Sunday, he had five solo tackles and forced two fumbles while recovering one during a loss at New Orleans. 

      Kansas City receiver De'Anthony Thomas contributed to another win. He returned a punt 48 yards and recovered a fumble on special teams in a win at Pittsburgh. 

      San Francisco's former Oregon defensive ends continued to play well. Arik Armstead had three solo tackles, including one for loss, and two quarterback hurries against Detroit. DeForest Buckner had five solo tackles, with one sack and two quarterback hurries. 

      Watch out for Kiko Alonso. He is off to a great start with Miami. In Sunday's win over the New York Jets, Alonso had 13 solo tackles and forced two fumbles. 

      There are 20 former Ducks currently on NFL rosters and practice squads. Scroll below to find out how they performed over the weekend. 

      Below is a team-by-team list of former Ducks, Beavers and others from around the state, currently on NFL rosters If we've missed anyone, please let us know with an email to AaronFentress@CSNNW.com:

       

       ARIZONA CARDINALS

      None. 

       

       ATLANTA FALCONS

       

      Score: Atlanta won 31-24 over Carolina.  

      • Andy Levitre, Oregon State, guard: Started at left guard but was placed on injured reserve Tuesday with a torn triceps suffered against  Carolina. Levitre will likely miss the rest of the season, according to reports. 
      • Rocky Ortiz, Oregon State, running back: Started at fullback and appeared in 12 plays on offense and five on special teams. 

       

       BALTIMORE RAVENS

      Score: Lost 34-23 at Cincinnati.

      • Randin Crecelius, Portland State, guard: The undrafted rookie free agent is on the practice squad. 
      • Patrick Onwuasor, Portland State, linebacker: Started at linebacker and had eight tackles, three solo. Also had one quarterback hurry.  

       

       BUFFALO BILLS

       

      Score: Lost 31-20 to the Los Angeles Chargers. 

      • Kyle Peko, Oregon State, nose tackle: Is on the team's practice squad.  
      • Jordan Poyer, Oregon State, safety: Started at safety and had seven tackles, six solo. Also recovered a fumble and had two tackles for loss. 

       

       CAROLINA PANTHERS

      Score: Lost 31-24 at Atlanta. 

      • David Mayo, Texas State (Scappoose H.S.), linebacker: Started at outside linebacker and had two solo tackles. 

       

       

       CHICAGO BEARS

      Score: Won 24-17 over Seattle. 

      • Kyle Long, Oregon Ducks, guard: Started at right guard. 
      • Ryan Nall, Oregon State (Central Catholic H.S., Portland), running back: Is on the team's practice squad. 

       

       

       CINCINNATI BENGALS

       

      Score: Won 34-23 over Baltimore. 

      • Jake Fisher, Oregon Ducks, offensive tackle: Appeared in one play on offense and four on special teams. 

       

       

       CLEVELAND BROWNS

       

      Score: Lost 21-18 at New Orleans.  

      • Terrance Mitchell, Oregon Ducks, defensive back: Started and had five solo tackles and forced two fumbles and one recovery. 

       

       DALLAS COWBOYS

       

      Score: Won 20-13 over the New York Giants. 

       

       DENVER BRONCOS

      Score: Won 20-19 over Oakland. 

      • Royce Freeman, Oregon Ducks, running back: Scored his first NFL touchdown from one yard out. Carried the ball eight times for 28 yards. 

       

       DETROIT LIONS

       

      Score: Lost 30-27 at San Francisco. 

       

       

       GREEN BAY PACKERS 

      None. 

       

       HOUSTON TEXANS

       

      Score: Lost 20-17 at Tennessee.

      • Brennan Scarlett, California and Stanford (Central Catholic H.S., Portland): Started at the "Jack" linebacker and had three solo tackles. 

       

       

       INDIANAPOLIS COLTS

       

      None. 

       

       JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS

       

      None. 

       

      KANSAS CITY

       

      Score: Won 42-37 at Pittsburgh. 

