Cal in the NFL - Week 16
BERKELEY - Here’s a look at the 33 former Cal players playing in the NFL. Top performances of Week 16 were delivered by Mychal Kendricks, Marvin Jones, Cameron Jordan and Jeremy Ross.
- Mychal Kendricks (LB), Philadelphia Eagles – Recorded five tackles, including 2.0 sacks for a combined 17-yard loss, an additional tackle for loss, a forced fumble and two quarterback hits in a 54-11 win against Chicago. It was Kendricks’ first career multi-sack game. Kendricks and fellow Philadelphia linebacker DeMeco Ryans became the second Eagles teammates with at least 4.0 sacks and two interceptions in a season, joining Jerome Brown and Seth Joyner from 1987. Philadelphia remains atop the NFC East with a 9-6 record and can win the division with a victory at Dallas next Sunday.
- Marvin Jones (WR), Cincinnati Bengals – Had six receptions for 85 yards and two carries for six in a 42-14 win against Minnesota to clinch the AFC North. Five of Jones’ six receptions resulted in first downs, two of which were conversions on third-down. With one game remaining, Marvin Jones (9 TDs) and A.J. Green (10 TDs) can become the first pair of Bengals wide receivers to catch at least 10 TDs in a season.
- Cameron Jordan (DE), New Orleans Saints – Recorded five tackles, including a sack for a 17-yard loss, an additional tackle for loss and two quarterback hits in a 17-13 loss to Carolina. Jordan has a career-high 12.5 sacks on the season, ranking fourth in the NFL and becoming New Orleans’ first player to record double-digit sacks in a season since 2009. New Orleans fell to 10-5 but can clinch a playoff spot with a win against Tampa Bay next Sunday.
- Jeremy Ross (WR/RET), Detroit Lions – Had 117 all-purpose yards in a 23-20 overtime loss to the Giants. Ross returned three kickoffs for 51 yards and returned one punt 50 yards to the New York 30-yard-line to set up Detroit’s first TD of the game. Ross added one carry on a reverse for 16 yards. Take a look at how Jeremy Ross lived at Cal before his breakout season with Detroit and his rapping skills.
- Keenan Allen (WR), San Diego Chargers – Had three receptions for 26 yards, including a four-yard TD catch, and three punt returns for 35 yards including a 28-yarder in a 26-13 win against Oakland. Coming off his third NFL Offensive Rookie of the Week honor, Allen provided the go-ahead score in the third quarter. Allen leads all rookie receivers in receptions (66), receiving yards (957), receiving touchdowns (8), catches of more than 20 yards (14) and first down catches (52) on the season, making him a frontrunner for the league’s Offensive Rookie of the Year. With a third straight win San Diego kept its playoff hopes alive with an 8-7 record heading into its regular-season finale against Kansas City next Sunday.
- Tyson Alualu (DT), Jacksonville Jaguars – Recorded one tackle and a quarterback hit in a 20-16 loss to Tennessee.
- C.J. Anderson (RB), Denver Broncos – Did not play in a 37-13 win against Houston. Having already clinched a playoff berth, Denver secured the AFC West title and a first-round bye with the win.
- Bryan Anger (P), Jacksonville Jaguars – Punted four times for an average of 45.5 yards and a net of 45.8 yards, including placing two punts inside the opponents’ 20 yard-line, in a 20-16 loss to Tennessee. Anger leads the NFL in total punts (90), punting yards (4,108) and net punting yards (3,623).
- Andre Carter (DE), New England – Recorded two tackles, including his second sack of the season, 1.0 tackle for loss and two quarterback hits in a 41-7 win against Baltimore. Carter’s sack came on third-and-five, resulted in a six-yard loss and forced a Baltimore punt. New England has clinched the AFC East with an 11-4 record and can earn a first-round bye with a win against Buffalo next Sunday.
- Chris Conte (FS), Chicago Bears – Recorded a game-high 10 tackles and forced a fumble in a 54-11 loss to Philadelphia. Despite the loss Chicago remains atop the NFC North with an 8-7 record and can win the division with a victory against Green Bay next Sunday.
- Brian De La Puente (C), New Orleans Saints – Started in a 17-13 loss to Carolina. New Orleans fell to 10-5 but can clinch a playoff spot with a win against Tampa Bay next Sunday.
