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Syracuse in the NFL: Week 1 recap

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Which Orange alums did some work in the NFL’s opening weekend?

NFL: Oakland Raiders at Denver Broncos Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

As we mentioned prior to week one of the NFL season last week, five former Syracuse Orange players are currently on active game day rosters. So while that makes this recaps a little shorter, the contributions we’re tallying up may also be a bit more meaningful.

Included below is a rundown of all former Orange player performances from week one. Have other things you noticed about these alums? Share your own thoughts in the comments.

Jay Bromley, DT, New York Giants

The Giants didn’t really show up vs. Dallas on Sunday night, so it’s no surprise that Bromley’s numbers were fairly pedestrian. Just one tackle despite plenty of snaps. New York’s 19-3 loss was squarely on the offense, but the defense also didn’t get much of a push early.

Riley Dixon, P, Denver Broncos

Only had to punt three times during Denver’s 24-21 win over the Chargers on Monday night. But he averaged 48 yards per punt on those, and put two inside the 20. It’s just one game, but he’s exceeding last year’s high averages so far.

NFL: Arizona Cardinals at Detroit Lions Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Chandler Jones, LB, Arizona Cardinals

Made three tackles in Arizona’s loss to Detroit in the opener, but all three stops were major ones. He sacked Matthew Stafford once, and stuffed two runs. Still, the Cardinals’ defense doesn’t look as stout as advertised after giving up 35 points to the Lions.

Cameron Lynch, LB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Didn’t play after the Dolphins-Bucs game was moved due to Hurricane Irma.

Justin Pugh, OG, New York Giants

As mentioned, the Giants played like trash on Sunday, and you can look at the offensive line for a lot of that blame. While Eli Manning was sacked just three times, he was under constant pressure and the run game went nowhere. Pugh’s not the only player on the line, but he’s still part of a struggling unit.