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Duke in the NFL: Daniel Jones loses first career game while offensive linemen stand out

With the help of Laken Tomlinson, San Francisco's run game powered the 49ers to a dominant win
With the help of Laken Tomlinson, San Francisco's run game powered the 49ers to a dominant win

From Daniel Jones' first career loss to Duke's array of successful linemen, the Blue Zone gives you a rundown of how some former Blue Devils are performing at the professional level:

Daniel Jones, QB, New York Giants

It was a game to forget for the man now securely situated as the Giants starting quarterback, as New York lost 28-10. Multiple sacks and even more pressure thanks to the Big Blue offensive line did him no favors, but his several turnover-worthy throws and a depth of target unbecoming of a gunslinger such as he did little to quiet his critics. And with top target Sterling Shepherd out long-term with a concussion, his supporting cast will stay hampered.

Jamison Crowder, WR, New York Jets

The Jets were on a bye last week, but you’d be forgiven for thinking they stayed on vacation this past Sunday. In a 31-6 loss, Crowder had yet another quiet week, with two catches on three targets for just ten yards. What’s most concerning is the percent of snaps that he played: after being on the field for at least 90 percent of New York’s snaps for its first three games, he played only 54 percent of the team's snaps against the Eagles, via Pro Football Reference.

Laken Tomlinson, G, San Francisco 49ers

Tomlinson has been enjoying his third straight successful campaign starting along San Francisco's line. That shone on Monday, as he helped power a 31-3 victory. He and the rest of the 49ers offensive line contributed to a run game that added 9.3 expected points — nearly equivalent to the impact of Russell Wilson in Seattle’s win — and averaged 6.9 yards per carry. Madness.

Matt Skura, C, Baltimore Ravens

One of the key cogs in a surprisingly good Baltimore offensive line, Skura was listed as Pro Football Focus’s fifth-ranked center in the NFL this week. With his help, the Ravens pulled off a 26-23 overtime win over the Steelers in Pittsburgh.

Lucas Patrick, G, Green Bay Packers

Patrick played 74 percent of the Packers’ offensive snaps on Sunday, his highest percent this year, according to Pro Football Reference. Their 34-24 victory actually undersells the quality of their offensive performance, with Patrick helping running back Aaron Jones to over 100 yards and four touchdowns.

Thomas Hennessy, LS, New York Jets

Hennessy, who has been the Jets starting long snapper since he was drafted back in 2017, re-signed for four years and $4.4 million on Saturday.

Ross Cockrell, CB, Carolina Panthers

Starting for the third straight week, Cockrell continued to show why many have long-argued he’s a starting-caliber NFL player. Spotting your opponent 27 points and 246 yards to their top two receivers is never ideal but the Carolina slot corner contributed to the Panthers’ win by limiting the gains in his coverage.

Breon Borders, CB, Jacksonville Jaguars

Borders continues to play the majority of Jacksonville’s special teams snaps.