      • Steven Nelson, Oregon State, defensive back: Started at right cornerback and had eight tackles, four solo, and defended one pass. 
      • De'Anthony Thomas, Oregon Ducks, wide receiver: Had a 48-yard punt return and recovered a fumble. Last week, Thomas forced a fumble on special teams. 

       

       

      LOS ANGELES CHARGERS

      Score: Won 31-20 at Buffalo. 

      • Tyrell Williams, Western Oregon (Cascade H.S., Turner), wide receiver: Started and caught three passes for 48 yards. 

       

       

      LOS ANGELES RAMS

       

      Score: Won 34-0 over Arizona. 

      • Brandin Cooks, Oregon State, wide receiver: Caught seven passes for 159 yards. 
      • Johnny Hekker, Oregon State, punter: Punted twice for 102 yards, an average of 51 yards per punt. Also made a 20-yard field goal and an extra point. 
      • Troy Hill, Oregon Ducks, defensive back: Played but did not have a tackle. 
      • Sean Mannion, Oregon State, quarterback: Did not play. 
      • Johnny Mundt, Oregon Ducks, tight end: Appeared in six special teams plays. 
      • Ndamukong Suh, Nebraska (Grant H.S.), defensive tackle: Had one assisted tackle and one quarterback hurry.  

       

       

      MIAMI DOLPHINS

       

      Score: Miami won 20-12 over the New York Jets.

      • Kiko Alonso, Oregon Ducks, linebacker: Started at outside linebacker and had 13 solo tackles and two forced fumbles. 

       

       

      MINNESOTA VIKINGS

       

      Score: Tied 29-29 at Green Bay in OT. 

      • Mike Remmers, Oregon State, offensive tackle: Started at right tackle and played all 73 offensive snaps. 

       

       

      NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

      Score: Lost 31-20 at Jacksonville.  

      • Ryan Allen, Louisiana Tech (West Salem H.S.), punter: Punted four times for 222 yards, an average of 55.5 yards per punt. 
      • Kenjon Barner, Oregon Ducks, running back: Inactive. 
      • Patrick Chung, Oregon Ducks, safety: Had three solo tackles. 

       

       

       NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

       

      Score: Won 21-18 over Cleveland.  

      Max Unger, Oregon Ducks, center: Started at center.

       

       NEW YORK GIANTS

       

      Score: Lost 20-13 at Dallas. 

      • Jonathan Stewart, Oregon Ducks, running back: The backup carried the ball twice for one yard. 
      • Aldrick Rosas, Southern Oregon, kicker: Made two field goals of 28 and 38 yards.   

       

       

      NEW YORK JETS

       

      None. 

       

       OAKLAND RAIDERS

       

      None. 

       

      PHILADELPHIA EAGLES

       

      Score: Lost 21-18 at Tampa Bay. 

      • D.J. Alexander, Oregon State, linebacker: Had one tackle on special teams.  
      • Haloti Ngata, Oregon Ducks, defensive tackle: Appeared in 36 snaps and had one assisted tackle. 
      • Isaac Seumalo, Oregon State, guard: Appeared in four offensive snaps.

       

       

      PITTSBURGH STEELERS

       

      Score: Lost 42-27 to Kansas City.   

      • Kameron Canaday, Portland State, long snapper: Appeared in 10 special teams plays.  

       

       

      SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS

       

      Score: Won 30-27 over Detroit. 

      • Arik Armstead, Oregon Ducks, defensive end: Started at right defensive end. Had three solo tackles, one for loss, and two quarterback hurries. 
      • Victor Bolden Jr., Oregon State, wide receiver:  Did not play. Serving four-game suspension for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances. 
      • DeForest Buckner, Oregon Ducks, defensive end: Started at left defensive end. Had five solo tackles with one sack an two quarterback hurries. 

       

       

       SEATTLE SEAHAWKS

       

      Score: Lost 24-17 at Chicago. 

      • Ed Dickson, Oregon Ducks, tight end: Out with an injury.  
      • Dion Jordan, Oregon Ducks, defensive end: Played but did not record a tackle. 

       

       

       TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

       

      Score: Won 21-18 over Philadelphia. 

      • Jacquizz Rodgers, Oregon State, running back: Had five carries for 13 yards.  

       

       

       TENNESSEE TITANS

       

      Score: Won 20-17 over Houston.  

       

       WASHINGTON REDSKINS

      Score: Lost 21-9 at home to Indianapolis. 

       

      Week 1 ProDucks: De'Anthony Thomas shines, Mariota injured, Armstead and Buckner produce

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      Week 1 ProDucks: De'Anthony Thomas shines, Mariota injured, Armstead and Buckner produce

      Former Oregon star De'Anthony Thomas made two impactful plays during Kansas City's 38-28 win over the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday and his touchdown might not have been his biggest play.

      But let's start with scoring play. In the third quarter with Kansas City up 17-12 and sitting at the Chargers' one-yard line, Thomas took a shovel pass from quarterback Pat Mahomes III going right to left and walked into the end zone for an easy touchdown that made the score 24-12. 

      Now for Thomas' biggest play. With 10:12 remaining in the fourth quarter, Kansas City  was forced to punt from deep in its own territory while up 31-20. Punter Dustin Colquitt's punt went deep and to the left, forcing Chargers' returner J.J. Jones back to the Los Angeles 14 where he mishandled the ball. 

      Jones found the handle on punt near the sideline at the seven and tried to make something out of nothing. But Thomas was there and reached in to knock the ball loose from Jones. Kansas City recovered the fumble at the three. 

      Two players later, Kansas City ran the same play Thomas had scored on in the third quarter, this time to Tyreke Hill, who ran untouched into the end zone to give KC a 38-20 lead with 9:43 remaining in the game. 

      --- Armstead and Buckner shine

      Former Oregon defensive ends, DeForest Buckner and Arik Armstead did their part to help San Francisco but it wasn't enough as the 49ers lost 24-16 at Minnesota.

      Armstead started at right defensive end and had five tackles, three solo, a tackle for a loss and a quarterback hurry. Buckner started at left defensive end and had seven tackles, three solo and 2 1/2 sacks plus another half of a tackle for loss.

      --- Other ProDucks news:

       

      There are 20 former Ducks currently on NFL rosters and practice squads. Scroll below to find out how they performed over the weekend. 

      Below is a team-by-team list of former Ducks, Beavers and others from around the state, currently on NFL rosters If we've missed anyone, please let us know with an email to AaronFentress@CSNNW.com:

       

       ARIZONA CARDINALS

      None. 

       

       ATLANTA FALCONS

       

      Score: Atlanta lost 18-14 at Philadelphia. 

      • Andy Levitre, Oregon State, guard: Started at left guard. 
      • Rocky Ortiz, Oregon State, running back: Started at fullback for one play. Did not touch the ball. Appeared in 10 total snaps, nine on special teams.  

       

       

       BALTIMORE RAVENS

      Score: Won 47-3 over Buffalo.

      • Randin Crecelius, Portland State, guard: The undrafted rookie free agent in on the practice squad. 
      • Patrick Onwuasor, Portland State, linebacker: Started at linebacker and had one tackle. 

       

       

       BUFFALO BILLS

       

      Score: Lost 47-3 at Baltimore. 

      • Jordan Poyer, Oregon State, safety: Started at safety and had eight tackles, four solo. 

       

       

       CAROLINA PANTHERS

      Score: Won 16-8 over Dallas. 

      • David Mayo, Texas State (Scappoose H.S.), linebacker: Started at outside linebacker and had one assisted tackle. 

       

       

       CHICAGO BEARS

      Score: Lost 27-26 at Green Bay. 

      • Kyle Long, Oregon Ducks, guard: Started at right guard. Had a tackle following a Bears' turnover. 
      • Ryan Nall, Oregon State (Central Catholic H.S., Portland), running back: Is on the team's practice squad. 

       

       

       CINCINNATI BENGALS

       

      Score: Won 34-23 at Indianapolis. 

      • Jake Fisher, Oregon Ducks, offensive tackle: Appeared in one game as an eligible receiver but did not get targeted for a pass.

