Alabama in the NFL – 9/12/10

Here’s a look at what former Crimson Tiders did in the NFL on the opening weekend of the 2010 season (so far), as well as a look at who to watch for in tonight’s games.

Top performers:
Demeco Ryans, Houston
– 10 tackles (8 for loss) and 2 passes broken up in a 34-24 win over Indianapolis.
Rolondo McClain, Oakland
– 6 tackles (4 solo) in a 38-13 thrashing at Tennessee.
Roman Harper, New Orleans –
5 tackles (4 solo), 1 pass broken up and 1 QB hurry in a 14-9 win over Minnesota.
Kareem Jackson, Houston
– 4 tackles, one pass deflection in the 34-24 win over Indy.

Other Tiders on 9/12
Antwon Odom, Cincinnati –
2 tackles, (one solo) in a 38-24 loss to New England.
Mark Anderson,
Chicago – 3 tackles (one for loss) in 19-14 victory over the Lions.
Rashad Johnson, Arizona
– 1 tackle in a 17-13 win over St. Louis.
Ken Darby, St. Louis
– 1 carry for 2 yards in a 17-13 loss to Arizona.

The Big Uglies
Justin Smiley, Jacksonville –
started at left guard in the Jaguars’ 24-17 win over Denver.
Antoine Caldwell, Houston
– started at right guard in the Texans’ 34-24 win over Indy.
Evan Mathis, Cincinnati –
back up at left guard
Andre Smith, Cincinnati –
back up at right tackle/guard
Mike Johnson, Atlanta
– back up at right guard

Others getting paid to play the game
John Parker Wilson, Atlanta-
3rd team QB (and in my opinion, the best job in all of America)
Anthony Bryant, Washington – listed as 3rd team DT
Charlie Peprah, Green Bay – listed as 2nd team safety
Deshea Townsend, Indianapolis – listed as 2nd team corner
Anthony Madison, Pittsburgh – listed as 3rd team corner


Tiders to watch tonight

Ravens vs. Jets
Le’Ron McClain (RB), Baltimore
Jarret Johnson (OLB), Baltimore
Terrance Cody (DT), Baltimore – injured (knee)

Kansas City vs. San Diego
Wallace Gilberry (DE), Chiefs – listed as second team
Brodie Croyle (QB), Chiefs – second string QB
Javier Arenas (KR/PR), Chiefs – listed as a starter in both return spots and back-up at right corner
Tim Castille (FB), Chiefs – listed as first team

Just a commentary from one observer (me) to another (you), it appears that the Alabama impact on the NFL is still very low, indicative of the lean years Bama went through the last decade.  However, will Alabama head coach Nick Saban’s presence at Alabama change this?  Time will tell, but names like Ingram, Jones, Dareus, Hightower, Upshaw, Richardson, Barron and others…including some surprises (like Kareem Jackson)…seem sure to put the Tide back on the map at the next level.

(I believe I named all active Tiders playing in the NFL here, but if I left anyone out please reply and let me know.)