This was an amazing week for South Carolina alumni in the NFL. We saw the return of Deebo, the breakout performance of Mike Davis and the Byrd versus Fenton matchup.
Here are some of the best performances from week four:
The Panthers are 2-2 this season. Both of their wins were with Mike Davis starting in the backfield.
Davis finished with 16 carries for 84 yards and a touchdown against the Cardinals. He also had five receptions for 27 yards.
No red zone problems today. Mike Davis plunges in for the TD from 1-yard out pic.twitter.com/cexRIUBBFQ— Panthers 24/7 (@Panthers24_7) October 4, 2020
Davis has proved in his two starts that he’s a worthy NFL starter, and he will most likely see continued action even when Christian McCaffery returns.
Davis’ shiftiness and his receiving ability makes him a valuable asset for the Panthers.
The Patriots played the Chiefs in what should’ve been a great showdown between Cam Newton and Patrick Mahomes.
The Chiefs won pretty easily, but Gilmore committed a South Carolina on Clemson crime when he forced a fumble on Sammy Watkins.
GILMORE ALWAYS MAKING PLAYS.— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) October 5, 2020
Gilmore added three tackles in a game where he had to go up against arguably the best quarterback in the NFL.
Damiere Byrd/Rashad Fenton
It was too hard to tell who won this matchup. Both players looked really good for their respective teams.
Byrd finished five receptions for 80 yards while dealing with two backup quarterbacks. Fenton finished with three tackles, four pass breakups and a key interception.
Rashad Fenton with the THEFT 🚨 @_sleepp pic.twitter.com/oKEkUBPBd6— The Checkdown (@thecheckdown) October 6, 2020
Both Byrd and Fenton have looked increasingly good over the season.
yrd has essentially established himself as the number one receiver for the Patriots while Fenton is looking like a key piece of a good Chiefs secondary.
Kinlaw has looked like the best rookie interior lineman this year. He finished with four tackles, but he had a key pass deflection which led to an interception.
KINLAW! https://t.co/p12B8PaeT4— The Spurs Up Show (@TheSpursUpShow) October 5, 2020
Kinlaw was never the guy to light up the stat sheet, but just his pure ability to create pocket pressure is what sets him apart from other defensive linemen.
He’s doing a lot for a rookie defensive tackle who is a part of a beat up defensive line. Although the 49ers didn’t get the win, Kinlaw still looks really good.
These were the most impressive performances from Gamecock alumni this week. It really is great to see some guys we haven’t heard from in awhile break out this season. Despite South Carolina’s lackluster performance so far this season, we at least get to see the former players excel in the NFL.