Penn Staters In The NFL: Robinson, Mauti Shine In Week 10
A litany of Penn State alums shined brightly for their respective NFL squads during Week 10. Here’s a highlight of the top Nittany Lion performers and a rundown of their gridiron prowess from this past weekend.
Allen Robinson, Paul Posluszny, Jared Odrick, Stefen Wisniewski – Jacksonville Jaguars
Robinson added to his already-stellar sophomore campaign by hauling in five grabs for 51 yards and his seventh touchdown of the season. The Detroit native has proven to be quarterback Blake Bortles’ favorite target thus far as he leads the team with 758 receiving yards through nine games. Posluszny turned in yet another tremendous outing for the Jags’ defense, recording 10 tackles (six solo) and a pass defended in the 22-20 win at the Baltimore Ravens. Odrick finished the afternoon with a tackle for loss, while Wisniewski started at center.
Robbie Gould, Adrian Amos – Chicago Bears
Gould was instrumental in Chicago’s 37-13 road win over the St. Louis Rams, drilling field goals from 35, 37, and 36 yards, while going a perfect 4-for-4 in PATs. The highest-paid kicker in NFL history is now 20-of-23 on field goals through nine games. Amos, who locked down the starting free safety spot prior to the start of his rookie season, contributed a solo tackle against the Rams, bringing his season total to 32.
Jordan Hill, Garry Gilliam, Jr. – Seattle Seahawks
Although the ‘Hawks dropped a 39-32 heartbreaker to the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday Night Football, Hill made his presence felt coming off the bench at defensive tackle, picking up a solo tackle and two quarterback hits. Gilliam started at right tackle and helped to pave the way for 115 Seattle rushing yards and two scores. The Harrisburg duo continues to make an impact in the Emerald City.
Michael Mauti – New Orleans Saints
Coming off a career-high 10 tackle performance against Tennessee in Week 9, Mauti delivered another standout showing for his hometown Saints on Sunday. Although New Orleans was on the wrong end of a 47-13 whooping by the Washington Redskins, Mauti finished tied for third on the team with six tackles (four solo). Mauti is having by far his most productive season in the league with 25 total tackles thus far.
Tamba Hali – Kansas City Chiefs
Hali finished third on the team with four solo tackles and a stuff in the Chiefs’ 29-13 win over the Denver Broncos. Hali now has 26 total tackles and 3.5 sacks on the season, his 10th in the league. Fun fact: Hali and I share the same birthday (Nov. 3).
Jordan Norwood hauled in three catches for 14 yards in Denver’s 29-13 loss to Hali and the Chiefs.
Mike Hull made his NFL debut for the Miami Dolphins after being signed from the practice squad prior to this past weekend’s 20-19 victory on the road in Philadelphia. Hull finished with a solo tackle.
Fellow rookie Jesse James caught a pass for two yards in Pittsburgh’s 30-9 win over the Browns.
DaQuan Jones notched one solo tackle and a stuff in the Titans’ 27-10 loss to Carolina.
Dallas captain Sean Lee missed the Cowboys’ 10-6 loss to Tampa Bay and starting left tackle Donovan Smith after being injured two weeks ago against the Eagles.
John Urschel continued his role as Baltimore’s backup center, left, and right guard, while A.Q. Shipley was the backup center for Arizona.
NaVorro Bowman and Gerald Hodges (San Francisco), as well Nate Stupar (Atlanta) were all on a bye this past weekend.