Monday ProCanes Report: Graham Scores Twice
The Monday Morning ProCanes report will weed through all the NFL highlights and news to bring you the information you care about the most... what the former University of Miami Hurricanes did during the week prior. Jimmy Graham posted back-to-back 100-yard games for the fourth time in his young career, extending the ProCanes touchdown streak to 14 straight weeks with his first multi-touchdown game of the season. Week Three also included a number of “firsts” for ProCanes – the first interception of the season for Green Bay Packers’ cornerback Sam Shields, the first two sacks for Chicago Bears’ linebacker D.J. Williams, and perhaps most impressively, the first professional win for Rob Chudzinski as head coach of the Cleveland Browns.
Sam Shields (Green Bay Packers) – four tackles, one interception
The Green Bay Packers’ fourth-year cornerback has enjoyed an explosive start to the season, ranking first on the team in passes defended (six) and third in total tackles (21). Shields did well to defend Cincinnati Bengals Pro Bowl wide receiver AJ Green in the 34-20 loss, including a first-quarter interception on a pass from quarterback Andy Dalton intended for Green. The pick was the first of the season for Shields, who served as a team captain for the game, and tenth of his career. He recorded four tackles in the game after recording 17 in the Packers’ first two games.
Video Highlights: First INT of 2013
Jimmy Graham (New Orleans Saints) – nine receptions, 134 yards, two touchdowns.
Nearing the end of the first month of the NFL season, New Orleans Saints Pro Bowler Jimmy Graham has re-established himself among the league’s brightest offensive stars. The fourth-year tight end ranks third in receiving yards (358) and is tied for second in touchdowns (four) after guiding his team to a 31-7 romp over the Arizona Cardinals. Graham registered 134 yards over his game-high nine receptions, recording the 28th and 29th touchdowns of his career in just his 28th start. The 100-yard game was the seventh-career such performance for Graham, who surpassed 3,000 receiving yards in the victory.
Video Highlights: Jumpball TD | 29-Yard Catch | Second Touchdown
D.J. Williams (Chicago Bears) – four tackles, two sacks, one forced fumble
The first-year Bears linebacker provided some much-needed pressure in his best performance of the season, setting up Chicago’s first touchdown of the game with a strip-sack of Pittsburgh’ quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. Williams’ play was instrumental in the Bears’ clinical 40-23 win, totaling four tackles and adding another first-quarter takedown of Roethlisberger for his first multi-sack game since 2011. The tenth-year linebacker, who signed a one-year contract with Chicago after nine years with the Denver Broncos, now has 10 tackles in his team’s 3-0 start to the season.
Video Highlights: First-Quarter Strip-Sack | Another Sack
Reggie Wayne (Indianapolis Colts) – five catches, 63 yards
Though his numbers were by no means jaw-dropping by his own standards, Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne moved into ninth place in the NFL’s all-time receptions list with a five-catch performance in a 27-7 win over San Francisco. Wayne passed Randy Moss for ninth place on the list with 986 total receptions, as his second catch of the day move one place ahead of Moss (982). The 13th-year wide receiver, who ranks No. 15 in the NFL with 18 receptions this season, needs just one more score to become the 11th player in NFL history with 13,000 career yards and 80 career touchdowns.
Video Highlights: 25-Yard Reception
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