Penn Staters In The NFL: Week 1 Recap
If one good thing came from this weekend for Penn State, it was the number of Nittany Lions on Week 1 NFL rosters. While a few watched from the sidelines because of injuries or logjam depth charts, many of the Penn Staters who did see action turned in impressive performances to kick off another season of NFL Sundays. Here are some of the weekend’s highlights:
New England Patriots — WR Chris Hogan (2007-09)
Tom Brady supposedly makes his receivers better players, but the same notion might apply to Patriots quarterbacks across the board. Chris Hogan, a former Penn State lacrosse player who played a year of college football for Monmouth following graduation and is now in his fourth season in the NFL, caught three passes for 60 yards, including a 37-yard touchdown from Jimmy Garoppolo, the backup-turned-starter in Brady’s absence. Although Hogan’s efforts steered New England to a 23-21 win over the Arizona Cardinals, they couldn’t help Onward State managing editor Sara Civian, who left him and his 12 fantasy points on her team’s bench.
Pittsburgh Steelers — TE Jesse James (2012-14)
After catching just eight passes for 56 yards last season while playing behind now-retired Heath Miller, the 6’7″ 261 lb. McKeesport, PA native had five receptions and 31 receiving yards on Monday night in a 38-16 win over the Washington Redskins, proving he’s ready to fill the vacancy at tight end.
San Francisco 49ers — LB NaVorro Bowman (2007-09), LB Gerald Hodges (2009-12)
Navorro Bowman powered the stifling San Francisco defense to a shutout with nine tackles, an interception, and a pass deflection in the late Monday night game. Also aiding the 49ers in their dominant 28-0 win over the Los Angeles Rams was Gerald Hodges, who made two tackles.
Cleveland Browns — DE Carl Nassib (2013-15)
In his NFL debut, a 29-10 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, former Penn State walk-on Carl Nassib recorded three tackles and a sack.
Dallas Cowboys — LB Sean Lee (2006-09), DE Jack Crawford (2009-11)
Despite being listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the New York Giants, Sean Lee lived up to the Linebacker U standards by making ten tackles in Dallas’ 20-19 loss. Jack Crawford, who played alongside Lee on the 2009 Penn State team that finished the season ranked ninth in the nation, had three tackles.
Jacksonville Jaguars — WR Allen Robinson (2011-13), Paul Posluszny (2003-06), and DL Jared Oldrick (2006-09)
Allen Robinson hauled in six passes for 72 yards for the Jaguars in their 27-23 loss to the Green Bay Packers. On defense, Paul Posluszny and Jared Oldrick each added five tackles.
New York Jets — QB Christian Hackenberg (2013-15)
After starting all 38 games of his polarizing college career, the rookie fourth string quarterback, as expected, did not take the field in his New York Jets’ 23-22 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals.
Chicago Bears — DB Adrian Amos (2011-14)
A three-year starter for Penn State, Amos began his second year in the NFL by logging five tackles for the Bears, who lost 23-17 to the Houston Texans.
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