Hawkeyes in the NFL Week 3: Buffalo’s Hyde, Boettger Shuffle Off to 3-0

September 24, 2019

Written by Rob Howe

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Iowa fans learned Micah Hyde makes plays during his college career. Then, Green Bay Packer backers found out.

Now, the Bills Mafia is cheering on the exciting safety. Buffalo is off to a 3-0 start, and Hyde stands at the forefront of the rise.

The Ohio native, a two-star prospect with only one Power 5 scholarship offer, forced a fumble, defended a pass, and contributed five tackles (four solo and one for loss) during the Bills’ 21-17, come-from-behind victory on Sunday in Orchard Park, NY.

Buffalo is just one of three AFC teams sitting at 3-0. It plays host to one of the others, New England, on Sunday.

It’s hard to believe, but Hyde is playing his seventh season in the NFL after winning the Big Ten’s defensive back of the year award as a Hawkeye senior in ’12.

Hyde spent his first four NFL seasons in Green Bay before inking a five-year contract with the Bills in ’17. In his first campaign as a Bill, he earned his first career Pro-Bowl recognition and was a second-team All-Pro after posting career highs in tackles (82) and interceptions (5). He recorded 57 tackles and two picks last fall.

Former Cedar Falls standout Ike Boettger fills a role as a backup offensive guard for Buffalo after his Hawkeye career ended with a ruptured achilles. The second-year performer is waiting for his first action this regular season after seeing time in all of the Bills’ preseason contests.

Former Iowa receiver Nick Easley performed well during the Buffalo’s preseason and was signed to the practice squad. He’s since been released.

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The Bills reached the playoffs in ’17 for the first time since ’99. They missed out on the postseason a year ago.

Here’s a look at other Hawkeye in the NFL notes for Week 3…

-Another former Big Ten defensive back of the year, Desmond King, delivered some big plays in a losing effort for the Chargers on Sunday. He was credited with a fumble recovery when he alertly picked up a backward pass from Houston quarterback Deshaun Watson. It set up a Los Angeles touchdown in the first quarter.

For the game, the Detroit product was credited with a pass defended and four tackles (all solo). He also took his lone kick return back for 23 yards.

King talked about the tough loss and how the Chargers need to move on from their 1-2 start.

-George Kittle, a marked man after last year’s record-setting season, helped San Francisco improve to 3-0 Sunday by catching six of eight targets for a team-high 57 yards. The 49ers topped Pittsburgh, 24-20.

Oh yeah, and the former Iowa tight end blocks.

Kittle’s infectious personality continues attracting more fans in the Bay Area.

Backup quarterback C.J. Beathard has not taken a regular-season snap for the 49ers so far in ’19.

-Kansas City moved to 3-0 by holding off Baltimore, 33-28, Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium. Linebacker Anthony Hitchens tied for his team’s lead with eight tackles (six solo). Fellow linebacker Ben Niemann showed off his versatility with two tackles (one solo) and a defended pass.

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Marshal Yanda started at guard and played every offensive snap for the Ravens.

-Green Bay remained unbeaten with a 27-16 victory against visiting Denver on Sunday. Defensive back Josh Jackson delivered a solo tackle for a much-improved Packers defense. Nine-year veteran Bryan Bulaga manned his right offensive tackle spot.

On the losing side, rookie tight end Noah Fant caught all three of his targets for 37 yards for the Broncos, including a first-down grab in traffic, but he did lose a fumble. Linebacker Josey Jewell contributed a team-best six tackles (five solo). Casey Kreiter handled the long snapping for Denver.

-Surprising Detroit improved to 2-0-1 by upsetting the Eagles, 27-24, Sunday in Philadelphia. It was a quiet day statistically for the former Hawkeyes on the Lions. Tight end T.J. Hockenson caught his only target for one yard, and defensive tackle Mike Daniels was credited with a solo tackle.

-Minnesota dominated visiting Oakland, 34-14, Sunday. Defensive tackle Jaleel Johnson saw action but did not record any statistics. Riley Reiff started at offensive tackle for the winners.

-James Daniels started at center for Chicago in its 31-15 Monday victory at Washington. The second-year player took every snap (131) during the Bears’ first two weeks. Brandon Scherff started at right guard for the Redskins.

-Cleveland came up short in a 20-13, primetime loss Sunday to the visiting Rams. Before the game it was announced that Browns linebacker Christian Kirksey was headed to the injured reserve with a chest ailment. No timetable was provided for his return.

Guard Austin Blythe (ankle) was listed as inactive for Los Angeles.

-Tampa Bay lost a 32-31 heartbreaker to the visiting Giants on Sunday. Outside linebacker Anthony Nelson contributed an assisted tackle in the setback.

-Center James Ferentz logged two plays during the Patriots 30-14 drubbing of the Jets Sunday in Foxboro. The son of Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz has seen action in all three of New England’s games this season.

-Defensive end Adrian Clayborn recorded one solo tackle in Atlanta’s 27-24 loss at Indianapolis.

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