Hilltoppers In The NFL Week 1 | WKU Connection

After the 1st week of the NFL season here is how the former WKU standouts did.

PLAYERTEAMPOSITIONSTATS/ SCORE
Joel IyiebuniweChicago BearsLBNo stats recorded     Loss 10-3
Jack DoyleIndianapolis ColtsTE1 catch 20 yards        Loss 30-24
Deon YelderKansas City Chiefs TENo stats recorded     Win 40-26
Tyler HigbeeLA RamsTE4 catches 20 yards and a Touchdown                   Win 30-27
Taywan TaylorCleveland BrownsWRNo stats recorded       Loss 43-13
Forrest LampLA ChargersGNo stats recorded          Win 30-27 
George FantSeattle SeahawksOTNo stats recorded       Win   21-20

Hilltoppers in The NFL: Week 1 Schedule

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Opening night in the NFL is here, over the next few days 7 Hilltoppers will suite up for their squads. You can find their schedules here every week.

PlayerTeamPositionOpponent
Joel IyiebuniweChicago BearsLBGreen Bay
Thurs. 7:20 PM
Jack DoyleIndianapolis ColtsTE@ LA Chargers
Sun. 3:05 PM
Deon YelderKansas City Chiefs TE@ Jaguars
Sun. 12 PM
Tyler HigbeeLA RamsTE@ Panthers
Sun. 12 PM
Taywan TaylorCleveland BrownsWRTitans
Sun. 12 PM
Forrest LampLA ChargersGColts
Sun. 3:05 PM
George FantSeattle SeahawksOTBengals
Sun. 3:05 PM

Tyler Higbee gets an extension with the LA Rams | WKU Connection

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Tyler Higbee, the former WKU tight end now with the Los Angeles Rams, has signed a 4 year extension deal the deal is worth $31.025 million with $15.5 million guaranteed. The max value of the deal is a little bit over $36 million. All this news is to according NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, per sources. He had 1 year left on his deal before the extension and set to make 2 million dollars. So now he is set on a Super Bowl contender for the next few years.

He started all 16 games for the Rams the last 2 seasons. He had 24 catches last season getting 292 yards receiving. He was on the field for 72% of the Offense snaps the last season, season all while playing 11% of the special teams at the same time.

Which Former Hilltoppers Made The Cut? | WKU Connection

As NFL teams begin to finalize their rosters ahead of week 1, here is a list of former Hilltoppers who made the cut for their teams final 53 man roster:

•TE- Jack Doyle (Colts)

•TE- Deon Yelder (Chiefs)

•TE- Tyler Higbee (Rams)

•OT- George Fant (Seahawks)

•OG- Forrest Lamp (Chargers)

•LB- Joel Iyiegbuniwe (Bears)

WR Taywan Taylor was recently involved in a trade sending him to Cleveland in return for a 2020 draft pick.

Taylor’s battle will be uphill in Cleveland, having established NFL veterans ahead of him like, Odell Beckham, Jarvis Laundry, and Rashard Higgins. Playing time and targets will not come so easily.

To this point of his career Taylor has totaled 53 catches for 697 yards in 29 games played.

We’re behind you Taywan!