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Eagles in the NFL - Week 2

There are currently 17 Boston College Eagles in the NFL. Former running back, AJ Dillon, is the lone rookie, while the rest have at least one year of NFL or Practice Squad experience. 

With the 2020 NFL Football season well underway, let's take a look at how some former Boston College Football players performed in Week 2: 

Matt Ryan (BC 2003 - 2007): 

Week 2 (Cowboys 40, Falcons 39): Matt Ryan, the most famous and successful former Eagle in the NFL, has had yet another great start to the season. The former MVP and 4x Pro-Bowler threw for 273 yards and four scores against the Cowboys this past weekend. He was 24 for 36 on the afternoon for an excellent QBR of 90.2. Ryan’s Falcons lost in devastating fashion to Dallas despite his heroics and now hold an 0-2 record. He ranks second in the NFL in yards and touchdowns (723 and six respectively) despite his team’s slow start. 

Week 3 Matchup: Falcons vs. Bears, Sunday 1 p.m.

AJ Dillon (BC 2017 - 2019): 

Week 2 (Packers 42, Lions 21): Perhaps Boston College’s most exciting rookie to hit the NFL in years, AJ Dillon did not see too much of the ball in the Packers 42-21 victory over the Lions. This was expected as Dillon was drafted to a Packers team that currently features one of the premier running backs in the league in Aaron Jones and another solid backup in Jamaal Williams. Dillon showed flashes with a bursting 12-yard run, finishing the day with five carries for 17 yards.  

Week 3 Matchup: Packers @ Saints, Sunday 8:20 p.m.

Harold Landry (BC 2014 - 2017):

Week 2 (Titans 33, Jaguars 30): One of the breakout defensive players for the defensively-stout Titans team that reached the AFC Championship last season, Harold Landry showed no signs of slowing down in last weekend’s win over the Jaguars. He made a game-winning interception—the second pick of his career—off Gardner Minshew as he dove to grab a pass batted-up at the line of scrimmage. On top of the interception, he made five tackles, had one quarterback hit, and one defended pass in a stellar performance. 

Week 3 Matchup: Titans @ Vikings, Sunday 1 p.m.

John Johnson III (BC 2013 - 2016):

Week 2 (Rams 37, Eagles 19): Rams safety, John Johnson III, had a great showing against the Eagles in a 37-19 victory. He finished the game with ten total tackles, six of which were solo. He helped frustrate Carson Wentz in coverage with two passes defended. Johnson III has been a big reason as to why the Rams defense has yet to allow 20 points scored on them in a game this season. 

Week 3 Matchup: Rams @ Bills, Sunday 1 p.m.

Kevin Pierre-Louis (BC 2010 - 2013):

Week 2 (Cardinals 30, Washington 15): Pierre-Louis, Washington linebacker from the BC Class of 2014, had a monster game at Arizona Sunday afternoon. Despite the loss, he had a team-leading 16 total tackles, ten of which were solo. No other Washington Football Team player had more than eight total tackles. His stat-sheet stuffing Sunday was further cemented by a forced fumble. 

Week 3 Matchup: Washington @ Browns, Sunday 1 p.m.

Justin Simmons (BC 2013 - 2015):

Week 2 (Steelers 26, Broncos 21): Simmons, now in his fifth year at safety for the Broncos, was yet another former Eagle with a notable weekend performance. He racked up eight total tackles, seven of which were solo, in a close 26-21 loss to the Steelers. Additionally, he intercepted his first pass of the year with a 37-yard return on the end of it. 

Week 3 Matchup: Broncos vs. Buccaneers, Sunday 4:25 p.m.

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