By Ryan Schmitz, Mizzou Media Relations Student Assistant
Several Mizzou Tigers who used to shine on Saturdays are now showcasing their talents on Sundays. As Week 5 of the NFL season concludes, we take a look at the Tigers in the NFL.
Former Mizzou WR Jeremy Maclin led the Eagles with six catches for 95 yards, both team highs, as Philadelphia held off a late charge to beat the San Francisco 49ers 27-24 Sunday night. For the season, Maclin has seen action in all five games, posting 18 catches for 257 yards and four touchdowns.
Opposite Maclin, DE Justin Smith starred on defense Sunday for San Francisco. Smith recorded four tackles, including three for a loss and his first two sacks of the season. He has played in all five games for the 49ers this year, posting 19 total stops.
New York Jets WR Brad Smith, a former star QB for Mizzou, showcased his playmaking abilities before a national television audience Monday night in the Jets' 29-20 win over the Minnesota Vikings. On a rainy night in New Jersey, Smith returned three Minnesota kickoffs for 121 total yards, including an 86-yard return in the second half. Smith has played in four games this season, returning 13 kickoffs for 419 yards. He also has eight rushing attempts for 79 yards and one catch for 11 yards.
Atlanta Falcons LB Sean Weatherspoon continued to contribute in his rookie season, recording five tackles in a 20-10 Atlanta win over the Cleveland Browns. Three of 'Spoon's tackles were solo, and he also deflected one pass. On the year, Weatherspoon has totaled 29 tackles and one sack.
Weatherspoon's teammate, S William Moore, matched him with five stops on Sunday. Moore has played in four of Atlanta's five games this season, and has 17 tackles, two interceptions and a forced fumble.
Former WR Justin Gage injured his hamstring Oct. 3 and did not play Sunday in the Tennessee Titans' 34-27 win over the Dallas Cowboys. In 2010, Gage has nine catches for 143 yards in four games.
DE Ziggy Hood and the Pittsburgh Steelers had a bye week. For the season, Hood has played in three games, recording two tackles and a pass deflection.
New Orleans Saints QB Chase Daniel has seen action in one game this year for the Super Bowl champions. Daniel has served as the Saints' top backup.
In addition, word out of St. Louis is that former Mizzou WR Danario Alexander will be promoted from the Rams practice squad to the active roster in time for St. Louis' game against San Diego on Sunday.