While you spent the weekend likely gnashing your teeth about Syracuse Orange football, there are numerous SU alums finding success at the NFL level. Every Tuesday, we take a look at how they’re all faring as Syracuse builds up its pipeline to the league once again.
Here’s how former Orange standouts performed in week 6:
Chandler Jones, Arizona Cardinals
Since his five-sack start to the regular season, we haven’t seen a ton of the (most would agree) top defensive player in the league. He was added to the reserve/COVID list a week ago too, though he is fully vaccinated. We’ll see when he’s able to return to the field.
Justin Pugh, Arizona Cardinals
The former first-round pick has been in and out of the lineup this year, but has still allowed zero sacks while blocking for a lights-out Cards offense. In case you needed any more reasons to believe the Giants have been run like a trash organization of late, letting Pugh walk would be another...
Zaire Franklin, Indianapolis Colts
The Colts’ special teams captain had a solo tackle and an assist in Indianapolis’s 31-3 demolition of the Texans. With nine tackles already in six games, he’s on pace to collect the second-most stops in his career.
Andre Cisco, Jacksonville Jaguars
After playing plenty at the start of the season, Cisco’s contributions have decreased considerably, to the point where he’s not even playing now. That’s not a great sign for him, though who knows how much that could change if the Jags are looking to secure better draft position later in the year.
Trill Williams, Miami Dolphins
We thought the secondary was crowded for the Dolphins heading into the year, and that’s wound up being the case as Trill has yet to record any stats. That could change as Miami’s struggled with a 1-5 record so far, however.
Riley Dixon, New York Giants
Speaking of the Giants.... while New York was largely shut down against the Rams on Sunday, Dixon had nothing to do with those struggles. The best punter who ever lived averaged 52.5 yards on four attempts this weekend.
Alton Robinson, Seattle Seahawks
Robinson had been looking better and better to start the season, but failed to record any stats in Sunday night’s overtime loss to the Steelers, unfortunately. As the season progresses and Seattle seems likely to fall out of contention (minus QB Russell Wilson), it’ll be interesting to see if the team starts giving him some more run.
Some unfortunate news of late for Chris Slayton, who was just released by the Atlanta Falcons.
Ifeatu Melifonwu remains on injured reserve for the Detroit Lions, while Trishton Jackson is still on the Minnesot Vikings’ practice squad. Koda Martin was let go by the Cardinals, but resigned to the practice squad within a couple days.