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By: Ana Kieu
From former all-conference offensive lineman Wes Schweitzer starting at a new position for the Atlanta Falcons to former fullback Shane Smith signing with the New Orleans Saints, it was an eventful first weekend for San Jose State University football alums in the NFL.
Schweitzer, a right guard since joining the Atlanta Falcons in 2016, was their starting center for the second week in a row. The Falcons lost to the Miami Dolphins 34-27. Schweitzer was one of three Spartans to start a preseason game in the NFL’s preseason week #1.
Isaiah Irving was a starting outside linebacker for the Chicago Bears in their 23-13 loss to the Carolina Panthers. Irving was not credited with any tackles.
Jeremiah Kolone started at right guard for the Los Angeles Rams against the Oakland Raiders.
MORE SAN JOSE STATE UPDATES: David Fales, QB, Detroit Lions — 5-of-14 passing with an interception for 62 yards and no touchdowns in the Lions’ 31-3 loss to the New England Patriots. Fales was sacked five times.
Andre Chachere, CB, Detroit Lions — Played in the 31-3 loss to the New England Patriots; not credited with any tackles.
Tyler Ervin, RB, Baltimore Ravens — Was an all-purpose back in the Ravens’ 29-0 shutout over the Jacksonville Jaguars. Ervin rushed four times for five yards, returned a kickoff for 21 yards, and handled two punts. His 24-yard punt return was one of the longest returns in week #1. The 24-yard return set-up a 57-yard Baltimore touchdown drive.
Josh Oliver, TE — The 2019 Jacksonville Jaguars’ third-round draft choice did not play in week #1 due to injury.
Akeem King, CB, Seattle Seahawks — Was in on three tackles in Seattle’s 22-14 win over the Denver Broncos.
Dakari Monroe, CB, Kansas City Chiefs — Credited with two tackles, a pass break-up and one special teams tackle in Kansas City’s 38-17 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals.
Bené Benwikere, CB, Minnesota Vikings — Was in on two tackles and a pass break-up in Minnesota’s 34-25 win over the New Orleans Saints.
Shane Smith, FB — The New Orleans Picayune reports Smith joining the New Orleans Saints as a free agent on August 11. Smith played two games for the New York Giants in 2018 before he was released.
David Quessenberry, OL — Played as a reserve offensive lineman in the Tennessee Titans’ 27-10 triumph over the Philadelphia Eagles.
Boogie Roberts, DL — Saw action as a reserve defensive lineman and was in on a tackle in the Los Angeles Rams’ 14-3 loss to the Oakland Raiders.
Keith Smith, FB — Oakland Raiders’ fullback missed the game due to injury.
Jermaine Kelly, CB — Was listed as “not active” by the Houston Texans in their 28-26 loss to the Green Bay Packers.