State NFL recap: Giants’ James Bradberry gets a pick from his old team


Cornerback James Bradberry played his first four NFL seasons as a secondary starter for the Carolina Panthers. On Sunday he faced the Panthers for the first time in his career and scored his 14th interception in the New York Giants’ 25-3 win.

“It feels good to be intercepted against these guys,” said Bradberry. “(Carolina Linebacker) Shaq Thompson was on the sidelines talking rubbish to me all the time, every time I stood by her side, so it definitely felt good to toss it in his face and be caught . “


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The former Pleasant Grove High School and Samford Standout is in his sophomore season with the Giants after leaving Carolina on a free agent contract in New York.

Bradberry also made two tackles on Sunday.

Bradberry’s third interception of the season came in the second quarter on the New York 5-yard line, with the Giants leading 5-3. Bradberry had a 13 yard return, then fiddled with the football, but was able to recover it on the New York 19.

New York started the game with a 1-5 record and had dropped 82 points in their last two games. But the Giants kept Carolina out of the end zone and limited the Panthers to 173 yards.

“Our goal is to stop them from scoring goals,” said Bradberry. “We hadn’t done that in the past few weeks. Our goal today was to get out of here and play strong in every series. I think we did it well, so we’re definitely happy with our results. …

“I think we communicated well throughout the game – first quarter, second quarter, the whole time. I think we haven’t done well in the past few weeks, so I think it was different today. “

Bradberry was among 29 players from Alabama high schools and colleges (excluding Alabama and Auburn) to take on the field on the seventh Sunday of the 102nd NFL season.

Five other former state players were involved in the Carolina-New York game:

· Panthers running back Ameer Abdullah (Homewood) returned three kickoffs for 39 yards. Abdullah signed with Carolina on Saturday.

· Panthers running back Spencer Brown (Mortimer Jordan, UAB) is in the training squad and not eligible to play.

· Giants offensive tackle Korey Cunningham (Montevallo) played but had no statistics.

· Panther’s offensive tackle Trent Scott (Lee-Huntsville) played but had no statistics.

· Kadarius Toney (Blount) has been designated as game day inactive. An ankle injury sidelined Toney.

In the other Sunday games:

Atlanta Falcons 30, Miami Dolphins 28

· Falcons defensive back TJ Green (Sylacauga) made a duel with special teams.

· Falcons Defensive Tackle Anthony Rush (UAB) is on the training team and not eligible to play.

Cincinnati Bengals 41, Baltimore Ravens 17

· Bengals kicker Evan McPherson (Fort Payne) hit field goals of 52 and 30 yards and made five extra points. McPherson’s 52-yarder started scoring, and the 30-yarder came three seconds behind in the first half, giving Cincinnati a 13-10 lead.

Tennessee Titans 27, Kansas City Chiefs 3

· Khari Blasingame (Buckhorn) started out as full-back for the Titans. Blasingame left the game after being injured in the third quarter while playing against special teams.

· Tyreek Hill (West Alabama) started as wide receiver for the Chiefs. Hill caught six passes for 49 yards and had an 18-yard run.

· Janoris Jenkins (North Alabama) started as cornerback for the Titans. Jenkins made three tackles.

· Ben Jones (Bibb County) started at the center for the Titans.

· Monty Rice (James Clemens) was designated as inactive game day. A groin injury troubled Rice for the second time in a row.

· Chester Rogers (Lee-Huntsville) has been declared inactive game day. A groin injury prevented Rogers from training last week.

New England Patriots 54, New York Jets 13

· Bryce Huff (St. Paul’s Episcopal) started on the defensive for the Jets.

Jets Returning La’Mical Perine (Theodore) played on its 2021 debut but did not record stats.

· Quincy Williams (Wenonah) started out as linebacker for the Jets. Williams made a tackle and broke off a pass.

Green Bay Packers 24, Washington Football Team 10

· Bobby McCain (Oxford) started as cornerback for Washington. McCain made three tackles.

Washington running back JD McKissic (Central-Phenix City) ran 22 yards with four carries and caught four passes for 34 yards.

· Washington Security Jeremy Reaves (South Alabama) is on the practice team and is not eligible to play.

· Packers Outside Linebacker Za’Darius Smith (Greenville) is injured in reserve.

· Washington wide receiver Damion Willis (Troy) is on the training team and not eligible to play.

Los Angeles Rams 28, Detroit Lions 19

· Rams offensive lineman Chandler Brewer (Florence) is on the practice team and not eligible to play.

· Trey Flowers (Columbia) started as the outside linebacker for the Lions. Flowers made three tackles.

· Lions Guard Logan Stenberg (James Clemens) played but did not record any statistics.

· Rams cornerback Darious Williams (UAB) is injured in reserve.

· Nick Williams (Minor, Samford) started on the defensive for the Lions.

Las Vegas Raiders 33, Philadelphia Eagles 22

· Eagles running back Jordan Howard (Gardendale, UAB) is in the training squad and not eligible to play.

· Raiders linebacker Nicholas Morrow (Huntsville) is injured in reserve.

· Darius Philon (Vigor) got dressed but did not take part in the game.

· Quez Watkins (Athens) started on the wide receiver for the Eagles. Watkins caught two passes for 37 yards.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 38, Chicago Bears 3

· Steve McLendon (Carroll-Ozark, Troy) has been declared inactive game day.

· Darnell Mooney (Gadsden City) started as wide receiver for the Bears. Mooney caught two passes for 39 yards.

· Buccaneer’s defensive lineman Rakeem Nunez-Roches (Central-Phenix City) played but did not record any statistics.

· Lachavious Simmons (Selma) started the left offensive for the Bears. After making his NFL debut two weeks ago, Simmons made his first start on Sunday.

Arizona Cardinals 31, Houston Texans 5

· Texan wide receiver Nico Collins (Clay-Chalkville) caught two passes for 28 yards.

· Zach Cunningham (Pinson Valley) started as a Weakside Linebacker for the Texans. Cunningham lost a duel.

· Tytus Howard (Monroe County, Alabama State) started as the left guard for the Texans.

· Cardinals Center Rodney Hudson (Rain BC) is in casualty reserve.

· Texan cornerback Tremon Smith (Saks) returned a kick from 27 yards.

· The Texan wide receiver Jordan Veasy (Gadsden City) is on the practice team and not eligible to play.

Indianapolis Colts 30, San Francisco 49ers 18

· Forty-Niners-Tight-End-Jordan Matthews (Madison Academy) is in the training squad and not eligible to play.

· Colts defensive tackle Taylor Stallworth (Murphy) played but had no statistics.

· Jaquiski Tartt (Davidson, Samford) started with a strong confidence for the 49ers. Tartt made three tackles before leaving the game with a knee injury.

· Jimmie Ward (Davidson) started safe for the 49ers. Ward made seven tackles, including one behind the line of scrimmage.

Week 7 started with the Cleveland Browns beating the Denver Broncos on Thursday night 17-14.

Week 7 ends with the New Orleans Saints-Seattle Seahawks game on Monday at 7:15 p.m. CDT at Lumen Field in Seattle. ESPN and ESPN2 will televise the game.

New York Giants cornerback James Bradberry is intercepted during an NFL game against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, October 24, 2021 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJAP Photo / Seth Little


Mark Inabinett is a sports reporter for the Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter at @ AMarkG1.


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