Dec. 19, 2012
BERKELEY - Household NFL names such as Thomas DeCoud, Tony Gonzalez, Marshawn Lynch and Aaron Rodgers led the way for former Cal football players during Week 15 of the league's 2012 season that ended with a Monday Night Football Game between the Tennessee Titans and New York Jets at LP Field in Nashville.
Rodgers, the NFL's top-rated passer, had arguably the biggest day by throwing three touchdown passes in a key win over the Chicago Bears that clinched his Green Bay Packers' second consecutive NFC North title.
Lynch rolled to his eighth 100-yard game of the season in a blowout victory at Buffalo that increased his career-high season total to 1,379 yards that ranks second in the NFL.
DeCoud and Gonzalez continued to play key roles contributing an interception and a touchdown reception, respectively, for an Atlanta team that long ago clinched the NFL South crown and has a 12-2 record that is tied for the best in the NFL and the best in the NFC.
A total of six former Cal players - Desmond Bishop (Green Bay), DeCoud, Justin Forsett (Houston), Gonzalez, Rodgers, Shane Vereen (New England) - on clubs that have already clinched a playoff spot with two weeks remaining in the regular season. Atlanta (NFC South), Green Bay (NFC North) and New England (AFC East) have clinched their respective Division titles.
A total of 32 former Cal players (second among Pac-12 teams) are currently on NFL rosters. Here's the latest look at each of them.
Lorenzo Alexander, LB, Washington Redskins (8-6) - Has played in all 14 games off the bench for a team that is in a three-way tie for first place in the NFC East and has a current five-game win streak that is the second-longest in the NFL ... has contributed 36 tackles, 1.5 sacks and a fumble recovery ... posted a season-high-tying five tackles, all 1.5 sacks and a fumble recovery in a Week 6 win over Minnesota, and then equaled the five tackles in a Week 7 loss at the New York Giants
Tyson Alualu, DT, Jacksonville Jaguars (2-12) - Has started each of the first 14 games and contributed 41 tackles, 3.0 sacks, one pass breakup and one fumble recovery ... picked up his first career fumble recovery along with his third sack of the season and two tackles in his most recent outing in a Week 15 loss at Miami ... posted a season-high-tying six stops in a Week 2 loss to Houston and equaled it in a Week 13 defeat at Buffalo ... had five tackles, 1.0 sack and one pass breakup in a Week 10 loss to Indianapolis ... had four tackles and 1.0 sack in a Week 1 loss at Minnesota ... has started all 46 games possible over his first two-plus NFL seasons
Bryan Anger, P, Jacksonville Jaguars (2-12) - Has totaled 3,896 yards punting on 82 punts and forced opponents into 27 fair catches to rank second in the NFL in all three categories, while also posting a 42.2 yard net punting average that is third, pinning opponents inside their own 20-yardline 28 times to rank tied for fifth, and posting a 47.5 yards per punt average that is ninth ... tied for the second-longest punt in the NFL in 2012 when he booted one 73 yards in a Week 9 loss vs. Detroit ... has at least one punt of 52 yards or longer in all 14 of his contests and at least one of 60 on seven occasions ... has averaged over 50.0 yards per punt four times, including a career-high 53.5 in both a Week 1 loss at Minnesota and a Week 3 win at Indianapolis, as well as over 40.0 in each of his 14 games ... has forced his opponents into at least one fair catch in each of his 14 games, while pinning opponents inside their 20-yardline at least once 12 of 14 times, doing both a career-high five times in a Week 14 loss to the New York Jets ... punted a career-high-tying nine times in a Week 2 loss to Houston and a Week 7 overtime loss at Oakland, picking up a career-high 470 punting yards and a 52.2 average against the Texans
Nnamdi Asomugha, CB, Philadelphia Eagles (4-10) - Has 46 tackles, an interception and 11 passes defended while starting all 14 games ... recorded his lone interception and a season-high-tying three passes defended in a Week 6 overtime loss to Detroit, a season-high-tying eight tackles both in a Week 13 loss at Dallas (also a team-high) and a Week 5 loss at Pittsburgh, and a season-high-tying three passes defended in a Week 1 win at Cleveland ... in his 10th NFL season and second with Philadelphia (2011-12) after an eight-season run in Oakland (2003-10)
Jahvid Best, RB, Detroit Lions (4-10) - Has not played in first 14 games ... currently on the physically unable to participate (PUP) list
Desmond Bishop, LB, Green Bay Packers (10-4) - Has not played in first 14 games and is on the injured reserve list
D.J. Campbell, S, Carolina Panthers (5-9) - Has recorded his first two career starts in the last two games in wins at San Diego in Week 15 that eliminated the Chargers from playoff contention and vs. Atlanta in Week 14, recording two tackles and his first career pass breakup against the Chargers after posting a career-high three tackles vs. the Falcons ... had one tackle in his NFL debut in a Week 13 loss at Kansas City after having not played in the team's first 11 contests.
