Penn State in the NFL: Week 2

Story posted September 23, 2021 in CommRadio, Sports by James Morrison

After a strong first week for some former Penn State stars, Week 2 also had some good things happen. Let’s take a look at how everyone fared.

Giants (29) @ Football Team (30)

Another game featuring some of the best Penn State talent in the NFL took the prime-time spot of Thursday Night Football.

Saquon Barkley ran for 57 yards including an explosive 41-yard run while also catching two passes for 12 yards, before travelling to Happy Valley guest picker on College Gameday.

Austin Johnson got the start again for the Giants and totaled four tackles while Cam Brown was inactive with a hamstring injury.

For Washington, Troy Apke served as a backup cornerback and Shaka Toney remained inactive.

Saints (7) @ Panthers (26)

Yet another game with five former Nittany Lions made this NFC South game more watchable for Penn State fans. For the Saints, receivers Juwan Johnson and Chris Hogan each caught a pass on three targets.

Blake Gillikin punted the ball six times for 294 yards and averaged 49 yards a punt. His longest was 60 yards and he landed one inside the 20-yard line.

Yetur Gross-Matos tallied one tackle and DaQuan Jones had three tackles, a sack and a quarterback hit.

Bengals (17) @ Bears (20)

Allen Robinson caught two balls for 24 yards and a touchdown while Jesse James remained a backup at tight end.

Rams (27) @ Colts (24)

Nick Scott made a tackle for the Rams while Will Fries was an inactive and Robert Windsor remained on injured reserve.

Broncos (23) @ Jaguars (13)

KJ Hamler made a five-yard catch in the Broncos win.

Bills (35) at Dolphins (0)

Mike Gesicki caught three passes for 41 yards. Ryan Bates served as a backup interior offensive lineman.

49ers (17) @ Eagles (11)

Kevin Givens served as a backup defensive lineman while Robbie Gould made a 46-yard field goal and was perfect on extra points. Miles Sanders had 55 rushing yards against the great 49ers defensive front seven.

Raiders (26) @ Steelers (17)

Pat Freiermuth caught four passes for 36 yards and has caught all the balls thrown his way, while Marcus Allen served as a backup linebacker. Carl Nassib had one tackle on the day while Nick Bowers was inactive.

Vikings (33) @ Cardinals (34)

Dan Chisena is on injured reserve for the Vikings. Jack Crawford is on injured reserve for the Cardinals while Ross Travis remains on their practice squad.

Falcons (25) @ Buccaneers (48)

Chris Godwin had four catches for 62 yards and a touchdown while Donovan Smith protected Tom Brady’s blindside.

Cowboys (20) @ Chargers (17)

Micah Parsons started at defensive end and had a sack and four quarterback hits while Connor McGovern started at guard for the Cowboys.

Titans (33) @ Seahawks (30)

John Reid was inactive for Seattle and Sam Ficken remains on injured reserve for the Titans.

Chiefs (35) @ Ravens (36)

Odafe Oweh continued his strong rookie campaign with three tackles, a tackle for loss and a quarterback hit. He also made the play of the game when he recovered the fumble in the fourth quarter. Trace McSorley remains on the Ravens practice squad.

Lions (17) @ Packers (35)

Adrian Amos started at safety for the Packers and racked up nine tackles. Jason Cabinda caught a four-yard pass as a fullback and Amani Oruwariye started as the top cornerback for the Lions and held Randall Cobb to only 26 yards. 

Penn State Football Alumni Transactions:

Linebacker Jan Johnson was released from the Titans practice squad.

Penn State Alumni touchdown count after Week 2: 6

James Morrison is a second-year majoring in communications. To contact him, email