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Jordan Poyer 'itching to get back' but also valuing safety

Jordan Poyer 'itching to get back' but also valuing safety

Many people miss football including former Oregon State Beaver, now Buffalo Bill Jordan Poyer.

"Obviously I'm itching to get back," said Poyer on the Talkin' Beavers Podcast this week with host Ron Callan. "I want to be with my guys I want to be grinding in the offseason. Getting better, you know, to carry forward into the season."

But it's not that simple. With the United States still undergoing a national pandemic due to COVID-19, many offseason programs have been halted for player safety.

Is it worth coming back, if they were to say 'You guys can come back next week' is it worth coming back at that point for two weeks risking somebody getting sick and then having to come back again for training camp?  -  Jordan Poyer

Poyer noted that the safety of his family also needs to be taken into account. Bringing players back and forth could increase the risk of spreading the virus which would may not be worth it. 

"Uncertainty. I think that's everywhere. Not just in the NFL. With everything going on in the world right now, that's just the question. 

"Now I have a 3.5-year old so I'm worrying about health risks, traveling and guys coming from different places," said Poyer.

The former Beaver signed a two-year extension with the Bills worth approximately $20.5 million this offseason.

[RELATED]: Former Oregon State Beaver Jordan Poyer inks extension with Buffalo

 "We want to play, obviously. It's just going to be decisions made by people that probably make a lot more than I do. "

In 2019, the safety had a career-season totaling 107 tackles, three forced fumbles, and two interceptions, helping lead the Bills to their second playoff appearance in three seasons. 

Entering the NFL, Poyer fell to the seventh round of the 2013 NFL Draft despite being a consensus All-American his senior season at Oregon State with seven interceptions. He signed a four-year, $2.22 million contract with the team that drafted him, the Philadelphia Eagles. 

However, the Eagles would cut him later in 2013 and Cleveland would claim him off of waivers. Poyer was able to win a roster spot in 2013 and 2014 before starting four games in 2015. He began 2016 as the starting safety but a lacerated kidney suffered in Week 6 against the Tennesse Titans ended his season. 

In free agency, he signed a four-year, $13 million contract with Buffalo, which included $7.40 million guaranteed and a signing bonus of $3.50 million, where he has started all three seasons since. 

Listen to the full Talkin' Beavers podcast with Ron Callan and guest Jordan Poyer from the 2016 Final Four squad here.

Former Oregon State Beaver Jordan Poyer inks extension with Buffalo

Former Oregon State Beaver Jordan Poyer inks extension with Buffalo

From seventh-round pick to "one of the game’s most underrated players," or at least that's how NFL Network's Ian Rapoport described Oregon State alum Jordan Poyer when reporting he has agreed to a two-year extension worth approximately $20.5 million.

ESPN's Jeremy Fowler was the first to report the extension, but Rapoport was the first with the terms of the deal. 

The former Beaver was entering the final season of his current contract with a cap hit of $4.075 this year. It'll double to nearly $10 each season in 2021 and 2022. Poyer joined the Bills in 2017 as one of head coach Sean McDermott’s first signings. 

In 2019, the safety had a career-season totaling 107 tackles, three forced fumbles, and two interceptions, helping lead the Bills to their second playoff appearance in three seasons. 

Entering the NFL, Poyer fell to the seventh round of the 2013 NFL Draft despite being a consensus All-American his senior season at Oregon State with seven interceptions. He signed a four-year, $2.22 million contract with the team that drafted him, the Philadelphia Eagles. 

However, the Eagles would cut him later in 2013 and Cleveland would claim him off of waivers. Poyer was able to win a roster spot in 2013 and 2014 before starting four games in 2015. He began 2016 as the starting safety but a lacerated kidney suffered in Week 6 against the Tennesse Titans ended his season. 

In free agency, he signed a four-year, $13 million contract with Buffalo, which included $7.40 million guaranteed and a signing bonus of $3.50 million, where he started all three seasons since. 

NFL Week 2: A look at the Beavs around the league

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NFL Week 2: A look at the Beavs around the league

It was another fun Sunday of football in Week 2 of the NFL, and just like last week the Beavers represented well. Let's take a look around the league and see how the Pro Beavs did. 


