Penn State Nittany Lions football NFL roundup: Mike Gesicki, Pat Freiermuth among standouts
football Edit

NFL Roundup: Mike Gesicki posts huge day, an NFL debut, plus more

It was another solid showing by Penn State Nittany Lions football alumni in the NFL.

The rookie class made another strong impact, Mike Gesicki turned in one of the best performances of his career, and Amani Oruwariye brought in another interception.

Let's start by ranking the top five performances of the weekend.

Miami Dolphins and Penn State Nittany Lions football TE Mike Gesicki posted solid numbers this Sunday.
Miami Dolphins and Penn State Nittany Lions football TE Mike Gesicki posted solid numbers this Sunday. (AP Images)

1. Mike Gesicki (Played at Penn State from 2014-17), TE, Miami Dolphins

London was kind to Gesicki, who filled the stat sheet very nicely for one of the most productive performances of his career thus far.

Gesicki was targeted nine times against Jacksonville, hauling in eight of those passes for 115 yards — his second 100-yard game of his career. He led the Dolphins with 3.93 yards of average receiver separation, according to Next Gen Stats, well over the league average of 2.88 yards.

His 342 receiving yards up to this point in the season are fifth among NFL tight ends.

2. Amani Oruwariye (2014-18), CB, Detroit Lions

The uptick in takeaways from Penn State defensive backs seems to apply to those in the pros, too.

Oruwariye came away with his third interception of the season against the Bengals, providing a bright spot for Detroit in an otherwise lopsided defeat. He also added a pair of tackles while keeping up his ironman streak. He's still yet to miss a defensive snap for the Lions this season.

3. Pat Freiermuth (2018-20), TE, Pittsburgh Steelers 

Freiermuth turned in his best performance of the season in an overtime win for the Steelers over the Seahawks.

The rookie caught all seven of his targets for 58 yards, and also contributed as a blocker while earning his largest snap share of the season so far at 60 percent.

4. Adrian Amos (2011-14), S, Green Bay Packers

Amos keyed a very solid performance from the Packers defense in a win over the Bears on the road.

Amos just barely missed an interception in the back of the end zone against Justin Fields, and made three solo tackles for Green Bay while playing every defensive snap for the fifth week in a row.

It was a bit of revenge against his old team for Amos, who threw just a little bit of shade Chicago's way with a postgame gif.

5. Miles Sanders (2016-18), RB, Philadelphia Eagles

Sanders has been limited by what appears to be a very run-averse Philadelphia offense six games in. In Thursday night's loss to Tampa Bay, the Philly crowd even let loose with a few Bronx cheers when the Eagles ran the ball.

Making the most of the chances he did get, Sanders was efficient in the game, carrying nine times for 56 yards — his second highest rushing total of the season.

Let's take a look at some of the other performances by Nittany Lions across the NFL this week.

 Blake Gillikin (2016-19), P, New Orleans Saints 

Gillikin's Saints were on a bye this week.

Odafe Oweh (2018-20), DE, Baltimore Ravens 

Oweh didn't register a tackle for the Ravens in their blowout win over the Chargers. However, Next Gen Stats rated him as the Ravens' best pass rusher based on his average separation from Justin Herbert at the time of the pass.

Austin Johnson (2012-15), DT, New York Giants

Johnson contributed another productive day for the Giants in their heavy defeat to the Rams, finishing with six tackles for the game to tie a season high.

Micah Parsons (2018-19), LB, Dallas Cowboys 

Parsons played every snap for the Cowboys in their win over the Patriots on Sunday afternoon, finishing with five tackles for the game.

He was critical of his showing afterward, telling reporters he was "upset with himself" and that he wanted to make more impactful plays throughout the game.

He also seems to be adopted a certain mantra that Penn State fans might be familiar with.

Saquon Barkley (2015-17), RB, New York Giants 

Barkley did not play against the Rams after he suffered an ankle injury last week.

Chris Godwin (2014-16), WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 

Godwin turned in a down performance by his lofty standards against the Eagles this week, but did what he could given his opportunities, catching all five of his targets for 43 yards in a Tampa Bay win.

Carl Nassib (2011-15), DE, Las Vegas Raiders

Nassib played 27 snaps and registered one tackle in Las Vegas's win over Denver.

Juwan Johnson (2015-18), TE, New Orleans Saints

Johnson's Saints had their bye week this week.

Robbie Gould (2001-04), K, San Francisco 49ers

Gould has been sidelined six Week Three with an injury.

