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USC talents show out through Week 3 of NFL

first_imgFormer USC receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster slated 96 yards on seven receptions last night against the Buccaneers. (Daily Trojan file photo)The NFL season is underway and Week 3 has concluded with the first- and second-year Trojans making an impact on their respective teams. Along with a talented crop of rookies, former five-star recruits and receivers Adoree’ Jackson and JuJu Smith-Schuster have demonstrated the USC football program can develop talented players and take them to NFL stardom. Sam DarnoldBranded the face of the Jets franchise after a resounding 48-17 win in his debut against the Detroit Lions, rookie quarterback Sam Darnold struggled against the Browns in Week 3. The pressure was on Darnold on Thursday night to show the Browns they should not have passed on him in the draft with the No. 1 pick. After coming out hot to a 14-0 lead fueled by a strong ground game and consistent quarterback play, the Darnold-led offense sputtered. Following an injury to Browns quarterback Tyrod Taylor, rookie Baker Mayfield played his first real snaps. The pressure was even higher as the two highly touted rookies duked it out, but Darnold threw two critical interceptions that overshadowed his solid start to the game. These errors resulted in a 21-17 loss for the Jets.JuJu Smith-SchusterAnother Pro Football Focus hero, second year wideout JuJu Smith-Schuster had a 134.0 passer rating on passes targeting him his rookie year, the highest for any rookie receiver in the last 10 years. It’s hard to say that Smith-Schuster is a breakout candidate because it feels like he has already broken out. In his first two games, he’s backed up his fan-favorite personality and eccentric touchdown celebrations with 240 receiving yards and a touchdown. With Le’Veon Bell out for the foreseeable future due to contractual issues, there will be plenty of opportunities for Smith-Schuster to showcase his talent.Adoree’ JacksonAfter posting an 82.3 Pro Football Focus grade and making it onto Pro Football Focus’ list of “Second Year Players Primed to Breakout in 2018,” second year cornerback, Jackson has not disappointed. While it’s hard to evaluate a cornerback’s performance based on statistics alone, Jackson has recorded plenty to justify the hype. In his second game against the divisional rival Texans, he demonstrated his athleticism while recording his first career interception over superstar receiver DeAndre Hopkins. Jackson has come into his own after a rollercoaster rookie year and is positioned to be a stud for the Titans, who hope to return to the playoffs this year.Ronald Jones IIRookie running back Ronald Jones II was taken in the second round of this year’s NFL Draft. Yet, in spite of the Bucs’ bottom ranking ground game, Jones has not played a snap with Peyton Barber and Jacquizz Rodgers ahead of him on the depth chart. In the NFL season’s third week, Jones hoped to have made more of an impact to balance the Bucs’ passing attack. He struggles to fit into the Bucs’ vertical offense as a player who doesn’t catch the ball much; Jones only had 32 catches his entire college career. As the Bucs’ backup quarterback, Ryan Fitzpatrick was thrust into the starting job and is averaging over 400 yards passing and four touchdowns over the first two weeks Jones will continue to find where he fits in.Uchenna NwosuAfter striking fear into the hearts of Pac-12 quarterbacks last year, rookie outside linebacker Uchenna Nwosu began what he hopes will be a reign of terror on quarterbacks at the next level when he recorded his first sack in Week 2 against the Bills. Otherwise, Nwosu has been relatively quiet on the stat sheet, but is seeing an uptick in snaps after only seeing two defensive snaps his first game. In spite of major injuries, the Los Angeles Chargers are eyeing a playoff berth, and Nwosu looks to be a key piece in a dominant defense this season.last_img read more

Pavelski helps Stars beat Red Wings 4-1

first_img First Published: 4th January, 2020 10:54 IST Last Updated: 4th January, 2020 10:54 IST Pavelski Helps Stars Beat Red Wings 4-1 Joe Pavelski had a goal and an assist, and the Dallas Stars beat the Detroit Red Wings 4-1 on Friday night for their fourth straight come-from-behind win. SUBSCRIBE TO US Written By Associated Press Television News COMMENTcenter_img WATCH US LIVE Joe Pavelski had a goal and an assist, and the Dallas Stars beat the Detroit Red Wings 4-1 on Friday night for their fourth straight come-from-behind win.Pavelski was honored before the game for playing in his 1,000th NHL game last month, and then showed why he has lasted so long in the league.He assisted on Roope Hintz’s tying goal in the first period and added the Stars’ third goal in the second. He had an apparent goal disallowed in the third because of goalie interference.Radek Faksa and Andrej Sekera also scored for Dallas. Esa Lindell had three assists.The Stars rallied to win four consecutive games for the fourth time in franchise history, also accomplishing the feat twice during the 2005-06 season and once during the 2007-08 season.Dylan Larkin scored his 10th goal for Detroit. Jonathan Bernier finished with 23 saves in his first start since he beat San Jose 2-0 on Tuesday night for his first shutout of the season.Stars goaltender Anton Khudobin had 22 stops.Dallas (24-14-4) moved into a tie for second in the Central Division with idle Colorado, trailing only St. Louis with 58 points.The Red Wings (10-29-3) have an NHL-low 23 points. They are 3-17-2 in their last 22 games.Larkin took a pass from Robbie Fabbri in the right faceoff circle and sent a wrist shot under Khudobin 3:47 into the first.The Red Wings had a chance to score again during a four-minute power play after Faksa was whistled for a double minor for high sticking. Instead, Hintz and Esa Lindell got behind the Detroit defense for a 2-on-0 breakaway. Lindell passed across the slot to Hintz for his second short-handed goal and the Stars’ first at home this season.Faksa scored on the power play 1:36 into the second period, deflecting Lindell’s slap shot from the blue line past Bernier.The Stars increased their lead to 3-1 on Pavelski’s unassisted goal at 11:42. He skated in 2-on-1 with Hintz, held on to the puck and sent a wrist shot into the net.Four minutes into the third period, Pavelski knocked the puck across the goal line but Detroit coach Jeff Blashill successfully challenged the ruling.Sekera added a short-handed empty-net goal on a wrist shot from the blue line with 2:56 to play. It was Sekera’s second goal in two games after he had gone three years without scoring.NOTES: Pavelski had played career game No. 1,000 on Dec. 20 at Florida. … Detroit is 0 for 14 on the power play in the last four games. … Stars RW Corey Perry began a five-game suspension for elbowing Nashville’s Ryan Ellis during Wednesday’s Winter Classic. LW Joel Kiviranta was called up from Texas of the AHL. Kiviranta, 23, made his NHL debut. … Dallas D John Klingberg (lower-body injury) did not play. … Detroit won the first meeting between the teams 4-3 on Oct. 6. Anthony Mantha, now on injured reserve, scored all four Red Wings goals.UP NEXTRed Wings: Complete a two-game trip on Sunday at Chicago.Stars: Begin a four-game western trip at Los Angeles on Wednesday. LIVE TV FOLLOW USlast_img read more