Allen Robinson, Paul Posluszny Headline Top NFL Week Seven Performers
Another week, another successful set of performances from Penn State’s NFL ambassadors. This week, a trio of former Lions went abroad, taking on the Buffalo Bills at Wembley Stadium in England. Headlined by budding star wide receiver Allen Robinson, Penn State’s impact is felt league-wide. Here’s a look at the week’s top performers.
Allen Robinson, Paul Posluszny, Jared Odrick — Jacksonville Jaguars
Jacksonville’s leading receiver made his presence felt on an international scale, taking it to Buffalo’s young secondary with six catches, 98 yards, and one touchdown — highlighted by a jaw-dropping sideline grab to put the Jaguars within striking distance.
Where Robinson excelled on the offensive side of the ball, Posluszny was just as effective on defense. The former Buffalo Bill showed his old team why he was worth the pretty penny after joining the Jaguars via free agency a few years ago with seven tackles and a momentum-changing interception of E.J. Manuel. He was all over the field, and anchored a defensive effort that allowed the Jaguars to leave Europe victorious. Jared Odrick didn’t record a single statistic, and was largely held in check by the underwhelming Buffalo front five.
Chris Hogan — Buffalo Bills
Hogan, the former lacrosse player turned wide receiver, was on the losing end of the Bills’ matchup with the Jaguars. While his team may have faltered at the end, Hogan enjoyed a relatively successful day across the pond, registering six catches for 56 yards. His statistics could’ve been boosted significantly given the fact that he saw a grand total of 11 targets all day, benefiting from second-year sensation Sammy Watkins’ absence. Not bad for a guy who played one year of college football.
Jack Crawford, Sean Lee — Dallas Cowboys
Dallas’ Penn State duo was ferocious against the Giants, but couldn’t find a way to seal the deal as the team fell late to the New York Giants. Crawford recorded his third sack of the year, making two tackles to complement his steady pass rushing performance. Lee came up in a big way against the rush, recording nine total tackles as he manned the middle of America’s team. Lee’s been healthy and productive after missing the entire 2014 season with an ACL tear.
NaVorro Bowman — San Francisco
It’s been a whirlwind season for Bowman after being removed from the game for about two years, but with good health and good fortune, Bowman has reclaimed his spot as one of the NFL’s premier linebackers. Though his 49ers hit a wall against NFC West rival Seattle, he was able to notch 10 total tackles as he fills the void left by fellow linebacking mate Patrick Willis, who abruptly retired in the offseason.
- Nate Stupar — Atlanta Falcons: Stupar’s cooled off a bit since taking a fumble return 84 yards to the house a few weeks back. The pride of State College was quiet in his team’s three point victory over the Marcus Mariota-less Tennessee Titans, recording an assisted tackle in the game.
- John Urschel — Baltimore Ravens: Baltimore fell to 1-6 against the red-hot Cardinals, but John Urschel earned the start as he led the way for Justin Forsett.
- A.Q. Shipley — Arizona Cardinals: Shipley’s Cardinals got the best of Urschel’s Ravens in a contest that saw Shipley line up as a fullback/H-Back on the goal line.
- Garry Gilliam — Seattle Seahawks: Gilliam earned the start along the Seattle offensive line opposite Russell Okung in the team’s 20-3 romping of San Francisco.
- Sam Ficken — Free Agent: Again, no teams came calling for the kicker’s services, despite some kicking struggles around the league.
- Michael Mauti — New Orleans Saints: No special teams touchdowns this week for Mauti, who recorded a single tackle against the Indianapolis Colts.
- Cameron Wake — Miami Dolphins: Wake was ever-present in Houston’s backfield, recording two sacks in the team’s blowout victory against Bill O’Brien and his struggling Texans.