You have to take the good with the bad as far as how things are going for former Cal players in the NFL at the moment. Justin Forsett broke out of an early season slump with a great performance against the Pittsburgh Steelers, while C.J. Anderson continues to struggle and numerous former Golden Bears are attempting to overcome injury issues.
Lorenzo Alexander: LB/ST, Oakland Raiders (2-2)
Alexander played his fourth game of the season but did not record any statistics during Oakland's 22-20 loss to the Chicago Bears.
Keenan Allen: WR, San Diego Chargers (2-2)
Allen registered four receptions for 72 yards and one spectacular touchdown grab to help the Chargers overcome the Cleveland Browns 30-27. If you have yet to see the touchdown, you can do so here. Allen now has 33 receptions for 387 yards and two touchdowns for the season.
Tyson Alualu: DE/DT, Jacksonville Jaguars (1-3)
Alualu recorded two tackles during Jacksonville's 16-13 loss to the Indianapolis Colts. Alualu has six tackles this season.
C.J. Anderson: RB, Denver Broncos (4-0)
Anderson struggled yet again with 11 rushes for 43 yards and one reception for 27 yards. Though, 12 touches for 60 yards is an average of five yards per touch, which is a bit better than Anderson has done to this point during the season.
Anderson will be sharing more of the rushing load with Ronnie Hillman now, but all Anderson cares about is whether or not the team wins, according to CBS4 Denver.
Anderson, who returns to the site of his breakout performance last year, received as many carries as Hillman against the Vikings. Broncos coach Gary Kubiak has declared the two to be co-starters, although Anderson is expected to be first up.
"It doesn’t bother me. It doesn’t motivate me. I think that we’re doing what we can to do win ballgames," Anderson said.
Bryan Anger: P, Jacksonville Jaguars (1-3)
Anger punted eight times for an average of 38.4 yards (36.4 net).
Chris Conte: S, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-3)
Conte has been a pleasant surprise this season as one of Tampa Bay's most effective defensive players. During a 37-23 loss to the Carolina Panthers, Conte totaled eight tackles with one pass defended and a forced fumble.
Justin Forsett: RB, Baltimore Ravens (1-3)
Forsett and the Ravens finally got their rushing attack up and running this past week against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Forsett carried the ball 27 times for 150 yards rushing during Baltimore's 23-20 comeback victory.
DeSean Jackson: WR, Washington Redskins (2-2)
Jackson's hamstring kept him out of Washington's 23-20 victory against the Philadelphia Eagles. Jackson returned to practice in a limited capacity this week, but has since been ruled out of Sunday's matchup with the Atlanta Falcons.
Marvin Jones: WR, Cincinnati Bengals (4-0)
Jones caught just one pass for four yards during Cincinnati's 36-21 win versus the Kansas City Chiefs. Jones has 10 catches for 165 yards and two touchdowns this season.
Cameron Jordan: DE, New Orleans Saints (1-3)
Jordan recorded one tackle during New Orleans' stunning 26-20 victory over the Dallas Cowboys.
Mychal Kendricks: LB, Philadelphia Eagles (1-3)
Kendricks returned to the Eagles' lineup against the Redskins, but left the game after reinjuring his hamstring. It could cost him this week, though his status for Sunday's matchup with New Orleans remains up in the air.
L.P. Ladouceur: LS, Dallas Cowboys (2-2)
Laouceur registered yet another flawless game of long snapper duties for the Cowboys.
Marshawn Lynch: RB, Seattle Seahawks (2-2)
Beast Mode missed out on Seattle's narrow, and controversial, 13-10 victory against the Detroit Lions due to a hamstring injury. Lynch has returned to practice in a limited capacity, but no decision has been made as of yet as to whether Lynch will suit up Sunday against the Bengals.
Here is what Pete Carroll had to say, courtesy of The Seattle Times.
"He’s working at it," Carroll said. "He got a little bit of work on Thursday in practice and got a chance to run around a little bit. He’s really close but it’s a hamstring that’ been strained so it takes a couple of weeks for that to really be gone. So the question is whether he would be durable enough to play in the game and maintain and that’s what the trainers will figure out by gametime or before we take off."
Alex Mack: C, Cleveland Browns (1-3)
Mack started his fourth game of the season.
Chris McCain: LB, Miami Dolphins (1-3)
McCain played, but did not record a statistic for a third consecutive game during Miami's 27-14 loss to the New York Jets.
Brandon Mebane: DT, Seattle Seahawks (2-2)
Mebane did not play against the Lions, but has been a full participant in practice this week and expects to play against the Bengals.
Ron Rivera: HC, Carolina Panthers (4-0)
Rivera's Panthers defeated the Buccaneers to continue their perfect start to the season.
Aaron Rodgers: QB, Green Bay Packers (4-0)
Rodgers completed 22-32 passes for 224 yards and one touchdown as he returned to the Bay Area to defeat the San Francisco 49ers 17-3. Rodgers also rushed three times for 33 yards.
Richard Rodgers: TE, Green Bay Packers (4-0)
Rodgers caught five passes for 45 yards and one touchdown. Here is the video of the touchdown. Rodgers has 13 catches for 110 yards and two touchdowns this season.
Mitchell Schwartz: T, Cleveland Browns (1-3)
Schwartz started again for the Browns as they slipped to a defeat against the Chargers. Newsnet5 Cleveland did a feature story on his passions outside of football and the video can be watched here.
This is an excerpt from the story:
Cleveland Browns offensive lineman Mitchell Schwartz loves to cook, but food is just one ingredient that flavors his life.
Football has been a major part of his life, but it was not always that way. Early on in high school, baseball was his passion and football was a sport he was coerced into playing.
"They kind of tricked me. My brother and my parents told me I could be a quarterback," Schwartz recalled. "I wasn’t quite the speed they required at the position, so they moved me right over to offensive line."
The move landed him a scholarship to Cal-Berkley.
Subsequently, he was drafted by the Browns in the second round of the 2012 draft with the 37th overall pick.
Brian Schwenke: C, Tennessee Titans (1-2)
Schwenke and the Titans had a bye this past week, but they did visit with a local boy who was shot while playing in his front yard during an argument between neighbors. Video of the story can be watched here.
Here is an excerpt from WSMV Nasvhille:
Keon Malone has undergone countless surgeries after being shot, the last of which was just a week ago at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
Malone’s life was changed forever in late March when he was shot in the head by a stray bullet.
On Tuesday, the same young man got to hob-knob with some Tennessee Titans players, a bright spot in an otherwise dark period of his young life.
Titans cornerback Curtis Riley was one of more than a half dozen Titans players who showed up at Unique Automotive, a high-end automotive shop, to say hello and offer support.
"He’s a sweet kid," said Titans center Brian Schwenke. "To be put through that situation and you see him running around with a smile on his face right now. I think that’s incredible positivity after going through something like that."
Malone even got to take a spin in some of the players’ high-dollar cars.
"He got to ride in Brian Schwenke’s Audi that we built for him," said Brad Miser, owner of Unique Automotive. "We’re going to take him for a ride in a Bentley here in a minute if he wants to. It’s been a great experience for him and his family."
Nick Sundberg: LS, Washington Redskins (2-2)
Sundberg played and performed the long snapping duties for the Redskins again.
Shane Vereen: RB, New York Giants (2-2)
Vereen rushed five times for 21 yards during the Giants' 24-10 victory against the Buffalo Bills. Again, though, Vereen did not catch a pass.
Steve Williams: CB, San Diego Chargers (2-2)
Williams notched two tackles this week.