Penn State in the NFL (Week One): Wake Makes History, Godwin Starts Strong

By Nick Polak on September 10, 2019 at 11:47 am
Penn State legends Saquon Barkley and Sean Lee

Wake Makes history

Cameron Wake suited up this Sunday for a team not named the Miami Dolphins for the first time since 2008. Given that the feared-pass rusher is getting up there in age (37), not a ton is likely expected of him this year in Tennessee. Still, he got his 2019 season off to a fast start, collecting 2.5 sacks and registering 4 quarterback hits in the Titans' opener against the Browns.

In doing so, Wake became the 33rd player in the history of the NFL to reach the 100-sack threshold.

Godwin Makes Impact For New Tampa Bay Offense

It was hardly a banner day for the Buccaneers as they fell to the 49ers by a final of 31-17, but Chris Godwin had a strong start to his season, nonetheless.

Many non-Penn State fans were skeptical when Bruce Arians went on record this preseason saying that Godwin could catch 100 passes in 2019. But if the week one stats are any indication, he could very well approach just that. Godwin was Jameis Winston's favorite receiver, leading the team with 6 targets, which he turned into 3 receptions, 53 yards, and a touchdown.

Barkley Has Big Day but Needed More Touches

Saquon Barkley and the Giants are going to be put in a tough spot consistently this season. Barkley is indisputably the most talented player on the field every time the ball is snapped, but the Giants' defense is so horrible that New York finds themselves playing from behind virtually from the opening kick.

That was the story on Sunday, as the Giants quickly fell in a hole against the Cowboys despite leading 7-0 early on. Despite that, Barkley rushed for 120 yards on just 11 carries (10.9 ypc) and had 4 receptions for 19 yards.

How much the Giants continue to run the ball with Barkley as they are behind in games this season (which will be frequently) will be something to watch. The former Penn State star has the potential to lead the NFL in multiple statistical categories this fall, but he may have to do it with one hand tied behind his back.

Everyone Else

  • Allen Robinson (Bears): 7 receptions, 102 yards
  • Adrian Amos (Packers): 5 tackles, 0.5 TFL, 1 interception
  • Troy Apke (Redskins): 1 tackle
  • Shareef Miller (Eagles): inactive
  • Miles Sanders (Eagles): 11 carries, 25 yards,1 reception, 2 yards
  • Austin Johnson (Titans): 3 tackles
  • DaQuan Jones (Titans): 3 tackles, 0.5 TFL
  • Trace McSorley (Ravens): inactive
  • Mike Gesicki (Dolphins): 2 receptions, 31 yards (6 targets)
  • Mike Hull (Dolphins): IR/PUP
  • Jordan Lucas (Chiefs): inactive
  • Sean Lee (Cowboys): 1 tackle
  • Trevor Williams (Chargers): inactive (injury)
  • Connor McGovern (Cowboys): IR/PUP
  • Grant Haley (Giants): 4 tackles
  • Jesse James (Lions): 1 reception, 15 yards
  • Amani Oruwariye (Lions): inactive
  • Carl Nassib (Buccaneers): 2 tackles
  • Robbie Gould (49ers): 3/4 field goals, 2/2 PATs
  • DaeSean Hamilton (Broncos): 2 catches, 5 yards, and that's all we're going to say about that
  • Nick Scott (Rams): Played on 80% of special teams plays