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Syracuse in the NFL: Week 6 recap

Plenty of positives to be found for former Orange stars.

NFL: Arizona Cardinals at San Francisco 49ers Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Once again, six former Syracuse Orange football players were active in the NFL this past week. And while their teams are largely struggling, the SU alums are still getting opportunities to make an impact on the game and in some cases, push for additional playing time.

Here’s a recap of how the collection of former Syracuse standouts performed in week 6:

Riley Dixon, P/New York Giants

Another productive day for the Giants’ punter, as he put two of five punts inside the 20 on Thursday night and didn’t make matters worse in a blowout loss to the Eagles. The Giants’ anemic offense is giving the former Heisman favorite numerous opportunities to put up big numbers this year. Dixon’s fourth in punting average this year, at 48.5 yards per attempt.

Zaire Franklin, LB/Indianapolis Colts

After last week’s breakout 10-tackle performance against the Patriots, Franklin had just one tackle against the Jets in a loss on Saturday. That said, he still made his presence felt throughout the game and graded out as the the team’s fourth-best player according to Pro Football Focus.

Chandler Jones, LB/Arizona Cardinals

Arizona picked up yet another loss this weekend, but Jones continued to produce, with 1.5 sacks, a run stuff and a forced fumble as part of a four-tackle day against the Vikings. He’s tied for fifth in the league with 5.5 sacks so far this year, and is tied for third in forced fumbles with three. Jones is among the main reasons this Cards team is even competitive.

NFL: Philadelphia Eagles at Tampa Bay Buccaneers Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Cameron Lynch, LB/Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Lynch has yet to log any stats for the Bucs this year. You’d think they’d want to give him a shot given how much the defense has struggled (the latest example being a 34-29 loss to the Falcons).

Justin Pugh, OG/Arizona Cardinals

Pugh and the Cards’ offensive line have done a decent enough job blocking this year, but there aren’t enough play-makers to take advantage. Unfortunately, the injury bug bit him again this past week, however, as he suffered a fractured hand against Minnesota... unless he didn’t?

Shamarko Thomas, S/Denver Broncos

#SHAMARKO got his first action of the year on Sunday in a close loss to the Rams, assisting on one tackle. Denver actually stopped the pass well, but was carved up considerably by the run game. We’ll see if Thomas gets more chances going forward.