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Tar Heels in the NFL Week 6 Roundup

UNC was off this weekend, but Heels in the pros weren’t (well, some were)

NFL: Dallas Cowboys at New York Jets Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Last week, there were a bunch of standout Tar Heels on Sunday. This week... not so much. Let’s get into it:

The Good:

  • Cole Holcomb continued his very nice rookie year for Washington’s football team with a 6-tackle day and a relative shutdown of the Miami Dolphins’ run game in what was probably the worst game we’ll see all year. Still, he’s making a strong case to be part of his franchise’s rebuild.
  • Robert Quinn is doing okay for himself with the Dallas Cowboys, welcoming Sam Darnold back to the NFL with two sacks to give him 5 on the year. The rest of his team didn’t join him, unfortunately, losing to the Jets 24-22. Through 6 games, he’s on pace for a double-digit sack season. I think he’s making the most of his prove-it deal.
  • Giovani Bernard, after seeing his snap count slip to the 30% range the last two weeks, saw action on about 53% of offensive plays in the Cincinnati Bengals’ 23-17 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. He actually out-snapped starter Joe Mixon due to the Bengals playing catch-up and his superior value in the pass game. He did what he’s always done, providing solid protection and catching two passes for 20 yards when called upon.
  • Anthony Ratliff-Williams has been added to the Oakland Raiders’ practice squad after spending weeks auditioning for various teams. Hopefully he gets a shot to play soon.

The Bad:

  • Just a week after he had a solid game, the Philadelphia Eagles announced that they’d be cutting Zach Brown. He won’t be team-less for long, but it’s still a bummer.
  • M.J. Stewart saw just one defensive snap in London while the Bucs lost 37-26 to the Carolina Panthers, so it feels like he’s in a doghouse of sorts. On the bright side, he wasn’t around to get torched by a backup quarterback with the rest of his secondary teammates. I think the past two weeks have shown that Stewart, or indeed talent at all, was/is not the problem with the Tampa Bay secondary.

The Rest:

  • UNC’s two highest-profile alumni in the NFL, Eric Ebron and Mitchell Trubisky, were both on bye this week, though it’s doubtful Trubisky would have played anyways as he recovers from that shoulder injury. He is back to throwing in practice, so he may return to action this coming Sunday.
  • Tre Boston was about the only member of the Carolina Panthers’ secondary who didn’t intercept Jameis Winston, and recorded just one tackle as he started, but didn’t finish much. Still, steadiness at the back end of the defense is more than the Panthers have had at the position since... well, Tre Boston.
  • Ryan Switzer returned two punts for 14 yards for the Pittsburgh Steelers, which is about what he’s supposed to do. T.J. Logan, the other Tar Heel returner in the league, didn’t get a chance to return any kicks against the Panthers.
  • Mack Hollins couldn’t corral his only target from Carson Wentz, and is starting to get buried down the WR depth chart in Philadelphia.