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Pokes in the Pros: Week 7

Carl Granderson (via Twitter)

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

The Bills’ superstar and former UW standout quarterback struggled uncharacteristically in his team’s loss to the New England Patriots on Sunday. Allen threw an opening-quarter interception, and the Bills only managed three points in the first half. By the end of the game, he was saddled with the worst completion percentage of the last two season when aiming at least 15 yards downfield, going 2-for-10 on such throws.

Few teams have pressured Allen with blitzes as aggressively as the Patriots did this past week, and the strategy seemed to work, keeping him off balance for much of the game. He did find his footing late in the game, helping the team score 15 points in the fourth quarter. However, it was too little, too late.

Despite struggling with accuracy, he still managed to finish the game with over 250 passing yards.

Marcus Epps, Las Vegas Raiders

Marcus Epps had a solid outing in his team’s loss to the Chicago Bears on Sunday, finishing the game with five tackles.

It was one of the more productive outings thus far this season for the Raiders’ starting safety, as his five tackles were tied for the second most he’s had in a game this year. On the season, he has 27 tackles.

Tashaun Gipson Sr., San Francisco 49ers

The 49ers’ veteran safety had a pair of tackles in his team’s loss to the Vikings on Sunday.

The performance brings Gipson’s season total to 22 tackles.

Carl Granderson, New Orleans Saints

Granderson continued his strong play of late, adding another defensive gem to a season that’s already seen him take significant strides in the Saints’ 31–24 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The defensive end tied his season-high with six tackles, added a stuff to his stat line and also recovered a fumble.

Granderson now has 29 tackles so far this season.

Tyler Hall, Las Vegas Raiders

Hall only took the field for a few special teams downs on Sunday against the Bears, and he did not record a stat as his team fell 30–12.

Hall has only appeared in two games this season, though he made the most of his second appearance in the Raiders’ Week 6 game. He currently has 10 tackles for the 2023–24 season.

Chad Muma, Jacksonville Jaguars

Muma took the field for just three defensive snaps in his team’s win over New Orleans on Thursday, and did not record a stat in his limited playing time.

Similar to Hall, the limited playing time comes just one week after having one of his best performances of the year. He currently has 13 tackles this season.

Mike Purcell, Denver Broncos

Purcell had a trio of tackles in his team’s nail-biter victory over the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, appearing in just over half of the team’s defensive snaps.

The game was a good sign for Purcell, as it marked the most playing time he’s received since being temporarily sidelined by a rib injury earlier in the season.

The former Cowboy and current Denver nose tackle now has nine tackles this year.

Logan Wilson, Cincinatti Bengals

Wilson and the Bengals did not take the field this week, as they enjoyed their bye.

The Casper native and former Natrona County Mustang will next be in action on Sunday, when he takes on the 49ers and fellow former Poke Gipson.

Wilson leads all former Pokes in tackles this year, with 49.

Andrew Wingard, Jacksonville Jaguars

Wingard had a strong performance in his team’s win over the Saints this week. The safety recorded a season high in tackles, with five.

Wingard’s strong outing accounts now for half of all his tackles this season, as he has 10 thus far.