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PSUers in the NFL 2019: Preseason Week 1

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Welcome back to our weekly series chronicling some of the Nittany Lion alumni in the professional ranks!

Jacksonville Jaguars v Baltimore Ravens Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images

Welcome back to another season of PSUers in the NFL!

Here’s a list of current Nittany Lions in the NFL:

Arizona Cardinals: AQ Shipley

Atlanta Falcons: Jack Crawford

Baltimore Ravens: Trace McSorley

Buffalo Bills: Ryan Bates

Carolina Panthers: Chris Hogan

Chicago Bears: Allen Robinson

Cleveland Browns: Anthony Zettel

Dallas Cowboys: Sean Lee, Connor McGovern

Denver Broncos: DaeSean Hamilton,

Detroit Lions: Jesse James, Amani Oruwariye

Green Bay Packers: Adrian Amos, Sam Ficken

Indianapolis Colts: Ross Travis

Kansas City Chiefs: Jordan Lucas

Los Angeles Chargers: Trevor Williams

Los Angeles Rams: Nick Scott

Miami Dolphins: Mike Gesicki, Mike Hull

New York Giants: Saquon Barkley, Grant Haley, Nathan Stupar

Oakland Raiders: Jason Cabinda, Koa Farmer

Philadelphia Eagles: Shareef Miller, Miles Sanders, DeAndre Thompkins, Stefen Wisniewski

Pittsburgh Steelers: Marcus Allen

San Francisco 49ers: Kevin Givens, Robbie Gould

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Chris Godwin, Carl Nassib, Donnovan Smith

Tennessee Titans: Austin Johnson, Cameron Wake

Washington Redskins: Troy Apke, Garrett Sickels

During the preseason, rather than looking at players such as Saquon Barkley, Allen Robinson, and others who have significant playing time assured, we will focus on the rookies fighting for roster spots:

Ryan Bates: Bates was traded last week to the Bills in exchange for Eli Harold. He is expected to contend for a spot on the roster given his versatility.

Koa Farmer: Farmer has two tackles in the team’s victory over the Rams (a game in which former PSUer Troy Reeder led the Rams with eight tackles). He also picked off Rams backup Blake Bortles in a joint practice.

Kevin Givens: Givens did not record any statistics against the Cowboys.

Connor McGovern: McGovern played for Dallas against the 49ers, and similar to Bates, should be able to utilize his ability to play multiple positions on the offensive line to secure a roster spot.

Trace McSorley: Everyone’s favorite underdog QB is already impressing Ravens’ fans. In last week’s game, he was 9/22 for 85 yards and a second quarter interception as well as 16 yards rushing, and he accounted for 9 points in the 29-0 win. Time will tell whether he earns the No. 3 signal-caller job in Baltimore.

Amani Oruwariye: Amani was reportedly doing well in Lions’ practices, and almost caused a turnover by Tom Terrific, but in game action against the Patriots, he allowed a touchdown and was beaten in coverage several times. He finished the game with six tackles and two pass breakups.

Miles Sanders: Sanders had three carries for three yards against the Titans.

Nick Scott: Scott did not record any statistics against the Raiders, but is apparently a favorite to make the Rams on special teams.

DeAndre Thompkins: Thompkins had one catch for four yards on three targets against the Titans.