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Orange in the NFL: How’d former Syracuse stars do in Week 9 of the 2020 season?

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Another week, another less than stellar Syracuse Orange performance on the collegiate field, with mixed results at the professional level. With 8 former Orange stars on active rosters (and more on practice squads), our Orange in the NFL recaps are filling out nicely. (All stats from

Justin Pugh, Arizona Cardinals

The Arizona Cardinals lost to the Miami Dolphins, but Pugh got another start and another 100% of snaps. Whatever ailed him weeks 3-5 that kept him from 100% participation on game days seems to be resolved.

Alton Robinson, Seattle Seahawks

With the acquisition of Carlos Dunlap, Robinson’s snap counts were expected to drop, however he still got 36 defensive snaps (56%) in the Seahawks loss to the Buffalo Bills. However, Robinson was shut out on the stat sheet.

Riley Dixon, New York Giants

The Giants completed their season sweep of the Washington Football team with a 23-20 victory. The former Heisman Snub punted 4 times, averaging 39.5 yards per punt with 3 pinning Washington inside their own 20.

Zaire Franklin, Indianapolis Colts

In a 24-10 defeat to the Baltimore Ravens, Zaire was on the field for 92% of special teams snaps, and got his first defensive snaps since week 6, albeit just 2. He made the most of them, registering a tackle.

Sterling Hofrichter, Atlanta Falcons

The Falcons won again, defeating the Broncos 34-27 and Hof was kept busy with 5 punts, his highest workload since week 3. He averaged 36.6 yards per punt, pinning Denver inside their own 20 twice and had one touchback.

Trishton Jackson, Los Angeles Rams

The Rams were on their bye week.

Doug Marrone, Jacksonville Jaguars

Once again, the Jags dropped a game, this time 27-25 to the Houston Texans, officially putting them into the Trevor Lawrence sweepstakes. While Vegas seems to think Marrone will be fired, owner Shad Khan has not made any indication that it will happen. Marrone and his $3.3 million contract does expire at the end of the season (he signed a 2 year deal with a $500K signing bonus at the onset of 2019) so it may just be the latest instance of NFL tanking.

Out for the Season with Injury

Chandler Jones, Arizona Cardinals

Glad to see some solid names getting some run in the newest NFL season.