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Syracuse in the NFL: Week 2 recap

How’d former Orange players fare this weekend?

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

Five former Syracuse Orange football players are active on NFL rosters right now, though that number’s about to climb by one! As we’d long suspected and hoped for, the Jacksonville Jaguars have signed Ryan Nassib. Syracuse South continues to be a home for former Orange players and staff, as Doug Marrone is reunited with his former quarterback.

Perhaps Nassib joins this list next week. But included below is a rundown of all former Orange player performances from week two. Have other things you noticed about these alums? Share your own thoughts in the comments.

Jay Bromley, DT, New York Giants

The Giants embarrassed themselves for the second straight weekend, and this time the defense decided to get in on the act a bit too. That doesn’t necessarily have anything to do with Bromley, though. He notched one tackle for the second straight week.

Riley Dixon, P, Denver Broncos

Dixon continued to solidify himself as the NFL’s best punter with another strong effort in a win over the Dallas Cowboys this weekend. He averaged 43 yards per punt on three punts, put one inside the 20 and had a net average of 36.7 yards per punt. His net season average of 42.8 is the eighth-best in the league (and tops in our hearts).

Chandler Jones, LB, Arizona Cardinals

Arizona needed overtime to beat the Colts, and Jones was a critical part of forcing that. He had two sacks and a forced fumble. With three sacks on the season already, he’s tied for second in the NFL.

Cameron Lynch, LB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

After game one was pushed due to Hurricane Irma, Tampa Bay kicked off its season in week two against the Bears. Lynch notched a tackle in the effort and will continue pushing for playing time.

Justin Pugh, OG, New York Giants

The Giants’ offense has been a disaster this season, and a lot of that onus falls on the O-line, which can’t protect Eli Manning and can’t run block at all. For a team that’s spent a lot of high picks on linemen in recent drafts, this is a very bad sign.