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USF Bulls in the Pros: Week 1 Edition


Indianapolis Colts v Jacksonville Jaguars Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images

The 2020 NFL season got underway this weekend and there were eight former USF Bulls on active rosters across the league.

There was some good news, but the one massive takeaway from week one is pretty devastating, as one USF great suffered a season-ending injury.

Marlon Mack- Indianapolis Colts RB

Mack was supposed to be the feature back for the Colts this season. He was having a great first game too, carrying the ball for 26 yards on four carries plus another 30 yards in the passing game. But before he could really get going Mack suffered an Achilles injury which will keep him out the rest of the season.

The former Bulls is slated to be a free agent in 2021, so this may have been his last action as a Colt after they drafted former Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor in April.

Jason Pierre-Paul- Tampa Bay Buccaneers OLB

The Bucs had a pretty underwhelming debut considering all the hype that led up to this game. Still, even with an overall sloppy performance, JPP had a highlight. In the third quarter he sacked Drew Brees on a critical third down while the result of the game was still up in the air.

In addition to the sack, he added a solo tackle and another total tackle on the day.

The Bucs take on the Panthers this Sunday at 1 p.m.

Austin Reiter- Kansas City Chiefs C

The Chiefs starting center played every offensive snap in the team’s Thursday night win over Houston. He also contributed on six special teams snaps.

Reiter will be back on the field Sunday afternoon against the Chargers.

Marquez Valdes-Scantling- Green Bay Packers WR

MVS probably had the biggest highlight from any Bull in week one. The third year wide out caught four balls for 96 yards, good for second most on the team. Just seconds before halftime, Valdes-Scantling caught a 45-yard TD to put the Packers up by two scores.

Green Bay went on to defeat the Minnesota Vikings 43-34. They host the Lions this week at 1 p.m.

D’Ernest Johnson- Cleveland Browns RB

Johnson got one carry in the Browns week one loss to the Baltimore Ravens. On his one attempt he gained five yards.

The Browns take on the Bengals Thursday night.

Deadrin Senat- Atlanta Falcons DT

The big DT actually was active for the first time in a long time. Senat rotated in along the defensive line. He saw 12 total snaps and got two total tackles in Atlanta’s 25-38 loss to the Seahawks.

Senat and the Falcons are heading to the lone star state for a matchup against the Cowboys Sunday at 1 p.m.

Mike White- New York Jets QB

White was elevated to the active roster on Saturday to serve as Sam Darnold’s backup. He didn’t see any action in the 17-27 loss to Buffalo.

Mazzi Wilkins- Tampa Bay Buccaneers CB

Mazzi was elevated to the active roster earlier in the week. He was active for the game, but didn’t record any playing time.