Andre Carter, DE, Oakland Raiders (4-10) - Has played in each of the last 10 games off the bench, contributing 16 tackles, 2.0 sacks and one forced fumble ... recorded his second sack of the season among his two tackles in his most recent outing in a Week 15 win vs. Kansas City ... had a season-high-tying three tackles in a Week 10 loss at Baltimore and a Week 14 loss to Denver, two along with his first sack and first forced fumble of the season in a Week 9 loss vs. Tampa Bay, and two in a Week 13 loss to Cleveland ... had one tackle in a Week 12 loss at Cincinnati, a Week 6 loss at Atlanta and a Week 7 overtime win against Jacksonville ... signed with Oakland prior to a Week 4 loss at Denver but did not play in his first contest on the Raiders' roster ... has returned in 2012 from an injury that ended his strong 2011 season with New England after 14 games (52 tackles, 10.0 sacks, one pass defended, two forced fumbles) ... has career totals of 510 tackles, 78.0 sacks and 18 forced fumbles over 173 games in his 12th NFL season during a career that has seen him in San Francisco (2001-05), Washington (2006-10), New England (2011) and Oakland (2012)
Chris Conte, S, Chicago Bears (8-6) - Has 67 tackles, two interceptions that he has returned for 70 yards and eight passes defended while starting each of the team's first 14 games ... posted his first interception that he returned 35 yards and first two passes defended against Indianapolis and former Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck in the season opener, while his second pick that he returned for another 35 yards and two more passes defended came in a Week 12 victory over Minnesota ... had a career-high 11 tackles in a Week 4 Monday Night Football victory at Dallas, contributed eight stops in a Week 8 win vs. Carolina and six in both a Week 7 victory vs. Detroit and a Week 14 loss at Minnesota ... had a season-high three passes defended in a Week 9 win at Tennessee
Brian De La Puente, OG, New Orleans Saints (6-8) - Has started all 14 games
Thomas DeCoud, S, Atlanta Falcons (12-2) - Tied for fourth in the NFL with a career-high six interceptions that he has returned 42 yards ... has started all 14 games for a team that has clinched the NFC South title and a playoff berth with an 12-2 record that is tied for the best in the NFL and the best in the NFC ... has added 64 tackles, 1.0 sack and eighth passes defended ... had his sixth interception that he returned five yards and five tackles in his most recent outing in a Week 15 victory over the New York Giants ... had his fifth interception of the season and seven tackles in a Week 13 win over New Orleans ... posted a season-high, team-high and game-high-tying nine tackles as well as his first sack of the season in a Week 8 win at Philadelphia ... had a game-clinching interception late in the fourth quarter of a Week 5 win at Washington and returned it a season-long 24 yards ... had a huge performance in a Week 3 win at San Diego with two interceptions and a fumble recovery ... returned his first interception 15 yards in a Week 2 win vs. Denver ... posted seven tackles in a Week 1 win at Kansas City and six in a Week 10 loss at New Orleans
Justin Forsett, RB, Houston Texans (12-2) - Has played in all 14 games off the bench for a team that has clinched the AFC South title with an 12-2 record that is tied for the best in the NFL and the best in the AFC ... has rushed 62 times for 371 yards and one touchdown, while adding three catches for 38 yards ... had a season-high 14 rushes for a team-high 64 yards on the ground in a Week 13 win at Tennessee, including a 14-yard run that gave him the team's longest rush for the third consecutive contest ... lone score of the season came on a controversial career-long 81-yard run in a Week 12 overtime win at Detroit as he finished with five carries for a season-high 87 yards ... had seven carries for 59 yards, including a game-long 30-yarder in a Week 11 overtime win vs. Jacksonville that gave him the team's longest run for the first of three consecutive contests ... posted a team-high 47 yards on seven carries in a Week 6 loss vs. Green Bay, 32 yards on six carries in a Week 7 win vs. Baltimore, and 27 yards on four carries in a Week 10 victory at Chicago that included a 25-yard run ... has added three catches for 38 yards, picking up one reception each in a Week 6 loss to Green Bay (18 yards), a Week 14 loss at New England (14 yards) and a Week 11 win at Jacksonville (six yards)
