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Duke in the NFL: Noah Gray hauls in first career touchdown

Noah Gray was drafted with the 162nd overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Noah Gray was drafted with the 162nd overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.

Just over halfway through the season, it's time to take a look at how Duke football's former star players have been doing in the NFL, with one reaching a major personal mark:

Noah Gray, TE, Kansas City Chiefs

Rookie tight end Noah Gray achieved a great milestone this week—his first career touchdown. The grab came on a crucial fourth and goal with the Chiefs up only three points in the third quarter on the road in a critical game against an AFC West rival. It was the third time quarterback Patrick Mahomes had targeted Gray in the game, and although Gray failed to bring in the first two, he came in clutch on his third try, coming down with the ball in the end zone to propel the Chiefs to a big second half and a 41-14 win against Las Vegas. 

Although Gray logged only one catch for one yard, that one yard resulted in the first touchdown in his career—a significant step in the young tight end’s ascent since his first career catch Week 3 against the Chargers. 

Jamison Crowder, WR, New York Jets

Jets receiver Jamison Crowder recorded a lowly 20 yards in Sunday’s loss against the Buffalo Bills, being targeted six times but only managing three receptions. He followed receivers Corey Davis and Elijah Moore, along with running backs Michael Carter and Ty Johnson in yards. Crowder is usually one of the Jets’ leaders in the passing game, but his numbers have been sliding a bit of late.

This comes as the Jets have yet more instability at the quarterback position, with banged-up backup quarterback Mike White delivering a disappointing performance, going 24-for-44 on passes for 251 yards, zero touchdowns and four interceptions (three of which ended the Jets’ first three drives in the third quarter). Third-stringer Joe Flacco entered the game for the Jets’ final drive, completing all three of his passes for 47 yards and a touchdown. 

Michael Carter II, CB, New York Jets

Rookie cornerback Michael Carter got a solid amount of playing time this Sunday against a potent Bills offense, taking 59% of the total snaps. His most notable play came early in the fourth quarter, when he recovered a Matt Breida fumble forced by Jets safety Ashtyn Davis. Unfortunately, the Jets were unable to capitalize on the turnover and the offensive series ended in a punt.

Daniel Jones, QB, New York Giants

The Giants were on their bye week. Moving into Week 11, the Giants are focusing on their matchup against the Tom Brady-led Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Jones' stats for the season sit at 2,059 yards with eight touchdowns to five interceptions.

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