       

       

       CLEVELAND BROWNS

       

      Score: Tied 21-21 against Pittsburgh. 

      • Terrance Mitchell, Oregon Ducks, defensive back: Started and had six tackles with one pass defended. 

       

       

       DALLAS COWBOYS

       

      Score: Lost 16-8 at Carolina. 

       

       DENVER BRONCOS

      Score: Won 27-24 over Seattle. 

      • Royce Freeman, Oregon Ducks, running back: Carried the ball 15 times for 71 yards. 
      • Kyle Peko, Oregon State, nose tackle: Started at nose tackle and had two unassisted tackles. Appeared in 25 snaps. 

       

       DETROIT LIONS

       

      Score: Lost 48-17 at home to the New York Jets. 

      • LeGarrette Blount, Oregon Ducks, running back: Started and had four carries for negative three yards and was injured in the game. 
      • Tyrell Crosby, Oregon, offensive tackle: Did not play. 

       

       

       GREEN BAY PACKERS 

      None. 

       

       HOUSTON TEXANS

       

      Score: Lost 27-20 at New England.

      • Brennan Scarlett, California and Stanford (Central Catholic H.S., Portland): Played in 23 snaps on special teams.

       

       

       INDIANAPOLIS COLTS

       

      None. 

       

       JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS

       

      None. 

       

      KANSAS CITY

       

      Score: Won 38-28 at the Los Angeles Chargers. 

      • Steven Nelson, Oregon State, defensive back: Started at right cornerback and had eight tackles, four solo, and defended one pass. 
      • De'Anthony Thomas, Oregon Ducks, wide receiver: Caught one pass for one yard but it was good for a touchdown in the third quarter. Also returned two kickoffs for 33 yards. Had one tackle on special teams, forcing a fumble. 

       

       

       

      LOS ANGELES CHARGERS

      Score: Lost 38-28 to Kansas City. 

      • Tyrell Williams, Western Oregon (Cascade H.S., Turner), wide receiver: Started and caught two passes for eight yards, including a four-yard touchdown reception. 

       

       

      LOS ANGELES RAMS

       

      Score: Won 33-13 at Oakland. 

      • Brandin Cooks, Oregon State, wide receiver: Caught five passes for 87 yards and carried the ball one time for six yards. 
      • Johnny Hekker, Oregon State, punter: Punted twice for 117 yards, an average of 58.5 per punt. 
      • Troy Hill, Oregon Ducks, defensive back: Played but did not have a tackle. 
      • Sean Mannion, Oregon State, quarterback: Did not play. 
      • Johnny Mundt, Oregon Ducks, tight end: Played but no receptions. 
      • Ndamukong Suh, Nebraska (Grant H.S.), defensive tackle: Had three tackles, one solo. 

       

       

      MIAMI DOLPHINS

       

      • Kiko Alonso, Oregon Ducks, linebacker: Started at outside linebacker and had six tackles and one interception against former UO teammate, quarterback Marcus Mariota. 

       

       

       

       

       

       

      MINNESOTA VIKINGS

       

      Score: Won 24-16 over San Francisco. 

      • Mike Remmers, Oregon State, offensive tackle: Started at right tackle and played all 71 snaps. 

       

       

      NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

      Score: Won 27-20 over Houston. 

      • Ryan Allen, Louisiana Tech (West Salem H.S.), punter: Punted six times for 281 yards, an average of 46.8 per punt. 
      • Patrick Chung, Oregon Ducks, safety: Had four tackles, three solo. 

       

       

       NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

       

      Score: Lost 48-40 to Tampa Bay. 

      Max Unger, Oregon Ducks, center: Started at center.

       

       NEW YORK GIANTS

       

      Score: Lost 20-15 vs. Jacksonville. 

      • Jonathan Stewart, Oregon Ducks, running back: The backup carried the ball twice for eight yards. 
      • Aldrick Rosas, Southern Oregon, kicker: Made three field goals of 27, 31 and 44 yards.  

       

       

      NEW YORK JETS

       

      None. 

       

       OAKLAND RAIDERS

       

      None. 

