Aggies in the NFL: McCoy starts on new team, picks up the victory Monday night
COLLEGE STATION - The NFL season has officially returned, meaning football will be front and center. With Texas A&M playing on Saturdays and representatives from College Station now in the NFL, Aggie fans will have plenty to be excited for over the coming weeks.
Rookies made their anticipated debuts while older players found themselves starting for new teams. A former No.1 pick had a strong showcase while one of the league's premier wide receivers struggled on offense.
Let's check around the league and see how every Aggie performed in their season opener.
Arizona Cardinals WR Christian Kirk - The second-year receiver will still need another season before he becomes the face of the Cardinals' receiving corps. Kirk would finish with four catches for 32 yards and also score on a two-point conversion. The Cardinals would tie the Lions 27-27 after a late comeback from Kyler Murray.
Detroit Lions LS Don Muhlbach - Entering his 16th NFL season, Muhlbach would start as the team's long snapper and be effective on special teams, including two field goals from Matt Prater.
Cleveland Browns WR Damion Ratley - Ratley collected two catches for 17 yards in the 43-13 loss to the Tennessee Titans.
Cleveland Browns DE Myles Garrett - One of the few bright spots for Cleveland's defense, Garrett finished with five tackles, four solo hits and two sacks. Many expect the third-year player to contend for the Defensive Player of the Year Award in 2019.
Tennessee Titans QB Ryan Tannehill - Taking over a new role, Tannehill served as the backup to Marcus Mariota in the team victory over Cleveland. For the past eight seasons, the former Aggie receiver turned quarterback started with Miami.
Kansas City Chiefs SAF Armani Watts - Watts missed a majority of the preseason with injuries. In his first start of the year, the second-year defenders saw significant snaps but did not record a tackle.
Jacksonville Jaguars PK Josh Lambo - While the Jaguars fell to Kansas City, 40-26, Lambo made the most of his outing. The former Aggie kicker went 2 of 2 on field-goal attempts, hitting a 37 and 23-yard kick. Lambo would also make both of his PATs.
Los Angeles Rams WR Josh Reynolds - The Rams held on to defeat the Carolina Panthers, 30-27. The former fourth-round selection did play but did not record a catch on two targets.
Cincinnati Bengals PK Randy Bullock - The Bengals looked competitive but fell to the Seattle Seahawks, 21-20. Bullock would go 2 of 3 on field-goal tries, missing a 45-yard attempt. He would go perfect on PAT's.
Seattle Seahawks OL Germain Ifedi - Ifedi would start at right tackle in the team victory over Cincinnati. The offensive line would lead the charge for 233 total yards on offense.
Atlanta Falcons OT Jake Matthews - Matthews once again would start at left tackle for Matt Ryan's offensive line. The Falcons would finish with 375 yards on offense, but falls short to the Minnesota Vikings, losing 28-12.
Washington Redskins SAF Deshazor Everett - Predominately used on special teams, Everett collected a tackle for loss in a 32-27 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans - Even as one of football's top targets, Evans was limited in the 31-17 loss to the San Francisco 49ers. The former top-10 pick finished with two catches for 28 yards.
New England Patriots DL Michael Bennett - Bennett was listed as a starter for the Patriots' defense but did not record a tackle in the 33-3 victory over Pittsburgh. He did, however, have one of the funniest moments of the night with his opening on Sunday Night Football.
New England Patriots OL Jermaine Eluemunor - Recently being traded from Baltimore, Eluemunor would start in the fourth quarter in place of an injured Patriot lineman. He is expected to serve as the rotational lineman, playing both guard and tackle this season.
Houston Texas FB Cullen Gillaspia - The former 12th Man was expected to play a major role on special teams for the Texans this season. He recorded a tackle on punt formation and played the lead blocker role on offense. Gillaspia did not record a carry or reception.
New Orleans Saints OL Erik McCoy - The Saints found their way to come from behind and pick up the 30-28 victory over Houston. The team's second-round selection started at center and helped pave the way for a solid evening. The Saints collected 510 total yards of offense, with 143 coming from the run game.
Denver Broncos LB Von Miller - Denver fell to the Oakland Raiders on Monday, 24-16. As one of the premier pass rushers, Miller finished without a sack. He did, however, record four tackles, one for a loss behind the line of scrimmage.
Note: Baltimore's Otaro Alaka, Daylon Mack, Cincinnati's Trayveon Williams, Cleveland's Ricky Seals-Jones, Dallas' Donovan Wilson, Green Bay's Kingsley Keke, Jacksonville's Cedric Ogbuehi, Philadelphia's Daeshon Hall and Tampa Bay's Justin Evans were listed as inactive for multiple reasons including injuries.
Note: Green Bay's TE Jace Sternberger is currently on the injured reserve due to an ankle injury. He is expected to make a full recovery but will be out for eight weeks.