Penn State in the NFL (Week 1): A-Rob, Fullbacks, and Saquon Struggles

By Matthew Filipovits on September 15, 2020 at 8:51 am
Sep 13, 2020; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Chicago Bears wide receiver Allen Robinson (12) runs after a catch against Detroit Lions cornerback Desmond Trufant (23) during the second quarter at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports
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Receivers rise to the occasion

Allen Robinson has blossomed into one of the NFL's top receivers and has quickly become a favorite of Mitchell Trubisky in Chicago. The seventh-year pro led the Bears with five catches for 74 yards in their come from behind victory over the Bears. He also made this insane catch:

Not to be outdone, Chris Godwin caught the most passes from Tom Brady in his first game outside of the New England Patriots organization. The Pro Bowler reeled in six catches for 79 yards in what was an overall underwhelming afternoon for Brady.

Reid starts Strong

John Reid was one of the Big Ten's more active corners for five years, but he put that aggressiveness on full display in his NFL debut. The rookie registered six solo tackles against the reigning world champion Chiefs, tying him for most on the team. Reid was the first Nittany Lion drafted by former Penn State head coach Bill O'Brien back in April. 

Saquon Struggles

The Giants' offensive line is straight-up BAD. Saquon Barkley could only do so much, mustering just six yards on 15 carries. He did tie for the team lead in receptions, securing six balls for 60 yards and doing Saquon Barkley things.

Jason Cabinda is a fullback

Jason Cabinda is finding a way to make his presence felt in the NFL. The linebacker is also taking on fullback duties for the Lions and showed some great blocking skills, paving the way for the newly signed Adrian Peterson.

Everyone else

  • Adrian Amos (Packers): 2 tackles
  • Troy Apke (Washington): 8 tackles (Tied - team-high)
  • Sam Ficken (Jets): 1/1 FG (31 yards), 2/2 XP
  • Mike Gesicki (Dolphins): 3 catches, 30 yards
  • Kevin Givens (49ers): 1 tackle
  • Robbie Gould (49ers): 2/2 FG (52-yd long), 2/2 XP
  • Yetur Gross-Matos (Panthers): 1 tackle
  • DaeSean Hamilton (Broncos): 1 catch, 18 yards
  • Chris Hogan (Jets): 1 catch, 0 yards
  • DaQuan Jones (Titans): 2 tackles
  • Carl Nassib (Raiders): 2 tackles, 0.5 sacks
  • Amani Oruwariye (Lions): 4 tackles