The fifth week of the NFL season wrapped up Monday night and former Cowboys were among those who hit the field across the league over the weekend.
While their alma mater had the weekend off, these former OSU Cowboys made plenty of plays to impress.
Emmanuel Ogbah (Browns) – Cleveland debuted its latest top pick as Myles Garrett started his first game for the Browns and recorded a pair of tackles and matching sacks, including one on the first snap of his career. However, Ogbah, now able to capitalize on opponents’ efforts to slow Garrett, led Cleveland’s defensive line in tackles (5) and looks to be a major factor as the season progresses and the Browns search for the first win of the season.
Vincent Taylor (Dolphins) – Taylor only had one tackle against the Titans. However, a win is a win, and Miami will take all it can get following the preseason injury to QB Mike Tannehill. The Dolphins topped Tennessee 16-10 on Sunday in a game that lacked many highlights.
Brandon Weeden (Titans) – On the opposite side of this game, another former Poke returned to an NFL sideline. No, Weeden didn’t play less than a week after being added to the roster as insurance following Marcus Mariota’s leg injury. Outside of an injury to backup journeyman Matt Cassel, we’re not expecting Weeden to play. But, he finds himself in a similar position to his non-Cleveland years in the pros.
Dez Bryant (Cowboys) – Everyone is (rightly) talking about Aaron Rodgers heroics in leading another Packers charge to a comeback win, but Bryant sure made his presence felt in Dallas’s offense showing. On Sunday, he caught five passes for 52 yards and a touchdown, becoming only the second Cowboys receiver to reach 70 touchdown catches.
Dan Bailey (Cowboys) – Bailey keeps knocking them through the uprights as the most accurate kicker in the history of the game. He kept his perfect season intact this weekend, hitting all four of his extra point attempts and drilling a 43-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter that gave Dallas a lead.
Lane Taylor (Packers) – Rodgers makes everything go, but he has his offensive line to thank for his success. Taylor has been virtually the only constant on an offensive front that has suffered from a litany of injuries already this season. Look at Taylor get out in run blocking.
Tyler Patmon (Jaguars) – The Jaguars surprised everyone with a tremendous defensive effort against Pittsburgh. A pair of pick-sixes and five total interceptions delivered the game to Jacksonville. According to NFL stats, Patmon didn’t play in this contest but remains listed on the Jaguars’ depth chart.
Michael Hunter Jr. (Giants) – A pair of 0-5 teams remain in the league. Cleveland might not be a surprise, but the Giants being the other is quite shocking. In another excruciating loss to the previously winless Chargers, New York squandered a fourth quarter lead. Hunter Jr. didn’t play in this game, the second straight week he was a non-participant.
Russell Okung (Chargers) – Once again, Okung continues to be a stalwart for the Chargers’ offensive line, and it must feel good to finally get that first win for Los Angeles.
Chris Carson (Seahawks) – Unfortunately, the news for Carson is grim. After suffering a severed leg injury last week, it appears he’ll be out the remainder of what appeared to be a promising first season in Seattle.
Blake Jarwin (Cowboys) — Jarwin remains on the Dallas practice squad but isn’t expected to see much opportunity this season due to overall depth at tight end for the Cowboys.