Week 6 of the NFL season brought us some more ups and downs for our former Huskers. While Rex Burkhead returned from injury his former teammate Andy Janovich was added to injured reserve. On the field we got to see Randy Gregory and Ndamukong Suh continue to dominate while Luke Gifford came up with a big special teams play. Here is a look at how each former Husker did in their Week 6 NFL games.
Husker of the Week
Randy Gregory, Dallas Cowboys
Randy Gregory is having a career year for the Cowboys and is a big reason why their defense has gone from trash to treasure. Against the Patriots Gregory continued to be unblockable finishing the game with two sacks including one being a forced fumble. Gregory also got credited with another quarterback hurry, but those stats don’t tell you how dominant he was against the Patriots tackles.
Ndamukong Suh, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Ndamukong Suh - 34years old... Still playing some 0/NT on the goal line. Incredible stuff. pic.twitter.com/3BYseN8njg— Ben Fennell (@BenFennell_NFL) October 15, 2021
With the presence of Suh and Vita Vea, most NFL teams are not even trying to run the ball and that was the case with Philadelphia who only handed the ball off 9 times on Thursday night. That didn’t mean that Suh didn’t have an impact as he did finish the game with two quarterback hurries and his sole tackle was a tackle for loss at the goal line.
Sam Koch, Baltimore Ravens
Typical Sam Koch game as he played only 10 snaps and eight of them were holding for Justin Tucker. Both of Koch’s punts were fair caught with a booming 53 yarder. An easy day for Koch as he continues to be one of the better punters in the league.
Luke Gifford, Dallas Cowboys
Playing on special teams only so far this year, it’s been a pretty quiet season. That ended this Sunday as Gifford came up huge with a blocked punt in the second quarter that he also ended up recovering.
Jack Stoll, Philadelphia Eagles
With Dallas Goedert on the Covid List, that meant Stoll came into the game as the Eagles 2nd tight end. Stoll played a season high 14 offensive snaps with his highlight came on the Eagles final touchdown where Stoll was able to block his defender enough for Jalen Hurts to get by for the score. After the game the Eagles traded away Zach Ertz to the Arizona Cardinals. This move now makes Stoll the full-time number two tight end, giving him more opportunity for playing time.
Ameer Abdullah, Minnesota Vikings
Big kick return by Ameer Abdullah. Nice blocks by C.J. Ham and K.J. Osborn out front pic.twitter.com/wbqP696VmU— Will Ragatz (@WillRagatz) October 17, 2021
Since Abdullah started returning kicks again for the Vikings he hadn’t had much success. That all changed on Sunday with a nice 45 yard return that gave the Vikings great field position and led to a score. Outside of the return it was pretty quiet for Ameer as he didn’t play a snap on offense.
Maliek Collins, Houston Texans
Collins had some things going for him as hepPlayed the most snaps of any Texans defensive lineman while also having a QB hurry on third down that forced the Colts to take a long field goal. But otherwise Collins struggled throughout the game to get off blocks and make an impact as a pass rusher. Against the run Collins was moved off his spot too many times allowing the Colts running backs big holes to run through.
Cethan Carter, Miami Dolphins
Playing in England Carter had the most productive game of his tenure with the Dolphins. Playing only 4 offensive snaps Carter caught an 8 yard pass but was also called for holding at the one yard line which ended up forcing the Dolphins to settle for a field goal. On special teams Carter also finished with an assisted tackle.
Stanley Morgan, Cincinnati Bengals
3 oddball takeaways from the bengals today:— Bryan Kline (@btkline1334) October 18, 2021
-Stanley Morgan is constantly around the ball on kick and punt coverage
-the defense, especially the secondary, hit hard
-burrow checked into the same wide zone run 3 times with the same signal on 1 drive. They didn’t stope it once.
Morgan may have only played on special teams, but his play there is getting plenty of notice for Bengal fans. Morgan may have only had one tackle but a non call on a block in the back prevented him from having another.
Rex Burkhead, Houston Texans
After missing last week’s game with a hip injury Burkhead was back for the Texans. Easing him back into the fold Rex was limited to only five total snaps on offense. While he didn’t get a carry, Burkhead did get targeted on a pass but the ball was off the mark. Burkhead wasn’t done there as he made a tackle on a Davis Mills interception.
Khalil Davis, Indianapolis Colts
Sunday’s game against the Texans saw Khalil Davis active for the first time with the Colts. Sure he only got 6 total defensive snaps and didn’t record any stats of note, but you have to start somewhere. With Indianapolis having some issues along the defensive line, it should be interesting to see how Davis’ playing time unfolds.
Matt Farniok, Dallas Cowboys
Playing only six snaps on special teams it continues to be a quiet start to Farniok’s career.
Inactive or Did Not Play
Brenden Jaimes, Los Angeles Chargers
Carlos Davis, Pittsburgh Steelers
Lavonte David, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
It was no surprise that David was inactive for the Eagles game since he left the game on Sunday with an injury and then the team had a short turnaround to play on Thursday Night. The Good news is that David’s X-Rays were negative so it’s just a sprained ankle. There is talk he may be back next week for their game against the Bears.
Devine Ozigbo, New Orleans Saints
Nick Gates, New York Giants
Josh Kalu, New York Giants
Brent Qvale, Tennessee Titans
Richie Incognito, Las Vegas Raiders
Andy Janovich, Cleveland Browns
A hamstring injury against the Chargers last week landed Janovich on the injured reserve list and will miss three games before he’s able to be reactivated.
Lamar Jackson, New York Jets
Dedrick Mills, Detroit Lions
Dicaprio Bootle, Kansas City
Nate Gerry, San Francisco 49ers
Chris Jones, Tennessee Titans
De’Mornay Pierson-El, Denver Broncos
Darrion Daniels, San Francisco 49ers