Top Performances From Gamecocks In The NFL: Week Seventeen

It was a great finish for former Gamecocks all over the NFL. It’s been a weird year all around, but there were a lot of great performances to watch over the past several weeks.

Some players like Deebo Samuel played well, but struggled with injuries all year. Some players like Mike Davis and Damiere Byrd had breakout seasons.

Here are some of the best performances from the final week in the regular season: 

Hayden Hurst, Atlanta Falcons

Hurst has been an interesting tight end to say the least. He’s a great red zone threat for an offense that has a ton of weapons.

The Falcons have struggled this year, but Hurst has really found his place especially in the last few weeks. Hurst has six receiving touchdowns this year, and three of them came in the last three weeks.

Hurst only had 28 yards this week, but he proved to be a reliable red zone target for Matt Ryan. 

Bryan Edwards, Las Vegas Raiders 

Congratulations to Edwards on his first career NFL touchdown. Edwards has been relatively quiet this year, but he’s also fighting for snaps with a lot of good receivers.

It doesn’t help that Derek Carr throws to Darren Waller a lot. Edwards’ touchdown was a beauty of a 26 yard catch from Carr. It reminded me a lot of the great contested catches he made not so long ago at South Carolina.

He finished the game with only two catches but 51 yards. Unfortunately, the Raiders barely missed the playoff, but Edwards still has a long career ahead of him 

Jared Cook, New Orleans Saints 

Cook has been very up and down all year. It’s safe to say he finished the regular season on a strong note.

He put up 43 yards and a touchdown in the Saints’ win over the Panthers. He finished with seven touchdowns on the season. Three of those came in the last five weeks.

Cook and the Saints will enter the playoffs as the number two seed in the NFC. With Drew Brees expected to retire after this season, Cook’s production will be a mystery next year if the Saints decide to use Taysom Hill.

At 33 years old, it will be interesting to see what Cook decides to do.


It was a really good year for Gamecocks in the NFL, and we’ll have a few players in the playoffs this year.

It was also nice to see DJ Wonnum, Javon Kinlaw and Bryan Edwards have solid rookie years. There’s so much more to look forward to next season.

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