       

      PHILADELPHIA EAGLES

       

      Score: Won 18-14 over Atlanta. 

      • D.J. Alexander, Oregon State, linebacker: Appeared in 22 snaps, all on special teams. 
      • Haloti Ngata, Oregon Ducks, defensive tackle: Appeared in 20 snaps, three on special teams. Had one tackle for loss negated by a holding penalty on the offense. 
      • Isaac Seumalo, Oregon State, guard: Appeared in five offensive snaps and two on special teams. 

       

       

      PITTSBURGH STEELERS

       

      Score: Tied 21-21 at Cleveland.  

      • Kameron Canaday, Portland State, long snapper: Appeared in 11 special teams plays.  

       

       

      SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS

       

      Score: Lost 24-16 at Minnesota. 

      • Arik Armstead, Oregon Ducks, defensive end: Started at right defensive end. Had five tackles, three solo, a tackle for a loss and a quarterback hurry. 
      • Victor Bolden Jr., Oregon State, wide receiver:  Did not play. Serving four game suspension for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances. 
      • DeForest Buckner, Oregon Ducks, defensive end: Started at left defensive end. Had seven tackles, three solo and 2 1/2 sacks plus another half of a tackle for loss. 

       

       

       

       SEATTLE SEAHAWKS

       

      Score: Lost 27-24 at Denver. 

      • Ed Dickson, Oregon Ducks, tight end: Out with an injury.  
      • Dion Jordan, Oregon Ducks, defensive end: Appeared in 15 plays and had one quarterback hurry and one pass defended. 

       

       

       TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

       

      Score: Won 48-40 at New Orleans. 

      • Jacquizz Rodgers, Oregon State, running back: EHad two carries for one yard and one reception for two yards. 

       

       

       TENNESSEE TITANS

       

      Score: Lost 27-20 at Miami. 

      • Marcus Mariota, Oregon Ducks, quarterback: Mariota finished 9 of 16 or 103 yards with the two interceptions. He injured his right arm early in the game, came back, threw two interceptions and then left the game for good. He said later that his right hand felt numb. 

      [RELATED: Titans await word on severity of Marcus Mariota's injury]

       

       WASHINGTON REDSKINS

      • Byron Marshall, Oregon Ducks, running back: Entering third season, second with Washington.  

       

       

      49ers' Arik Armstead sidelined with hamstring injury

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      49ers' Arik Armstead sidelined with hamstring injury

      Former Oregon defensive end Arik Armstead is out several weeks with a hamstring injury, according to multiple reports.

      Armstead, who has missed 14 games over the past two seasons after playing in every game his rookie year in 2015, is considered week-to-week, according to the team.  

      San Francisco selected Armstead with the 17th overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. He is expected to start at defensive end opposite former Oregon star DeForest Buckner, selected in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft. 

      Despite past injury problems, expectations for Armstead remain high.  Defensive line coach Jeff Zgonina told NBC Sports Bay Area's Matt Maiocco last June that Armstead appeared to be more comfortable in the defense.

      "We tried him at a few spots last year, and I think he's really starting to feel comfortable at that big end spot and inside pass-rusher on pass downs," Zgonina said. "I think he has more of a defined role."

      Armstead has made 11 starts for the 49ers and has six career sacks. 

      Armstead was placed on injured reserve with a shoulder injury in November of 2016.  Last season a broken hand in week six ended Armstead's season.

      Oregon's "#TheMovement18" recruiting blitz must scoop up impact defensive linemen

      Oregon's "#TheMovement18" recruiting blitz must scoop up impact defensive linemen

      Oregon's coaches are killing it on the recruiting trail. They are Tweeting up a storm complete with the fresh hashtag, "TheMovement18," while using plenty of Emojis, GIFs and photos of Ducks swag in order to appeal to the talented teens they are pursuing.  

      So far, the high-energy and social media-savvy recruiting tactics under new coach Willie Taggart have worked well and have fans giddy about the future. Oregon's 2018 recruiting class currently ranks No. 11 in the country, according to Rivals.com. That's coming off of a No. 18 ranking for the 2017 recruiting class, completed last February. 

