Tracking former Notre Dame players in the NFL

Mike Vorel
South Bend Tribune

A new NFL season is underway, and that means a mass of Golden Domers are back to work for their various teams.

As Week 2 approaches, check out where these former Irish standouts landed in the pros.

Robert Blanton, SS, Minnesota Vikings: Blanton, who is in his fourth season with Minnesota, recorded three tackles in a 23-3 loss to the San Francisco 49ers.

Kyle Brindza, PK, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Brindza, who was traded from Detroit to Tampa Bay in the preseason, won the starting job in his first season and connected on both of his extra point tries in a 42-14 loss to Tennessee.

Sergio Brown, DB, Jacksonville Jaguars: Brown made the 12th start of his career last weekend and registered four tackles in his first game as a Jaguar, a 20-9 loss to Carolina.

David Bruton, SS, Denver Broncos: Kicking off his seventh season as a Bronco, Bruton got the start and recorded four tackles in a 19-13 win over Baltimore last weekend. The Broncos traveled to play Kansas City on Thursday night.

Jimmy Clausen, QB, Chicago Bears: After starting one game for Chicago last season, Clausen is currently Jay Cutler’s backup at the quarterback position. The former second round pick missed last weekend’s game with a concussion.

Tyler Eifert, TE, Cincinnati Bengals: Eifert blew up in the first game of the 2015 season, hauling in nine passes for 104 yards and two touchdowns in a 33-13 win over Oakland. Cincinnati hosts San Diego on Sunday.

Anthony Fasano, TE, Tennessee Titans: On his fourth team in a 10-year career, Fasano had one catch for 18 yards in Tennessee’s 42-14 win over Tampa Bay last weekend.

Michael Floyd, WR, Arizona Cardinals: Floyd played just nine of 62 snaps in Arizona’s win over New Orleans last weekend because of a finger injury and recorded one reception for 18 yards.

Jonas Gray, RB, Miami Dolphins: Gray was cut, then signed again with the Dolphins on Wednesday, less than a year after he ran for 201 yards and four touchdowns in a Patriots win over the Colts last November.

Ryan Harris, OT, Denver Broncos: The 30-year old offensive tackle is in his second stint with the Denver Broncos and started in last weekend’s 19-13 win over Baltimore.

J.J. Jansen, LS, Carolina Panthers: The former Irish long snapper is in his seventh season with Carolina.

T.J. Jones, WR, Detroit Lions: Jones, who has found a home as the Lions’ punt returner, didn’t play in his team’s 33-28 loss to San Diego last weekend.

Kapron Lewis-Moore, DE, Baltimore Ravens: A former captain for Notre Dame, Lewis-Moore recorded two tackles in Baltimore’s 19-13 loss to Denver in Week 1. The Ravens travel to Oakland on Sunday.

Zack Martin, OG, Dallas Cowboys: A first round draft pick in 2014, Martin has been a mainstay on Dallas’ powerful offensive line, starting all 17 games in his young career.

Troy Niklas, TE, Arizona Cardinals: Niklas, a second round NFL Draft pick in 2014, caught three passes in his first season with the Cardinals. He appeared but failed to record a catch in Arizona’s 31-19 win over New Orleans last weekend.

Louis Nix III, DT, New York Giants: Nix was surprisingly waived by the Texans in the preseason, a year after being taken as a third round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. The defensive tackle signed with the New York Giants but did not play in their season opener.

Theo Riddick, RB, Detroit Lions: In his third season with the Lions, Riddick had two catches for 37 yards and a touchdown in Detroit’s season opener. Five of his six career NFL touchdowns have come on pass receptions.

Cody Riggs, CB, Tennessee Titans: Riggs, who went undrafted this spring, made the Titans’ 53-man roster and finished with one tackle in the win over Tampa Bay last weekend.

Trevor Robinson, C, San Diego Chargers: In his fourth NFL season, Robinson appeared in the Chargers’ season-opening victory over Detroit.

Kyle Rudolph, TE, Minnesota Vikings: The 2011 second round pick kicked off the 2015 season with a five-catch, 53-yard performance in the Monday Night loss to San Francisco.

Harrison Smith, FS, Minnesota Vikings: A staple on the back end of Minnesota’s defense, Smith racked up nine tackles in the loss to San Francisco last week.

Golden Tate, WR, Detroit Lions: Tate, a Super Bowl Champion with the Seahawks in 2013, is embarking on his second season in Detroit. He had a career high 99 catches and 1,331 receiving yards last season.

Manti Te’o, LB, San Diego Chargers: Te’o played in 23 games in his first two seasons after being a second round pick of the Chargers in 2013. He registered five tackles in a 33-28 win over Detroit last weekend.

Justin Tuck, DE, Oakland Raiders: Tuck, a two-time Super Bowl champion, is in his 11th season in the NFL and his second campaign with the Oakland Raiders.

Stephon Tuitt, DE, Pittsburgh Steelers: Tuitt was a second round NFL Draft pick by Pittsburgh in 2014 but managed just one sack last season.

Darrin Walls, CB, New York Jets: Walls, who has been with the Jets for the last four seasons, had one tackle in the season-opening victory over Cleveland.

Chris Watt, C, San Diego Chargers: Watt has made six starts in his two seasons with San Diego, including the 2015 season opener last weekend.

Ian Williams, DT, San Francisco 49ers: Williams played just 14 games in his first three NFL seasons, all with the 49ers.

Sam Young, OT, Jacksonville Jaguars: Young has played for three teams in his seven-season NFL career. He’s currently in his third season with Jacksonville.

Cincinnati Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert during an NFL football game against the Oakland Raiders in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)


George Atkinson III, RB, Oakland Raiders

Braxston Cave, C, Detroit Lions

Darius Fleming, LB, New England Patriots

Ben Koyack, TE, Jacksonville Jaguars

Cierre Wood, RB, Buffalo Bills


Bennett Jackson, DB, New York Giants

Kona Schwenke, OT, Seattle Seahawks

John Sullivan, C, Minnesota Vikings