Get on the list! Click the image to get breaking news and daily headlines delivered straight to your inbox!
Get on the list! Click the image to get breaking news and daily headlines delivered straight to your inbox!

Chris Hogan (2007-10), WR, New Orleans Saints 

Hogan's Saints had their bye week this week.

Allen Robinson II (2011-13), WR, Chicago Bears

Robinson was targeted seven times for four receptions and 53 yards in a loss to Green Bay — his second largest yardage total in what has been a down season for the star wideout. Bears quarterback Justin Fields missed him wide open for a deep shot early in the game.

Yetur Gross-Matos (2017-19), DE, Carolina Panthers 

In his second week back from injury, Gross-Matos played sparingly on defense, accumulating 21 snaps.

Connor McGovern (2016-18), OL, Dallas Cowboys

McGovern's adventure as a fullback continued in a thrilling overtime win for Dallas against the Patriots in Week Six. The Cowboys had previously only run the ball out of the package that included McGovern, but they went to the air this week for an 11-yard pass to CeeDee Lamb on a drive that culminated in a touchdown.

Jason Cabinda (2014-17), FB, Detroit Lions

Cabinda played only two offensive snaps against the Bengals, the lowest total of the season. He has one reception for four yards on the year.

Jesse James (2012-14), TE, Chicago Bears 

After not seeing the field last week, James played 11 offensive snaps for the Bears in their loss to the Packers. He has still yet to be targeted in the passing game this season.

DaQuan Jones (2010-13), DT, Carolina Panthers 

Jones did not register a tackle for the Panthers in their overtime loss to the Vikings, but he did make an impact as a pass rusher. His average separation from QB Kirk Cousins at the time of the throw was 4.3 yards according to Next Gen Stats — much better than league average.

Nick Scott (2014-18), S, Los Angeles Rams

Scott played 33 snaps on defense for the Rams on Sunday, the third-highest total of his career. The safety finished the game with a pair of tackles to his name.

Cam Brown (2016-19), LB, New York Giants

Brown returned in Week Six after missing four games with an injury, playing 20 snaps on special teams. He did not see the field on defense in New York's blowout loss to the Rams.

Ryan Bates (2015-18),OL, Buffalo Bills

Bates played one snap on offense and five snaps on special teams in Buffalo's Monday Night Football defeat to Tennessee.

Marcus Allen (2014-17), LB, Pittsburgh Steelers

Allen continues to contribute on special teams for the Steelers, playing 25 snaps there in a Sunday Night Football win over Seattle. He has yet to appear on defense this season.

Kevin Givens (2015-18), DT, San Francisco 49ers 

Givens was placed on the injured reserve following San Francisco's second game of the season and has remained there since. He is expected to make his return soon.

Donovan Smith (2011-14), OL, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Smith played all 75 snaps for the Bucs against the Eagles on Thursday Night Football.

Dan Chisena (2015-19), WR, Minnesota Vikings 

Chisena made his season debut for the Vikings, playing one snap at WR and seeing action on 66 percent of Minnesota's special teams snaps.

Troy Apke (2014-17), S, Washington Football Team 

Apke's role remains limited to special teams for the Washington Football Team after playing 21 snaps there against the Chiefs. He has yet to play on defense this season.

Nick Bowers (2015-19), TE, Las Vegas Raiders

After making his NFL debut in Week Five, Bowers saw the field again for the Raiders, playing five snaps on offense and 17 on special teams.

Will Fries (2016-20), OL, Indianapolis Colts 

The seventh rounder is still waiting to make his season debut for the Colts.

Ross Travis (2012-15), TE, Cardinals 

The former Penn State basketball player got into his second game of the season last week against Cleveland, seeing four snaps. He also played a pair of snaps on special teams.

John Reid (2015-19), CB, Seattle Seahawks 

Reid remains listed on the Seahawks active roster but has not appeared in a game since Week Three. He has played one defensive snap and eight special teams snaps on the season.

Shaka Toney (2016-20), DE, Washington Football Team 

Shaka Toney made his NFL debut this week against Kansas City, playing 11 snaps on defense and four on special teams in Washington's loss.


• Talk about this article inside The Lions Den

• Watch our videos and subscribe to our YouTube channel

• Sign up for our daily newsletter and breaking news alerts

• Learn more about our print and digital publication, Blue-White Illustrated

• Follow us on Twitter: @BWIonRivals, @NateBauerBWI, @RivalsSnyder, @DavidEckert98, @GregPickel, @ThomasFrankCarr

• Follow us on Instagram

• Like us on Facebook