Every week during the NFL regular season, we will track notable performances by NFL players who participated in the Collegiate Bowl. Here are the top performers from Week 1:
Frankie Luvu- New York Jets
After being called up from the practice squad on Saturday, Luvu ended up being one of the most vital rookies during the Jets’ season-opening 48-17 win over the Lions. Luvu played 50 percent of the Jets defensive snaps and made three tackles, including a shoelace stop. The 21-year-old Samoan out of Washington State appears ready to earn more playing time as the season wears on.
Genard Avery- Cleveland Browns
The linebacker out of Memphis played at an elite level in Week 1 against the Pittsburgh Steelers. With four tackles and a sack, Genard stepped up in the absence of Emmanuel Ogbah by adding another source of quarterback pressure. After an impressive performance, the Browns hope that his strong play will help them win their first game since 2016.
Will Dissly- Seattle Seahawks
In his NFL debut, Dissly finished the game as the Seahawks leading receive, catching four passes for 105 yards. The tight end snagged Seattle’s first touchdown of the day on a 15-yard pass from Russell Wilson. Head coach Pete Carroll was clearly impressed with Dissly, saying afterward, “Jeez, he was on fire. I was shouting, ‘Ditka!’ He looked like Mike Ditka out there.” Dissly seems to be fitting right in with the Seahawks offense and a top target for Wilson.