Scott Fujita, LB, Cleveland Browns (5-9) - Placed on injured reserve on Oct. 27 after having played in four games with three starts over the season's first five weeks, contributing 14 tackles and 1.0 sack, including a season-high six stops and his lone sack of the season in a Week 4 loss at Baltimore
Matt Giordano, S, Oakland Raiders (4-10) - Has played in 14 games with 11 starts, recording 47 tackles, two interceptions that he has returned 45 yards and three passes defended ... recorded his second interception of the season in a Week 13 loss to Cleveland and also added a tackle before being knocked out of the game with a concussion ... had his first interception and returned it 21 yards while totaling two passes defended in a Week 8 win at Kansas City ... posted a season-high eight stops in a Week 4 loss at Denver ... had seven tackles in a Week 12 loss at Cincinnati, along with his other pass defended, and a Week 3 victory over Pittsburgh ... had six tackles in a Week 14 loss to Denver
Tony Gonzalez, TE, Atlanta Falcons (12-2) - Has started all 14 games for a team that has clinched the NFC South title and a playoff berth with an 12-2 record that is tied for the best in the NFL and the best in the NFC ... seventh in the league with 87 receptions for 880 yards and eight touchdown catches ... had six catches for 49 yards and a touchdown that was his eighth of the season and 103rd of his career in his most recent outing in a Week 15 win over the New York Giants ... had eight catches for 61 yards in a Week 14 loss at Carolina ... had a touchdown catch among his four receptions for 58 yards in a Week 13 victory over New Orleans ... scored the 100th and 101st receiving touchdowns of his career to move into sixth place on the NFL's all-time list for touchdown receptions and become the first tight end to crack triple digits in scoring catches in a Week 10 loss at New Orleans, moving past a pair of legendary NFL wide receivers in Steve Largent and Tim Brown who are now tied for seventh with 100 each ... finished with 11 catches for 122 yards in the Week 10 game against the Saints in the first blemish on Atlanta's 2012 record ... had a 13-yard reception to set up Matt Bryant's game-winning 55-yard field goal with 0:01 remaining in a 23-20 Week 6 win over Oakland ... had season highs of 13 receptions and 123 yards receiving with a touchdown catch for the fourth time in the first five games of the season in a Week 5 win at Washington ... had nine catches and 91 receiving yards with a touchdown reception for the third consecutive game during a Week 3 win at San Diego ... has five or more catches nine times including each of his first five games, adding seven catches for 70 yards and a touchdown in a Week 2 win vs. Denver, five catches for 62 yards in a Week 12 win at Tampa Bay, five catches for 53 yards and a touchdown in a Week 1 win at Kansas City, and five catches for 51 yards in a Week 4 victory vs. Carolina ... ranks among the NFL's all-time leaders in receptions (1236, 2nd), touchdown catches (103, 6th) and receiving yards (14218, 7th) in 252 games and 234 starts, having only missed two contests in his 16th NFL campaign and two starts over the last 15 seasons after coming off the bench in every game as a rookie with Kansas City in 1997 ... leads all active NFL players in receptions, while ranking second behind Randy Moss of the San Francisco 49ers in both receiving touchdowns and receiving yards
Nick Harris, Detroit Lions (4-10) - Has punted 60 times for 2,482 yards and a 41.4 yard average over the last 11 contests after signing with Detroit following the third game of the 2012 season ... has a net punting average of 37.3 yards per game ... posted a season-best 49.5 yards per punt in a Week 9 win over Jacksonville, while punting a season-high-tying eight times on three occasions in a Week 7 win at Philadelphia, a Week 12 overtime loss vs. Houston and a Week 15 loss at Arizona when his 47.0 average was his second-best of the season ... has pinned opponents inside their 20-yard line on 18 occasions, including a season-high four times in his first game of the campaign in a Week 4 loss vs. Minnesota and a Week 12 overtime loss to Houston ... has forced 22 fair catches, including at least one in 10 of 11 games ... had his longest punt of the season with a 58-yarder in a Week 7 loss at Chicago and has had one of at least 50 yards in five of 10 contests ... in his 12th NFL season, including a previous eight-season stint with the Lions (2003-10) as well as two-plus campaigns with Cincinnati (2001-03) to begin his career and one with Jacksonville (2011)
