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Riley Dixon booms 71-yard punt; Latavius Murray nominated for award (Syracuse and CNY within the NFL) – syracuse.com

New York Giants punter Riley Dixon made a rare entry into NFL highlight reels this week with a 71-yard punt.

The former Syracuse football player kicked the longest punt of his pro career Sunday when he boomed the ball over the head of Philadelphia Eagles returner Jalen Reagor. Dixon was reportedly standing around the Giants’ 10-yard line when he punted the ball, which hit the Eagles’ 15-yard line before rolling to a stop on the six.

Dixon, in his fifth NFL season, previously had a long of 68 yards in his rookie season with the Denver Broncos. His 71-yard punt is the second longest in the league this season.

The Giants improved to 3-7 with a 27-17 win over Philly, and amazingly have a chance of making the playoffs. Only the Eagles (3-5-1) have a better record in the NFC East; New York is now 3-2 in the division and entering a bye week on a two-game winning streak.

Elsewhere in the NFL, former Onondaga Central High School football star Latavius Murray has been nominated by the New Orleans Saints for this year’s Salute to Service Award presented by USAA. The award honors one member of the NFL who demonstrates an exemplary commitment in honoring and supporting the military community.

According to Sports Illustrated, Murray has long supported the U.S. military. He participated in a USO Tour, visiting troops in Germany and Italy, and is just the second NFL player ever to serve as an ambassador for the United Heroes League, which provides sports registration fees and equipment for children of military families. His fiancée, Shauntay, also served 13 years in the United States Navy.

Latavius Murray, pictured working out in Liverpool in 2016, grew up in Nedrow and graduated from Onondaga High School.Lauren Long | llong@syracuse.com | File photo, 2016

On the field, Murray led the Saints’ backfield with 9 carries for 57 yards Sunday, continuing to provide a change of pace behind running back Alvin Kamara. New Orleans beat the San Francisco 49ers, 27-13, and improved to 7-2.

Here’s how the rest of the former Syracuse and Central NY stars did in the NFL this week:

Zaire Franklin, LB, Indianapolis Colts

Former Syracuse linebacker Zaire Franklin played just one snap Sunday, despite having 10 tackles with limited playing time this season.

Last game: Colts 34, Titans 17

Next game: Packers at Colts, Sunday at 4:25 p.m.

Alton Robinson, DE, Seattle Seahawks

Former Syracuse DE Alton Robinson got two tackles while playing 39% of defensive snaps this week.

Last game: Rams 23, Seahawks 17

Next game: Cardinals at Seahawks, Monday at 8:20 p.m

Sterling Hofrichter, P, Atlanta Falcons

Sterling Hofrichter, in his first season out of Syracuse, enjoyed a bye week while averaging 40.7 yards per punt this season.

Last game: Falcons 34, Broncos 27

Next game: Falcons at Saints, Sunday at 1 p.m.

Justin Pugh, LG, Arizona Cardinals

Former Syracuse lineman Justin Pugh and the Cardinals’ offensive line allowed a season-high three sacks, but QB Kyler Murray pulled off a hail mary pass to give Arizona a last-minute win.

Last game: Cardinals 32, Bills 30

Next game: Cardinals at Seahawks, Monday at 8:20 p.m

Chandler Jones, LB, Arizona Cardinals

Former Syracuse football star Chandler Jones is out for the season after undergoing surgery for a biceps injury. The linebacker had 11 tackles and 1 sack in five games after getting 19 sacks last year.

Last game: Cardinals 32, Bills 30

Next game: Cardinals at Seahawks, Monday at 8:20 p.m

Trishton Jackson, WR, Los Angeles Rams

Former Syracuse WR Trishton Jackson was inactive and has yet to see playing time in his rookie season. The Rams improved to 6-3 this week.

Last game: Rams 23, Seahawks 17

Next game: Rams at Buccaneers, Monday at 8:15 p.m.

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