      Just one problem: Where are all of the impact defensive linemen?

      I know, I know, it's early. Signing day is nearly nine months away. But let's be clear: All of the bells and whistles and hyped commitment gatherings won't mean squat in the end unless the new coaching staff can make a habit out of landing high-end defensive line recruits. Just ask the former coaching staff whose failure in this department from 2013 through 2016 contributed greatly to a defense that last season ranked 128th (518.4 yards per game) in the nation in total defense and 121st (246.5) against the run during a 4-8 season. 

      The defensive line is so depleted with veteran talent that Taggart went out and signed graduate transfer defensive lineman Scott Pagano. The former Clemson part-time starter will instantly become the Ducks' best defensive lineman, if not best defensive player. 

      https://twitter.com/coacharroyoTheO/status/861902178050424832

      Oregon must sign the Paganos of the world on the front end of their careers, not at the back end. The Ducks are trying. According to 247Sports.com, Oregon has issued offers to 24 defensive ends and 10 defensive tackles. Of those 34 players, 21 are rated as 4-star recruits, or better. However, just one is even listed as being "warm" on Oregon while 17 have either already committed, or are listed as "cool" toward Oregon. 

      Here is the overall recruiting situation thus far: 

      Oregon's big weekend during the spring game included receiving commitments from six recruits followed up by another on Monday. Five were rated as four-star recruits by Rivals.com while 247Sports rated six as four-star prospects.

      But zero defensive linemen were included in the haul. 

      The Ducks on Friday did receive a commitment from Mohamed Diallo, a three-star defensive lineman out of Arizona Western Community College. He's a nice get. At an athletic 6-foot-3, 295 pounds, Diallo could become a good player for the Ducks at nose guard in 2018. But he must be an addition, not the center piece, to what has to be a much stronger class of defensive linemen. 

      Taggart made a big splash in his first recruiting go around, but not at defensive line. UO signed three, but only one is a four-star recruit, freshman early enrollee Rutger Reitmaier. He committed to Oregon last June, five months before Taggart took over the program following the firing of Mark Helfrich.

      A quick turnaround for the Oregon Ducks will mostly depend on dramatic improvement from the defense, and that will require a head-turning upgrade in play from the defensive line. So give credit to the Ducks for addressing this problem with the addition of Pagano. But the future of the defensive line remains in serious doubt and must be upgraded through recruiting. 

      One of the knocks on the previous staff was that they failed to recruit impact players on defense after 2012, especially within the front seven. Under former coach Chip Kelly In 2012, the Ducks signed maybe their best defensive line recruiting class ever with the additions of four-star recruits, DeForest Buckner, Arik Armstead and Alex Balducci. Buckner and Armstead both went on to become first-round NFL Draft picks by the San Francisco 49ers. Balducci signed with the 49ers as an undrafted free agent and is now a center with the New York Jets.

      Kelly's final recruiting influence came in 2013 before he moved on to the NFL. That class, which included 13 of 19 players who committed to Oregon under Kelly, ended up with just two defensive linemen: Torrodney Prevot and Doug Brenner. Prevot actually ended up playing linebacker while Brenner played offensive line. Elijah George, a two-star recruit offensive lineman in that class, is now a reserve defensive lineman.

      Let that all sink in for a minute.

      The Ducks sought to recover in 2014 with the addition of five defensive line recruits. Only one, however, was rated as a four-star player and that was junior college transfer Tui Talia. Of the four three-star recruits, Justin Hollins and Jalen Jelks have had the only impact. Both remain tweeners who might be undersized to be more than pass rushers. Eddie Heard, who ultimately played linebacker, and former starter, Austin Maloata, were removed from the team following their respective troubles with the law last year. 

      Oregon tried again with five defensive line recruits in 2015. Again, just one was a four-star get. That was Canton Kaumatule, who appeared to have the potential to become the next Armstead or Buckner before repeated injuries and concussions slowed his development. He retired last season.  

