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’Noles in the NFL: Week 5

Brian Burns for Defensive Rookie of the Year?

Jacksonville Jaguars v Carolina Panthers Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images

Brian Burns

Can you say Defensive Rookie of they Year? It’s only week 5, so I’ll knock on wood, but Burns is the odds on favorite to win the award and his performance this week only helps his case as he scored his first career NFL touchdown:

Burns would come up with a strip sack of his own in the fourth quarter:

Burns finished the day with 3 tackles (2 solo), a sack, and the touchdown.

Ryan Izzo

Burns wouldn’t be the only former ’Nole to get their first NFL touchdown with Ryan Izzo finding pay dirt on a pass from Tom Brady:

Catching your first TD in the NFL is a moment players remember forever, but not keeping the ball? Izzo’s teammates will be letting him hear about this one for a while:

Auden Tate

Not to be outdone by his former teammates, Auden Tate went ahead and grabbed his first career score:

Vince Williams

In his first game back from injury, Williams put together a great game including a big sack on third down:

Williams would lead the team in tackles on the afternoon with 9 (4 solo). He also had a TFL, QB hit, and a pass defended in Pittsburgh’s overtime loss.

Devonta Freeman

Freeman has yet to really break out running the ball this season, but has been utilized in the passing game frequently and found the end zone on a pass from Matt Ryan again today:

Freeman would finish the day with 11 carries for 30 yards, plus another 40 yards receiving on 5 catches and the touchdown.

Jameis Winston

It was an up and down day for Winston. He finished with a decent stat line, but definitely will wish he had some throws back including two would-be interceptions that were called back due to penalties. That said, he wasn’t well protected throughout the day and ran for his life on more than one occasion.

A bright spot continues to be his growing rapport with receiver Chris Godwin, who he tossed another two touchdowns to today.

Winston finished 15/27 for 204 yards, two touchdowns, and no interceptions.

Dalvin Cook

Another day, another 100-yard rushing game for Dalvin Cook. He also went ahead and caught 6 for another 86 yards through the air, setting a franchise record for the Vikings:

Cook is special and just has another gear when the ball is in his hands. He helps to pad Kirk Cousins’ stat line here:

Josh Sweat

Philly’s defense feasted on Luke Falk and the Jet’s offense all day (carrying my sad excuse for a fantasy team). Josh Sweat continued his nice start to the season, earning himself a sack. One of NINE sacks on the day:

Sweat spent all day in the New York backfield, totaling 4 solo tackles, 3 QB hits, and a TFL in addition to the sack.

Other Notable Statlines

Javien Elliot, Carolina Panthers: had 6 tackles (4 solo) and a QB hit.

Bobo Wilson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: had one catch for 11 yards and handled punt return duties.

P.J. Williams, New Orleans Saints: Williams has made great strides since last year, locking down his spot as the Saints’ slot corner. Williams co-led the team in tackles with 7 (6 solo), a TFL, and a pass defended while covering Mike Evans.

Xavier Rhodes, Minnesota Vikings: had 3 tackles (2 solo) and a pass defended in Minnesota’s win.

Eddie Goldman, Chicago Bears: had 3 solo tackles in his team’s loss to the Raiders in London.

Lamarcus Joyner, Oakland Raiders: Joyner also had 3 solo tackles in London, but his Raiders will hop an an 11 hour flight with a victory.

Nigel Bradham, Philadelphia Eagles: had 3 tackles (1 solo).

DeMarcus Walker, Denver Broncos: getting more playing time with the loss of Bradley Chubb, Walker had 2 solo tackles including a TFL.

Trey Marshall, Denver Broncos: Marshall has done well for himself in sticking with Denver and getting an NFL paycheck. He played on Sunday afternoon and recorded a solo tackle.

Derrick Nnadi: had 6 tackles (4 solo) in the Chiefs first loss of the season.