A new, yet familiar name is added to this week’s edition of Trojans in the NFL.
Adoree’ Jackson recorded his first interception of the season in the New York Giants’ 30-10 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday night. Jackson simply happened to be in the right place at the right time, intercepting a ball that bounced right off Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans’ shoulder and returning it for ten yards. The interception set up the Giants offense in excellent field position on the Buccaneer’s five-yard line, ultimately leading to a New York touchdown. In addition to the pick, Jackson finished with three tackles and one pass defended.
Nelson Agholor had five catches for 40 yards and a touchdown in the New England Patriots’ 25-0 win over the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday. His five receptions led all Patriots receivers, and his 40 yards were second most behind wide receiver Kendrick Bourne (42). Agholor scored the only offensive touchdown of the game, finding himself wide open on a slant route for 19 yards. He has three receiving touchdowns on the season.
Ronald Jones II
Ronald Jones II had 33 yards and a touchdown on eight carries in the Buccaneers’ 30-10 win over the Giants. The touchdown, only his second this season, was a 6-yard run where he beat defenders rushing to the left side of the field.
Jones appeared to have narrowed the gap between him and running back Leonard Fournette in this outing, tallying just two fewer carries and yards than Fournette. With the Buccaneers’ comfortable lead throughout the contest, Jones saw an increase in playing time; his eight carries were his second most all season. It would not be surprising for his snaps to decrease next week, however, as the Buccaneers square off against a much more competitive Colts team.
Michael Pittman Jr.
Michael Pittman Jr. finished with just two catches for 23 yards in the Indianapolis Colts’ 41-15 win over the Buffalo Bills.
Two words: Jonathan Taylor. The Colts running back exploded for 185 rushing yards and five total touchdowns, causing the Colts to abandon the passing game. Quarterback Carson Wentz threw only 20 passes for 106 yards. Pittman’s 23 receiving yards were seven fewer than the team’s leading receiver, highlighting just how run-heavy Indianapolis’ game script was. Pittman should have a much bigger role in store for next week’s matchup against the Buccaneers.
Amon-Ra St. Brown
Amon-Ra St. Brown had four catches for 18 yards in the Detroit Lions’ 13-10 loss to the Cleveland Browns. St. Brown caught all four of his targets, but all were short-yardage plays. Quarterback Jared Goff’s absence due to an oblique injury certainly didn’t help St. Brown. Backup quarterback Tim Boyle threw for just 77 yards and two interceptions in his first career start. Whether a shaken-up Goff or inexperienced Boyle is at the helm for the Lions’ Thanksgiving battle against the Chicago Bears, St. Brown should continue seeing around four to six targets per game.