Elvis Presley is considered The King of Tennessee but he might have to share some of the state with newly acquired Titans’ defensive back Desmond King. The former Iowa Football all-American delivered during his first game with the franchise.
King was dealt by the Chargers to Tennessee last week at the trade deadline. Sunday, the Detroit native scooped up a fumble and returned it for a touchdown during a 24-17 victory against Chicago. He added two solo tackles in 54 (70 percent) defensive snaps.
Scoop & SCORE!
— NFL (@NFL) November 8, 2020
King had fallen out of favor in Los Angeles and was a healthy inactive for his last game there. The Titans only had to give up a sixth-round draft choice to get him. He had emerged as a fifth-round pick to earn all-pro honors in 2018 as a cornerback and a punt returner. He was set to become a free agent this offseason and it became obvious the Chargers did not want to resign him.
King is reunited in Tennessee with former Hawkeye defensive back Amani Hooker, who, like King, was named the Big Ten’s Player of the Year at the position during his time in Iowa City. Hooker saw 38 defensive snaps (49 percent) and 28 special teams reps (88 percent) Sunday. He contributed an impressive nine tackles (six solo).
In other news regarding former Hawkeyes in the NFL…
Green Bay captured a 34-17 Thursday night victory at San Francisco. Cornerback Josh Jackson logged 56 snaps (98 percent), a game-high for Packer defenders. He recorded four solo tackles and a pass defended. Backup quarterback C.J. Beathard was active but did not see any action for the 49ers.
Buffalo knocked off visiting Seattle, 44-34. Safety Micah Hyde returned from injury to record six tackles (five solo) in playing all 65 snaps defensive snaps. Rookie defensive end A.J. Epenesa saw 11 reps (17 percent) but did not record any statistics. Guard Ike Boettger logged 54 snaps (79 percent) in the victory.
New England knocked off the Jets, 30-27, Monday night. Defensive tackle Carl Davis played 12 snaps (26 percent) for the Patriots. Offensive lineman James Ferentz was active but did not see any action for the winners.
Denver dropped a 34-27 decision at Atlanta. Bronco linebacker Josey Jewell led his team with 10 tackles (nine solo) to go with 1.5 tackles for loss and a quarterback hit. Rookie cornerback Michael Ojemudia added three stops (two solo) for the visitors, while tight end Noah Fant caught all three of his targets for 45 yards.
Kansas City escaped with a 33-31 triumph against visiting Carolina. Anthony Hitchens totaled six tackles (four solo) in the win, while fellow linebacker Ben Niemann contributed four stops (three solo). Hitchens and Niemann each logged 38 snaps (51 percent).
The Vikings remained hot with a 34-20 victory against visiting Detroit. Defensive tackle Jaleel Johnson was credited with two solo tackles, including one for a loss. It was a big stop.
What a play by Jaleel Johnson for the third-and-goal TFL pic.twitter.com/4NS7R42cNk
— Will Ragatz (@WillRagatz) November 8, 2020
Left Tackle Riley Reiff played all 58 offensive snaps for the winners. Lions tight end T.J. Hockenson hauled in five of eight targets for 39 yards and a touchdown, his fourth score in the last five games. Offensive tackle Matt Nelson saw two offenses snaps and five more in special teams for the visitors.
— Detroit Lions (@Lions) November 8, 2020
The Giants recorded a 23-20 road win against NFC East rival Washington. Long snapper Casey Kreiter saw nine snaps for New York. Guard Brandon Scherff logged all 54 offensive snaps for Washington.
Tampa Bay was steamrolled by the visiting Saints, 38-3, Sunday night. Rookie right tackle Tristan Wirfs saw all 50 offensive snaps for the home team, while teammate Anthony Nelson played 22 snaps (30 percent) at linebacker. He recorded three tackles (one solo).
Baltimore knocked off the Colts, 24-20, in Indianapolis. Linebacker Kristian Welch and safety Geno Stone, both rookies, were active for the Ravens. Welch recorded a special teams’ tackle.
The Chargers fell, 31-26, to visiting Las Vegas. Offensive tackle Bryan Bulaga returned from injury in the setback but saw just two snaps after being hurt again.