Bruins in the NFL: Week 5 performances

Matthew Slater
New England Patriots wide receiver Matthew Slater readies for a play against the Oakland Raiders on Sept. 21.
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Here’s a weekly blog featuring former UCLA players and what they did in their NFL games:

Akeem Ayers, fourth-year linebacker for the Tennessee Titans: Ayers was active for the Titans for only the second time in 2014, and had his best game. He made three tackles in the Titans’ 29-28 loss to the Cleveland Browns.

Anthony Barr, rookie linebacker for the Minnesota Vikings: The Vikings played Thursday night, so Barr attended UCLA’s loss to Utah on Saturday. He made six tackles in the Vikings' 42-10 loss to the Green Bay Packers.

Nate Chandler, third-year offensive tackle for the Carolina Panthers: Chandler seemed to have a solid game at right tackle for the Panthers in their 31-24 victory over the Chicago Bears. Carolina had 321 yards, but ran for only 90 yards.


Derrick Coleman, third-year fullback for the Seattle Seahawks: The Seahawks play Monday night. 

Joseph Fauria, second-year tight end for the Detroit Lions: An ankle injury forced Fauria out of the Lions’ 17-14 loss to the Buffalo Bills.

Kai Forbath, third-year kicker for the Washington Redskins: The Redskins play Monday night.

Cory Harkey, third-year tight end for the St. Louis Rams: The Rams couldn’t complete a late comeback in a 34-28 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. Harkey didn’t record any stats.


Mike Harris, third-year offensive tackle for the Minnesota Vikings: After being thrust into the lineup the previous game when starting right tackle Phil Loadholt was injured, Harris didn’t appear to play in the Vikings’ 42-10 loss to the Packers on Thursday.

Datone Jones, second-year defensive end for the Green Bay Packers: Jones played in most the first half of the Packers’ win over the Vikings, but then left the game at halftime with an ankle injury.

Maurice Jones-Drew, ninth-year running back for the Oakland Raiders: The Raiders had a bye this week, so Jones-Drew didn’t record any stats.

Marcedes Lewis, ninth-year tight end for the Jacksonville Jaguars: Lewis was placed on the Jaguars’ injured reserve/designated to return list two weeks ago with an ankle injury, so he didn’t play in Jacksonville’s 17-9 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Jeff Locke, second-year punter for the Minnesota Vikings: The Vikings are bad, but Locke is not. He had seven punts in Minnesota’s loss to the Packers on Thursday night, averaging 43.4 yards per punt. He’s averaging 45 yards per punt on the season.

Cassius Marsh, rookie defensive end for the Seattle Seahawks: The Seahawks play on Monday Night Football this week.  

Rahim Moore, fourth-year free safety for the Denver Broncos: The Broncos rolled over the Arizona Cardinals 41-20, but Moore had only one tackle in the win. That number is a season low.

Logan Paulsen, fifth-year tight end for the Washington Redskins: Washington plays Monday. Washington has been dealing with significant tight end issues, so Paulsen has a chance to play. 


Matthew Slater, seventh-year wide receiver for the New England Patriots: The Patriots rolled over the Bengals on Sunday, and Slater did his usual things on special teams in New England’s 43-17 victory. For an insight on how important Slater has been to the Patriots this season, read this Boston Globe story.

Xavier Su’a-Filo, rookie offensive guard for the Houston Texans: Houston’s starting left guard, Ben Jones, was healthy, but Su’a-Filo still played in the Texans’ 20-17 overtime loss to the Dallas Cowboys. The team had 330 yards, including 176 yards rushing.

Alterraun Verner, fifth-year cornerback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Verner had one of his best games this season. He had five tackles, three defended passes and an interception late in the fourth quarter to force overtime with the New Orleans Saints. The Buccaneers lost, 37-31.

Christian Yount, fourth-year center for the Cleveland Browns: Yount has been struggling as the team’s long snapper, but didn’t have any miscues Sunday and the Browns beat Tennessee, 29-28.

Former Bruins Jordan Zumwalt, a rookie linebacker with Pittsburgh, and Shaquelle Evans, a rookie receiver with the New York Jets, are on injured reserve and out for the season.

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