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Notre Dame Football: Here’s Your Guide to the Best Preseason NFL Matchups of Irish Alumni

DeShone Kizer vs. Romeo Okwara. Will Fuller vs. Cole Luke. And many, many more.

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The National Football League has finalized its preseason schedule, which provides a great excuse to peek ahead at potential on-field clashes between former Notre Dame Fighting Irish alumni.

Is Will Fuller V going to eat Cole Luke’s lunch if the two pair off in an Aug. 9 matchup between the Houston Texans and the Carolina Panthers? Will Chris Brown smoke former teammate Matthias Farley during the Cincinnati Bengals / Indianapolis Colts game on Aug. 31?

Should DeShone Kizer wear extra padding to absorb blows he may take from Manti Te’o when the New Orleans Saints visit the Cleveland Browns on Aug. 10? Whatever’s left of Kizer will have to stand up versus Romeo Okwara, Ishaq Williams and the rest of the New York Giants on Aug. 21.

The NFL preseason is pretty underwhelming, but it will hopefully provide an opportunity to see some hungry Irish alums trying to secure their spot on their respective rosters (unless you’re like Harrison Smith. Then you’re all set.)

Poll

What is the best possible preseason NFL matchup involving Irish?

This poll is closed

  • 24%
    Will Fuller vs. Cole Luke
    (15 votes)
  • 29%
    Manti Te’o vs. DeShone Kizer
    (18 votes)
  • 4%
    Golden Tate / T.J. Jones vs. Matthias Farley
    (3 votes)
  • 17%
    Romeo Okwara / Ishaq Williams vs. DeShone Kizer
    (11 votes)
  • 20%
    Nick Martin vs. Manti Te’o
    (13 votes)
  • 0%
    Trevor Robinson vs. Sheldon Day / Louis Nix III
    (0 votes)
  • 3%
    Other (leave in the comments)
    (2 votes)
62 votes total Vote Now

Former Notre Dame Players Clashing in NFL Preseason

Matchup Time (ET) Date Possible ND meeting onfield
Matchup Time (ET) Date Possible ND meeting onfield
Cardinals vs. Cowboys 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 3 Troy Niklas vs. Jaylon Smith
Texans at Panthers 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 9 Will Fuller vs. Cole Luke
Falcons at Dolphins 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 10 None
Vikings at Bills 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 10 Kyle Rudolph vs. Sergio Brown
Jaguars at Patriots 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 10 None
Redskins at Ravens 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 10 None
Broncos at Bears 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 10 None
Eagles at Packers 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 10 None
Saints at Browns 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 10 Manti Te'o vs. DeShone Kizer
Steelers at NY Giants 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 11 None
Buccaneers at Bengals 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 11 Cody Riggs vs. Chris Brown
49ers at Chiefs 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 11 None
Titans at NY Jets 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12 None
Cowboys at LA Rams 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12 Jaylon Smith vs. John Sullivan
Raiders at Cardinals 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12 None
Lions at Colts 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 13 Golden Tate/TJ Jones vs. Matthias Farley
Seahawks at LA Chargers 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 13 C.J. Prosise vs. Isaac Rochell
Bills at Eagles 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 17 None
Ravens at Dolphins 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 17 None
Buccaneers at Jaguars 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 17 Cody Riggs vs. Ben Koyack
Vikings at Seahawks 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 18 Harrison Smith vs. C.J. Prosise
Panthers at Titans 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19 None
Chiefs at Bengals 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19 None
Colts at Cowboys 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19 Matthias Farley vs. Zack Martin
NY Jets at Lions 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19 None
Packers at Redskins 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19 None
Patriots at Texans 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19 None
Bears at Cardinals 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19 Kapron Lewis-Moore vs. Troy Niklas
Broncos at 49ers 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19 None
LA Rams at Raiders 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19 None
Falcons at Steelers 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 20 Trevor Robinson vs. Stephon Tuitt
Saints at LA Chargers 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 20 None
NY Giants at Browns 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 21 Romeo Okwara vs. DeShone Kizer
Dolphins at Eagles 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 24 None
Panthers at Jaguars 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 24 Cole Luke vs. Ben Koyack
Patriots at Lions 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 25 None
Chiefs at Seahawks 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 25 None
Bills at Ravens 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26 Sergio Brown vs. Ronnie Stanley
Cardinals at Falcons 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26 None
NY Jets at NY Giants 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26 None
Browns at Buccaneers 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26 DeShone Kizer vs. Cody Riggs
Colts at Steelers 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26 None
LA Chargers at LA Rams 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26 Isaac Rochell vs. John Sullivan
Raiders at Cowboys 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26 None
Texans at Saints 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26 Nick Martin & Will Fuller vs. Manti Te'o
Packers at Broncos 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26 None
Bears at Titans 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 27 None
Bengals at Redskins 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 27 None
49ers at Vikings 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 27 None
Bengals at Colts 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31 Chris Brown vs. Mathias Farley
Eagles at NY Jets 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31 None
Jaguars at Falcons 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31 Trevor Robinson vs. Sheldon Day/Louis Nix
Lions at Bills 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31 Golden Tate/TJ Jones vs. Sergio Brown
LA Rams at Packers 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31 None
NY Giants at Patriots 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31 None
Redskins at Buccaneers 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31 Tarean Folston vs. Cody Riggs
Steelers at Panthers 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31 None
Browns at Bears 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31 DeShone Kizer vs. Kapron Lewis-Moore
Cowboys at Texans 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31 Robert Blanton vs. Will Fuller
Dolphins at Vikings 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31 Anthony Fasano vs. Harrison Smith
Ravens at Saints 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31 Ronnie Stanley vs. Manti Te'o
Titans at Chiefs 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31 None
Cardinals at Broncos 9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31 None
LA Chargers at 49ers 10 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31 None
Seahawks at Raiders 10 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31 None
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Former Notre Dame Players Clashing in NFL Preseason