Lavelle Hawkins, WR, Tennessee Titans (5-9) - Has four catches for 20 yards, playing in five of the first 14 games off the bench ... had season highs of two catches and eight receiving yards in a Week 1 loss to New England ... added one catch each in a Week 8 loss vs. Indianapolis (season-long seven yards) and a Week 5 loss at Houston (five yards)
DeSean Jackson, WR, Philadelphia Eagles (4-10) - Had 45 catches for 700 receiving yards and two touchdowns receptions, with an average of 15.6 yards per catch in the first 11 games (all starts) before suffering a season-ending injury in a Week 12 loss vs. Carolina that landed him on the injured reserve list for the remainder of the season ... posted season bests of seven receptions and 114 yards receiving in a Week 2 win vs. Baltimore and his second 100-yard receiving game in a Week 9 loss at New Orleans when he had an even 100 yards receiving on three catches, including a season-long 77-yard touchdown reception that was his NFL-leading third touchdown reception of 75 or more yards since 2008 ... added six catches for 99 yards and a touchdown on a 19-yard reception in a Week 4 win vs. the New York Giants; five grabs for 74 yards in a Week 6 loss to Detroit; five for 62 yards in a Week 10 loss to Dallas; five for 59 yards in a Week 8 loss to Atlanta; four for 77 yards in a Week 1 win at Cleveland; four for 58 yards in a Week 5 loss at Pittsburgh; and three for 43 yards in a Week 3 loss at Arizona
Marvin Jones, WR, Cincinnati Bengals (8-6) - Has made eight catches for 91 yards, playing in nine of 14 games including the first three start of his career in the last three weeks ... had one rush for 10 yards but did not make a catch in his most recent outing in a Week 15 win at Philadelphia ... had career highs of three catches for a team-high 45 yards receiving, including a career-long 17-yarder, as well as a 37-yard gain on his first career rush on a reverse in a Week 14 loss at Dallas ... posted two receptions for 20 yards receiving in the first start of his career in a Week 13 win at San Diego ... had two catches for 21 receiving yards in a Week 6 loss at Cleveland ... made his first NFL catch for five yards in a Week 4 win at Jacksonville
Cameron Jordan, DE, New Orleans Saints (6-8) - Has started all 14 games and contributed 59 tackles, 8.0 sacks, three forced fumbles, two passes defended and one fumble recovery ... picked up his eighth sack, third forced fumble and first fumble recovery of the season as well as three tackles in his most recent outing in a Week 15 win vs.Tampa Bay ... had a huge game in a Week 9 win over Philadelphia, with a career-high 3.0 sacks among his six tackles while adding his second forced fumble of the season ... had a career and game-high 11 stops in a Week 1 loss to Washington ... notched 1.0 sack each in a Week 13 loss at Atlanta, a Week 7 win at Tampa Bay, a Week 5 victory vs. San Diego, and a Week 2 loss at Carolina, adding a forced fumble against the Buccaneers ... had five tackles and his second pass defended in his most recent outing in a Week 14 loss at the New York Giants
Mychal Kendricks, LB, Philadelphia Eagles (4-10) - Has played in all 14 games with 13 starts and compiled 68 tackles, 1.0 sack and nine passes defended in his rookie NFL campaign ... had a career-high-tying seven tackles and a career-high three passes defended in a Week 14 win at Tampa Bay ... also posted a career-high-tying seven tackles in consecutive games in a Week 10 loss to Dallas and a Week 11 win at Washington, adding his first career sack against the Cowboys ... had six tackles in a Week 3 loss at Arizona and a Week 13 loss at Dallas
L.P. LaDouceur, LS, Dallas Cowboys (8-6) - Has played in all 14 games off the bench but not recorded any stats other than participation in 2012 ... last missed a game during his 2005 rookie season, playing in all 110 regular-season contests during the last seven campaigns beginning in 2006
Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seattle Seahawks (9-5) - Second in the NFL in rushing yards with a career-high 1,379 that gives him his fourth 1,000-yard rushing season is his sixth NFL campaign ... also is sporting a career-best 5.1 yards per carry that is the second-highest among the league's top-10 yardage gainers ... ranks tied for fourth in the NFL in rushing touchdowns (10) and fifth in carries (261) ... has combined for 241 yards on only 11 carries (11.5 ypr) over the last two games in blowout wins vs. Arizona in Week 14 and at his former team Buffalo in Week 15 ... had 113 yards on 10 carries including his second longest run of the season with a 54-yarder, while adding one reception for 14 yards in his most recent outing at Buffalo ... had a season-high 128 yards rushing and a career-high-tying three touchdowns on the ground on only 11 carries vs. Arizona ... went over the 1,000-yard mark in a Week 10 win over the New York Jets, rushing a season-high 27 times for 124 yards after also totaling 124 yards on 26 carries in a Week 9 win against Minnesota, with a rushing TD in each game ... has eight 100-yard rushing games, adding 122 yards on 26 carries in a Week 2 win over Dallas; 118 yards on 20 rushes in a Week 4 loss at St. Louis;105 yards on 12 carries including a career long 77-yard touchdown run in a Week 8 loss at Detroit; and 103 yards on 19 carries in a Week 7 loss at San Francisco ... also had 25 rushes for 98 yards in a Week 3 win vs. Green Bay, 19 rushes for 87 yards and a touchdown in a Week 13 loss at Chicago; and 21 attempts for 85 rushing yards both in a Week 1 loss at Arizona and a Week 5 victory at Carolina ... has at least 85 rushing yards in 12 of 14 games, with the only exceptions 46 yards in a Week 12 loss at Miami and a season-low 41 yards in a Week 6 win against New England ... also has 19 catches for 163 yards, including season bests of four receptions and 37 receiving yards in a Week 4 victory at St. Louis and a season-long catch of 26 yards in a Week 10 win over the New York Jets ... has played in all 14 games with 13 starts
Alex Mack, C, Cleveland Browns (5-9) - Started his 62nd consecutive regular-season NFL game (all 62 games possible since beginning his NFL career in 2009) and 14th straight contest of the season in a Week 15 loss to Washington that snapped a three-game win streak
Brandon Mebane, DT, Seattle Seahawks (9-5) - Has 53 tackles, 3.0 sacks and three passes defended in 14 games (all starts), with a season-high seven of the tackles coming in a Week 6 win vs. New England, 2.0 sacks in a Week 3 victory over Green Bay and two of his passes defended in a season-opening Week 1 loss at Arizona ... had a sack among his six tackles in a Week 8 loss at Detroit and also had six tackles in a Week 10 win over the New York Jets
Cameron Morrah, TE, Seattle Seahawks (9-5) - Has not played in the team's first 14 games and is on the injured reserve list
Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers (10-4) - The NFL's top-rated passer for all quarterbacks with more than one attempt per game and also among the league's top 10 in touchdown passes (32, 2nd), completion percentage (316-474, 66.7%, 6th among QB's with more than one attempt per game), completions (316, 8th) and passing yardage (3588, 10th) ... has thrown only eight interceptions ... was 23-of-36 for 291 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions for a 116.8 quarterback rating in his most recent outing in a Week 15 win at Chicago that clinched Green Bay's second consecutive NFC North title, while also making his first career reception for -1 yards and rushing four times for 14 yards ... had his lowest passing totals of the season in a Week 14 win over Detroit, going 14-of-24 for 173 yards with neither a touchdown or interception, but did have a 27-yard TD run that was the longest of his career among his three rushes for 32 yards ... was 27-of-35 for 286 yards, with a touchdown and an interception in a Week 13 win vs. Minnesota on his 29th birthday ... was 14-of-25 for 219 yards, with a touchdown and an interception in a Week 12 loss at the New York Giants ... was 19-of-27 for 236 yards, with two touchdown passes and an interception in a Week 11 win at Detroit ... threw four touchdown passes (third time of season with four or more TD passes) in a 31-17 Week 9 victory over Arizona on a 