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‘Noles in the NFL: Week One

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The 100th season of the National Football League started with one of the oldest rivalries the league has to offer and concluded with a doubleheader on Monday Night Football. Monday night brought forth madness, the Browns still seem to be the Browns, and Lamar Jackson threw for 324 yards with 5 touchdowns in a 59-10 win against the Dolphins. It is safe to say that the NFL is back, and perhaps better than ever. 

As for the former Seminoles across the league, week one turned heads as one former FSU legend looked better than ever, while another is starting to lose his chances of becoming a franchise quarterback. With that being said, the NFL season is back and NoleGameday will continue providing its weekly column on former “Noles in the NFL. 

Jameis Winston: 

After the week one matchup against Jimmy Garoppolo and the 49ers, Jameis is still Jameis. Interceptions continue to plague the former Heisman Trophy winner in the league as he threw three interceptions, two of them pick-sixes (Richard Sherman and Akelllo Witherspoon), and bounced what would have been a fourth off LB Kwon Alexander’s chest in the 31-17 home-opener loss to San Francisco. 

Opening day results can often be misleading, I mean it is the first game of the year, but for a fifth-year starter, that performance is simply unacceptable. Sunday 49ers won their first game on the east coast since the days of Kaepernick himself, and Jameis’ career interception percentage of 3.1 is now higher than Blake Bortles. Only time will tell if Arians, a QB guru, turns a riddled No.1 overall pick into the franchise quarterback he was destined to be. 

Dalvin Cook: 

Cook started off the season hot as the Vikings coasted past the Falcons in a 28-12 home victory. Watching the former Seminole last Sunday brought flashbacks of what Doak Campbell Stadium and Seminole fans were blessed to endure for three years in Tallahassee. Despite his struggles with injuries during his tenure in the league, Dalvin’s explosiveness looks better than ever and it showed as the back finished with 21 carries for 111 yards and two touchdowns. 

The all-time leading rusher in Florida State history looks to be back to his old tricks, and his presence in the backfield makes a major impact on how opposing team approaches a Minnesota offense that hosts names by the likes of the Cousins, Thielen, and Diggs. This Minnesota team will be one to watch in the AFC North. 

Brian Burns: 

The Panthers’ first-round selection started at outside-linebacker and tallied two tackles, a tackle for loss, and two quarterback hurries in his NFL debut. Despite the loss in the season opener, defensive coordinator Steve Wilks has high hopes for the rookie and how his transition to outside linebacker goes in the NFL. 

Ronald Darby: 

Darby, whos becoming a fan favorite in the city of Philadelphia, started this 2019 campaign on a high note. Impressive sDarby and this Philly defense studded with former Seminoles ( Josh Sweat, Timmy Jernigan, Nigel Bradham) started the game off shaky after giving up 218 yards for 17 points the first three drives of the game. The next six drives, however, saw an impressive stand that held Washington to three points on 49 yards total. The fifth-year veteran recorded five tackles and two passes defended in a 32-27 win that started off rather shaky on the defensive end for Philly. 

Christian Jones: 

One day after the leagues the Detroit Lions blew an 18-point fourth-quarter lead to first-year head coach Kliff Kingsbury and this Cardinal’s squadron, Lion’s Head Coach Matt Patricia is taking heat after nearly falling to a 5-18 record since becoming the top guy in Detroit. 

With that being said, finishing has been a proponent of this Lion’s team heading into 2019, and although they did, in fact, blow an 18-point lead, Chandler Jones had perhaps the most impressive NFL debut for any former Seminole not named Dalvin Cook.

Jones, entering his fifth year in the NFL, recorded a team-leading five tackles, one sack for a loss of three yards, one quarterback hurry, and also had two passes defended. Jones performance dubbed him NoleGameday’s NFL Defensive MVP for Week One of the NFL season. 


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