Week 8 in the NFL wasn’t really anything too exciting from a performance stand point. Some pretty pedestrian numbers across the board for our regular cast of characters. But, there was a few new faces who made their 2019 debut.
Jason Pierre-Paul- OLB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
JPP finally made his return to the NFL after battling all season with a neck injury he suffered in the off season. In his first series of the 2019 campaign, he showed the world just how dominant he can still be, As Titans QB Ryan Tannehill dropped back for his first pass attempt of the day, JPP broke through the right side of the offensive line and took Tannehill to the ground. On top of that sack, he added two more TFL’s in the Bucs’ narrow loss to Tennessee.
He’ll head west this week to try and bring down Russell Wilson and the Seahawks offense on Sunday at 4:00 p.m. ET.
Bruce Hector- DT, Philadelphia Eagles
Hector was another former Bull to make his 2019 debut last week. In an overwhelming victory over the Buffalo Bills, Hector played about half the defensive snaps, which was the second most of all DT’s on the roster. He also recorded a QB hit in the win. His time on the active roster was short-lived though.
He was released earlier this week and later re-signed to the practice squad.
In a very low scoring affair, a 15-13 Colts win, Mack was held under 100 yards from scrimmage. Mack rushed for 76 yards, including a 10 yard TD. He also helped out in the passing game, catching one pass fr 14 yards.
Mack will hope to keep the W’s coming this week when they travel to Pittsburgh to take on the Steelers Sunday at 1:00 p.m. ET.
Marquez Valdes-Scantling- WR, Green Bay Packers
MVS has been rather feast or famine this year. Two weeks ago he put up 133 yards and a touchdown. But last week, he was only targeted twice, hauling in one of them for four yards in the win over the Chiefs. Packers WR1 Devante Adams seems confident he’ll return from injury this week against the Chargers, so there might be less targets to go around for MVS in future.
You can see MVS and the first-place Packers try and extend their three game winning streak Sunday at 4:25 p.m. ET.
Austin Reiter- C, Kansas City Chiefs
Reiter played every offensive snap in the Chiefs loss to the Packers. The center helped the offense produce over 350 total yards and 24 points. They came up just one TD short, losing 24-31.
Reiter will be back in the middle of the line this week when they welcome the red hot Minnesota Vikings to Arrowhead at 1:00 p.m. ET.
D’Ernest Johsnon- RB, Cleveland Browns
Johnson has seen his snap count get lower and lower every week recently. This week in a loss to the Patriots, he didn’t see any action on offense and played under 70% of special teams snaps. With such a limited workload, it wouldn’t be crazy to think Johnson will be looking for another team when RB Kareem Hunt returns from suspension in week 10.
Until then, Johnson will have to keep making the most of his opportunities. He’ll hope to have more of them this week against the Broncos at 4:25 p.m. ET.
Terrell McClain- DT, Oakland Raiders
McClain was cut by the Chiefs last week, but he stays in the AFC West, being picked up by the Raiders earlier this week. Oakland will be the ninth team in his nine year career. He’ll don the silver and black for the first time Sunday against the Detriot Lions at 4:25 p.m. ET.