TE Jared Cook, Raiders: Cook got his season off to an attention-grabbing start, as he racked up a franchise-record 180 receiving yards on nine receptions in Oakland’s 33-13 loss to the Los Angeles Rams on Monday Night Footbal. He emerged as a favorite target for quarterback Derek Carr last season, and it looks like the two have picked up right where they left off.
WR Bruce Ellington, Texans: Ellington was second on the team with four receptions for 37 yards and a touchdown as he continues to enjoy a career resurgence with Houston.
S Darian Stewart, Broncos: Stewart notched three tackles with half a sack and half a tackle for loss in Denver’s 27-24 win against Seattle.
DE Melvin Ingram, Chargers: Ingram tallied one tackle but had three quarterback hits in Los Angeles’ 38-28 loss to Kansas City.
S D.J. Swearinger, Redskins: Swearinger was tied for first on the team with five tackles, all of them solo, and one pass defensed.
CB Stephon Gilmore, Patriots: Gilmore led New England’s defense with eight tackles, seven of them solo, and two passes defensed as the Patriots topped the Texans 27-20.
DB Johnathan Joseph, Texans: Joseph was third on the team with seven tackles, five solo, and one pass defensed.
DE Jadeveon Clowney, Texans: Clowney had a quiet opener with two tackles, one of them solo.
WR/PR Pharoh Cooper, Rams: Cooper didn’t factor into the passing game, but he returned three kicks for 75 yards (with a long of 26 yards) and two punts for 12 yards (long of 12).
CB Captain Munnerlyn, Panthers: Munnerlyn had two tackles and came up with a big fumble recovery to help preserve Carolina’s 16-8 win over Dallas.
K Ryan Succop, Titans: Succop was 2-for-2 on extra points and also nailed both of his field goals, one of which was 53 yards, in Tennessee’s 27-20 loss to Miami.
LB Skai Moore, Colts: Moore recorded two tackles in his rookie debut with Indianapolis in the Colts’ 34-23 loss to Cincinnati.
WR/KR Damiere Byrd, Panthers: Byrd didn’t have any receptions, but returned three punts for 47 yards with a long of 30.