Hawkeyes in the NFL Week 8: James Ferentz Steps In for Patriots
The Ferentz family has produced some memorable moments in the game of football. Sunday afternoon, it added another chapter.
James Ferentz, the middle son of Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz and his wife, Mary, started his first NFL game. The former Hawkeye center played guard for the New England Patriots during their 27-13 victory against the Cleveland Browns in Foxboro, Mass.
Right Guard James Ferentz started last night in place of Shaq Mason.
Ferentz talked postgame about the “next man in” mentality that the #Patriots have.
Ferentz said afterward that it was his sons 3rd birthday. “Coming off the field and seeing him was pretty special.” pic.twitter.com/wk3izkLSqE
— Jordan Moore (@iJordanMoore) October 28, 2019
James Ferentz had logged 24 offensive snaps the last two seasons, including three this season. He played 69 snaps Sunday.
Bill Belichick said C/G James Ferentz has been great to work with, noting his scout-team role in recent years, all of which led up to his first career NFL start Sunday.
"Great kid. Very smart. Works hard. You can tell his dad is Kirk Ferentz," Belichick said.
— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) October 28, 2019
The Houston Texans signed James Ferentz as an undrafted free agent in May of 2014. He spent a year on their practice squad before being claimed by the Denver Broncos. He appeared in 21 games for them, and was active during their Super Bowl victory following the ’16 campaign.
Ferentz spent the ’17 season on the Patriots’ practice squad. Last year, he was active for New England’s final nine games, including its Super Bowl triumph against the Los Angeles Rams.
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Last week, Ferentz lined up at fullback, clearing the way for running back Sony Michel’s touchdown run. The former Iowa City High product was released by the Patriots at the end of training camp in August but was brought back.
Other Hawkeyes notes from around the NFL:
-The San Francisco 49ers kept pace with the Patriots as the only unbeaten teams in the league. The former moved to 7-0 with a 51-13 demolition of the Carolina Panthers.
Former Hawkeye George Kittle celebrated National Tight End Day in style, catching six of seven targets for a team-high 86 yards for the winners. For the season, he’s hauled in 40 of 49 targets for 462 yards.
After the game, Kittle tried getting NFL legend Brett Favre to join him for the postgame press conference.
George Kittle tried to get Brett Favre to go to the podium with him 😂 pic.twitter.com/vmRckOwN34
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— KNBR (@KNBR) October 27, 2019
-The Green Bay Packers improved to 7-1 with a 31-24 victory at the Kansas City Chiefs Sunday night. Right tackle Bryan Bulaga helped pave the way for a balanced attack, logging 56 snaps before suffering a hand injury. Cornerback Josh Jackson did not take any reps for the winners.
For the Chiefs, linebackers Anthony Hitchens and Ben Neimann collected seven and four tackles, respectively.
-The Los Angeles Rams improved to 5-3 with 24-10 victory against the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday in London. Guard Austin Blythe logged 62 snaps for the winners. Rookie safety Jake Gervase made the trip but did not play.
-The Detroit Lions outlasted the New York Giants, 31-26, Sunday afternoon. Rookie tight end T.J. Hockenson caught his lone target for 21 yards in the winning effort. Defensive tackle Mike Daniels did not play and has not seen action since Week 3 due to a sprained foot.
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-The Minnesota Vikings picked up a 19-9 win against the visiting Washington Redskins on Thursday night football. Left offensive tackle Riley Reiff played 72 snaps, while defensive tackle Jaleel Johnson logged 14 during the victory.
Guard Brandon Scherff played 43 snaps for Washington.
-Defensive back Desmond King totaled six solo tackles during the Los Angeles Chargers’ 17-16 win against the Bears in Chicago on Sunday. He also contributed a 20-yard kickoff return.
Center James Daniels played 82 snaps for Chicago.
-The Tennessee Titans knocked off the visiting Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 27-23, Sunday. Rookie safety Amani Hooker chipped in with two tackles for the winners. He played 31 snaps, the second most he has seen this season.
Rookie linebacker Anthony Nelson made one tackle during 15 snaps for Tampa Bay.
-The Indianapolis Colts slipped by the Denver Broncos, 15-13, at home Sunday. Defensive tackle Carl Davis did not see any action after playing seven snaps last week.
Denver rookie tight end Noah Fant caught five of eight targets for 26 yards. Linebacker Josey Jewell recorded one tackle on 12 snaps for the Broncos.
-Micah Hyde was credited with seven tackles for the Buffalo Bills in a 31-13 loss to the visiting Philadelphia Eagles. Reserve offensive lineman Ike Boettger did not see any action for the Bills.
-Defensive end Adrian Clayborn registered two tackles for the Atlanta Falcons, who fell, 27-20, to the Seattle Seahawks at home Sunday. He played 23 snaps.