      The other four signees, all three-star recruits, remain projects. Junior Rex Manu and redshirt sophomore Gary Baker are the top returning defensive tackles. They will now play nose guard in UO's 3-4. Redshirt sophomores Drayton Carlberg and Gus Cumberlander will be competing for time at defensive end. 

      UO signed four more defensive linemen in 2016. Redshirt freshman Hunter Kampmoyer and sophomore Bryson Young, a four-star recruit, have shown promise. However, Ratu Mafileo retired due to injury concerns and Wayne Tei-Kirby, thrust into action as a freshman, has transferred to BYU. 

      To put all of this into perspective, consider that over the last five recruiting cycles Clemson has signed 10 four-star defensive linemen, including Pagano in 2013, and two five-star defensive linemen.

      Oregon, during the past handful of years, did just fine signing players at most every other position, especially on offense. Running backs. Wide receivers. Offensive linemen. Even at quarterback where the Ducks at least signed promising four-star recruits, Morgan Mahalak (2014) and Travis Jonsen (2015). Mahalak has since transferred while Jonsen has yet to meet his potential. But, the Ducks hit big on Justin Herbert in 2016. 

      Recruiting at defensive back and linebacker has been mixed, but at least some bright spots exist at those two positions. The defensive backs improved greatly last year over 2015, but a lack of a run defense and adequate pass rush left the secondary hung out to dry.

      That all said, the linebacker position also needs an upgrade. Even with Balducci, Buckner and Armstead, Oregon's defense got steamrolled in the national title game by Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott. One reason was Elliott's talent, another was Oregon's lack of future NFL prospects at linebacker.

      But we've seen and are seeing inroads being made at the second level of defense. Sophomore linebacker Troy Dye is a budding superstar. Commit Adrian Jackson, is rated as the No. 11 outside linebacker in the nation. The 2017 class featured linebacker Sampson Niu, who committed to Oregon last June under Helfrich and was rated as the No. 12 outside linebacker in his class. 

      Oregon must match that level of recruiting along the defensive line so that transfers such like Pagano are viewed more as nice additions, such as 2015 transfer center Matt Hegarty, rather than as saviors, like 2015 quarterback Vernon Adams Jr..

      The 6-foot-3, 295-pound Pagano could be an immediate starter opposite Mondeaux in defensive coordinator Jim Leavitt's 3-4 defense. Or, the former Clemson defensive tackle could also play nose guard. Figure he will play all over in different situational packages. 

      Pagano's presence will prevent Leavitt from having to depend on a young end or nose guard that might not be ready to stand up to the rigors of the 3-4 defense.

      Freshman nose guard Jordan Scott, a Taggart get, turned heads during spring drills with his athleticism and size but shouldn't be relied upon to carry the load in the middle next season. It's likely going to be up to Manu and Baker to get it done inside. 

      But Pagano only buys Oregon time. All of the young defensive linemen have time to develop under position coach Joe Salave'a, considered to be a great recruiter. Helfrich's recruits could ultimately pan out. Regardless, the Ducks must move away from waiting for linemen to develop and step into an era of having a revolving door of impact defensive linemen with NFL potential flowing through the system. 

      So while it's nice for Oregon that this staff has brought high energy to the recruiting trail and has landed commitments and signatures from promising recruits at many positions, the reality is that unless they can sign some Buckners, Armsteads and Balduccies, the Ducks' future will include more teams padding their offensive stats against Oregon's defense.  

      49ers' Armstead, Buckner 'have big plans' to dominate NFL

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      49ers' Armstead, Buckner 'have big plans' to dominate NFL

      Not often do two college teammates in the same position group reunite in the NFL as first-round picks.

      That's exactly what happened in San Francisco when the 49ers selected defensive linemen Arik Armstead and DeForest Buckner in back-to-back drafts.

      And the two defenders couldn't be more excited for the opportunity, and plan to pick up where they left off.

      "I feel like in college, we complemented each other very well," Armstead told the team's official website. "You couldn't focus on either one of us because you had either me or him on the other side. We have big plans playing together, trying to dominate people."

      Armstead and Buckner each list on the team's website at 6-foot-7, with the latter being eight pounds heavier at 300 even.

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