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Nittany Lions In The NFL: Week Three Roundup

Unsurprisingly, the NFL season’s third week featured an array of solid performances from former Penn State football stars.

From a double-digit reception day for Allen Robinson to a resurgent effort from Jesse James, here are the highlights from some Nittany Lions in the NFL.

Allen Robinson, Chicago Bears

Robinson was frequently targeted by both Mitchell Trubisky and Nick Foles in the Chicago Bears’ 30-26 win over the Atlanta Falcons Sunday.

With 10 receptions for 123 yards, Robinson helped the Bears win in come-from-behind fashion on the road. His touchdown reception helped pull the Bears within one score, which ultimately propelled them to their first 3-0 start in seven seasons.

Miles Sanders, Philadelphia Eagles

Sanders was heavily involved in the Eagles’ offense once again Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals. The Pittsburgh native had 22 touches for 107 all-purpose yards and a rushing touchdown. Although Philadelphia couldn’t get in the winning column, Sanders was critical in helping the Eagles avoid their third loss of the season.

Sanders’ performance further solidified his status as a budding superstar in Philadelphia. He is tied at No. 13 in the league in yards per carry this year, earning five yards on an average per run.

Chris Godwin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

After returning from concussion protocol, Chris Godwin quickly found the end zone for the first time in 2020 on a 10-yard strike delivered by Tom Brady.

Godwin, who finished the game with five receptions for 64 yards and a score, left the game early after suffering a hamstring injury. He is scheduled to receive an MRI early this week to determine his availability for next week’s matchup against the Chargers.

Jesse James, Detroit Lions

James’ role as a blocking specialist was finally extended against the Cardinals. After seeing zero targets during the first two weeks of the season, James connected on three receptions for 28 yards, including a five-yard touchdown in the red zone.

The 4th-and-1 score was solidified by former Penn State linebacker Jason Cabinda, who’s recently found his niche at fullback for the Lions.

Mike Gesicki, Miami Dolphins

Although Gesicki caught just one reception, a 15-yard corner strike from Ryan Fitzpatrick resulted in his second touchdown of the season.

Gesicki, who has established himself as a deadly red zone target, is currently ranked as the second-best tight end in the league, according to metrics used by Pro Football Focus.

Other Notables

KJ Hamler continued his momentum from last week’s debut performance with three receptions for 30 yards in the Broncos’ loss to the Buccaneers.

Adrian Amos tallied five total tackles for the Packers in a thrilling Sunday night victory against the Saints.

Robbie Gould remained busy for the 49ers on Sunday. Gould went 3-for-4 on field goals and nailed four extra points in a winning effort against the Giants.

Marcus Allen totaled two tackles on special teams coverage for the Pittsburgh Steelers. The action resulted in Allen’s first in-game appearance in 2020.

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Connor Krause

Connor Krause is a junior from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania double majoring in journalism and business. He is a lifelong Penn State football and basketball fan and enjoys rooting for Pittsburgh sports teams. In his free time, Connor can be found playing golf or pick-up basketball. You can follow his Twitter and Instagram @ckrause_31.

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