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ProCanes NFL Recap: Week 2

It was a big week for the ProCanes in Week 2; highlights of big plays by former Cane greats were the norm on Sunday.

NFL: San Francisco 49ers at Carolina Panthers Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Miami’s NFL talent came out and dominated headlines on Sunday by making big plays left and right. Let’s see how some of our favorite Canes played.

Greg Olsen

G-REG! In the headlines again! Olsen had a great day in the Panthers win over the 49ers. He finished the game with five receptions for 122 yards, including this 78-yard bomb over the middle:

Travis Benjamin

Like Olsen, Benjamin had a huge day through the air in a win over Jacksonville. Benjamin finished with six catches for 115 yards and two touchdowns, one of them being this 45-yard strike from Rivers:

Safe to say he made a lot of fantasy owners happy with this performance.

Clive Walford

The second-year pro decided to join the fun against Atlanta with six catches for 50 yards, including this 31-yard touchdown reception to give Oakland a brief lead in the third quarter:

Walford will certainly be a name to keep tabs on throughout the season, as many expect him to breakout and significantly improve his production from last season.

Frank Gore

This guy doesn’t age, man. May not be the biggest, fastest, quickest or strongest, but his guy knows how to play football, simple as that. Gore’s stats aren’t eye-popping whatsoever, but he has a knack for getting into the end zone. Check out this acrobatic play to pull the Colts within three points:

It’s also worth noting that Gore has now moved into 13th place on the NFL all-time career rushing list.

Artie Burns

After not recording a stat in Week 1, Burns saw his playing time and productivity spike in Week 2 vs. Cincinnati. Burns finished with two tackles and a major pass breakup that saved a would-be touchdown.

Andre Johnson

Johnson is still in the league and is still producing. He is not the receiver he once was, but for an organization like the Tennessee Titans, Johnson’s skill set and veteran presence is invaluable. Late in the fourth quarter, Johnson found the end zone to give the Titans a 16-15 lead and eventual win over the Lions (sorry Cam).

Ladarius Gunter

Making his first NFL start, Gunter impressed by notching a career-high six tackles while also forcing a fumble. With former Cane Sam Shields currently sidelined due to a concussion, Gunter’s playing time is sure to increase.

Other Notes

More ProCanes, such as Duke Johnson, Lamar Miller and Allen Hurns, had relatively quiet days this week as Johnson and Hurns both lost in Week 2. Miller got a good workload of 25 carries, but only posted 83 yards for the entire game in a win over Kansas City.

Another positive is seeing often-forgotten Canes making an impact in the league.

Armbrister was decent in college as he was bring molded into a linebacker position after being converted from safety. He never flourished in college, but he was productive in his role. It’s good to see him making an impact on the highest stage.

That’s all for this week’s NFL ProCanes recap. GO CANES!