- Thomas DeCoud (S), Atlanta Falcons – Recorded five tackles in a 34-24 loss to San Francisco in the last regular-season game at Candlestick Park
- Mike Gibson (T), Arizona Cardinals – Played in a 17-10 upset win at Seattle. Arizona handed Seattle its first home loss since December of 2011 and kept its playoff hopes alive with a 10-5 record. Prior to the game Gibson recalled his Cal career with Marshawn Lynch.
- Matt Giordano (FS), St. Louis Rams – Played in a 23-13 win against Tampa Bay.
- Tony Gonzalez (TE), Atlanta Falcons – Had eight receptions for 63 yards, including a two-yard TD catch, in a 34-24 loss to San Francisco. Gonzalez scored a TD for the fourth consecutive game and now has 111 career TDs, leading all active players and sixth all-time. It was Gonzalez’ final away game of his career in the last regular-season game at Candlestick Park
- Lavelle Hawkins (WR), San Diego – Did not play in a 26-13 win against Oakland. With a third straight win San Diego kept its playoff hopes alive with an 8-7 record heading into its regular-season finale against Kansas City next Sunday.
- DeSean Jackson (WR), Philadelphia Eagles – Had four receptions for 29 yards and two carries for 12 yards in a 54-11 win against Chicago. With one game remaining in the regular season, Jackson has career-highs in receptions (79) and receiving yards (1,304), while tying a career high in TD catches (9). Philadelphia remains atop the NFC East with a 9-6 record and can win the division with a victory at Dallas next Sunday.
- L.P. LaDouceur (LS), Dallas Cowboys – Played in a 24-23 win against Washington. LaDouceur provided the snap for the game-winning extra point with 1:08 remaining in regulation. With the victory the Cowboys kept their playoff hopes alive and will be the NFC East champions with a victory over Philadelphia next Sunday.
- Marshawn Lynch (RB), Seattle Seahawks – Had 18 carries for 71 yards and two receptions for five yards in a 17-10 upset loss to Arizona. Despite falling to 12-3, Seattle has already clinched a playoff berth and can secure the NFC West title and home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs with a win against St. Louis next Sunday.
- Alex Mack (C), Cleveland Browns – Extended his consecutive games started streak to each of the 79 games possible in his career(all with Cleveland) in a 24-13 loss to the New York Jets
- Brandon Mebane (DT), Seattle Seahawks – Recorded a season-high six tackles, including a one-yard tackle for loss, and two quarterback hits in a 17-10 upset loss to Arizona. Despite falling to 12-3, Seattle has already clinched a playoff berth and can secure the NFC West title and home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs with a win against St. Louis next Sunday. The veteran Mebane received praise from his teammates throughout the week for his impressive season.
- Mike Mohamed (LB), Houston Texans – Recorded a tackle on special teams in a 37-13 loss to Denver.
- Aaron Rodgers (QB), Green Bay Packers – Out with injury.
- Mitchell Schwartz (T), Cleveland Browns – Extended his consecutive games started streak to each of the 31 games possible in his career(all with Cleveland) in a 24-13 loss to the New York Jets
- Brian Schwenke (C), Tennessee Titans – Started in a 20-16 win against Jacksonville.
- Craig Stevens (TE), Tennessee Titans – Started in a 20-16 win against Jacksonville.
- Will Ta’ufo’ou (FB), Jacksonville Jaguars – Started in a 20-16 loss to Tennessee.
- Shane Vereen (RB), New England Patriots – Had two carries for six yards and one reception for a four-yard TD before leaving the game in the second quarter due to injury in a 41-7 win against Baltimore. Vereen added one kick return for 22 yards. New England has clinched the AFC East with an 11-4 record and can earn a first-round bye with a win against Buffalo next Sunday.
- Lorenzo Alexander (LB), Arizona Cardinals
- Desmond Bishop (LB), Minnesota Vikings
- Justin Forsett (RB), Jacksonville Jaguars
- Nick Sundberg (LS), Washington Redskins
- Steve Williams (CB), San Diego Chargers
Cal also has one former player who is a head coach in the NFL.
- Ron Rivera (Head Coach), Carolina Panthers – Carolina defeated New Orleans 17-13 and in the process clinched its first playoff berth since 2008 with an 11-4 record. With 55 seconds remaining in regulation, Carolina drove 65 yards for the go-ahead touchdown. Carolina can secure the NFC South title and a first-round bye in the playoffs with a win next Sunday at Atlanta.
For more detailed information on Cal’s 33 players currently on NFL rosters, check out their bio pages at ESPN.com.