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Built By Bama: A Weekly Analysis of Former Alabama Players in the NFL (Week 10)

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No offense, but this week was all about the defensive players. Few former Tide players shined in week 10's action.

NFL: Houston Texans at Jacksonville Jaguars Logan Bowles-USA TODAY Sports

I’d like to start this week’s Built By Bama off by giving a huge thank you to everyone who has taken the time to read my articles. Seriously, you guys (and girls) are awesome! This week’s NFL action had plenty of ups and downs and unlike the performance of their Alma Mater, plenty of former Tide players struggled in week 10’s action. After spending more time than I’d like to admit, I was finally able to come up with a solid list for this week’s top performers. Please crucify me in the comments section if you disagree.

Week 10’s Top Performances

This week, the six-year veteran from Saban’s first National Championship winning Alabama team seized the number one spot in Built By Bama’s players of the week. I’m sorry, Ms. Jackson (Ooooh!); Kareem was for real this week as the former Tide cornerback put the first points on the board in the opening five minutes of the game off of a 42-yard interception return for a touchdown against the struggling Jacksonville Jaguars. The pick was Kareem’s first of the season and 11th overall in his career. Although the final score shows 24-21, the game was never really that close. Gus Bradley’s Jags needed some early momentum to ever have a shot at beating the AFC South leading Houston Texans. Kareem Jackson had other plans as he read Bortles' pass from the very beginning before turning on the jets and taking the pick all the way to the house.

Last week I said that I expect Landon Collins to be a lock for Built By Bama’s Top 5 Performers for the remainder of the season. Even though I ultimately decide who gets a spot on this most prestigious list, I may get yelled at for putting someone on this list that had a horrible game. Fortunately for me, Landon Collins’ performance spoke for itself as to why he deserves a spot on this list after week 10. The former Alabama safety accounted for 5 tackles as well as an interception against Andy Dalton in the fourth quarter. Unfortunately his interception resulted in no points for the Giants as Eli Manning was picked off by George Iloka of the Bengals on the very next play. This season, the Giants have been a team that has quietly gone 6-3 and are well on their way to a playoff berth. Although Odell Beckham Jr. is getting the majority of the spotlight, he is nowhere near the reason why this Giants team is achieving so much success this season.

Last season, the Giants gave up an NFL worst 4783 yards through the air and were only 13 yards away from the most yards given up in NFL history. Landon Collins spent the majority of his rookie season looking lost in coverage and giving up plenty of huge plays through the air. The Giants finished last season with a record of 6-10 and Collins was beginning to be labeled as a bust by plenty of analysts. But then… Much like impregnating three women at the same time, Landon Collins brought new life to the New York defense this season.

In only nine games this season, Collins is already 20 tackles away from tying his 16-game total from last season and has already quadrupled his interceptions from last year. This week, Collins added another interception to his total and is now on a three-game streak of intercepting at least one pass. I stated last week that Collins is the only player in the league to lead his team in sacks, tackles, and interceptions. That remains true after this week as well. What was it that made Landon Collins a near lock for the Pro Bowl in only his second year as a pro? Odell Beckham Jr. had an idea as to why that was.

Dre Kirkpatrick began his NFL career in 2012 after being a part of both the 2009 and 2011 National Championship winning Alabama teams. Throughout his five seasons as a Cincinnati Bengal, Kirkpatrick has proven to be well worth his 1st Round draft pick. This season especially, the Bengals need all the help they can get on the defensive side of the ball. Last week, another former Tide defender, Wallace Gilberry, was signed to the Bengals roster in hopes that he can immediately contribute to the struggling Bengals squad. Unfortunately, Gilberry left Monday night’s matchup against the Giants in the third quarter with a calf injury and failed to return to the game.

Although the season is far from over, Kirkpatrick had some harsh words following Monday night’s loss to the Giants.

The Bengals have struggled to find consistency on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball this season. Dre Kirkpatrick has been no different, however this week he could not be blamed for his team’s loss. Although Odell Beckham Jr. had a huge game against the Bengals defense, Adam Jones was the cornerback lined up against Beckham when he was able to get open for the most part. When Kirkpatrick was lined up against OBJ, he limited the star wide receiver’s targets immensely. Defending Odell Beckham Jr. is nothing new to Kirkpatrick as the two faced off twice in Kirkpatrick’s final season at Alabama and numerous times since then. A known competitor, Dre Kirkpatrick voiced more frustrations in his post game interview.

Although Dre may not care about interceptions, he made one hell of an interception against Eli Manning in the second quarter of the Monday Night Football matchup.