14-of- day for 218 yards with one interception, while adding a season-high eight rushes for 33 yards ... was 22-of-35 for 186 yards with two touchdown passes in a Week 8 win vs. Jacksonville to move into second place on Green Bay's all-time list for touchdown passes ... posted a season-high 342 passing yards and a season-best 81.1 completion percentage (30-of-37), with three touchdown passes and no interceptions for a 132.2 quarterback rating in a Week 7 win at St. Louis ... had a career-high and Green Bay franchise-record-tying six touchdown passes with no interceptions for a season-high 133.8 quarterback rating in a Week 6 win at Houston in which he was 24-of-37 for 338 yards ... had three TD throws in a Week 5 loss at Indianapolis in which he completed 20-of-32 passes for 235 yards and also ran for a season-high 57 yards on five carries ... posted four TD passes in a Week 4 win vs. New Orleans in which he completed a season-high 31-of-41 passes for 319 yards ... completed 26-of-39 passes for 223 yards in a Week 3 loss at Seattle ... completed 22-of-32 passes for 219 yards with a touchdown in a Week 2 win over Chicago ... was 30-of-44 for 303 yards, with two TD passes in a Week 1 loss to San Francisco ... has added 50 rushes for 248 yards and one TD ... has started all 14 games in 2012
Jeremy Ross, WR, Green Bay Packers (10-4) - Has played in three career NFL games off the bench (all wins), making his league debut in Week 13 against Minnesota and then playing again in Week 14 against Detroit and Week 15 at Chicago
Mitchell Schwartz, OL, Cleveland Browns (5-9) - Has started each of the first 14 games of his NFL career in 2012, most recently in a Week 15 loss to Washington that snapped a three-game win streak
Craig Stevens, TE, Tennessee Titans (5-9) - Has started all 14 games and recorded 22 receptions for 268 yards and a touchdown, with at least one catch in 13 of his 14 contests and each of the first 11 ... had his first touchdown catch of the season and fourth of his career in a Week 4 loss at Houston ... had season highs of five catches and 63 yards receiving in a wild 44-41 Week 3 overtime win vs. Detroit and a season-long 46-yard reception at San Diego in Week 2 ... has two catches on five different occasions in a Week 9 loss vs. Chicago (26 yards), a Week 4 loss at Houston (24 yards), a Week 15 win over the New York Jets, a Week 8 loss vs. Indianapolis (15 yards) and a Week 5 loss at Minnesota (14 yards)
Nick Sundberg, LS, Washington Redskins (8-6) - Has returned from the injured reserve list to play in each game of the team's current five-game win streak that is the second-longest in the NFL and has moved the squad into a three-way tie for first place in the NFC East ... has played in a total of six games off the bench with the Redskins 6-0 during those contests, also playing in a Week 1 victory at New Orleans off the bench before missing the next eight games on the injured reserve list
Shane Vereen, RB, New England Patriots (10-4) - Has rushed for 213 yards and three touchdowns on 54 carries, while adding eight receptions for 149 yards and a touchdown ... did not carry the ball but had one reception for four yards in his most recent outing in a Week 15 loss vs. San Francisco ... rushed eight times for 40 yards in a Week 14 win vs. Houston ... rushed three times for 14 yards in a Week 13 win at Miami ... had a career-long 83-yard touchdown catch in a Week 12 win at the New York Jets, finishing with 10 rushes for 42 yards and a career-high two catches for a career-high 91 yards ... has scored a touchdown in three of the last six games he has played in ... rushed a career-high 11 times for 40 yards and a score, while adding one catch for 11 yards in a Week 11 win vs. Indianapolis ... had five rushes for five yards and one catch for 11 yards in a Week 10 win over Buffalo ... scored on a fourth-and-one play from the Rams' one-yard line among his seven carries for 22 yards and one reception for 17 yards in a Week 8 win at St. Louis ... rushed for a career-high 49 yards on eight carries and caught one pass for 10 yards in the first start of his career in a Week 7 win over the New York Jets ... scored on a one-yard run in a Week 5 win over Denver ... played for the first time in 2012 during a Week 4 win at Buffalo, catching his first career pass for five yards and rushing one time for no gain