With approximately 250 players on active NFL rosters or practice squads each Sunday, there are numerous NFLPA Collegiate Bowl standouts every week around the league. Week 14 action provided plenty of fireworks, as several notable NFLPA Collegiate Bowl alumni skill position players had standout performances. As we head down the home stretch of the regular season, more opportunities are sure to arise, so be sure to check back each week for more top performers from our alumni!
Kendall Hinton, L’Jarius Sneed, & Mike Purcell
It was an exciting contest to watch as the Denver Broncos nearly rallied back to beat the Kansas City Chiefs last weekend with big contributions from Kendall Hinton. The third-year wideout had five catches for 38 yards, including three receptions which resulted in first downs to help extend Denver drives on offense. Kansas City would hold onto the win and they also received contributions from 2020 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl alumni L’Jarius Sneed, who registered seven tackles in an effort to thwart Hinton. Both players are enjoying exceptional seasons, as Hinton is now the third Broncos wide receiver to surpass 300 receiving yards this season. Meanwhile, Sneed should receive significant Pro Bowl consideration with 89 tackles, four tackles for loss, three forced fumbles, two interceptions, and one fumble recovery. Also in this game, NFLPA Collegiate Bowl alumni Mike Purcell chipped in with four tackles for the Broncos.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers offense struggled on Sunday but one NFLPA Collegiate Bowl alumni found his way back to the end zone. Bucs wide receiver Russell Gage found pay dirt against the San Francisco 49ers for the first time since week three—he missed all of November due to a hamstring injury. Look for Gage to have a key role as we near the playoffs. After back-to-back seasons of 750+ receiving yards for the Atlanta Falcons, Gage inked a three-year $30M contract with Tampa to provide quarterback Tom Brady with another dependable weapon. The Bucs will face another tough foe this upcoming week against the defending AFC Champion Cincinnati Bengals.
Another NFLPA Collegiate Bowl wideout beginning to heat up is Steven Sims for the Pittsburgh Steelers. The versatile utilityman had a season-high four catches for 30 yards, along with a 29-yard kick return and two punt returns against the Baltimore Ravens. We have seen Sims be able to provide instant offense in the past, as he accumulated 1,725 all-purpose yards and seven touchdowns during his first two seasons with Washington. You’ll need to keep a close eye on Sims, as he is capable of lining up inside, outside, or in the backfield, in addition to his special teams capabilities.
Jamal Agnew, Julius Chestnut, & Naquan Jones
The Jacksonville Jaguars have a jackknife of their own in do-it-all extraordinaire Jamal Agnew who was back up to his old tricks again in a win over the Tennessee Titans. The 2017 fifth-round pick caught all three of his targets for 36 receiving yards and chipped in 42 kick return yards, along with 20 punt return yards. On the season, Agnew has totaled 691 all-purpose yards and three touchdowns. For the Titans, undrafted NFLPA Collegiate Bowl rookie Julius Chestnut had a pair of catches and two kick returns, while Naquan Jonesregistered three tackles in a losing effort.
No one is enjoying more success this season than the Philadelphia Eagles. Top tight end target Dallas Goedert missed the past month due to injury and remarkably, the Eagles offense didn’t skip a beat. Much of the loss was offset by the play of NFLPA Collegiate Bowl alumni Jack Stoll, who flourished in his absence. An undrafted rookie free agent out of Nebraska in 2021, Stoll had two more catches during the Eagles win over the Giants this past week. Known more for his blocking prowess, he has stepped up in a big way with seven receptions during his time as a starter. Prior to the Goedert injury, Stoll had just three catches. With Goedert set to return this week, Philadelphia will have an even more vaunted offensive attack moving forward!
The 11th Annual NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, known for being the most diverse all-star game on the NFL Draft circuit, is scheduled for January 28th at the historic Rose Bowl.
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