Week 11 was exciting for Bears in the Pros, with the return of former Golden Bear, Shane Vereen, now with the Patriots. Other contributors also added to an interesting weekend around the NFL as the league heads into a critical stretch with playoffs around the corner.
Here are some notable mentions from former Cal players during week 11 of the NFL schedule:
Shane Vereen (RB, Patriots)- In his first action in more than 2 months, Vereen was excited and ready to hit the field on the prime-time stage of Monday Night Football. It was in the first game of the year that he had broken his left wrist and the Patriots were in no mood to ease him into the flow against the Panthers during week 11. Vereen caught a team-high 8 passes for 65 yards, while making just one rush for 7 yards. Of the nine times he touched the ball, seven plays went for first downs. During the game, he wore a small brace on his left wrist and seemed to hold up well.
DeSean Jackson (WR, Eagles)- Jackson did not quite reach the 1,000-yard mark for the season this weekend, but he did contribute to the Eagles third victory in a row. The win put the team at the top of the NFC East standings and gave Jackson 985 receiving yards on the year. For the game, he had 4 receptions for 82 yards, the longest being a 26-yard play from quarterback Nick Foles. Jackson was only targeted 4 times in the game, catching all 4 passes.
Keenan Allen (WR, Chargers)- The Chargers received a bit of a scare in the second half from their star rookie when he suffered a knee injury. Fortunately, things look good for week 12 as the injury does not look serious. "He's fine," said Chargers Head Coach, Mike McCoy. "He'll be playing, which is great." Even with the injury, Allen played 49 of 64 offensive plays in the Chargers loss to the Dolphins, catching 3 passes for 45 yards.
Marshawn Lynch (RB, Seahawks)- After two weeks of huge yardage, Lynch trimmed that number down in week 11, but raised the bar on reaching the end zone. Lynch scored twice rushing and once receiving as the Seahawks blew out the Vikings 41-20 in Seattle. This was not much of a game, but Lynch provided much of the scoring for the superior team. He ran for 54 yards on 17 carries and caught 2 balls for 9 yards, one of course being his touchdown.
Mychal Kendricks (LB, Eagles)- Kendricks is having a nice defensive season for the Eagles, but he injured his knee during last week's game against the Packers. He is currently out of action, sitting at 54 solo tackles and 14 assisted tackles.
Other stats were produced from the following former California players:
Marvin Jones (WR, Bengals)- 9 receiving yards, -1 rushing yards
Tony Gonzalez (TE, Falcons)- 63 receiving yards
Brandon Mebane (DT, Seahawks)- 1 assisted tackle
Bryan Anger (P, Jaguars)- 8 punts, 47.8-yard average, 58-yard long
Cameron Jordan (De, Saints)- 2 solo tackles, 1 assisted tackle
Chris Conte (S, Bears)- 4 solo tackles, 1 assisted tackle
Tyson Alualu (DT, Jaguars)- 2 solo tackles
Thomas DeCoud (S, Falcons)- 2 solo tackles
Will Ta'ufo'ou (FB, Jaguars)- 5 receiving yards
Andre Carter (DE, Patriots)- 1 assisted tackle