Originally posted on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 6/29/12

There wasn’t any action by way of transactions amongst Penn Staters in the NFL this week, but there were a few stories that were worth noting.

Here’s what happened with Penn Staters in the NFL this week:

Jay Alford Signs with CFL’s Saskatchewan ‘Riders

His NFL career was defined by one play. Jay Alford‘s sack of Tom Brady late in the 2008 Super Bowl etched him into New York Giants lore for years to come. Now, he hopes to find his way into the history books (assuming they have any) of the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League. Alford signed with the ‘Riders last weekend and hopes to help turn around a team that went 0-10 in their division last season.

The two-time All-Big Ten defensive tackle has had trouble gaining his footing with any team since leaving the Giants in 2009, as the ‘Riders are his fourth team in under two years. He spent time in the UFL and was most recently in the NFL in 2011 as a member of the Seattle Seahawks.

He’s already made history in his short stint with the Saskatches as the first feature article ever written about Jay Alford as a professional football player (don’t quote me on that) by a major newspaper was published on Monday. As would be expected, the first thing mentioned in the article is the afore-mentioned Super sack on Tom Brady.

(Also, I’m not sure if anyone actually calls them ‘Riders and/or the Saskatches.)

Bryan Scott Being Listed as Linebacker for Bills

To anyone following the Bills and/or Bryan Scott over the past few seasons, it should come as no surprise that the former 2nd-round pick is taking more and more first-team snaps with Buffalo’s linebacking core this offseason. Scott was the team’s main nickel linebacker last season and thrived in role, as he collected the first touchdown of his 9-year NFL career and tied a career high with two interceptions. This offseason he has continued to collect first-team snaps at the position as well as the sole linebacker in five-wide sets.

Norwood Competing for 3rd Receiver Spot on Browns

According to Cleveland.com, after enjoying a breakout 2011 season, wide receiver Jordan Norwood is in a competition with undrafted rookie Josh Cooper to be the team’s number one slot receiver. Norwood excelled in that role in 2011, as he was able to haul in 23 catches for 268 yards and a touchdown. While that may not seem like a lot, this is the Browns we are talking about.

It should be especially interesting to see how Norwood’s role is altered by the new guard at quarterback for the Browns, as his 2011 success came with Colt McCoy at the reins of the offense. With RG3 and everyone’s favorite 28-year-old rookie as the new sheriffs in town, Norwood will have to build chemistry with the new crop of Cleveland QBs which will either be a blessing or a curse for Norwood.

Paxson Earning Solid Reviews in Absence of Taylor

While it sucks that Scott Paxson‘s biggest opportunity to garner significant playing time comes at the cost of Phil Taylor‘s pectoral, Paxson is making the best of his situation and looks to be the #1 choice to replace Taylor as a starter. He is currently practicing as the first-team DT in OTAs and earlier in the week, even deflected a pass from Brandon Weeden that was intercepted.

As you may remember, Paxson recorded his career NFL sack in 2011, when he tackled Ben Roethlisberger in December, forced him out of the game, and left Big Ben with a leg injury that would nag him for the remainder of the season.


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