UConn in the NFL: Jones, Griffin highlight uneventful Week 2


Carolina Panthers’ Devin Funchess reaches in vain for a catch as Dallas Cowboys’ Byron Jones defends during the first half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn)

Week 2 of the NFL season has come and gone, and while no former Huskies made any huge headlines, they were certainly present.

Byron Jones started the game for the Dallas Cowboys at cornerback. He played well in their win over the New York Giants on Sunday night, recording six total tackles and not allowing any big plays to the receivers that he was covering.

Ryan Griffin started at tight end for the Houston Texans in their loss to the Tennessee Titans on Sunday. He caught his only target for a 19-yard reception. He also provided great blocking as an extension of the offensive line.

Anthony Sherman played fullback for the Kansas City Chiefs and, as always, he excelled in ways that never show up on the stat sheet. In their big win over the Pittsburgh Steelers, he provided some great lead blocking on 13 offensive snaps, and he also played 25 snaps on special teams.

Shamar Stephen started for the Seattle Seahawks on Monday night at defensive tackle. He recorded two combined tackles in the loss to the Chicago Bears.

Both Blidi Wreh-Wilson and Geremy Davis recorded their first snaps of the season on Sunday. Wreh-Wilson played two snaps on defense at cornerback for the Atlanta Falcons and recorded one pass defended. Davis played six offensive snaps at wide receiver for the Los Angeles Chargers but was not targeted. Both of their teams went on to win.

So although no former Huskies had standout games in Week 2, most of them contributed to winning efforts. Teams of ex-UConn football players that played this weekend were 4-2.

Furthermore, it’s impressive that we even have these players representing our school every Sunday on football’s biggest stage.

Stay tuned for updates every week on how the graduated Husky football players are performing in the NFL.

Danny Barletta is a campus correspondent for The Daily Campus. He can be reached via email at daniel.barletta@uconn.edu.

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