Throughout the NFL season, we’ll check in with former Idaho State football players currently in the NFL. Here’s an update after the 13th week of the regular season.
Dirk Koetter (1977, 79-81) and Evan Smith (2004-08), Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay never trailed during Sunday’s 24-17 home win over Carolina.
The Buccaneers intercepted Carolina quarterback Cam Newton four times to extend their winning streak to two games.
Former Idaho State offensive lineman Evan Smith is on injured reserve and did not play in the win.
Head coach Dirk Koetter and the Bucs (5-7) host New Orleans on Sunday.
Josh Hill (2009-12), New Orleans Saints
Former Idaho State tight end Josh Hill did not record a catch Thursday in the Saints’ 13-10 loss at Dallas.
Hill was not targeted in the passing game, which produced a season-low 111 yards. The loss snapped New Orleans’ 10-game winning streak.
For the season, Hill has made 12 receptions totaling 160 yards and one touchdown.
Hill’s teammate, Pocatello native and BYU alumnus Taysom Hill, returned two kickoffs for 47 yards in the loss. The former college quarterback has been all over the field for the Saints this season, completing 3 of 6 passes for 64 yards, rushing 32 times for 174 yards and one touchdown, making two receptions for 1 yard, making five tackles and returning 15 combined kickoffs and punts for 348 yards.
The Saints (10-2) are in first place in the NFC South Division and play Sunday at Tampa Bay.
Marvin Lewis (1978-80), Cincinnati Bengals
Turnovers and penalties proved costly Sunday in Cincinnati’s 24-10 home loss to Denver.
The Bengals were flagged for 12 penalties totaling 100 yards and committed three turnovers. Cincinnati never led in the game and trailed by as many as 18 points.
Head coach Marvin Lewis and Cincinnati (5-7) have lost four games in a row and host the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday.