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Andrew Thomas had a big day for the New York Giants.

Andrew Thomas catch and conversion leads top moments for former Bulldogs in the NFL

Georgia offensive lineman Jamaree Salyer was enjoying a Sunday afternoon nap when his phone started blowing up with text messages and alerts.

Salyer awoke to check his phone and what he saw at first didn’t seem real.

His former Georgia and high school teammate Andrew Thomas had caught a pass for a two-point conversion for the New York Giants.

“He’s always, always talking about scoring touchdowns, so I know he’s happy,” Salyer said. “If he had dropped it I would never let him live it down. But he scored for his team and I’m really happy for him.”

Thomas is in his rookie season for the Giants after being taken with the No. 4 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. In addition to finding his way into the endzone, Thomas helped the Giants score a season-high 34 points against the Dallas Cowboys.

Unfortunately, the Giants were unable to come up with their first win of the season, as Dallas kicked a game-winning field goal as time expired. Even worse, New York saw former Bulldog Lorenzo Carter tear his Achillies, ending his season.

Around the rest of the NFL, running back Todd Gurley had his most productive day yet as a Falcon. He ran for a season-high 121 yards against the Carolina Panthers. He also found the endzone once again, as his 35-yard touchdown scamper gave him his fifth rushing touchdown of the season.

But Atlanta lost once again, dropping their record to 0-5. After the loss, Atlanta fired head coach Dan Quinn and general manager Thomas Dimitroff.

Another former Bulldog found his way into the endzone as wide receiver Isaiah McKenzie caught a Josh Allen pass for a 3-yard touchdown. The Bills though ended up losing to the Tennessee Titans by the score of 42-16.

On the defensive side of the ball, Roquan Smith had another big day for the Chicago Bears. He racked up seven tackles while also breaking up two passes. The Chicago defense did just enough to rattle Tom Brady and pull out a 20-19 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

In Indianapolis, kicker Rodrigo Blankenship had another busy day, as kicked three more field goals to add to his league-leading 15 converted field goals. The Colts couldn’t get enough stops to beat the Cleveland Browns, as they lost 32-23.

A number of Bulldogs were off this week such as Matthew Stafford, D’Andre Swift, Isaiah Wynn and David Andrews. They will all return to action this week coming off of bye weeks.

As for the Top Dawg, our weekly honor going to the former Bulldogs who had the top performance of the week in the NFL, it has to be Thomas. Any time a big-man scores, it should be recognized.

Top Dawgs in the NFL

Week 5: Andrew Thomas, New York Giants OT
Week 4: Mecole Hardman, Kansas City Chiefs WR
Week 3: Nick Chubb, Cleveland Browns RB
Week 2: Rodrigo Blankenship, Indianapolis Colts K
Week 1: Leonard Floyd, Los Angeles Rams OLB

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