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Tar Heels in the NFL: Week Two Roundup

It was a tough week for some of the notable Tar Heels in the NFL.

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The current North Carolina Tar Heels had a tough week this past week, falling to Wake Forest in disappointing fashion. Unfortunately, it was a tough week for some of the notable Tar Heels in the professional ranks as well. Mitchell Trubisky struggled in week one, as well as just about every former Tar Heel in the NFL.

Week two did however have some brighter spots. One Tar Heel found the end zone, something he is becoming known for, and another had a nice performance following a teammate’s injury. But it was much of the same for a couple of the bigger named Tar Heels in the league. But why should we start with the negativity? Here are some of the good performances from the former Tar Heels in week two.

The Good

  • Eric Ebron led tight ends in touchdowns in the 2018 season and despite losing his starting quarterback, Andrew Luck, he is still finding the end zone in 2019. He only had three catches for 25 yards, but he did find the end zone in the Colts’ 19-17 win over their divisional rival Tennessee Titans.
  • Ebron wasn’t the only former Tar Heel receiver to have a nice day. Mack Hollins worked in the absence of Desean Jackson who left the game early for the Philadelphia Eagles. Hollins was targeted eight times and caught five balls for 50 yards, the most catches in a game for his career. Hollins may not have a big role in the Eagles moving forward, but he did establish himself as a good backup option with this performance in primetime against Atlanta. As for his teammate, Zach Brown, he had seven tackles in the Sunday night game, which led the Eagles’ defense. It wasn’t quite good enough to deliver the win for them, but a good outing nonetheless for the 8th year pro.
  • On the other side of the ball, it was a nice game for rookie linebacker Cole Holcomb, who is starting for the Washington Redskins. Holcomb racked up six tackles, bringing his two-week total to fourteen. Coming from a guy who was a walk-on at UNC, Holcomb has been proving people wrong at every step. He continues to impress in Washington, despite his team falling to the Dallas Cowboys by ten.

The Bad

  • Following a tough week one performance, Mitchell Trubisky and his Bears traveled to Denver to take on the Broncos and it was much of the same, if not worse for the third-year signal caller. Trubisky’s team won on a last second field goal from Eddie Piniero (ironic based on the Bears’ kicking struggles last season), but Trubisky was only 16-27 for 120 yards with no touchdowns. However, the good part is that Trubisky did lead the Bears on the game-winning drive, marching the Bears into field goal range with a great play where he scrambled around in the pocket, stepped up and made a good throw to leave one second (unlike the Tar Heels) on the clock. Trubisky really needs to get things going this season. He had two tough matchups to start this season, but things get easier with the Redskins up next.
  • Giovani Bernard was given a nice contract extension this offseason and thought he would have a chance to show his worth in week two with Joe Mixon potentially sidelined, but Mixon ended up suiting up and it slowed Bernard down. Bernard toted the ball six times for six yards and had one catch for only seven yards. It was a tough day for the former Tar Heel standout, but even tougher for his Bengals who lost 41-17 to the San Francisco 49ers.
  • Lastly, it was a tough day for Ryan Switzer, who will now have to endure a quarterback change in Pittsburgh. Mason Rudolph will take over for the injured Ben Roethlisberger for the rest of the year, leaving Switzer in limbo trying to get on the same page with a new QB. Switzer did catch one ball yesterday, but only had one total yard between the catch and the return game.

The Others

  • For the duo of Tar Heels on the Buccaneers, MJ Stewart and TJ Logan, they got a big win over the Carolina Panthers in Charlotte, who feature two Tar Heels in Tre Boston and Andre Smith. Boston, who plays the most out of the four, started and had four tackles in the Panthers secondary.
  • Robert Quinn, who was suspended for the first two games for the Dallas Cowboys, will likely make his return in week three against the lowly Miami Dolphins. Quinn is coming off a year where he started all sixteen games for those Dolphins, before heading to the Cowboys this offseason. He is looking to bolster an already strong Cowboys defense, who are looking for a 3-0 start to the season.