Cowboys in the NFL: Week 11
LARAMIE – Currently, 10 former Wyoming Cowboys are on active NFL rosters.
Each week, we’ll look at how these former Pokes are producing in the pros.
JOSH ALLEN — Buffalo Bills
Wyoming's former signal caller hasn't thrown an interception in his last five games. During that time frame, Josh Allen has also thrown eight touchdown passes. Three of those came Sunday in a 37-20 beat down of the lowly Miami Dolphins. Allen threw for 256 yards and completed 63 percent of his passes. He also rushed for a touchdown in the Bills seventh win of the season. Buffalo is currently in the driver's seat for the AFC Wildcard. Allen has now thrown for 2,175 yards and 13 touchdowns through 10 games.
BRIAN HILL — Atlanta Falcons
Allen's former running back, Brian Hill, carried the ball 15 times for just 30 yards Sunday in a dominating 29-3 win in Carolina. Hill also caught one pass for eight yards in the victory. His fantasy owners weren't thrilled. As you can see above, Hill doesn't really care. Wyoming's all-time leading rusher now has 131 yards on 43 carries in just four games this season. He also has a rushing touchdown.
MIKE PURCELL — Denver Broncos
The Broncos may have spit the bit in Minnesota, allowing a 20-point halftime lead disappear, but former Wyoming defensive tackle Mike Purcell continues to have a breakout first season in Denver. Purcell tallied four tackles in the 27-23 loss to the Vikings, including a tackle for loss. He suffered a rib injury during the game but later returned. The Denver native now has 23 tackles and six stops behind the line of scrimmage in just six games for the Broncos.
JACOB HOLLISTER – Seattle Seahawks
Former Wyoming tight end, Jacob Hollister and the Seattle Seahawks were on a bye this week. Hollister has 17 receptions for 137 yards in just four games this season. He also has three touchdown grabs. Unlike Hill, fantasy owners are lining up for this guy.
MARCUS EPPS – Philadelphia Eagles
Former Wyoming safety, Marcus Epps, didn't record any stats in his debut Sunday with the Philadelphia Eagles. Epps and the Eagles fell to the Patriots at home 17-7 and are now 5-5. Epps has just one tackle during his rookie campaign.
CARL GRANDERSON – New Orleans Saints
Former Wyoming defensive end, Carl Granderson, was inactive again Sunday in New Orleans’ 34-17 road win in Tampa. Granderson has three tackles and a sack in just two games for the Saints this season.
CHASE ROULLIER – Washington Redskins
It was another rough outing Sunday for former Wyoming center Chase Roullier and the now 1-9 Washington Redskins. To make matters even worse, Washington fell at home to the also lowly New York Jets, 34-17. Redskins quarterback Dwayne Haskins was sacked six times in the loss and Washington running backs picked up just 54 yards on 20 carries. That's an average of 2.7 yards per carry. Washington fans were all over Roullier on social media for low snaps during the game.
TASHAUN GIPSON – Houston Texans
Former Wyoming safety Tashaun Gipson recorded four tackles in a lopsided 41-7 loss in Baltimore Sunday afternoon. Gipson, who now has 20 tackles and two interceptions out of the Houston secondary, is listed as "questionable" for the Texans Thursday night matchup with Indianapolis.
ANDREW WINGARD – Jacksonville Jaguars
Another former Wyoming safety, Andrew Wingard, didn't record any stats Sunday in the Jaguars 33-13 loss to Colts. Wingard, who has been a mainstay on Jacksonville's special team unit this season, has seven tackles during his rookie campaign.
MARK NZEOCHA – San Francisco 49ers
Despite the lack of depth at linebacker, Mark Nzeocha didn't record any stats Sunday in the Niners 36-26 home win over the Cardinals. The former Wyoming linebacker has four tackles and an interception for the NFC West leaders.