Matchup Time (ET) Date Possible ND meeting onfield
Matchup Time (ET) Date Possible ND meeting onfield
Cardinals vs. Cowboys 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 3 Troy Niklas vs. Jaylon Smith
Texans at Panthers 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 9 Will Fuller vs. Cole Luke
Falcons at Dolphins 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 10 None
Vikings at Bills 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 10 Kyle Rudolph vs. Sergio Brown
Jaguars at Patriots 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 10 None
Redskins at Ravens 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 10 None
Broncos at Bears 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 10 None
Eagles at Packers 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 10 None
Saints at Browns 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 10 Manti Te'o vs. DeShone Kizer
Steelers at NY Giants 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 11 None
Buccaneers at Bengals 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 11 Cody Riggs vs. Chris Brown
49ers at Chiefs 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 11 None
Titans at NY Jets 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12 None
Cowboys at LA Rams 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12 Jaylon Smith vs. John Sullivan
Raiders at Cardinals 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12 None
Lions at Colts 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 13 Golden Tate/TJ Jones vs. Matthias Farley
Seahawks at LA Chargers 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 13 C.J. Prosise vs. Isaac Rochell
Bills at Eagles 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 17 None
Ravens at Dolphins 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 17 None
Buccaneers at Jaguars 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 17 Cody Riggs vs. Ben Koyack
Vikings at Seahawks 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 18 Harrison Smith vs. C.J. Prosise
Panthers at Titans 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19 None
Chiefs at Bengals 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19 None
Colts at Cowboys 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19 Matthias Farley vs. Zack Martin
NY Jets at Lions 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19 None
Packers at Redskins 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19 None
Patriots at Texans 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19 None
Bears at Cardinals 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19 Kapron Lewis-Moore vs. Troy Niklas
Broncos at 49ers 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19 None
LA Rams at Raiders 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19 None
Falcons at Steelers 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 20 Trevor Robinson vs. Stephon Tuitt
Saints at LA Chargers 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 20 None
NY Giants at Browns 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 21 Romeo Okwara vs. DeShone Kizer
Dolphins at Eagles 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 24 None
Panthers at Jaguars 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 24 Cole Luke vs. Ben Koyack
Patriots at Lions 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 25 None
Chiefs at Seahawks 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 25 None
Bills at Ravens 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26 Sergio Brown vs. Ronnie Stanley
Cardinals at Falcons 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26 None
NY Jets at NY Giants 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26 None
Browns at Buccaneers 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26 DeShone Kizer vs. Cody Riggs
Colts at Steelers 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26 None
LA Chargers at LA Rams 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26 Isaac Rochell vs. John Sullivan
Raiders at Cowboys 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26 None
Texans at Saints 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26 Nick Martin & Will Fuller vs. Manti Te'o
Packers at Broncos 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26 None
Bears at Titans 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 27 None
Bengals at Redskins 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 27 None
49ers at Vikings 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 27 None
Bengals at Colts 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31 Chris Brown vs. Mathias Farley
Eagles at NY Jets 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31 None
Jaguars at Falcons 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31 Trevor Robinson vs. Sheldon Day/Louis Nix
Lions at Bills 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31 Golden Tate/TJ Jones vs. Sergio Brown
LA Rams at Packers 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31 None
NY Giants at Patriots 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31 None
Redskins at Buccaneers 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31 Tarean Folston vs. Cody Riggs
Steelers at Panthers 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31 None
Browns at Bears 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31 DeShone Kizer vs. Kapron Lewis-Moore
Cowboys at Texans 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31 Robert Blanton vs. Will Fuller
Dolphins at Vikings 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31 Anthony Fasano vs. Harrison Smith
Ravens at Saints 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31 Ronnie Stanley vs. Manti Te'o
Titans at Chiefs 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31 None
Cardinals at Broncos 9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31 None
LA Chargers at 49ers 10 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31 None
Seahawks at Raiders 10 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31 None
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