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ProCanes Highlights and NFL Week 8 Preview

David Njoku Puts THE #TEU On The Board On National Tight Ends Day Last Sunday

NFL: Cleveland Browns at Cincinnati Bengals Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports

This past Sunday was National Tight Ends’ Day and of course the only #TEU, Miami Hurricanes, had to get involved on their special day. The Canes’ contingent of four active TEs had a nice day on Sunday as Greg Olsen, Jimmy Graham, David Njoku, and Chris Herndon combined for 9 receptions for 69 yards and one Njoku TD.

Before we get to the rest of the ProCanes highlights from week 7 and what to look for in week 8, I would be remiss if I did not note the monumental debut taking place at Hard Rock today. If you haven’t heard by now, it is Tua Time for the Dolphins as Miami is putting the rock in the rookie’s hand for the start against the Los Angeles Rams today. Despite a solid first six games to the season with veteran QB, Ryan Fitzpatrick, at the helm, the Fins are making the change. I thought Tagovailoa would not be introduced to meaningful game action until next year but it appears Miami has a different plan. Let’s see how it plays out.

Week Seven ProCane of the Week: TE/David Njoku - The ProCanes didn’t put up the flashiest of stats in week seven so I feel like I have to give this award to the one ProCane TE who found the end zone. It has been a turbulent year for Njoku and it could continue to make waves with the trade deadline this Tuesday. Despite two TDs this season, Njoku is currently listed as the third TE on the Browns depth chart. It was reported that he would be dealt this offseason, that he again asked for a trade last week, and that he is on the trading block going into the deadline. As Cleveland is off to a decent start and just lost Odell Beckham to a season ending ACL injury and TE1, Austin Hooper, has been dealing with injuries, it is unclear if these are just rumors or an actual possibility. Regardless, the former first round pick is a freak athlete with a lot of talent and could be a valuable asset as long as he stays healthy.

ProCanes Week Seven Highlights:

In Week 7, the true ageless wonder, New York Jets RB Frank Gore, had a strong day with 11 carries for 60 yards in a close loss to the division-leading Buffalo Bills. With the departure of Le’Veon Bell, Gore is the RB1. However, he is competing with someone who was probably not even walking yet when Gore entered the league. Former Florida Gator and rookie, La’Mical Perine, is currently listed as RB2 and scored his first career TD this past Sunday. The TD came before Gore found the end zone this season. Even at the NFL level, the Canes and Gators compete.

Gore’s teammate, WR Braxton Berrios, continues to be a favorite option for Jets QB, Sam Darnold. On Sunday, Berrios was the lead target for the Jets as he was targeted seven times and hauled in four catches for 35 yards. Berrios should continue to be favored this week as Jamison Crowder is doubtful and Breshad Perriman is ruled out. The Jets will also likely be playing from behind as 19.5-point underdogs against the defending Super Bowl Champion, Kansas City Chiefs.

Sticking in the AFC East, OL, Jon Feliciano is finally active after missing the first seven weeks. Feliciano provides an immediate boost as he started all 16 games last season. Speaking of OLineman, Jaguars Center and Captain, Brandon Linder, continued to see 100% of snaps at Center this past week even though he recently returned from injury.

Texans RB, Duke Johnson, has been somewhat disappointing this season, especially due to a lingering injury. However, this past week Duke was able to prove his abilities as a strong pass-catching back as he tallied five receptions for 43 yards.

Lastly, Chargers Safety, Rayshawn Jenkins, continues to do a good job anchoring LA’s secondary. Jenkins put up eight tackles this week in a 39-29 victory.
Week Eight Projected ProCane of the Week: RB/Travis Homer or DeeJay Dallas - Alright so I’m projecting two ProCanes of the week, but let me explain. Homer and Dallas basically play the exact same role on the Seattle Seahawks as special teams’ weapons and for backfield depth. This week, the backfield depth is a major focus as the Seahawks lead RB weapons are all up in the air going into this week. Specifically, Chris Carson, Carlos Hyde, and Travis Homer are all game time decisions. Homer has more experience than Dallas, so if he is good to go, he will likely see more action. However, if Carson, Hyde, and Homer are all battling more than minor injuries, then the rookie, Dallas, could see some serious action.

