On Tuesday, THB writer Roger Burton compiled a list of all the UNC alumni who will be on NFL rosters for the 2017 season. With the first week of the regular season about to start, here’s a list of who you can expect to see on the field this weekend, what they’ll be up to, and how you can watch them.
1:00 PM Sunday, September 10th
- New York Jets at Buffalo Bills: Brandon Tate is listed as the Bills’ 4th wide receiver, which should translate to some playing time, though he will not be heavily featured.
- Philadelphia Eagles at Washington: Mack Hollins is currently 5th on the Eagles’ wide receiver depth chart, so he may not get too many looks this week, but he’s impressed the organization so much that it’s worth checking out if he gets on the field. On the other side of the competition, Zach Brown is a starting inside linebacker for the Washington football team.
- Oakland Raiders at Tennessee Titans: Sylvester Williams will be the Titans’ starting nose tackle. Da’Norris Searcy, though he loses his starting spot from last year, will still look to get significant snaps, particularly if Jonathan Cyprien is as bad as he appeared to be on the Jaguars.
- Baltimore Ravens at Cincinnati Bengals: Former reserve offensive tackle James Hurst is now starting at left guard for the Ravens, and has been praised effusively this offseason after a rough introduction to the NFL at tackle. This will be his first live action at the position, so that will be something to keep an eye on. For Cincinnati, Giovani Bernard is coming off ACL surgery that prematurely ended his 2016 season. He will start the season as the Bengals’ primary pass-catching back.
- Atlanta Falcons at Chicago Bears: Mitch Trubisky is not going to start Week 1, but fans of kickers will be able to see Connor Barth kicking for the Bears.
- Arizona Cardinals at Detroit Lions: This one has potential for some Heel-on-Heel action. Kareem Martin is a rotational outside linebacker for the Cardinals, which means that he might spend some time guarding Lions tight end Eric Ebron. Martin is listed as a backup, but should get snaps, and Ebron is, of course, the Lions’ primary tight end and among their top receiving threats.
These games will all be aired on either FOX or CBS. Check the maps below to find out which ones will air in your market.
4:30 PM Sunday
- Carolina Panthers at San Francisco 49ers: Julius Peppers’ homecoming tour begins. Does anything more need to be said here?
- Seattle Seahawks at Green Bay Packers: Rookie Nazair Jones is listed as the backup to both starting defensive tackles on the roster, and should therefore get a decent amount of snaps in the defensive line rotation.
- Indianapolis Colts at Los Angeles Rams: Robert Quinn is just as much of a monster as ever on a Rams defense that deserves better than the organization it’s tied to.
The first two games will air on Fox. Check the map below to see which one you get in your geographic market. The Colts-Rams game information is in the CBS map above.
8:30 PM Sunday
- New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys: Everybody in Cowboy Nation is excited to see Ryan Switzer finally get an NFL touch after he sat out the entire preseason. While he is the backup slot receiver to Cole Beasley as of now, he is listed as starter at both kick returner and punt returner, which should give everybody a good idea of how explosive he can be.
As a Sunday night game, this game will be televised nationally on NBC.
10:20 PM Monday, September 11th
- Los Angeles Chargers at Minnesota Vikings: Tre Boston is trying to rejuvenate his career as the Chargers’ starting free safety. He’ll be involved in a lot of plays.
As a Monday Night Football production, this game will be televised nationally on ESPN.