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Gators in the NFL: Fowler shines in Week 7

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Secondary, linebacker and defensive line. At all three levels of defense, the Gators had solid performances, beginning with a signature game from a Los Angeles edge rusher.

Dante Fowler Jr. (EDGE, Los Angeles Rams), pitched a three-sack performance, totaling seven tackles (six solo) and adding a pass deflection in the Rams’ 37-10 trouncing of the Atlanta Falcons.

In his fourth season, Fowler is on track to have by far his best year. He’s accumulated eight tackles for loss, more than he had in any previous campaign. Fowler has also amassed 28 tackles, closing in on his single-season high of 32 (2016).

Joining Fowler with a career day was rookie Chauncey Gardner-Johnson (defensive back, New Orleans Saints), who started for the first time in a 36-25 win at the Chicago Bears. Gardner-Johnson had six tackles (all solo), making up more than half his season output (10). Two of the rookie’s tackles were for a loss, and he also defended two passes and registered a quarterback hit.

Jon Bostic (linebacker, Washington Redskins) contributed another solid contest for the Redskins despite their 9-0 loss to the San Francisco 49ers. For the sixth-straight outing, Bostic gathered seven tackles or more. He’s second on the team in tackles (51), only trailing safety Landon Collins (59).

The only Gator to score in Week 7 was Eddy Piñeiro (kicker, Chicago Bears). He nailed two extra points and a 46-yard field goal in the Bears’ loss to the Saints. Piñeiro is 9 for 10 on field goals for the season.

Another solid performance in a losing effort came from Brian Poole (safety, New York Jets), who picked up six tackles (all solo), one for loss, in a 33-0 obliteration at the hands of the New England Patriots.

Offensively, Florida didn’t have much to celebrate this week.

Demarcus Robinson (wide receiver, Kansas City Chiefs) led all skill-position players with 31 yards on three receptions (five targets) in KC’s 30-6 victory over Denver on Thursday night.

Trey Burton (tight end, Chicago Bears) managed just two catches (four targets) for 11 yards in his team’s aforementioned loss at home.

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