NFL Nittany Lions Week 5: Adrian Amos is Crushing It

By Kevin Fay on October 12, 2017 at 9:30 am
Adrian Amos

Brace Hemmelgarn, USA Today

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Best of the week

  • As we touched on last week, Adrian Amos was reinserted as the starting safety for the Bears, and just like last week, he had eight tackles including nearly killing Jerick McKinnon with this monster hit. 
  • Another notable appearance is former Penn State basketball player Ross Travis. He pulled in a career high 26 receiving yards for the injured Travis Kelce. He did fumble early on in the game carrying the ball a bit carelessly, but was able to channel his basketball skills and palm the ball and recover. Depending on the length of Kelce's injury he could find a bigger role in what has been one of the better offenses in the NFL through five weeks. 
  • Robbie Gould continues his trek to the Hall of Fame hitting all five of his kicks (three field goals, two extra points) including his 300th career field goal.
  • His teammate Navarro Bowman chipped in with 10 tackles on the defensive side of the ball. Bowman's perseverance through injuries has been one of the more underrated stories of this football season. 
  • Did you know that Chris Hogan is the best former lacrosse player to play in the NFL? He continues to tear it up for my fantasy team to the tune of eight catches for 74 yards and a touchdown. 
  • Anthony Zettel continued his own hot play this week recording five tackles, including two tackles for a loss. Pay this young man. 


  • Chris Godwin continues to try and force himself on the field with a talented group of wide receivers in Tampa. The fact he is seeing the field as early as he is is a real testament to his talent. He hauled in one catch for 8 yards and a crucial first down during a scoring drive in a loss to the Patriots.
  • In a year where tight ends in general have been bad, Jesse James has been a steady contributor for the Steelers' strugging. He had three receptions for 24 yards Sunday, upping his season totals to 18 catches for 151 yards.
  • DaQuan Jones continues to quietly be one of the most steady Penn State alumni in the NFL, making his 38th consecutive regular season start for the Titans. He finished with five tackles on the day. 
  • Speaking of steady, Paul Posluszny continues to be one of the better linebackers in the league, although it was a quiet day for him recording just one tackle, and a quarterback hit against the Steelers.
  • On the offensive line, A.Q. Shipley started at center for the Cardinals and got a new grill. Donovan Smith is still paving the way for the Buccaneers offense at left tackle, and I'm sure he is happy to see Doug Martin return from suspension. Stefen Wisniewski continues to receive praise starting at guard for an Eagles offense that is off to a hot start this year. 
  • Cameron Wake is still terrorizing opposing quarterbacks, recording four tackles and a half-sack in a win against the Titans. 
  • I remember vaguely PFF loving Trevor Williams back in college so I looked up his NFL grade so far in 2017. He is rated as the No. 18 cornerback in the NFL with an above average 83.1 rating. Not bad for the second year player. He had three tackles against the Giants over the weekend in a game I did not watch because I didn't want my eyes to bleed. 
  • Gary Gilliam played, but only on special teams for the 49ers.
  • Mike Hull keeps making an impact on special teams for the Dolphins, recording one tackle.
  • Austin Johnson recorded one tackle for the Titans
  • Jordan Lucas played only on special teams for the Dolphins.
  • Carl Nassib started at defensive end for the Browns, but did not record any stats


  • Brandon Bell, Cincinnati Bengals practice squad
  • Kyle Carter, Minnesota Vikings practice squad
  • Jack Crawford, Atlanta Falcons, bye week
  • Christian Hackenberg, New York Jets was inactive this week because the Jets hate fun
  • Tamba Hali, Kansas City Chiefs is on the PuP list 
  • Jordan Hill, Detroit Lions is on IR
  • Sean Lee, Dallas Cowboys was out for the second week in a row with a hamstring injury. 
  • Allen Robinson, Jacksonville Jaguars is out for the year with a torn ACL
  • Evan Schwan, New York Giants is on IR with a broken foot
  • Nate Stupar, New Orleans Saints, bye week


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