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Gators in the NFL: Week 4

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Former Florida Gators shined in the defensive and special teams phases during Week 4 of the 2019 NFL season.
One particular matchup, the Washington Redskins at the New York Giants, featured the most high-profile performances from Florida alumni.

Janoris Jenkins (cornerback, New York Giants) and Quinton Dunbar (cornerback, Washington Redskins) each had two interceptions in the 24-3 Giants victory. Jenkins had four tackles (three solo), one batted pass in addition to his two picks, which proved critical for New York. Dunbar had three tackles (three solo) himself to go with his interceptions. Jon Bostic (linebacker, Washington Redskins) led all players in the contest with 11 tackles (five solo).

Eddy Piñeiro (kicker, Chicago Bears) had a nice day kicking the ball in the Bears’ 16-6 win over the Minnesota Vikings. He converted all three of his field goal attempts and his lone point after attempt. Pinero didn’t have to deal with distance, as his longest attempt was only 38 yards.
Other notable defensive performances came from Jarrad Davis (linebacker, Detroit Lions), Dante Fowler Jr. (linebacker, Los Angeles Rams) and Joe Haden (cornerback, Pittsburgh Steelers).
Davis logged three tackles (three solo), including a tackle for loss in a 34-30 defeat to the Kansas City Chiefs, while Fowler collected four tackles (one solo) and another tackle for loss in the Rams’ 55-40 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Haden also picked up three tackles (three solo) and defended a pass in a 27-3 win over the Cincinnati Bengals).

Maurkice Pouncey (center, Pittsburgh Steelers) had a nice day on the offensive side of the ball in the Steelers’ victory. Pouncey and the Pittsburgh offensive line gave young quarterback Mason Rudolph a safe pocket, as the unit didn’t relinquish a sack. Rudolph went 24 for 28 with 229 yards and two touchdowns. Pouncey also recorded tackle on a Dionte Johnson fumble recovered by the Bengals.

Demarcus Robinson (wide receiver, Kansas City Chiefs) had the most noteworthy offensive day of any former UF players. He caught four balls on nine targets for 35 yards (long of 15 yards) in the Chiefs’ 34-30 victory.
The only other offensive performance worth mentioning came from Trey Burton (tight end, Chicago Bears), who caught two passes for 16 yards against Minnesota.

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