Another name was added back to the list of Syracuse Orange alumni in the NFL this past weekend. Dwight Freeney returned for his 16th season in the league, and made an immediate impact. We discuss that — and the other former SU players — below.
Riley Dixon, P, Denver Broncos
Dixon didn’t have a big night against the Chiefs on Monday, averaging just 40.5 yards on four punts. That comes just a week removed from an eight-punt effort against the Chargers, though that game at least saw him average 43.6 per. With Denver struggling right now, Riley’s getting quite a bit of work and putting up results just the same.
Dwight Freeney, DE, Seattle Seahawks
In need of some pass-rushing help, the Seahawks looked to the veteran Freeney last Monday. And just six days later, he made an immediate impact in his debut. Freeney had half of a sack in Seattle’s win over Houston -- an impressive effort given the fact that he hasn’t played since the Super Bowl.
Cameron Lynch, LB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Lynch grabbed a tackle during the Bucs’ 17-3 loss to the Panthers. It was his third stop of the week and second in three games. Tampa’s defense has been hot and cold in recent weeks, but that’s provided some opportunities for Lynch to jump in and contribute.
Shamarko Thomas, S, Buffalo Bills
Thomas made a stop over the course of the Bills’ big victory over Oakland on Sunday. And though #SHAMARKO hasn’t played a ton since joining Buffalo, he still has two tackles in three games and brings valuable depth for a Bills defense that’s been a big part of the team’s positive season so far.
Jay Bromley, DT, New York Giants
Chandler Jones, LB, Arizona Cardinals
Justin Pugh, OL, New York Giants