Jordan Poyer - Bills: Poyer had two tackles and a pass deflection. It was another solid game from the Bills star defender. He put the defense on his back and down the stretch and laid out to grab the game-sealing interception.

Brandin Cooks and Johnny Hekker - Rams: Johnny Hekker did what Johnny Hekker does - He punts the ball, and he punts it well. Hekker punted four times with a long punt of 66 yards, and a 49.8 yard average on the day. His teammate Brandin Cooks played well, too. He was targeted just four times but turned that into three catches for 74 yards and a score. 

Steven Nelson - Steelers: - Nelson was one of the best players on the defensive side of the ball for the Steelers in their 28-26 loss to the Seahawks. Nelson had six tackles, five solos, and a pass deflection. 

Week 2 NFL ProBeavs: Andy Levitre goes on IR; Cooks and Poyer making plays

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Week 2 NFL ProBeavs: Andy Levitre goes on IR; Cooks and Poyer making plays

Atlanta guard Andy Levitre has been placed on injured reserve and will miss the rest of the season after suffering a torn tricep during the Falcons' win over Carolina on Sunday. 

“After receiving the tests results on Andy’s injury from Sunday’s game, it has been determined that he will miss the remainder of the season with a triceps injury,” Falcons coach Dan Quinn told reporters today.

It's a tough blow for the Falcons. Levitre has been one of the most reliable offensive linemen of the past 10 years. Drafted by Buffalo in the second round in 2009, Levitre didn't miss a start for four seasons with the Bills, then to seasons for Tennessee before landing in Atlanta in 2015. With the Falcons, Levitre made every start in 2015 and 2016 before missing three games last season.

Now, he will miss 14 games in one season.

 “Andy worked extremely hard to get back on the field after a similar injury last year, and there is no doubt his leadership will continue to be felt this year," Quinn said. "We have a ton of respect for Andy and what he stands for, and what he means to our team.”

-- Brandin Cooks delivers

Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Brandin Cooks had a huge game on Sunday during a 34-0 over Arizona. Cooks caught seven passes for 159 yards with a long reception of 57. In two games, Cooks has 12 receptions for 246 yards, but has yet to score a touchdown with the Rams. 

--- Jordan Poyer remains elite

Buffalo safety Jordan Poyer continues to play well on a very weak team. Poyer, during Sunday's loss at home to the Los Angeles Chargers, did his part by making seven tackles (six solo) with two for loss and recovered a fumble.  

There are 14 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 in 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 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. 
  • Aldrick Rosas, Southern Oregon, kicker: Made three 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.  

  • Marcus Mariota, Oregon Ducks, quarterback: Mariota did not play (elbow). 

 

 WASHINGTON REDSKINS

Score: Lost 21-9 at home to Indianapolis. 

 

Week 1 NFL ProBeavs: CB Steven Nelson helps lead KC's defense

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Week 1 NFL ProBeavs: CB Steven Nelson helps lead KC's defense

Kansas City defensive back Steven Nelson helped lead his team to a 38-28 win over the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday. 

The former Oregon State star  contributed eight tackles, one solo, and defended one pass in the upset victory.  The former third-round pick is in his fourth season with Kansas City. 

Former OSU defensive tackle Kyle Peko, who appeared in six games last season with Denver, started on Sunday for the Broncos in a 27-24 win over Seattle. He had two assisted tackles during his 25 snaps of action. 

There are 14 former Beavers 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 Beavers, Ducks, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, defensive back: Played but did not have a tackle. 
  • Sean Mannion, Oregon State, quarterback: Did not play. 
  • Johnny Mundt, Oregon, tight end: Played but no receptions. 
  • Ndamukong Suh, Nebraska (Grant H.S.), defensive tackle: Had three tackles, one solo. 

 

 

MIAMI DOLPHINS

 

  • Kiko Alonso, Oregon, 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, safety: Had four tackles, three solo. 

 

 

 NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

 

Score: Lost 48-40 to Tampa Bay. 

Max Unger, Oregon, center: Started at center.

 

 NEW YORK GIANTS

 

Score: Lost 20-15 vs. Jacksonville. 

  • Jonathan Stewart, Oregon, 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, 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, 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, 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, tight end: Out with an injury.  
  • Dion Jordan, Oregon, 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, 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, running back: Entering third season, second with Washington.