Each week the Illini in the NFL update will provide coverage on how former Fighting Illini football players fared during the previous week. Brandon Lloyd found the endzone twice in the Patriots blowout against the Rams and Tavon Wilson added another interception to his season resume to highlight Week 8 action.
Brandon Lloyd, WR, New England Patriots - Lloyd caught two passes for 28
yards, but both were for touchdowns in Sunday's 45-7 blowout win over the Rams
in London. The first TD was a 19 yard catch to the corner of the endzone, while
the second one was a quick 9 yard slant inside. Watch
Lloyd's 19-yard TD | Watch
Lloy'ds 9-yard TD
Tavon Wilson, FS, New England Patriots - Wilson intercepted a Kellen Clemens pass and returned it 45 yards, and also tallied three solo tackles and one pass deflection. Wilson is fourth in the NFL in obtaining turnovers with three interceptions and two fumble recoveries on the season.
Mikel Leshoure, RB, Detroit Lions - Leshoure had 46 rushing yards on 10 carries and nine receiving yards on three catches Sunday in a 28-24 win over the Seahawks. Leshoure produced a long run of 16 yards. Watch Leshoure's 16-yard Run
Corey Liuget, DE, San Diego Chargers - Liuget had perhaps his best game of the season against the Chargers, making a season high five tackles, including one sack for a loss of nine yards, and deflected two passes in the Chargers 7-6 loss to the Browns.
Pierre Thomas, RB, New Orleans Saints - Thomas led the Saints rushing attack with 43 yards on eight attempts. The versatile back also recorded two catches for six yards in the Saints 34-14 loss to the Broncos.
Steve Weatherford, P, New York Giants - Punted six times for and average of 47.8 yards, including two downed inside the 20 and a long of 59 yards. His net average was 46.5 in the 29-24 Giants win.
Brandon Moore, OG, New York Jets - Made his 129th consecutive NFL start, which is the fourth best streak amongst all active NFL players. Moore protected Sanchez while he completed 28 passes for 283 yards and a touchdown. Jets lost to the Dolphins 30-9.
Jon Asamoah, OG, Kansas City Chiefs - Started in all seven games this season, including the Chiefs 26-16 loss to the Raiders on Sunday.
Jeff Allen, OT, Kansas City Chiefs - Has started in his fourth straight game on the year. Helped the Chiefs achieve 299 total net yards.
David Diehl, OT, New York Giants -Giants once again took advantage of Diehl's versatility and used him as a sixth offensive lineman to win the battle at the line of scrimmage in their 29-24 victory over the Dallas Cowboys. The offensive line allowed the Giants offense to accumulate 293 total yards while only surrendering one sack.
Josh Brent, DT, Dallas Cowboys - Brent recorded two tackles in Sunday's 29-24 loss to the Giants.
Vontae Davis, CB, Indianapolis Colts - Started and recorded one tackle in the Colts 19-13 OT win over the Titans. Davis now has 19 total tackles through the five games this season.
Michael Hoomanawanui, TE, New England Patriots - Had one catch for 18 yards in the Patriots 45-7 win over the Rams.
Arrelious Benn, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Did not record a catch in Tampa Bay's 36-17 win over Minnesota. However, Benn did rush for nine yards on one attempt.
Kelvin Hayden, CB, Chicago Bears - Played but did not get on the stat sheet in the Bears 23-22 win over the Panthers.
Brit Miller, FB, St. Louis Rams - Miller helped the Rams running game rush for 107 yards against the New England defense.
Martez Wilson, LB, New Orleans Saints - Tallied a solo tackle in the Saints 34-14 loss to the Broncos.
Rashard Mendenhall, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers - Mendenhall was once again forced to sit out of Sunday's game against Redskins due to an nagging Achilles injury he suffered in week 6 against the Titan.
Jeff Cumberland, TE, New York Jets - Did not play due to dislocated right hand.
AJ Jenkins, WR, San Francisco 49ers - Did not play in the 49ers 24-3 win over the Arizona Cardinals.
Whitney Mercilus, DE, Houston Texans - Bye Week
Alan Ball, CB, Houston Texans - Bye Week
Former Illini on NFL
Jerry Brown, LB, Indianapolis Colts
Jack Cornell, OL, Baltimore Ravens