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UConn in the NFL: Week 4

The current UConn football team is struggling, but former Huskies in the NFL are picking up plenty of wins.

NFL: Seattle Seahawks at Los Angeles Chargers
Shamar Stephen (#98)
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It was a relatively slow week for UConn in the NFL, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t a success. Five of the six active UConn players picked up wins this week, with only Blidi Wreh-Wilson’s Atlanta Falcons coming up short.

Byron Jones has been the most impressive Husky thus far. Pro Football Focus had him listed as the best statistical corner back through the first three weeks and the entire Dallas Cowboys defense has done a good job at bottling up the passing game.

This week, however, the Cowboys squared off against the Detroit Lions. Quarterback Matthew Stafford did what Matthew Stafford does; he lit up the secondary. For what it’s worth, both homerun plays were to Golden Tate on the opposite side of the field, so Jones isn’t to blame for any blown coverages. He finished with 2 tackles and 1 assist in the Cowboys 26-24 victory.

The Houston Texans picked up their first win of the year against the Indianapolis Colts. It took overtime to decide a winner, but Deshaun Watson and the boys got the job done. Former UConn tight end Ryan Griffin contributed with a 12 yard catch on just one target, while rookie TE Jordan Akins received a slightly heavier work load, going two-for-three for 24 yards. Still, this is Griffin’s job to lose.

Cornerback Blidi Wreh-Wilson played in his second game, recording two tackles and one pass-defended in the Falcons’ 36-37 loss. He made a brief appearance in Week 2, as well, but injury has limited his playing time this season.

Anthony Sherman continues to provide protection for the electric Patrick Mahomes, but recorded no carries or catches. This is commonplace for a fullback on an offense with so many weapons. Still, the Kansas City Chiefs were able to put together a great comeback and improve to 4-0 on the year. They join the LA Rams as the only two teams with a zero in the loss column through week 4.

The Seattle Seahawks evened out their record at 2-2 with a 20-17 win over the struggling Arizona Cardinals. Shamar Stephens made his third start at Defensive Tackle but failed to appear on the box score this week. The same can be said about LA Chargers wide receiver Geremy Davis, who worked his way into a third game but again failed to record a catch.

Finally, defensive tackle Foley Fatukasi is yet to enter a game for the New York Jets. The Jets signed him to a rookie four-year deal, so he should eventually see the field down the line.