Penn Staters At The Next Level: Week 5

It was another impressive performance from Allen Robinson II, while Miles Sanders starred in his homecoming.

Here were this week’s standout Nittany Lion performers in the NFL for Week 5.

Miles Sanders, RB, Philadelphia Eagles

Despite his team’s loss to the Steelers in the battle of Pennsylvania’s two teams, Sanders had a productive outing in his return to his native Pittsburgh.

Sanders collected his career-long rush with a 74-yard gallop to the end zone in the first quarter.

He posted a second touchdown midway through the second quarter by powering through a few defenders at the goal line to tie the score at 14. 

Sanders leads the Eagles in rushing yards with 316 on the season.

Mike Gesicki, TE, Miami Dolphins

Photo By Steven Manuel

Speaking of career longs, Gesicki posted his longest NFL catch to date with a 70-yard catch on a beautifully run route against the 49ers.

Gesicki was tabbed by many to be a breakout player at the tight end position this season and he has not disappointed. He seems to be getting better each week and has developed a great rapport with Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. 

The former Penn State star is second on the team in receptions (18) and yards (281) this season. He’s also found the end zone twice.  

Allen Robinson II, WR, Chicago Bears

Photo By Steve Manuel

In a weekend full of upsets, Robinson II and the Chicago Bears got the party started on Thursday night football in a 20-19 upset over Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. 

He was Nick Foles’ favorite target in the win, snagging 10 catches on 16 targets for 90 yards.

Robinson II currently sits sixth in the league with 35 receptions and eighth in receiving yards with 421. 

Not bad for a receiver playing for an offense that has struggled to move the ball with consistency early this season. 

Nittany Lions In The NFL
Baltimore Ravens (1): Trace McSorley
Buffalo Bills (1): Ryan Bates
Carolina Panthers (2): Yetur Gross-Matos, Shareef Miller 
Chicago Bears (2): Jordan Lucas, Allen Robinson II
Dallas Cowboys (2): Sean Lee, Connor McGovern
Denver Broncos (2): DaeSean Hamilton, KJ Hamler 
Detroit Lions (3): Jason Cabinda, Jesse James, Amani Oruwariye
Green Bay Packers (1): Adrian Amos 
Houston Texans (1): John Reid 
Indianapolis Colts (1): Robert Windsor 
Las Vegas Raiders (2): Nick Bowers, Carl Nassib
Los Angeles Rams (1): Nick Scott
Miami Dolphins (1): Mike Gesicki
Minnesota Vikings (1): Dan Chisena 
New Orleans Saints (1): Blake Gillikin 
New York Giants (3): Saquon Barkley, Cam Brown, Austin Johnson
New York Jets (1): Sam Ficken, Chris Hogan, Ross Travis
Philadelphia Eagles (2): Miles Sanders, Trevor Williams 
Pittsburgh Steelers (1): Marcus Allen, Stefen Wisniewski 
San Francisco 49ers (2): Kevin Givens, Robbie Gould 
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3): Chris Godwin, A.Q. Shipley, Donovan Smith 
Tennessee Titans (2): Jack Crawford, DaQuan Jones
Washington Football Team (1): Troy Apke 

Nittany Lions On NFL Coaching Staffs
Matt Rhule – Carolina Panthers Head Coach
Tom Bradley – Pittsburgh Steelers DBs Coach
Bobby Engram – Baltimore Ravens TEs Coach
Al Golden – Cincinnati Bengals LBs Coach
D’Anton Lynn – Houston Texans Secondary Coach
Mike Munchak – Denver Broncos OL Coach
Jeff Nixon – Carolina Panthers Senior Offensive Assistant

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