Cowboys in the NFL: Week 12
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
The Bills second-year signal caller completed 15-of-25 passes for 185 yards and a pair of touchdowns Sunday afternoon in a dominating 20-3 win over the Denver Broncos in Orchard Park. Josh Allen, the former Wyoming quarterback, completed 60 percent of his passes and also rushed for 56 yards on nine carries. It was a solid week for Allen, who told a throng of Denver reporters his feelings about old college rival, Colorado State, during his weekly teleconference. Allen now has 15 touchdown passes compared to just eight interceptions this season. He has also thrown for 2,360 yards while leading Buffalo to an 8-3 record. Allen was named the AFC Offensive Player of the Week after a three-touchdown performance against the Dolphins a week prior to the win over Denver.
BRIAN HILL — Atlanta Falcons
Wyoming's all-time leading rusher made few friends when he tweeted out this last week: "I should apologize to my fantasy owners but I really don’t care." That was after Brian Hill carried the ball 15 times for just 30 yards in a 29-3 victory over Carolina. Sunday, Hill had just nine carries for 14 yards and caught three passes for 13 yards in a 35-22 home loss to division rival Tampa Bay. To make matters worse for Hill, Atlanta's regular starting running back, Devonta Freeman, has been a full participant in practice this week. Hill has 145 yards on 52 carries this season. He has also scored a touchdown.
MIKE PURCELL — Denver Broncos
This highlight of Mike Purcell's Sunday afternoon might have been exchanging jersey's with fellow Wyoming alum, Josh Allen, after the Broncos fell to the Bills 20-3 in Buffalo. Purcell finished with three tackles in Denver's second straight loss. To make matters worse, Purcell was called for an offsides penalty. Allen drew him off on a 4th-and-1. The big nose tackle now has 26 tackles on the season.
JACOB HOLLISTER – Seattle Seahawks
Former Wyoming tight end, Jacob Hollister, caught a pair of passes for 22 yards in a 17-9 win over the Eagles Sunday afternoon in Philadelphia. Hollister's biggest play of the day was a 21-yard catch and run. He was rolled up on and was forced to leave the game with a foot injury. He is listed as questionable for the Seahawks Monday night meeting with Minnesota. Hollister now has 19 catches for 159 yards and three touchdowns on the season.
MARCUS EPPS – Philadelphia Eagles
Wyoming's former walk-on safety, Marcus Epps, saw his first significant action in an NFL uniform Sunday, playing 17 snaps, 14 on special teams, in the Eagles 17-9 loss to the visiting Seahawks. Unfortunately, Epps didn't record any stats in the loss. The rookie has one tackle to his credit this season. That came as a member of the Minnesota Vikings.
CARL GRANDERSON – New Orleans Saints
Former Wyoming defensive end, Carl Granderson, was inactive again Sunday in New Orleans’ 34-31 home win over Carolina. Granderson has three tackles and a sack in just two games for the Saints this season.
CHASE ROULLIER – Washington Redskins
Hey, the Redskins won! That makes two victories on the season for Washington after a 19-16 home win over lowly Lions. Detroit picked up three sacks in the loss, but the Redskins were able to rack up 86 yards on the ground in the victory. Dwayne Haskins picked up his first career win under center, completing 13-of-29 passes for 156 yards. Bill Callahan, the Redskins interim head coach, said plenty of credit for the win can go to the rapport between Haskins and the former Wyoming center. "He is one of the better centers in the league," Callahan said of Chase Roullier, adding that his ability to not only block, but identify blitzes and defensive schemes and translate that to the rest of the O-line has been key.
TASHAUN GIPSON – Houston Texans
This former Wyoming safety was on the field for all 67 defensive snaps for the Houston Texans Thursday night in a crucial 20-17 home win over the Indianapolis Colts. So much for being "questionable" to play. Tashaun Gipson finished with three tackles and a pass breakup in the win. He now has 32 tackles and a pair of interception during his first season in Texas.
ANDREW WINGARD – Jacksonville Jaguars
Speaking of taking a ton of snaps. Rookie safety Andrew Wingard was in on 42 of them Sunday in a career best five-tackle performance in a 42-20 road loss to the Tennessee Titans. The former Wyoming safety and all-time leading tackler in Mountain West history filled in for Ronnie Harrison, who left the game with a concussion. Wingard now has 13 tackles on the season.
MARK NZEOCHA – San Francisco 49ers
Mark Nzeocha didn’t record any stats Monday night in the Niners 37-8 beat down of the visiting Green Bay Packers. The former Wyoming linebacker has five tackles and an interception for the NFC West leaders.