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Pokes in the Pros: Week 6

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CASPER, Wyo. — The University of Wyoming has produced several NFL players currently making an impact. Here’s how they did in the most recent week’s slate of games.

Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills

It was another stellar week for the Bills’ superstar QB as Allen came up big in his team’s 14–9 victory over the New York Giants. He was 19-for-30 on passing attempts, connecting with receivers for two touchdowns as well.

Allen is tops among NFL quarterbacks in completion percentage this season, connecting at a 71.7% clip. He’s also third in the league in passing touchdowns and seventh in passing yards.

Marcus Epps, Las Vegas Raiders

The Raiders’ starting strong safety recorded a pair of tackles in his team’s win over the New England Patriots.

Epps was hampered by the lingering effects of a knee injury that had team officials doubtful if he’d even be able to play in the game. Thus far this season, Epps has racked up 22 tackles.

Tashaun Gipson Sr., San Francisco 49ers

Gipson recorded three tackles in his team’s Sunday loss to the Cleveland Browns, bringing his season total to 20.

However, he received some unwanted attention for a play that ultimately helped the Browns come out on top. In the fourth quarter, Gipson was flagged for unnecessary roughness, turning what would’ve been a fourth-and-10 into a first down for Cleveland and 15 extra yards.

Carl Granderson, New Orleans Saints

Though it came in a loss to the Houston Texans, Granderson had his best game of the season on Sunday, recording six tackles — one of which was a sack of Texans quarterback CJ Stroud for a 10-yard loss.

Scouts around the league chimed in on Granderson’s growth following the game, with a Saints scout saying, “If opponents aren’t going to devote special attention to him, eventually he’s going to make them pay,” of the team’s young defensive end.

Granderson now has 23 tackles, 4.5 sacks and a forced fumble this season.

Tyler Hall, Las Vegas Raiders

Hall took the field for just the second time this season on Sunday in his team’s win over New England, and managed to impress fans and coaches alike. The third-year cornerback recorded six tackles for his team.

Hall was brought up from the practice squad two weeks ago as the Raiders hoped to bolster a defense hampered by injuries to starter Nate Hobbs, and he’s made the most of his opportunity, racking up 10 tackles across the two games.

Chad Muma, Jacksonville Jaguars

Muma did not appear in his team’s win over Indianapolis. After increased playing time in recent weeks as a result of an injury to Devin Lloyd, Lloyd’s return led to Muma spending all of his team’s recent 37–20 win on the bench.

Muma has 13 tackles thus far in the 2023–24 season.

Mike Purcell, Denver Broncos

Purcell took the field for roughly half of his team’s defensive downs in the Broncos’ Thursday loss to the Chiefs, and he finished the game with a pair of tackles.

Purcell is still working his way back to full strength after sustaining an injury to his ribs earlier in the season.

Logan Wilson, Cincinnati Bengals

The Casper native and former Natrona County Mustang was sensational in his team’s 17-13 win over the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday. Wilson racked up 11 tackles, one of which was a sack and two of which were for losses.

Wilson continues to cement himself as not only one of the defensive anchors on the Bengals, but one of the most promising linebackers in the entire league.

So far this season, Wilson has 46 tackles and a pair of interceptions.

Andrew Wingard, Jacksonville Jaguars

The former UW standout and current safety for the Jaguars had limited playing time in his team’s recent win over the Colts, taking the field in just five of his team’s defensive downs on Sunday. In that time, he managed to record a tackle.

The tackle was his fifth of the season.

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