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Nittany Lions In The NFL: Week 17 Roundup

It was a solid close to the regular season for several Nittany Lions in the NFL this weekend.

Chris Godwin continued to show out for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with Tom Brady slinging the rock, while Jason Cabinda and a few others put together gritty performances.

Let’s take a look at some of the standout days from former Penn State football stars.

Chris Godwin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Godwin has been absolutely red hot for Tampa Bay over the past few weeks, and that didn’t stop on Sunday. Following a sick one-handed touchdown grab last week, Godwin had two scores in the Buccaneers’ 44-27 win over the Atlanta Falcons.

Godwin finished his afternoon with five catches for 133 yards. That goes down as his first game of the season with triple-digit receiving yards, but he’ll finish with seven total touchdowns.

Along with those two scores, the wideout made a nice snag for 47 yards to help set up Tampa Bay in the red zone.

Mike Gesicki, Miami Dolphins

It was an ugly 56-26 loss to the Buffalo Bills, but the Dolphins still got a good day out of Gesicki. The Nittany Lion grabbed five catches for 47 yards for an average of 9.4 yards per reception.

Gesicki had a nice close to the regular season for Miami, as he had four catches for 54 yards against the Las Vegas Raiders earlier this week. Before that, the tight end balled out against the Kansas City Chiefs with five catches for 65 yards and two touchdowns.

Jason Cabinda, Detroit Lions

The former Penn State linebacker has settled into his role as a fullback (Editor’s Note: f*llback) for the Lions this year. While he finished the season with just one rushing attempt and two receptions, Cabinda served as a valuable blocker for Detroit all season long.

Cabinda proved his value once again on Sunday by helping Adrian Peterson push his way into the end zone for a score.

Grant Haley, New Orleans Saints

After several weeks on the Saints’ practice squad, Haley finally made his presence in the league felt Sunday.

The cornerback was promoted to the active squad this week and didn’t waste any time getting started. The Nittany Lion legend grabbed his first-career interception in his first game in a Saints uniform.

Haley finished his night with three total tackles. With several injuries and coronavirus-related absences, we’ll see if Haley will continue to play a role for the Saints’ secondary in the playoffs.

Adrian Amos, Green Bay Packers

Haley wasn’t the only player to make a big defensive play for his squad Sunday. Amos, drafted by the Bears in 2015, made the game-sealing play for the Packers in a win over his former team.

Amos had a strong day along with the interception. The safety also forced a fumble and finished with eight total tackles.

Other Notables

Marcus Allen totaled seven tackles at linebacker in the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 24-22 loss to the Cleveland Browns. Fellow linebacker Cam Brown added a tackle and appeared on special teams for the New York Giants in their win over the Cowboys.

Amani Oruwariye added three tackles at cornerback in the Lions’ loss to the Minnesota Vikings. Yetur Gross-Matos, meanwhile, put up two tackles in the Panthers’ loss to the Saints.

Robbie Gould added three points against the Seahawks by nailing all three of his extra points in the loss.

After being promoted to the active roster this week, Tommy Stevens earned his first snap with the Carolina Panthers. The quarterback got a carry on 3rd and 2 and picked up a first down for his new squad.

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About the Author

Will Pegler

Will is a junior majoring in digital and print journalism and is Onward State's sports editor. He is from Darien, Connecticut and is a lifelong Penn State football fan. He loves a good 80's comedy movie, Peaky Blinders, The Office, and the New York Yankees and Giants. You can catch some of his ridiculous sports takes on his Twitter @gritdude and yell at him on his email [email protected]

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