In the fourth week of the NFL regular season, a few former Tar Heels made some significant impacts in their respective games. Gio Bernard collected his second receiving touchdown in as many weeks, and Julius Peppers continues to play at an elite level, despite his age.
Let’s take a look at some other noteworthy performances from former UNC football players in this week’s NFL recap.
Mitch Trubisky (Chicago)
No, Trubisky didn’t play this past week in the Bears loss on Thursday to the Packers. However, it was announced on Monday morning that he will get the start next week on Monday Night Football. Since the Bears don’t play until next Monday, it will allow Trubisky to get a few extra days of practices and reps with the starters. No matter what happens in the game, it will be such a great story for both Trubisky and UNC football that he is getting his first NFL start on one of the biggest stages in professional football.
Connor Barth (Chicago)
In the 35-14 loss to the Packers last Thursday night, Barth connected on both of his extra point tries; however, he did miss on his lone field goal attempt of 47 yards.
Da’Norris Searcy and Sylvester Williams (Tennessee)
Neither Searcy nor Williams could slow down Deshaun Watson and the Texans’ offense in their 57-14 loss. Both former Tar Heels did get the start on defense for the Titans. Searcy assisted on two tackles and Williams had two solo tackles of his own.
Eric Ebron (Detroit)
Gio Bernard and Russell Bodine (Cincinnati)
Bernard continued his scoring streak with a 61-yard touchdown reception to break the game open for Cincinnati in the first half. Along with the touchdown (see below), he finished the game with three rushes for 12 yards and three receptions for 67 yards.
Ryan Switzer (Dallas) and Robert Quinn (Los Angeles Rams)
Quinn and the Los Angeles Rams came out on top in the match-up between the two former UNC football players. Quinn’s Rams had to come from behind to get the 35-30 road victory over the Cowboys. Quinn recorded two tackles in the game, while Switzer had one rush for three yards.
Switzer did a good job on kickoff returns with three returns for 78 yards; however, he had a costly fumble on a punt return that led to a change in momentum in the game after Dallas had built an 11-point lead.
Julius Peppers (Carolina)
Father Time keeps trying to slow down Julius Peppers, but the 16-year veteran keeps bull-rushing him with the energy of a newly signed rookie. Despite having played in 238 games in his career, Peppers remains a headache for opposing offensive lines in coming off the edge to pressure the quarterback.
He was in the backfield often pressuring Brady into making quick throws, as he had three quarterback hits in the game. Peppers led the team with two sacks, and had four tackles in the surprising road victory over Brady and the defending Super Bowl Champions.
Peppers is only 2.5 sacks away from taking over fourth place (from Chris Doleman) on the all-time sack leaders list.
Coming in hot Pep ️ ️ ️ ️ ️ pic.twitter.com/uSxjofxthh— Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) October 1, 2017
Tre Boston (Los Angeles Chargers) and Mack Hollins (Philadelphia)
The Chargers remained winless with another home (sort of) loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. Despite talk of trying to get Hollins more involved in the passing game, he did not record any receptions in the game. However, he did contribute on special teams for the Eagles in the victory.
In the loss, Boston was one of the Chargers leading tacklers. He recorded seven total tackles in the game (three solo and four assisted).
Naz Jones (Seattle)
The Seahawks defense was strong in their 46-18 victory over the Indianapolis Colts. Jones appeared to get injured at one point in the game, but came back and assisted on two tackles and recorded a half sack in the win.