Top Performances From Gamecocks In The NFL: Week One

South Carolina has a ton of talent in the NFL, and that talent was clear on the field this week.

Although there were some injuries that barred players like Alshon Jeffery and Deebo Samuel, these are some impressive performances by Gamecock alumni. 

Stephon Gilmore 

Gilmore was looking for revenge against DeVante Parker this week, and he got it in style.

Gilmore was a presence all over the field and carried the beat up Patriots defense to only 11 points allowed.

Gilmore also had one interception, while not allowing a single touchdown through the air.

The reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year will look to go back to back as he continues his impressive season. 

Melvin Ingram 

Ingram is entering his ninth season in the NFL, and he doesn’t seem to be slowing down.

Ingram had two tackles and one interception in the win over the Bengals. It was nice to see Ingram welcome rookie Joe Burrow to the league by picking him off.

I expect Ingram to have nice production again this season along with Joey Bosa. 

Jared Cook 

Cook is entering his twelth season in the NFL, and he definitely still has it in him.

The 33 year old tight end was the leading receiver for the Saints, with five receptions for 80 yards.

The Saints seemed to rely on Cook and Alvin Kamara more, as Michael Thomas only had three receptions in the whole game.

Drew Brees will rely even more on Cook this season as Thomas, the leader in receptions in 2019, will be out for several weeks with a high ankle sprain.

Conclusion 

There were other former Gamecocks who played, but rookies like Bryan Edwards and Javon Kinlaw haven’t lit up the stat sheet yet as they’re still adjusting to the NFL.

I’m excited to see Deebo Samuel as the WR1 on the 49ers once he returns from his injury. I’m also excited to see more from all the Gamecock alumni in the league.

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