Six former Syracuse Orange football players are on active (non-practice squad) NFL rosters right now, and all of those teams were in action during week three. Some of those alumni may have played more than others did, but nonetheless, we recap all of their performances from this past weekend.
Jay Bromley, DT, New York Giants
Collected two tackles, including one sack, against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. The Giants lost (again), but the defense was key in holding off the Eagles in the second half while the offense came back from a double-digit deficit. Successfully getting to Carson Wentz made for Bromley’s second career sack.
Riley Dixon, P, Denver Broncos
The Broncos suffered a surprising loss to the Buffalo Bills this week, and Dixon’s MVP candidacy took a slight hit as well. On three punts, he averaged just 41.7 yards, and got zero inside the 20 (and also ended up with a touchback). His punting average has actually gone down each week this season. He’s still (appropriately) averaging 44.2 yards per punt on the year.
Chandler Jones, LB, Arizona Cardinals
Playing on Monday night against the Dallas Cowboys, Jones recorded yet another sack -- giving him four on the year now. He’s 2.5 sacks behind the leader (the Cowboy’s Dexter Lawrence), but Chandler contributes to the Cardinals’ efforts in other ways as well. He’s an excellent run stuffer, even from the outside linebacker spot, and already has one forced fumble on the year.
Cameron Lynch, LB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
After picking up a tackle in game one, Lynch didn’t log any in the Bucs’ 34-17 loss to the Minnesota Vikings. With reserve minutes being his only avenue right now, he’ll be making the most of those snaps where he gets them.
Ryan Nassib, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars
Wasn’t thrust into duty during the Jags’ 44-7 drubbing of the Baltimore Ravens, likely because starter Blake Bortles was out to prove to Doug Marrone he still deserved the gig. Bortles’s four touchdown passes won’t help Nassib’s case for taking the role.
Justin Pugh, OG, New York Giants
The Giants’ offense finally gained some life this weekend, scoring 24 points against the Philadelphia Eagles -- though in a loss. Part of the turnaround was due to Odell Beckham Jr.’s return. But the offensive line also played a big role, keeping Eli Manning upright and allowing him to throw for over 360 yards on 35-of-47 passing. The run game was still a disaster, however.