Penn Staters In The NFL: Week One Recap
The NFL is officially back, and with that, the many Penn State alumni in the league kicked off their seasons with some week one action.
Although some, including Dolphins DE Cameron Wake and Buccaneers WR Chris Godwin, did not make their season debuts due to Hurricane Irma, here’s a look at how the others performed this weekend.
Jesse James, Pittsburgh (vs. Cleveland)
Jesse James was the Steelers’ most efficient receiver during Pittsburgh’s 21-18 win over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday. The tight end hauled in six passes, gaining 41 yards and scoring the Steelers’ only two offensive touchdowns of the day. It’s the first multi-touchdown game of his career, and the first by a Steelers tight end since 2012.
He's going baaaaaack to back. #Outlaw
PIT 21 | CLE 10 pic.twitter.com/MV6dtHTDym
— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) September 10, 2017
Both touchdowns came in the red zone. The first was from five yards out, and the second was a screen pass from two yards out. While “the Outlaw” didn’t rack up as many yards as star wideout Antonio Brown, he could potentially establish himself as one of Ben Roethlisberger’s favorite red-zone targets this season.
Sean Lee, Dallas (vs. NY Giants)
The Cowboys defense suffocated the New York offense on Sunday night, and Sean Lee was a big reason Dallas only allowed a field goal in their 19-3 victory. He led the Cowboys with seven tackles and seemed to be around the ball all night long.
Sean Lee has been all over the field this half. Same with Lawrence on the D-Line. #cowboyswire
— Rob Phillips (@robphillips3) September 11, 2017
On a night when Jason Witten grabbed headlines for becoming Dallas’ all-time leading receiver, Sean Lee quietly led the Cowboys’ defense as they shut down one of the NFL’s better offensive units.
Paul Posluszny, Jacksonville (vs. Houston)
In the first football game played in Houston since Hurricane Harvey caused major flooding and damage, the Jacksonville Jaguars beat the Texans handily, 29-7. Posluszny, a defensive captain for the Jaguars, made one tackle and assisted on another as the starting linebacker.
The veteran is still a steadying presence in Jacksonville’s front seven, and is one of many linebackers from Penn State that made it to the NFL.
Allen Robinson, Jacksonville (vs. Houston)
The standout receiver made one 17-yard catch in his team’s victory against Houston. Unfortunately, though, Robinson’s season ended after that play.
The 2015 Pro Bowler tore his ACL and will miss the remainder of the 2017 season.
Despite QB Blake Bortles’ best effort to help his injured receiver, he will lose his favorite target for the rest of the year. The injury couldn’t have come at a worse time for Robinson, as his contract expires after this season.
Robinson has recorded more than 2,200 receiving yards in the past two seasons, so the Jacksonville offense is losing a key piece and a huge presence.
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The redshirt freshman has seen increased reps at wide receiver and punt returner this season.
Coming off another conference win, the Nittany Lions emphasized the importance of having each other’s backs in the midst of the Big Ten slate.
“Now, running out of the tunnel at a White Out, it gives you chills.”