The USC Trojans were widely represented across the 2020 NFL season Week 1 performances — and most notably — were on the receiving end of passes as the former Trojan receivers had terrific days through the air.
Making his first NFL start, Michael Pittman Jr. was targeted just two times but hauled in both receptions in his professional debut. But that was just the tip of the iceberg.
And then came the Sunday Night and Monday Night games.
Robert Woods’ performance for the Los Angeles Rams was so good, that news broke that he and the Rams are working on a massive contract extension. Woods was targeted eight times and caught six balls for 105 yards in the Rams season-opening victory over the Dallas Cowboys.
The four former USC receivers combined for 15 receptions for 202 yards and three scores through the air. Now, that’s a debut for some former pass-catchers.
Elsewhere in the pros, former Trojans who were active in NFL Week 1:
Rasheem Green had two tackles and a QB hurry in his season opener with the Seattle Seahawks.
Jordan Simmons played 13 snaps at left guard for the Seahawks as well in their victory over the Atlanta Falcons.
Porter Gustin played a bit in a reserve role for the Cleveland Browns while Malcolm Smith combined for four tackles in a strong, limited performance for the Browns in their loss to the Baltimore Ravens.
The main story was Tom Brady but Ronald Jones carried the ball 17 times for 66 yards for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Jones wasn’t targeted in the passing game in the Bucs loss to the New Orleans Saints.
Everson Griffen had two pressures, a batted ball at the line of scrimmage and four total tackles for the Dallas Cowboys in his first game with ‘America’s Team.’ Antwaun Woods chipped in with a tackle as well while Tyron Smith started at left tackle with great success in pass protection against the formidable Rams defensive front.
Zach Banner started the game at right tackle for the Steelers and held his own for Ben Roethlisberger’s return to action.
Speaking of Roethlisberger, former Trojan Leonard Williams recorded a sack on Big Ben as well as two other pressures and four total tackles for the Giants despite the loss.
Congratulations to all the USC Trojans making their NFL 2020 season debuts!