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Cobb headlines former Wildcats on NFL's opening Sunday

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Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for nfl-logo1.jpg After the opening game was played last Wednesday, the NFL got started in earnest on Sunday with a full slate of games. Ten former Kentucky Wildcats were on active week one rosters, and a few made big plays for there teams on the season's first weekend.

As was the case for most of his three years in Lexington, Randall Cobb was the headliner. Undertaking an expanded role in the Green Bay Packers' offense, Cobb caught nine passes from Aaron Rodgers for 77 yards. Even more impressively, his nine catches came on just nine targets in a 30-22 loss to the San Francisco 49ers. Cobb is being asked to do more as a receiver, but his kick and punt returning aren't suffering. He averaged over 25 yards on his six returns, including a 75-yard touchdown on a punt that you can watch here.

Jacob Tamme may not have had as a big a statistical day as Cobb, but his production came in a 31-19 win for his Denver Broncos. He had five catches for 43 yards, including a go-ahead touchdown from one yard out that proved to be the game winner. Tamme came to Denver with Peyton Manning and could be poised for the best season of his career.

Wesley Woodyard was also a big part of that winning effort for the Broncos. Starting for the suspended D.J. Williams at linebacker, the special-teams ace tallied 12 tackles and the sack of Ben Roethlisberger that ended the Pittsburgh Steelers' final possession. New teammate Danny Trevathan did not record any statistics for the Broncos.

Stevie Johnson
did though. The Buffalo Bills were playing catchup for most of a 48-28 loss to the New York Jets, but Johnson caught four passes for 55 yards and a touchdown in his first game with a lucrative new contract.

In the Jets' win, John Conner left with a knee injury. After the game, he reported he only "tweaked" it and expected to be available for his next game. Conner did not record any statistics before his injury.

Conner's former teammate Tim Masthay had plenty of chances to show off his leg in the Packers' aforementioned loss. He punted six times, averaging 48.2 yards per punt. His net average was 41.5 yards and only one of his punts was returned. Four of his six kicks landed inside the 20-yard line.

Winston Guy
(Seattle Seahawks), Garry Williams (Carolina Panthers) and Myron Pryor (New England Patriots) are also on active rosters, but did not show up in the box score.

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