This was his second interception of the season and his eighth in his NFL career. The Bengals are by no means out of playoff contention this season, but the rest of the defense needs to play with the same fire that Kirkpatrick plays with if they hope to make a post season run.

For the second week in a row, Julio Jones makes my list of Top Bama Performers. However, his inclusion this week was merely a formality as I struggled to find five players that deserved to be on this list (Thank God for Monday night). Now before you jump to the comments section and roast me for saying that, let me explain myself. Sure, 135 yards receiving on 10 receptions looks really nice and if you have Julio Jones on your fantasy team, he either got you 13 points or 23 points depending on what type of league you’re in. For fantasy, that’s pretty good. Unfortunately, I’m judging Julio Jones on Julio Jones standards this week. Alabama fans remember Julio as being the epitome of clutch when we needed a big play.

This week, Atlanta fans needed that same Julio Jones on a few drives but the receiver failed to haul in a couple of very important passes. The biggest of these dropped passes came on a 4th and 5 play with just over two minutes left in the game that would have continued the Falcons drive. The Eagles were leading the Falcons 21-15 before the dropped pass by the superstar wide receiver. The turnover on downs gave Philadelphia the ball on the Atlanta 40-yard line and the Eagles gained only 8 yards on the ensuing drive. Unfortunately for the Falcons, that was more than enough yards for Caleb Sturgis to kick a 48-yard field goal and increase the Eagles’ lead to two scores and essentially ending the game. After such a hot start, the Falcons are slowly reverting back to their 2015 form and further proving that Atlanta sports fans are masochists. With a bye week coming up this week, perhaps the Falcons can fix some of their offensive woes before facing the Arizona Cardinals.

As I stated above, deciding who should sit at numbers 4 and 5 on this list felt almost as difficult as being a part of the College Football Playoff Committee this week. Personally, I think I did a better job than they did. #NoJusticeForLouisville. Sure,  C.J. Mosley didn’t have the prettiest of stats this week as he recorded only 4 solo tackles and 1 assisted tackle, but he did have one HUGE advantage that no other former Alabama player had – He had to face the Cleveland Browns.

Browns head coach Hue Jackson said in his Monday press conference last week that he though C.J. Mosley "might be one of the best players in football." If anyone were to know a thing or two about the best players, it’s Hue Jackson. The Browns usually get to draft some of the best college players and they ALWAYS turn out great. This time, Jackson might be correct. One of the biggest factors that have led to Mosley’s success as an NFL linebacker is that the former Alabama stud doesn’t have to play for the Cleveland Browns. When asked to elaborate on why he thought Mosley was one of the best players in football, Jackson had this to say:

Mosley currently leads all NFL linebackers in interceptions with 3 on the season. Although the stats won’t show it, Mosley’s presence in the middle of the field has been a huge game changer the entire year. The Ravens lack of Mosley against the Giants and the Jets due to a hamstring injury were clear reminders of that. Honestly, who loses to the Jets? The Ravens without Mosley. That’s who.


