Penn State Players in the NFL: Week 4
It was a somewhat quiet send off to the first quarter of the NFL season from former Nittany Lions this week. Nonetheless, a few notable players still had some noteworthy moments that brought pride to Happy Valley.
The 2018 second-overall pick shined in the New York Giants’ 33-18 loss to the New Orleans Saints. A goal-line leap in the fourth quarter brought the game back into reach late and the powerhouse back also totaled 44 yards rushing and 56 yards receiving on six catches, making him one of five players to total 100 or more scrimmage yards in each of their first four career games. If this streak continues next week, Barkley will join only Adrian Peterson and Kareem Hunt. Barkley’s performance so far has made it clear—giving him the ball may be the Giants only hope to salvage their season.
Allen Robinson and Adrian Amos:
The Chicago Bears halted the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ hot streak with a 48-10 blowout. Robinson caught one of quarter Mitchell Trubisky’s six touchdowns on a 14-yard pass early on in the game. Amos totaled two tackles and he and the Bears' secondary held the explosive Bucs' offense to only three points and one touchdown once the game was far out of reach. Both players have been proven that they can contribute on the NFC North’s leading team.
The Los Angeles Chargers scraped by in a close contest with the San Francisco 49ers 29-27, and much of that was thanks to the efforts of Williams. The undrafted free agent made a career-high eight tackles, seven of which were solo. He also intercepted a pass off of a tipped ball and nearly brought it in for a score. Williams’ second-half play helped secure a victory for Los Angeles and brought them up to an even record.
With only three-fourths of the regular season left, the former Penn Staters look to continue their contributions as the playoff picture draws nearer. It should be fun to keep an eye out for these players next week and beyond.
Francesco de Falco is a freshman majoring in broadcast journalism. To contact him, email firstname.lastname@example.org.