This week for Florida alumni in the NFL featured some sweet and bitter moments.
A satisfying success occurred for two former Gators, as they helped the Washington Redskins toward their first win of the season.
However, sadness set in for another Redskin, as his season and career may be in jeopardy due to recurring head injuries.
Quinton Dunbar (corner, Washington Redskins) and Jon Bostic (linebacker, Washington Redskins) continue to produce for Washington, and they were big factors in its 17-16 victory in Miami. Dunbar made six tackles (five solo) and batted a pass, but his interception midway through the second quarter proved critical, as it stopped a Dolphins drive 14 yards into Redskins territory.
Bostic was second on his team in tackles (Landon Collins, 12) with eight (4 solo), including a tackle-for-loss. The six-year veteran is having a career season, averaging 7.3 tackles per game, just above his career-high season average of 6.9 (2017 with Indianapolis).
Dunbar and Bostic’s Redskins teammate, Jordan Reed (tight end), may be done for the season and possibly for his career after being placed on injured reserve, according to the Washington Post. Reed suffered a concussion in the third preseason game of the year, the seventh reported concussion of his career dating back to his days at UF. Reed claimed he was in his best physical condition in years during training camp, but the tight end has not practiced in the past three weeks.
In more spirited news, the secondary tandem of Marcus Maye (safety, New York Jets) and Brian Poole (saftey, New York Jets) helped the New York Jets to their first victory of 2019. Maye made five tackles (five solo) and defended a pass in the 24-22 win over the Dallas Cowboys, while Poole registered nine tackles (eight solo).
Jarrad Davis (linebacker, Detroit Lions) finished in a four-way tie for the Lions’ tackle lead, totaling seven in the team’s heartbreaking 23-22 loss to the Green Bay Packers (Mason Crosby field goal as time expired).
Janoris Jenkins (corner, New York Giants) also had a nice performance for a New York club that hung with the New England Patriots for the early portions of the Thursday night contest. Even though the Giants ultimately lost 35-14, Jenkins came away with three tackles (three solo), an interception and two batted passes.
Demarcus Robinson (wide receiver, Kansas City Chiefs) had quite the opposite of an impactful performance in the Chiefs’ 31-24 defeat to Houston. Perhaps partly due to the return of Tyreek Hill, Robinson didn’t make a catch, receiving only four targets from quarterback Patrick Mahomes.
Mark Stine is a contributing writer for Chomp Talk. Follow him on Twitter @mstinejr or contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.