‘Noles in the NFL: Week Two

Week Two brought more great action across the league, unless your team is the Miami Dolphins or New York Jets. Two star QB’s went down in Drew Brees and Ben Roethlisberger, Minkah Fitzpatrick was traded to the Steelers, Jamal Adams unfollowed the Jets on Instagram, and former Seminole Jalen Ramsey requested a trade. None of that is important; what is important is taking a look at some former Seminoles who played well for their franchises this week.

Jameis Winston

Jameis put together a turnover-less performance in Tampa Bay’s win over the Carolina Panthers, the first time since Week 12 of last season, also against Carolina. Winston finished 16/25 for 208 yards and a touchdown, and was aided by Cam Newton not being Cam Newton. Winston should’ve had a few more touchdowns, as his receivers continue to let him down with drops. After a Week 1 disaster against San Fransisco, the Buccaneers got their huge bounceback win this week, and things are now looking promising for them in the division: Cam Newton clearly doesn’t look right, Drew Brees is out for the next 6 weeks at least with him needing thumb surgery, and the Falcons are certainly beatable.

More impressively, Jameis raised $325,000 for his foundation at his annual gala. All the money raised will go to the Twin Lakes Elementary School.

Dalvin Cook

Dalvin is officially back to being like the Dalvin everyone saw at Florida State.

The quick feet, the vision to bounce it outside, the blow-by of an angle of a potential tackler, the afterburners to take it the distance, and the calm down and the shush celebration… it’s 2015 all over again. Cook would finish with a career-high of 154 yards and a touchdown, and currently sits as the NFL’s leading rusher with 267 yards, already 38 yards ahead of 2nd place. He also added another 37 yards receiving

Unfortunately, he would draw an offensive pass interference call because of the new NFL rule about reviewing for pass interference calls, and it cost the Vikings a touchdown. It might be the worst call of pass interference ever called, and for it to be after a review makes it even worse.

Brian Burns

Burns got the first official sack of his career, and it came against Jameis Winston.

Burns should thank Jameis for holding onto the ball for so long, but Burns never gave up on the play and was able to get the sack. His Panthers would lose the game, but Burns would end with two QB hits and three tackles. Panthers fans should expect many more sacks out of number 53 in the future.

Ronald Darby

Darby did absolutely nothing to help FSU’s claim as DBU. Search his name on Twitter and all that pops up is a lot of pictures of burnt toast. He’s 10 months removed from an ACL injury, but that doesn’t excuse allowing 8 receptions for 127 yards and 2 touchdowns. He would have gotten burnt another time but Matt Ryan overthrew this target. We mentioned Philly as a possible landing spot for Jalen Ramsey, and after the performance Darby put up, the Eagles might be in panic mode with their secondary. The Eagles would lose the game on a 53-yard screen to Julio Jones.

Jalen Ramsey

As mentioned earlier, Ramsey has requested a trade away from Jacksonville after their week 2 loss to Houston. You can check out some of his potential trade destinations in our article yesterday, and that includes a video of his confrontation with head coach Doug Marrone.

As far as his performance, Ramsey played well Sunday after a rough start to the season against Kansas City. When guarding DeAndre Hopkins, Hopkins was held to 4 receptions for 27 yards. Ramsey dropped an easy interception though, and he could have returned for a touchdown that would’ve given the Jaguars the lead, but it slipped through his hands.

Other NFL ‘Noles

Javien Elliott (CAR): 1 tackle

Auden Tate (CIN): 1 reception for 6 yards

Terrance Brooks (NE): 1 tackle

Tank Carradine (MIA): 3 tackles

Nick O’Leary (MIA): 1 reception for 6 yards

Xavier Rhodes (MIN): 4 tackles

Christian Jones (DET): 4 tackles, 1 pass deflection

Vince Williams (PIT): 2 tackles

Chris Thompson (WAS): 5 receptions for 48 yards, 2 carries for 3 yards

Dustin Hopkins (WAS): 3/3 on XPs

Derrick Nnadi (KC): 1 tackle

Lamarcus Joyner (OAK): 6 tackles

Demarcus Walker (DEN): 1 tackle

Eddie Goldman (CHI): 3 tackles, 1 QB hit

PJ Williams (NO): 2 tackles

Mario Edwards Jr (NO): 1 tackle

Devonta Freeman (ATL): 11 carries for 22 yards, 3 receptions for 42 yards

Nigel Bradham (PHI): 4 tackles

Josh Sweat (PHI): 3 tackles, 1 pass deflection

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