Last week was pretty slow when it came to former Bearcats in the league. Not so much this week. Two former Bearcats grabbed some awards from Peter King and Mardy Gilyard grabbed his first NFL reception.
Let's go down the list.
--- TRENT COLE: Cole had one of his best games as a pro. Eight tackles, two sacks, two QB hits, pass deflection.
Peter King listed him among his defensive players of the week, saying this:
Trent Cole, DE, Philadelphia. With the embattled Eagle defense holding Jacksonville to 184 yards (now we can see why the upper deck is tarped), Cole led the way. He had eight tackles, two sacks of David Garrard, two more quarterback hits and a pass deflected. For Philadelphia to cover for some of their weaknesses in the back end, Cole and his front-seven mates have to continue to get the kind of pressure they got Sunday
--- MARDY GILYARD: It finally happened for Mardy. Gilyard managed his first NFL reception in St. Louis' 30-16 upset of Washington.
It was a big one, too. Bradford hit Gilyard for a crucial first down in the red zone.
Unfortunately, it wasn't mistake-free. Gilyard fumbled on a kickoff after suffering a big hit from Reed Doughty.
Gilyard hadn't taken many offensive snaps before this game, but the staff is warming to Gilyard as evidenced by this story from the Rams website.
--- BRENT CELEK: Celek caught four passes for 42 yards in the Eagles' win against Jacksonville. It was not a good day for Celek, though, as Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Celek suffered a wrist contusion.
--- BRANDON UNDERWOOD: Underwood returned to practice from an injury suffered in preseason and was ready to go for Monday night's game between the Bears and Packers.
Here is a good story from the Green Bay Press Gazette about Underwood's road back.
Underwood was active, but didn't record a defensive statistic in the Packers' 20-17 loss.
--- RICARDO MATHEWS: Mathews was inactive for Indianapolis.
--- JEFF LINKENBACH: This was a big weekend for Linkenbach, who got the start with OT Charlie Johnson out with an injury. He fared pretty well in Indy's win at Denver.
Here is a blog post from ESPN about his big day protecting Peyton.
--- MIKE WRIGHT: It was a pretty mundane game for DL Wright in New England's 38-30 win against Buffalo. He had two tackles, but no other statistics.
--- KEVIN HUBER: Huber was a difference-maker for the Bengals against Carolina. Twice he buried the Panthers inside the 5-yard line of a game that was defined by field position.
Joe Reedy was chopping wood in Charlotte and posted this story about Huber's performance.
--- HARUKI NAKAMURA: Nakamura didn't record a statistic in Baltimore's win against Cleveland on Sunday, but Ravens writer Dan Kolko did a Q and A with Haruki this week. He quizzed Nakamura on his own career stats.
Nakamura admits to talking a lot of trash with Ray Rice when UC played Rutgers. It's pretty good stuff if you have a minute.
Also, it appears Nakamura is going to be part of a TV show in Japan.