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’Noles in the NFL: Week 1

The NFL is back, baby.

NFL: New Orleans Saints at Minnesota Vikings Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

The 2017 NFL season is upon us, folks.

That means former Florida State standouts are hitting the fields once more. From Jalen Ramsey in Jacksonville to Eddie Goldman in Chicago, former ’Noles are poised to dominate the league again.

In case you missed it, Tampa Bay’s game against Miami this week has been postponed due to Hurricane Irma. The Buccaneers joined several colleges in the state, including Florida State, who canceled games due to the impending storm.

But for now, let’s take a look at how former FSU players performed in Week 1 of the NFL season.

This post will be updated with stats from players of Minnesota, New Orleans, and Denver following the conclusion of Monday Night Football.

Atlanta Falcons (23-17 win over Chicago)

  • Devonta Freeman, RB: Rushed for 37 yards and a touchdown. Also caught two passes for two yards.

Buffalo Bills (21-12 win over the New York Jets)

  • Nick O’Leary, TE: Recorded one catch for 22 yards.

Carolina Panthers (23-3 win over San Francisco)

  • Kelvin Benjamin, WR: Caught one pass for 25 yards.
  • Graham Gano, K: Hit a perfect 3/3 on field goals with a long of 39-yards and was 2/2 on extra points as well.

Chicago Bears (17-23 loss to Atlanta)

  • Eddie Goldman, DT: Had one tackle and one QB hit.
  • Christian Jones, LB: Recorded one tackle.

Cleveland Browns (18-21 loss to Pittsburgh)

  • Roderick Johnson, OT: Did not play.

Denver Broncos (play Monday night against the Los Angeles Chargers)

  • DeMarcus Walker, DE: Played, but did not record any stats.
  • Menelik Watson, OT: Started at right tackle.

Jacksonville Jaguars (26-7 win over Houston)

  • Rashad Greene, WR: Placed on Injured Reserve.
  • Jalen Ramsey, CB: Contributed three tackles and three pass deflections.
  • Telvin Smith, LB: Totaled two tackles and a pass deflection. He nearly had a fumble recovery for a touchdown, but the play was ruled an incomplete pass.

Kansas City Chiefs (42-27 win over New England)

  • Cam Erving, OT: Did not play.
  • Terrance Smith, LB: Played on special teams.

Los Angeles Rams (46-9 win over Indianapolis)

  • Lamarcus Joyner, CB: Recorded four tackles, two deflections, and an interception that he returned for a touchdown.

Miami Dolphins (Game against Tampa Bay postponed due to Hurricane Irma)

  • Lawrence Timmons, LB: N/A

Minnesota Vikings (play Monday night against New Orleans)

  • Dalvin Cook, RB: Rushed 22 times for 127 yards in his debut, breaking Adrian Peterson’s rookie opening-game rushing record for the Vikings. Also caught three passes for 10 yards.
  • Xavier Rhodes, CB: Recorded four tackles.

New Orleans Saints (play Monday night against Minnesota)

  • P.J. Williams, CB: Was second on the team with eight tackles and 0.5 tackles for loss.

New York Giants (3-19 loss to Dallas)

  • Bobby Hart, OT: Started at right tackle.

New York Jets (12-21 loss to Buffalo)

  • Terrence Brooks, S: Rotated at safety and recorded two tackles.

Oakland Raiders (26-16 win over Tennessee)

  • Mario Edwards Jr., DE: Recorded three tackles, 0.5 sacks and a QB hit.
  • Rodney Hudson, C: Started at center.
  • Sebastian Janikowski, K: Placed on Injured Reserve.
  • EJ Manuel, QB: Did not play.

Philadelphia Eagles (30-17 win over Washington)

  • Nigel Bradham, LB: Recorded four tackles and one QB hit.
  • Ronald Darby, CB: Had one tackle before leaving with an ankle injury.
  • Timmy Jernigan, DT: Recorded two tackles, one sack and a QB hit.
  • Patrick Robinson, CB: Had four tackles.

Pittsburgh Steelers (21-18 win over Cleveland)

  • Vince Williams, LB: Rotated at linebacker and contributed five tackles.

San Francisco 49ers (3-23 loss to Carolina)

  • Tank Carradine, DE: Totaled one tackle.
  • Dekoda Watson, LB: Contributed one tackle.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Game against Miami postponed due to Hurricane Irma)

  • Javien Elliott, DB: N/A
  • Garrison Sanborn, LS: N/A
  • Jameis Winston, QB: N/A

Washington Redskins (17-30 loss to Philadelphia)

  • Dustin Hopkins, K: Hit a 33-yard field goal and was 2/2 on extra points.
  • Chris Thompson, RB: Rushed three times for four yards, but also caught four passes for 52 yards and a touchdown.