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COMPLETE LIST OF ALABAMA PLAYERS IN THE NFL

PLAYER TEAM POSITION WEEK 10 NOTES NUMBER STARTER? WENT PRO IN
Evan Mathis Arizona Cardinals Guard Ankle injury against 49ers (Week 5) 69 IR 2005
Ed Stinson Arizona Cardinals Defensive Tackle DNP 91 3rd String 2014
Julio Jones Atlanta Falcons Wide Receiver 16 targets, 10 receptions, 2 dropped passes, 135 yards, 41 (82%) offensive snaps, 1 (1%) defensive snap 11 Yes 2011
Courtney Upshaw Atlanta Falcons Linebacker 1 assisted tackle, 23 (29%) defensive snaps 91 2nd String 2012
C.J. Mosley Baltimore Ravens Linebacker 4 tackles, 1 assisted tackle, 47 (94%) defensive snaps, Illegal Block Above the Waist in the 4th Quarter 57 Yes 2014
Marcell Dareus Buffalo Bills Defensive Tackle BYE 99 Yes 2011
Cyrus Kouandjio Buffalo Bills Offensive Tackle BYE 71 2nd String 2014
Reggie Ragland Buffalo Bills Linebacker BYE, ACL tear in preseason 59 IR 2016
Wallace Gilberry Cincinnati Bengals Defensive End Signed to the Bengals on 11/7, 1 tackle, left game in the 3rd quarter (calf injury) 95 Yes 2008
Dre Kirkpatrick Cincinnati Bengals Cornerback 1 INT, 21 yards, 2 tackles, 3 assisted tackles, Pass Interference in the 3rd quarter 27 Yes 2012
AJ McCarron Cincinnati Bengals Quarterback DNP 5 2nd String 2014
Rolando McClain Dallas Cowboys Linebacker 1 more game left in suspension (10 game, substance abuse) 55 Suspended 2010
A'Shawn Robinson Detroit Lions Defensive Tackle BYE 91 2nd String 2016
Ha Ha Clinton-Dix Green Bay Packers Safety 5 tackles, 2 assisted tackles, 60 (100%) defensive snaps, 13 (37%) special teams snaps, 2 penalties 21 Yes 2014
Eddie Lacy Green Bay Packers Running Back Placed on IR October 20 (Ankle) 27 IR 2013
Kareem Jackson Houston Texans Cornerback 6 tackles, 1 INT, 42 yards, 1 TD, 67 (86%) defensive snaps, Pass Interference in the 3rd Quarter 25 Yes 2010
Ryan Kelly Indianapolis Colts Center BYE 78 Yes 2016
Carson Tinker Jacksonville Jaguars Long Snapper 6 (24%) special teams snaps 46 Yes 2013
T.J. Yeldon Jacksonville Jaguars Running Back 9 rushes, 32 yards, 3 receptions, 27 yards, 5 missed tackles forced, 41 (53%) offensive snaps 24 Yes 2015
Mark Barron Los Angeles Rams Linebacker 3 tackles, 3 assisted tackles, 60 (100%) defensive snaps, 4 (16%) special teams snaps 26 Yes 2012
Kenyan Drake Miami Dolphins Running Back 1 rush, 9 yards, 2 (4%) offensive snaps, 14 (48%) special teams snaps 32 3rd String 2016
Anthony Steen Miami Dolphins Guard 1 (2%) offensive snaps, 10 (34%) special teams snaps 65 2nd String 2014
Andre Smith Minnesota Vikings Offensive Tackle Torn triceps (Week 4 vs Giants) ; Free agent in 2017 71 IR 2009
Austin Shepherd Minnesota Vikings Guard DNP 74 Practice Squad 2015
Dont'a Hightower New England Patriots Linebacker 6 tackles, 4 assisted tackles, 70 (100%) defensive snaps, 6 (22%) special teams snaps 54 Yes 2012
Cyrus Jones New England Patriots Cornerback 1 kick return, 43 yards, 2 punt returns, 8 yards, 10 (37%) special teams snaps 24 2nd String 2016
Deandrew White New England Patriots Wide Receiver DNP 17 Practice Squad 2015
Roman Harper New Orleans Saints Safety 2 (7%) defensive snaps 41 2nd String 2006
Mark Ingram New Orleans Saints Running Back 11 rushes, 50 yards, 2 receptions, 13 yards, 22 (43%) offensive snaps 22 Yes 2011
D.J. Pettway New Orleans Saints Defensive Lineman DNP Reserve 2016
Landon Collins New York Giants Safety 1 INT, 5 tackles 21 Yes 2015
Kevin Norwood New York Giants Wide Receiver Signed to the Giants practice squad on 11/9 81 Practice Squad 2014
James Carpenter New York Jets Guard 60 (100%) offensive snaps, 1 (4%) special teams snap 77 Yes 2011
Amari Cooper Oakland Raiders Wide Receiver BYE 89 Yes 2015
D.J. Fluker San Diego Chargers Guard 77 (100%) offensive snaps, 4 (14%) special teams snaps 76 Yes 2013
Damion Square San Diego Chargers Defensive Tackle 1 assisted tackle, 11 (22%) defensive snaps, 7 (24%) special teams snaps 71 2nd String 2013
Quinton Dial San Francisco 49ers Defensive Tackle 3 tackles, 46 (58%) defensive snaps, 9 (31%) special teams snaps 92 Yes 2013
Vinnie Sunseri San Francisco 49ers Safety DNP Practice Squad 2014
Jarran Reed Seattle Seahawks Defensive Tackle 1 tackle, 4 assisted tackles, 0.5 sacks, 36 (54%) defensive snaps, 4 (15%) special teams snaps 90 Yes 2016
Jalston Fowler Tennessee Titans Fullback 13 (22%) offensive snaps, 10 (29%) special teams snaps 45 Yes 2015
Derrick Henry Tennessee Titans Running Back 9 rushes, 31 yards, 19 (32%) offensive snaps 22 2nd String 2016
Rashad Johnson Tennessee Titans Safety 4 tackles, 1 assisted tackle, 33 (42%) defensive snaps, 3 (9%) special teams snaps, Illegal Contact in 3rd Quarter 25 Yes 2009
Chance Warmack Tennessee Titans Guard Placed on IR Sept. 21 (hand) out at least 8 weeks 70 IR 2013
Arie Kouandjio Washington Redskins Guard DNP 74 2nd String 2015