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ProCanes Week 1 Recap: Phillip Dorsett Shines in NFL’s First Week

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As the NFL returns, let’s check in on some former Canes to see how they did in Week 1.

NFL: Pittsburgh Steelers at New England Patriots
The former Cane was a shining star in Week 1 of the NFL season.
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The NFL’s 100th season finally kicked off this past weekend, and plenty of former Miami Hurricanes will be playing on Sunday’s this year. Despite the Canes struggles on the field over the past decade, they still haven’t stopped producing NFL talent. The Canes are right up there with current powers such as Ohio State, LSU, and Oklahoma. Let’s take a look at how some Canes did this past weekend.

Phillip Dorsett

Dorsett was the Patriots leading receiver in their 33-3 drubbing of the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday night. Dorsett caught four passes for 95 yards and two touchdowns. After his impressive performance, Dorsett got some compliments from a pretty good critic, QB Tom Brady.

Jimmy Graham

In what was a pretty boring game to officially open the season last Thursday, Graham ended up scoring the only points the Packers really needed to win 10-3 last week over the Bears. Graham caught the lone touchdown of the game, which turned out to be the first touchdown of the entire season. Graham finished with three catches for 30 yards and one touchdown.

David Njoku

In what was otherwise a very dim 43-13 loss for the Browns on Sunday, Njoku did provide a bright spot by catching a touchdown in the 3rd quarter.

Pat O’Donnell

The former Canes punter took advantage of the puntfest that ensued last Thursday, as he finished with a mind-blowing eight punt attempts, finishing with 341 punt yards with an average of 42.6 yards per punt.

Duke Johnson

Johnson made his debut with the Texans on Monday night, finishing with 57 rushing yards and 33 receiving yards.

Some ProCanes stood out this past week, but there’s still plenty more weeks for the many others to stand out. As evidenced above, quite a few Canes have made it to the NFL, so we’ll see how they do as the season progresses.

Honorable Mentions

Greg Olsen, TE, Carolina Panthers

Frank Gore, RB, Buffalo Bills

Calais Campbell, DE, Jacksonville Jaguars

Olivier Vernon, DE, Cleveland Browns

Allen Hurns, WR, Miami Dolphins

Al-Quadin Muhammad, Indianapolis Colts

Sheldrick Redwine, S, Cleveland Browns

These are some of the other ProCanes that didn’t make a huge impact in Week 1, but there’s no doubt they’ll be on this list many times throughout the season. Whether it’s established vets like Campbell and Olsen, or rookies who have already earned some playing time like Redwine, there will be a lot of different ProCanes on this list throughout the 2019 NFL season.