It was a good day for former state university pass catchers in the NFL on Sunday.
Justin Blackmon has played just two games this season and he’s already over 300 yards receiving. The Jaguars stink, but it certainly hasn’t stopped Blackmon, who served a four-game suspension for violation of the NFL’s substance abuse policy, from thriving.
On Sunday against the Broncos, Blackmon received props from one of the NFL’s all-time greats.
From Jaguars.com Senior Writer John Oehser:
4. Justin Blackmon is a big-time player. It seems like a long time ago that he struggled in the first half of his rookie season. Blackmon’s return from a four-game suspension has given the team a go-to option in the passing game the last two weeks. He caught 14 passes for 190 yards Sunday, and his ability to turn a slant pattern into 10-to-15 yards consistently has given the Jaguars a reliable passing play – something it hasn’t had for a while.
Kenny Stills had a nice day for the New Orleans Saints in a road loss to the New England Patriots. The former OU receiver had a career high in yards (64) and pulled in his first touchdown as a pro.
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Times-Picayune (New Orleans) columnist Jeff Duncan said the Saints’ reserves, Stills included, showed heart in the 31-27 loss to the Patriots:
With four injured starters sidelined and their two best offensive weapons hobbled, they reached deep into their offensive depth chart and called the seldom-used numbers of Khiry Robinson, Travaris Cadet and Kenny Stills. Each responded with touchdowns. Their steely performances in such an intense environment will be among many positives Sean Payton and his staff will note when they review the game tape Monday.
On the quieter side, former OU and OSU tight ends had fewer catches but better results. Brandon Pettigrew (OSU) had four catches for 36 yards for the Detroit Lions in a 31-17 second-half blowout of Brandon Weeden’s Cleveland Browns, and Jermaine Gresham (OU) had two catches for five yards against the Buffalo Bills in a 27-24 overtime win.