Logan Wilson leads all NFL linebackers in INTs. Shocked?
LARAMIE -- Is anyone really surprised that Logan Wilson leads all NFL linebackers in interceptions?
He picked off 10 passes in college, including three as a freshman. Maybe we are just used to it around these parts?
The AFC is now getting an early glimpse of what we knew all along.
Wilson snagged an interception off the right arm of Lamar Jackson Sunday afternoon in Baltimore, thwarting a Ravens scoring drive late in the second quarter.
See, here's the proof:
That was Wilson's second interceptions in as many games. He picked off Carson Wentz in Week 3 before missing last Sunday with a concussion.
This wasn't just your run-of-the-mill interception in Baltimore from the rookie linebacker.
Watch Wilson fake like he was coming on a blitz only to fall back in coverage. More importantly, right into Jackson's passing lane.
You might have heard -- Jackson is the NFL's reigning MVP.
"There were some plays I was spying him. It's kind of surreal, to be honest, to be in a position where you're about to tackle Lamar Jackson because you see him on Sundays all the time," Wilson told the media postgame. "Especially the last couple years where he's really stepped up his game. He's a force to be reckoned with. I think he's a little bummed up with his knee. He's definitely very shifty and can get away from anyone, so it definitely was a tough job."
Despite the lopsided loss -- Baltimore 27, Cincinnati 3 -- Wilson and the Bengals' defense held Jackson to just 4.9 yards per passing attempt. Jackson managed just three yards rushing on two attempts, his worst rushing performance as a pro.
Here is what ESPN had to say about Wilson:
"The Bengals may have found a gem in rookie linebacker Logan Wilson. Wilson picked up his second interception of the season when he bluffed a blitz, dropped into coverage and picked off Baltimore’s Lamar Jackson. Both of Wilson’s interceptions came when he was in zone coverage. In both cases, he had the quarterback fooled. If Wilson continues to make progress, don’t be shocked if he works his way into the starting lineup by the end of the season."
Wilson now has nine tackles and two picks in three NFL games.
Here's how the rest of the Cowboys in the NFL did this weekend:
RB-Brian Hill-Atlanta Falcons
Todd Gurley and Brian Hill finally came together and looked like an elite NFL backfield on Sunday against NFL South foe Carolina. Unfortunately for the home team, the end result is getting very familiar. Atlanta fell to 0-5 on the season despite a 121-yard rushing performance from Gurley. Hill carried the ball just six times for 39 yards. That's a 6.5-yard average. He also caught two passes for 15 yards. Hill has attempted 25 rushes this year for 133 yards and a score. He also has 69 receiving yards on nine catches. See that video above? Maybe 25 carries through five weeks isn't cutting it? I'm not a football coach, but then again, Atlanta is now looking for a new one of those. Dan Quinn was fired this morning.
C-Chase Roullier-Washington Football Team
Chase Roullier was questionable all week with a knee injury. But do you really think he would miss the chance to line up against Aaron Donald? Not a chance. However, Donald got the best of Roullier and the Washington offensive line -- surprise, surprise; he does that to everyone -- getting to the quarterback four times Sunday in a 30-10 win in DC. Kyle Allen got the start for Washington and was later replaced by a former Wyoming nemesis, Alex Smith. The former No. 1 selection out of Utah saw his first action since suffering a gruesome broken leg in 2018. That was the bright spot of the day for the "Football Team." Washington managed just 70 passing yards to go along with 38 rushing yards against the Rams. Ouch.
S-Marcus Epps-Philadelphia Eagles
The former Wyoming walk-on registered just one tackle and a pass breakup in the Eagles' 38-29 loss to the Steelers Sunday inside Heinz Field. Late in regulation, it appeared Marcus Epps caused a fumble, which would've given the ball back to the Philly offense with plenty of time on the clock to make a comeback. After further review, however, the receiver didn't have possession. While the end result wasn't ideal for Epps, it was a cool moment for him and his family. His father Michael, a life-long Steelers fan, posted the photo above to social media.
S-Tashaun Gipson-Chicago Bears
Do you believe in the Bears yet? Tashaun Gipson's newest club knocked off Tom Brady and the Bucs Thursday night, 20-19, moving Chicago to 4-1 on the young season. Gipson finished with four tackles in the upset and now has 28 tackles through five games. The former Cowboy also has an interception and a pair of pass breakups.
S-Andrew Wingard-Jacksonville Jaguars
The losses are starting to mount for the Jags. After a Week 1 upset of Indianapolis -- you remember that one, right? -- Jacksonville has dropped its last four games, including a 30-14 setback at previously winless Houston. Andrew Wingard, if you recall, snagged his first career interception against the Colts in the opener. Sunday, he registered a single solo tackle and left the game early with a "core muscle injury." Wingard now has 25 tackles and a pair of defections this season.
CB-Tyler Hall-Atlanta Falcons
Welcome to the NFL, Tyler Hall. The undrafted free agent saw his first pro football action Sunday, racking up a pair of tackles, including one for loss, in the Falcons' 23-16 home loss to the Panthers. As you can see in the tweet above, even the Atlanta beat writers are clamoring for Hall to get a shot in the Falcons' much-maligned secondary. Hall was called up from the practice squad this week and made some plays. Let's see what he can do for an encore.
WR-Rico Gafford-Las Vegas Raiders
Rico Gafford had one pass thrown his way Sunday in Kansas City. It went over his head, but the important part was he was on the field. The Raiders upset the defending Super Bowl champions, 40-32, and Gafford saw his first game action of 2020 after battling injuries.
TE-Jacob Hollister-Seattle Seahawks
The former Wyoming tight end didn't have any targets in the Seahawks' win over the Vikings Sunday. Jacob Hollister has just two catches for 10 yards and a touchdown in two games this season. There was a cool moment that Hollister was involved in though. Will Dissly caught his first touchdown since tearing his Achilles last year. Hollister made sure he had a warm welcome when he got to the sideline.
The rest ...
LB-Mark Nzeocha-San Francisco 49ers (On injured reserve)
DT-Mike Purcell-Denver Broncos (Game postponed because of COVID-19; Purcell did sign a new contract last week for 3 years and $14.8 million)
DE-Carl Granderson-New Orleans Saints (Will host the LA Chargers tonight)
LB-Cassh Maluia-New England Patriots (Game postponed because of COVID-19)
QB-Josh Allen-Buffalo Bills (Game moved to Tuesday night in Tennessee)