Throughout the NFL season, we’ll check in with former Idaho State football players currently in the NFL. Here’s an update after the seventh week of the regular season.
Dirk Koetter (1977, 79-81) and Evan Smith (2004-08)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Chandler Catanzaro’s 59-yard field goal lifted the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a 26-23 overtime home win Sunday against the Cleveland Browns.
Tampa Bay had 14-point leads of 16-2 and 23-9. Cleveland outscored the Bucs 14-0 in the fourth quarter to send the game to overtime.
Former Idaho State offensive lineman Evan Smith played as a backup for Tampa Bay. Head coach Dirk Koetter and the Buccaneers (3-3) are in third place in the NFC South and play Sunday at Cincinnati.
Josh Hill (2009-12)
New Orleans Saints
Former Idaho State tight end Josh Hill did not record a catch Sunday in the Saints’ 24-23 win at Baltimore.
Teammate Taysom Hill, a Pocatello native and Highland High School alumnus, rushed six times for 35 yards in the win. Taysom Hill also recorded two solo tackles and lost a fumble.
The Saints (5-1) lead the NFC South and play Sunday at Minnesota.
Marvin Lewis (1978-80)
Cincinnati was ripped for 45 points and 551 yards of offense Sunday in a 45-10 loss at Kansas City.
It is the team’s most lopsided regular-season loss since 2009.
Head coach Marvin Lewis and the Bengals (4-3) are tied for second in the AFC North and host Tampa Bay on Sunday.