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Minnesota Football: Gophers in the NFL Week 2

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Another week, and more great defensive performances

Kansas City Chiefs v Los Angeles Chargers Photo by Harry How/Getty Images

Another week down in the NFL and we got another set of great performances from former Gophers—especially on the defensive side of the ball. Unfortunately we also added another few injuries to the list as well. A certain rookie continues to start a great NFL career, while a champion veteran really seems to be exploding into the prime of his career. Here is a look at how the former Minnesota Golden Gophers did in Week 2 of the NFL season, and a look ahead to Week 3.

Maxx Williams— Tight End— Arizona Cardinals

Week 2 vs Washington Football Club

Week 3 vs Detroit Lions

Maxx became the third former Gopher to head to IR after missing all of last week with an ankle injury. He was inactive for the Cardinals win over Washington and now will miss at least the next three weeks.

De’Vondre Campbell—Linebacker—Arizona Cardinals

Week 2 vs Washington Football Club

Week 3 vs Detroit Lions

Campbell had a great game for the Cardinals playing in 65 defensive snaps. He led Arizona with 8 tackles, and two assisted tackles, two tackles for loss and two pass defenses in their win.

Chris Streveler-QB-Arizona Cardinals

Week 2 vs Washington Football Club

Week 3 vs Detroit Lions

For the second week in a row Streveler got into the game in a gimmick play with both Kyler Murray and Streveler in at the same time, but this time he did not get the ball. It’s something to watch for in every game going forward for Arizona.

Eric Murray—Safety—Houston Texans

Week 2 vs Baltimore Ravens

Week 3 @ Pittsburgh Steelers

Murray started at safety for the Texans and played 59 snaps in the Texans loss to Baltimore. Murray recorded three tackles and assisted on four more in the Texans loss. Houston will try and win their first game this week when they head to Pittsburgh.

Damien Wilson—Linebacker—Kansas City Chiefs

Week 2 @ Los Angeles Chargers

Week 3 @ Baltimore Ravens (MNF)

Wilson once again had a great game. He helped KC go 2-0 on the season with a team high seven tackles and assisted on five more. He added a tackle for loss as well. The Chiefs head to Baltimore in a huge early season Monday night clash next week.

Blake Cashman—Linebacker—New York Jets

Week 2 vs San Francisco 49ers

Week 3 @ Indianapolis Colts

Cashman spent week 1 of his minimum three week stint on IR as the Jets fell to 0-2.

Antoine Winfield Jr. —Safety—Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Week 2 vs Carolina Panthers

Week 3 @ Denver Broncos

Antoine Winfield is becoming one of the best young safeties in the NFL after two games. Winfield played in 72 of a possible 73 defensive snaos for the Buccaneers in their win over Carolina. Winfield ended up with eight tackles, with an additional three assisted tackles, his first NFL QB sack, and his first NFL forced fumble. He’sonly the second best safety in the NFL through two weeks according to Pro Football Focus. Not bad young man.

Tyler Johnson-WR-Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Week 2 vs Carolina Panthers

Week 3 @ Denver Broncos

Johnson was inactive for the second week in a row.

Carter Coughlin-LB-New York Giants

Week 2 @ Chicago Bears

Week 3 vs San Francisco 49ers

The injury bug made it’s way to New York this week as well as Carter Coughlin was inactive for the Giant’s Week 2 game in Chicago with a hamstring injury. Hopefully it will be short lived and he can get back to action Sunday against the 49ers.