Whether or not the Syracuse Orange see success on Saturdays, you can be guaranteed there will be Orange on Sundays as the program has several players on NFL rosters this season contributing to their respective teams. Each week, we’ll recap the alumni action in one place in case you couldn’t flip through the channels fast enough.
Chandler Jones - Arizona Cardinals
Jones played on every defensive snap (all 61 of them!) and was cooled off from his hot start by the Minnesota offensive line. The Cardinals won 34-33, and Jones was limited to just three QB hits for the game, and Arizona was held to just one sack on the game.
Justin Pugh - Arizona Cardinals
Pugh played all 61 offensive snaps, and added in an additional six on special teams.
Riley Dixon - New York Giants
The former Orange legend punted three times in the Giants 30-29 loss to Washington, averaging 41 yards per punt. Two of those punts pinned the Football Team inside their own 20, a nice improvement on Dixon’s Week 1 performance.
Zaire Franklin - Indianapolis Colts
The Colts Captain only got on the field for three defensive snaps, but was on the field for 22 (85%) of special teams snaps.
Andre Cisco - Jacksonville Jaguars
It looks like Cisco has locked down the starting safety, with the limited action not due to performance, but Head Coach Urban Meyer trying to ensure Cisco’s fully recovered from his ACL injury sustained last year in Syracuse. The former Orange played just 18 defensive snaps and an additional 14 on special teams in the 23-14 loss to the Denver Broncos.
Alton Robinson - Seattle Seahawks
“The Joker” had his breakout game, tallying one sack and a forced fumble in the Seahawks 33-30 OT loss to the Tennessee Titans. Robinson did that playing just 18 defensive snaps (20%) and should start seeing his snaps increase.
Trill Williams - Miami Dolphins
Ifeatu Melifonwu - Detroit Lions
With the major injury to Jeff Okudah, Iffy was pushed into starting for the Lions, a huge test for the young player. The good news? Iffy held his own and was arguably one of the reasons the Packers and Lions were close for a half. The bad news? In the 3rd quarter, Melifonwu gave up a 50 yard touchdown to Devante Adams, and came up clutching his thigh. It appears as if the injury is serious and he will be missing an extended amount of time.