We see you, Mauti. We see you.
Former Penn State leader and linebacker Michael Mauti may have been discarded by the Vikings earlier this season, but he has since made an impact with his hometown New Orleans Saints.
That much was evident on Thursday night.
The Mandeville, La., native blocked a punt and recovered it for a touchdown in the Saints’ 31-21 win over the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday night. Not only was it a momentous play for the sake of winning, but it was also special in another way: Steve Gleason — the man whose 2006 blocked punt in the Saints’ first game back in the Superdome following Hurricane Katrina — was in attendance.
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Crazy enough, Mauti was at that game in 2006 to see Gleason, who is now fighting ALS, and the Saints win.
Oh, and here’s that play, by the way.
Across the rest of the Penn State-NFL universe, it was a weekend to be remembered on the defensive side of the ball.
To start, the Jaguars’ Paul Posluszny returned from injury to record a team-high 10 tackles, two of which were for losses.
Then, San Francisco linebacker NaVorro Bowman called Posluszny and raised him a few, tallying 15 stops against the Ravens on Sunday. Bowman dealt with a shoulder injury during the game, but finished it out with an impressive stat line.
He might not be all the way back, but ... NaVorro Bowman ranks second in the NFL in tackles (59). #49ers— Eric Branch (@Eric_Branch) October 20, 2015
And finally, Cameron Wake started playing like Cameron Wake.
The Dolphins defensive end/linebacker hybrid was a ghost to open the season as he and Miami’s defense struggled to produce. He returned to form though on Sunday against the Titans, unfortunately for the Titans.
Wake had four sacks and two forced fumbles...in the first half.
Yeah, he’s back.