Fifteen players from Idaho’s three Division I college football programs saw playing time during the first week of the 2016 NFL season, including three who also attended Idaho high schools.
Former Boise State defenders Kamalei Correa (Baltimore) and Darian Thompson (New York Giants) played their first regular-season games Sunday, and four other ex-Broncos — Ryan Clady (Denver to New York Jets), Shea McClellin (Chicago to New England), Jamar Taylor (Miami to Cleveland) and Billy Winn (Indianapolis to Denver) — donned new uniforms after switching teams during the offseason. Three Gem State players started for Dallas on Sunday afternoon, while Thompson made his NFL debut on the opposition.
The complete Week 1 results:
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▪ Denver center Matt Paradis (No. 61, Council High/Boise State) started against Carolina. Broncos defensive lineman Billy Winn (No. 97, Boise State) came on as a substitute.
▪ New York Jets left tackle Ryan Clady (No. 78, Boise State) started in his team debut at Cincinnati. Bengals strong safety George Iloka (No. 43, Boise State) started and made four tackles (two solo).
▪ Baltimore linebacker Kamalei Correa (No. 51, Boise State) made his NFL debut against Buffalo.
▪ Dallas defensive tackle Tyrone Crawford (No. 98, Boise State) started and made two solo tackles against the New York Giants. Cowboys defensive end Benson Mayowa (No. 93, Idaho) started on the right side and had two tackles, a sack, a quarterback hit and a tackle for loss. Dallas cornerback Orlando Scandrick (No. 32, Boise State) added three tackles, a sack and a forced fumble in his first regular-season game since 2014 after sitting a year with two torn right knee ligaments. New York safety Darian Thompson (No. 27, Boise State) made three tackles (two solo) in his first NFL game.
▪ New Orleans tight end Josh Hill (No. 89, Blackfoot High/Idaho State) started against Oakland but left early with what is believed to be a high ankle sprain.
▪ Arizona left guard Mike Iupati (No. 76, Idaho) started against New England. Patriots linebacker Shea McClellin (No. 58, Marsing High/Boise State) made two solo tackles as a reserve.
▪ Chicago left tackle Charles Leno (No. 72, Boise State) started at Houston.
▪ Tampa Bay running back Doug Martin (No. 22, Boise State) had 18 carries for 62 yards in a starting role at Atlanta. He also made five catches for 34 yards.
▪ Cleveland cornerback Jamar Taylor (No. 21, Boise State) started in his first game for the club and had five solo tackles.
▪ Seattle rookie guard Rees Odhiambo (No. 70, Boise State) was inactive for Week 1. Tampa Bay center Evan Smith (No. 62, Idaho State) was active but did not play.