Week Eight Games and Week Seven ProCanes Stats:

Thursday Night Recap:

Atlanta Falcons (1-6) 25 @ Carolina Panthers (2-4-1) 17

ProCanes Updates
CB Corn Elder - Week Seven: 3 tackles; Week Eight: 3 tackles
DE Allen Bailey - Week Seven: 32 Defensive Snaps; Week Eight: 1 tackle

Sunday Games:

Las Vegas Raiders (3-3) (-2.5) @ Cleveland Browns (5-2)

ProCanes Updates Week Seven
FS Sheldrick Redwine - 1 Tackle
DE Olivier Vernon - 2 Tackles, 1 QBHit
TE David Njoku - 2 receptions for 20 yard, 1 TD
DE Joe Jackson - Inactive

New Orleans Saints (4-2) (-4.5) @ Chicago Bears (5-2)

ProCanes Updates Week Seven
TE Jimmy Graham - 5 receptions for 31 yards
P Pat O’Donnell - 5 punts, 47.6 yards/punt, 55 long, 2 inside 20
RB Lamar Miller - Practice Squad
S Deon Bush - 1 Tackle
CB Artie Burns - Injured Reserve

San Francisco 49ers (4-3) (+3.0) @ Seattle Seahawks (5-1)

ProCanes Updates Week Seven
RB DeeJay Dallas - 2 receptions for 18 yards
RB Travis Homer - 3 rushes for 10 yards
WR Phillip Dorsett - Injured Reserve
TE Greg Olsen - 2 receptions for 18 yards
LB Ray Ray Armstrong - Practice Squad
WR Travis Benjamin - Opt Out

Indianapolis Colts (4-2) (-3.0) @ Detroit Lions (3-3)

ProCanes Updates Week Six
DE Al-Quadin Muhamad - 1 Tackle

New England Patriots (2-4) (+4.0) @ Buffalo Bills (5-2)

ProCanes Updates Week Seven
S Jaquan Johnson - 13 ST Snaps
OL Jon Feliciano - Active off IR
CB Michael Jackson Sr. - Practice Squad
LB Michael Pinckney - Practice Squad

Minnesota Vikings (1-5) (+6.5) @ Green Bay Packers (5-1)

ProCanes Updates Week Seven
DE Jonathan Garvin - 7 Defensive snaps
WR K.J. Osborn - Bye Week

New York Jets (0-7) (+19.5) @ Kansas City Chiefs (6-1)

RB Frank Gore - 11 carries for 60 yards
WR Braxton Berrios - 4 receptions for 35 yards
TE Chris Herndon - No receptions
WR Lawrence Cager (transferred to UGA) - Inactive
OL Danny Isidora - Practice Squad

Los Angeles Rams (5-2) (-3.5) @ Miami Dolphins (3-3)

ProCanes Updates Week Six
OL Ereck Flowers - 56 Offensive Snaps (100%)
OL Tyler Gauthier - Practice Squad
WR Allen Hurns - Opt Out

Pittsburgh Steelers (6-0) (+4.0) @ Baltimore Ravens (5-1)

ProCanes Updates Week Six
DE Calais Campbell - 5 Tackles, 4 TFL, 3.0 Sacks, 4 QBHits
RB Gus Edwards (Transferred to Rutgers) - 14 rushes for 26 yards and 1 TD

Los Angeles Chargers (2-4) (-3.5) @ Denver Broncos (2-4)

ProCanes Updates Week Seven
S Rayshawn Jenkins - 8 Tackles
K Michael Badgley - 3/4 XP, 2/3 FG (35-yard long)
LB Denzel Perryman - 3 Tackles
OL Tyree St. Louis - No Plays
LB Anthony Chickillo - 2 Tackles

Tennessee Titans (5-1) -5.5 @ Cincinnati Bengals (1-5-1)

No ProCanes.

Sunday Night Football:

Dallas Cowboys (2-5) (+9.0) @ Philadelphia Eagles (2-4-1)

No ProCanes.

Monday Night Football:

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-2) (-12.0) @ New York Giants (1-6)

ProCanes Updates Week Seven
SS Adrian Colbert - Inactive
LB Trent Harris - 9 Defensive Snaps (season debut)
DT R.J. McIntosh - Inactive

Houston Texans (1-6): Bye Week

RB Duke Johnson - 5 receptions for 43 yards

Jacksonville Jaguars (1-6): Bye Week

C Brandon Linder - 63 Offensive Snaps (100%)
LB Shaquille Quarterman - 29 ST Snaps
OL KC McDermott - Practice Squad

Washington Football Team (2-5), Arizona Cardinals (5-2): Bye Week

No ProCanes.