Hawkeyes in the NFL: Riley Reiff played tight end on a Lions touchdown Sunday

Four former Iowa tight ends had 30-plus yards in Week 1

Riley Reiff and the veteran, 34-year-old Jeff Backus (AP photo)
Riley Reiff and the veteran, 34-year-old Jeff Backus (AP photo)

Usually, tight ends are converted to offensive linemen instead of vice versa.

Iowa's Riley Reiff was taken by the Detroit Lions in the first round of the 2012 NFL draft to play on the line, and that's where he'll earn his salary. But Sunday in the Lions' 27-23 win over the St. Louis Rams, Reiff got a taste of tight end. A good taste.

The first NFL touchdown Reiff was part of was as a tight end, in fact. It was running back Joique Bell's 1-yard TD run.

Lions Coach Jim Schwartz said the following in this Detroit Free Press notes package from that game:

"We actually had Riley Reiff in at tight end on that package, and we needed to get the ball in."

Reiff is backing up veteran Jeff Backus at left tackle.

Another former Hawkeye offensive lineman, Seth Olsen, was in the starting lineup Sunday for the Indianapolis Colts at left guard in their 41-21 loss to the Chicago Bears.

The report card for the whole Colts' O-line wasn't good, as rookie quarterback Andrew Luck got sacked three times and hit on many other occasions.

Olsen beat out Joe Reitz, who started 11 games last year, for the starting spot. Reitz didn't make the trip to Chicago because of a knee injury.


But on Monday the Colts signed free agent guard Trai Essex of Northwestern, who was cut by the Pittsburgh Steelers two weeks ago.

This Indianapolis Star story described Olsen's play Sunday as "erratic." It pains me to share that, because I think Olsen is a good guy. This is pro sports, folks, and people are blunt.

Olsen was a fourth-round draft pick of the Denver Broncos in 2009. He played for the Minnesota Vikings before landing in Indianapolis.

The Philadelphia Eagles signed a wide receiver Wednesday, but it wasn't rookie Marvin McNutt of Iowa off the Eagles' practice squad.

With injuries to veterans Jeremy Maclin and Jason Avant, the Eagles signed another vet, Mardy Gilyard. Philadelphia waived Gilyard in its final roster cuts on Aug. 31, and put rookies McNutt and B.J. Cunningham on its practice squad.

Gilyard played in 11 games for the St. Louis Rams in 2010, and hasn't been active in an NFL game since then.

Scott Chandler vs. Tony Moeaki vs. Brandon Myers vs. Dallas Clark, who've you got?

Meaning, which of these two former Iowa tight ends do you think will have the most catches and the most receiving yards this season?

After one week it's Oakland's Myers with 5 catches for 65 yards, Buffalo's Chandler with 4 catches for 38 yards (and a touchdown), Kansas City's Moeaki with 3 catches for 37 yards, and Tampa Bay's Clark with 1 catch for 33 yards.

(I updated this item because I foolishly forgot about Myers. Sorry, Brandon, and here's to you catching five passes every game.)



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