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Nittany Lions In The NFL: Week Two Recap

The NFL season is in full swing after another week on the gridiron for all 32 teams.

Penn Staters across the league continued to impress, including 2022 first-round pick Jahan Dotson and 2021 Defensive Rookie of the Year Micah Parsons. Let’s take a closer look at how Nittany Lions in the NFL performed during week two.

Jahan Dotson, Washington Commanders

Jahan Dotson is a problem. Hauling in his third touchdown of the year, Dotson solidified his budding reputation as an undeniable threat in the red zone. He had a slick snag over Detroit defensive back Will Harris.

Dotson went on to catch four of his five targets for 59 yards from scrimmage, including the TD and a new career-high 40-yard reception. He is also proving to be quite the chain mover, as three of his grabs went for first downs. Dotson’s individual effort wasn’t enough, however, as the Commanders were defeated by the Lions.

Micah Parsons, Dallas Cowboys

The Cowboys are back to .500 following their 20-17 victory over the Bengals, with Micah Parsons continuing to produce elite edge play and putting pure terror in opposing quarterbacks. This week, the 2021 Defensive Rookie of the Year sacked Joe Burrow twice.

Parsons also tacked on four solo tackles to his yearly total of eight, locking down the Bengals short gain attempts. If this play keeps up, the All-Pro could be in New York at the end of the season to claim his Defensive Player of the Year crown.

Mike Gesicki, Miami Dolphins

Big Mike helped Tua Tagovailoa and the Dolphins overcome a lofty 21-point halftime deficit in their 42-38 win against the Ravens. Gesicki opened the half by leaping up to grab the ball at crossbar height and landed with both feet in bounds to start the comeback.

Vertical prowess and his four receptions aside, the world agrees that his celly game still needs some work.

Gesicki acknowledged his interesting celebration after the game.

Pat Freiermuth, Pittsburgh Steelers

Freiermuth scored his first touchdown of the season in the Steelers’ week two game against the Patriots. Freiermuth was matched up with the 5’11” Adrian Phillips and was able to take advantage of the mismatch and haul in the pass over the middle

The Steelers fell to 1-1 after their loss to their 17-14 loss to the Patriots and will be looking to Freiermuth and others to continue to improve to aid their unsettled QB room.

Jaquan Brisker, Chicago Bears

Coming off his NFL debut with a forced fumble and fumble recovery already under his belt, the rookie safety had his work cut out for him this week against the division rival Green Bay Packers. Brisker recorded 10 tackles against Green Bay, with seven of them being solo efforts. Unfortunately, this impressive total wasn’t enough to get the victory, with the Bears conceding a 27-10 defeat on the road.

Allen Robinson, Los Angeles Rams

After a quiet start to his 2022 campaign, 29-year-old veteran Allen Robinson opened the day for the Rams with a touchdown in this week’s matchup against the Falcons.

Catching four passes for 53 yards from scrimmage, Robinson added another layer of flexibility to Sean McVay’s passing attack in the team’s 31-27 victory. Aiming to return to form after a lackluster 2021 season with the Bears, Allen Robinson could very well be back.

Other Notables:

  • Running backs Miles Sanders and Saquon Barkley recorded solid performances in their teams’ wins but failed to find pay dirt. They continue, however, to hold impressive yards per carries averages, with their respective 7.4 and 6.1 marks being the fifth and seventh-best marks in the league.
  • Punter Blake Gillikin was active in the Saints’ loss to the Buccaneers, pinning his opponents inside the 20-yard line on two occasions. He is now fourth in the NFL in punts attempted.
  • Robbie Gould knocked in 2-of-3 field goals, with one being blocked, in the 49ers’ 27-7 win over the Seahawks.
  • Defensive lineman Arnold Ebiketie posted four tackles for the Falcons in their loss to the Rams.

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Jack is a sophomore aerospace engineer from Pittsburgh, PA. Sometimes, he enjoys the misunderstanding of his friends and family that Penn State Club Ski Racing may be a D1 sport, and usually won't correct them. Jack is way too into Thundercat and other weird musicians for his own good. Follow him on Instagram at @jacklax2721.

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