After a disappointing first professional season, former LSU standout defensive back Grant Delpit’s making up for lost time in 2021, especially during Sunday’s Week 14 in the NFL.
Delpit, a two-time first team All-American and the winner of the 2019 Jim Thorpe Award, put together the best game of his brief NFL career with a career-high 11 tackles, helping the Cleveland Browns hold off the Baltimore Ravens, 24-22, in a battle of AFC North rivals.
Delpit, a second-round pick by Cleveland, spent the entire 2020 season on injured reserve following an Achilles injury in training camp. The Browns (7-6) moved into a tie for second place with Cincinnati and one game behind the Ravens (8-5) for the division lead.
The Browns also got contributions from three other former Tigers in the victory. Wide receiver Jarvis Landry had five catches in eight targets for 41 yards and a TD, while defensive back Greedy Williams had six tackles and linebacker Jacob Phillips added 3 tackles.
And week by week, former LSU running back Leonard Fournette of the Tampa Bay Bucs is playing himself into Pro Bowl status with his running and receiving.
In the Bucs’ 33-27 overtime win over Buffalo on Sunday, Fournette ran for 119 yards and a 47-yard TD on 19 carries and had 4 catches for 19 yards.
Fournette is 10th in the NFL with 778 rushing yards on 171 carries, fewer carries than anyone else in the top 10 besides Nick Chubb. Fournette’s 8 rushing TDs tie him for 7th in the league. He also has 62 catches (tied for 21st in the league) for 421 yards and 2 TDs.
In his last three games in wins over the Bills, the Falcons and the Colts, he has rushed for 257 yards and 4 TDs on 49 carries and caught 18 passes for 98 yards and 2 TDs.
Here’s what all former Tigers did in the NFL’s Week 14:
Minnesota Vikings 36, Pittsburgh Steelers 28
Vikings: WR Justin Jefferson 7 catches for 79 receiving yards and 1 TD and minus 4 yards rushing on 1 attempt. CB Patrick Peterson 5 tackles (3 solo); DE Danielle Hunter (injured reserve).
Steelers: OG Trai Turner started for an offensive line that gave up 1 sack and helped produce 375 yards total offense including 269 passing and 106 rushing.
Dallas Cowboys 27, Washington 20
Cowboys: OT La’el Collins started for an offensive line that allowed 4 sacks and helped produce 323 yards total offense including 201 passing and 122 rushing. He was ejected for throwing a punch after Cowboys QB Dak Prescott was hit going out of bounds; LB Jabril Cox (injured reserve).
Washington: OT Saahdiq Charles no stats.
Tennessee Titans 20, Jacksonville Jaguars 0
Jaguars: DE/LB K’Lavon Chaisson 2 tackles (2 solo), 1 TFL; WR DJ Chark Jr. fractured his left ankle and is out for the season; OT Badara Traore (practice squad).
Titans: CB Kristian Fulton 4 tackles (3 solo), 2 PBU, 1 interception for no yards; ST Tory Carter; WR Racey McMath 1 catch for 9 receiving yards.
Seattle Seahawks 33, Houston Texans 13
Seahawks: S Jamal Adams torn labrum out for the rest of the season; OG Damien Lewis and C Ethan Pocic both started for an offensive line that allowed0 sacks and helped produce 353 yards total offense including 260 passing and 193 rushing; DT Al Woods 5 tackles (1 solo), 1 TFL, ½ sackl, 1 QB hit; QB Danny Etling (practice squad).
Texans: No LSU players on roster.
Kansas City Chiefs 48, Las Vegas Raiders 9
Raiders: TE Foster Moreau 3 catches for 13 receiving yards
Chiefs: RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire 37 rushing yards on 10 carries, 2 TDs and 3 catches for 5 receiving yards; RB Darrel Williams 8 rushing yards on 2 carries and 3 catches for 31 receiving yards and 1 TD; S Tyrann Mathieu 5 tackles (5 solo), 1 PBU, 1 fumble recovery, 1 interception for 6 yards.
New Orleans Saints 30, New York Jets 9
Saints: OLB Kwon Alexander 4 tackles (4 solo), 2 sacks, 1 TFL, 1 QB hit; C William Clapp (inactive list).
Jets: No LSU players on roster.
Atlanta Falcons 29, Carolina Panthers 21
Falcons: WR Russell Gage 4 catches for 64 receiving yards; LB Deion Jones 6 tackles (5 solo), 1 QB hit.
Panthers: CB Donte’ Jackson out for the rest of the season with a groin injury; WR Terrace Marshall Jr. no stats; DT Frank Herron (reserve suspended by NFL commissioner; TE Stephen Sullivan (practice squad).
Cleveland Browns 24, Baltimore Ravens 22
Ravens: LB Patrick Queen 2 tackles (1 solo).
Browns: S Grant Delpit 11 tackles (11 solo), 1 QB hit; WR Jarvis Landry 5 catches for 41 yards, 1 TD; CB Greedy Williams 6 tackles (6 solo); LB Jacob Phillips 3 tackles (2 solo).
Los Angeles Chargers 37, New York Giants 21
Giants: No LSU players on roster.
Chargers: DT Breiden Fehoko (inactive list).
Denver Broncos 38, Detroit Lions 10
Lions: DE Michael Brockers 5 tackles, 1 solo).
Broncos: C Lloyd Cushenberry Jr. started for an offensive line that allowed 1 sack and helped produce 358 yards total offense including 174 passing and 184 rushing.
San Francisco 49ers 26, Cincinnati Bengals 23 OT
49ers: DL Arden Key 1 tackle.
Bengals: QB Joe Burrow 25 of 34 for 348 passing yards, 2 TDs and 3 yards rushing on 2 attempts, 1 fumble and 1 fumble recovery; WR Ja’Marr Chase 5 catches for 77 receiving yards, 2 TDs and 6 yards rushing on 1 carry; TE Thad Moss no stats; DT Tyler Shelvin (inactive list).
Tampa Bay Bucs 33, Buffalo Bills 27 (OT)
Bills: LS Reid Ferguson snapped for 6 punts, 2 of 2 field goals and 3 of 3 extra points; CB Tre’Davious White torn ACL out for the rest of the season.
Bucs: RB Leonard Fournette 113 rushing yards, 1 TD on 19 carries and 4 catches for 19 receiving yards; LB Devin White 10 tackles (7 solo), 1½ sacks, 1 TFL, 2 QB hits; ILB Kevin Minter 1 tackle; WR Cyril Grayson (practice squad); CB Rashard Robinson (practice squad.
Green Bay Packers 45, Chicago Bears 30
Bears: No LSU players on roster.
Packers: No LSU players on roster.
Los Angeles Rams 30, Arizona Cardinals 23
Rams: OT Andrew Whitworth became the first offensive tackle to start an NFL game at age 40, Was part of a line that helped produce 356 total yards (267 passing), 6.6 yards per play and allowed three sacks for minus-20 yards; WR Odell Beckham Jr. 6 catches for 72 yards and a TD.
Cardinals: DT Rashard Lawrence No Stats.
Open dates: Indianapolis Colts, Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, Philadelphia Eagles
What is the latest prediction on who is signing on the early signing.
They’re hopeful of signing somewhere in neighborhood of 13-14 players Wednesday.