There are 18 active NFL rosters with at least one Georgia football player on them.
From skill players to defensive studs and kickers, the Dawgs have put their stamp on the league.
In Week 6 of the NFL season, most of the players had something to talk about, but seven of those performances were brag-worthy.
However, while those eight players continue to find success in the NFL, it isn’t always that easy to keep your job in this league.
The Indianapolis Colts announced Tuesday evening that they waived former Georgia and Washington quarterback Jacob Eason.
Eason played in just one game during the two seasons with the Colts, so it’s still a tough break for the young quarterback while he hasn’t had much time on the field.
Hopefully, a team will pick him up and let him have a go on their practice squad. The Colts will replace Eason with Sam Ehlinger from Texas, who came up from the injured reserve list.
While it’s a tough break for Eason, the guys who played well deserve some praise too.
These eight guys either were crucial in their team’s games or earned them some high rankings among their fellow NFL players because of their performances.
Here are the top-7 Week 6 performances from former Georgia players in the NFL
Georgia football’s Week 6 NFL roundup
Welcome to the scene, AJ Green. The Arizona Cardinal finished their game against the Browns with five catches for 79 yards and one score.
Arizona is 6-0 for the first time since 1974, and Green is a big asset for that offense, especially in the 34-14 win over Cleveland.
It’s good to see the wideout succeed again after so many ups and downs with the Bengals. Green has the tools to be one of the greatest wideouts in the league, and Arizona is using him.
Justin Houston has 99.5 career sacks and is just .5 sacks away from recording that100 career quarterback takedown milestone.
In the Ravens 34-6 win over the Chargers, Houston recorded two tackles and one sack.
Houston is one scrappy defensive player who can make quarterbacks worry. No one is more deserving than him of achieving 100 career sacks. It’s great to see him shine and be so close to this milestone.
Another former Dawg who had a great week was Buffalo Bills standout Isaiah McKenzie. Despite the Bills falling short to the Tennessee Titans 34-31, the human joystick had a decent outing.
McKenzie returned three kickoffs for 77 yards and two punts for six yards. He also had one five-yard rush and a three-yard catch. He would have a kick off return touchdown on this week’s honors, but due to a holding penalty, he had it wiped away, or these stats would have been even more impressive.
Those numbers pushed him to No. 8 in the NFL in kickoff return yards with 244. McKenzie ranks No. 8 in punt return yards as well with 97.
Special team plays are something that McKenzie does well with, so to see him in the Top-10 of both categories shows he is doing something right on those kick plays.
As fast as he is, it isn’t surprising to see him have those kinds of numbers.
Despite losing 24-14 to the Green Bay Packers, there was a bright spot on the Bears’ defense in Roquan Smith’s performance.
Smith led Chicago with 12 tackles on the day, giving him 61 on the season, which puts him at No.4 in the NFL. This guy is a tackling machine and is on pace to record almost 200 total tackles on the year.
He isn’t human, but we won’t tell if you don’t tell. Smith is one of the most well-rounded football players in the league, and he is going to break some records before his career finishes.
The Lions fell to the Bengals 34-11, but the one star for Detriot had to be D’Andre Swift.
Swift finished with 13 carries for 24 yards and one score. He also had five catches for 43 yards on the day. Leave it up to Swift to score the lone touchdown for Detriot, but then again, it’s not surprising to see.
Kansas City Chiefs
Mecole Hardman had a strong game for the Chiefs in their 31-13 victory over the Washington Football Team.
He had four catches for 62 yards, two punt returns for 56 yards and tallied one rush for six yards.
Hardman is another highly versatile player out of Georgia, and it’s exciting to see him shine in the NFL as well.
Matthew Stafford put on a clinic against the New York Giants in Week 6 of the season and looks like a reborn quarterback as he led the Rams to a 38-11 victory.
Stafford went 22-of-28 for 251 yards and four touchdowns, completing 78% of his passes on the day. That performance puts him at No. 3 in the NFL with 16 touchdowns and No. 4 in passing yards with 1,838.
This new Stafford emerged when he got to the Rams, and it’s a good thing because this is the quarterback Dawg fans all love to remember.
He is one of the best quarterbacks in the league but has gotten a bad rap from being with Detroit for so long. Not anymore though, this guy is letting it roll, and the Rams are letting him.
Despite the one tough break for Eason, Georgia’s NFL players had far more positive things happen in Week 6 than negative. Each week, stay tuned to this roundup as we’ll highlight their performances as the season progresses.