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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. 

DB Steven Nelson ready for new challenges with Pittsburgh Steelers

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DB Steven Nelson ready for new challenges with Pittsburgh Steelers

Former Oregon State defensive back Steven Nelson just got paid, big time, by the Pittsburgh Steelers after spending the first four years of his career with Kansas City. 

Nelsen signed a three-year, $25.5 million deal with the Steelers last week to provide a stabilizing force opposite cornerback Joe Haden. 

"It's been amazing, it's been awesome," Nelson told reporters after signing with Pittsburgh. "It's been kinda sporadic if you would say. A lot of phone calls, a lot of happy people, a lot of emotions. It's been all over the place, but I'm happy to be here with you guys."

The Chiefs drafted Nelsen in the third round of the 2015 draft. He made 38 starts for Kansas City including 16 last year when he intercepted a career-high four passes. 

Nelson recounted how he had visited Pittsburgh during the predraft process in 2015 and felt that the Steelers liked him enough to draft him but it just didn't fall that way. He pointed to his "toughness and relentlessness," as traits he believes the Steelers see in him.

Playing opposite of Haden, Nelson will likely see a lot of balls thrown his way, a reality he said he would embrace. 

"Absolutely," he said. "That means more opportunities for me, so I love that challenge."

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







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.  




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. 





Score: Lost 47-3 at Baltimore. 

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




Score: Won 16-8 over Dallas. 

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




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. 





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.





Score: Tied 21-21 against Pittsburgh. 

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





Score: Lost 16-8 at Carolina. 



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. 




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. 








Score: Lost 27-20 at New England.

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













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. 





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. 





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. 





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









Score: Won 24-16 over San Francisco. 

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




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. 





Score: Lost 48-40 to Tampa Bay. 

Max Unger, Oregon, center: Started at center.




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.  













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. 





Score: Tied 21-21 at Cleveland.  

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





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. 






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. 





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. 





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. 

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