Cowboys in the NFL: Week 5
LARAMIE – Currently, nine former Wyoming Cowboys are on active NFL rosters.
Each week, we’ll look at how these former Pokes are producing in the pros.
CARL GRANDERSON – New Orleans Saints
You think Carl Granderson was happy to be back between the white lines? The former Wyoming defensive end was so ready to hammer a quarterback that he already had his sack celebration all figured out. In the fourth quarter, Granderson got to showcase it. The "Worm" was his go-to dance. "I just had a feeling," Granderson said of how he felt before the sack, according to nola.com. "The whole game before I started, I felt real good. I knew something good was gonna happen. I got a tackle on kickoff. And when he put me in the game, I was just like, I gotta make something happen."
TASHAUN GIPSON – Houston Texans
Have a day, Tashaun Gipson. The former Cowboy and current Houston safety put a bow on a three-tackle performance with a 79-yard pick six off Matt Ryan in a 53-32 win over Atlanta. That gives Gipson three career NFL touchdowns.
JOSH ALLEN — Buffalo Bills
Concussion? What concussion? Former UW gunslinger, Josh Allen, was 23-of-32 for 219 yards and two touchdowns in a 14-7 road win over Tennessee. A week after taking a helmet-to-helmet blast against the Patriots, Allen bounced back in a big way. He completed 71.9% of his passes, a career best, in the victory.
MIKE PURCELL — Denver Broncos
Mike Purcell earned his first NFL start since 2016 Sunday in the Broncos 20-13 road victory in Los Angeles. Purcell finished the day with just one tackle, but he was much more disruptive than that. Purcell was a menace at the nose guard position. Vic Fangio was so impressed that Purcell will stay in the lineup for another week.
ANDREW WINGARD – Jacksonville Jaguars
Wyoming's former safety, Andrew Wingard, recorded two tackles in a 34-27 setback Sunday against the Panthers. Wingard now has five tackles this season, including a forced fumble on a punt.
MARCUS EPPS – Minnesota Vikings
The former Cowboys safety didn't register any stats Sunday in the Vikings 28-10 win over the Giants.
BRIAN HILL — Atlanta Falcons
Brian Hill didn't record any statistics Sunday in a 53-32 loss to Houston.
CHASE ROULLIER – Washington Redskins
Chase Roullier missed his first NFL game with an injury.
MARK NZEOCHA – San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco hosts Cleveland tonight on Monday Night Football.