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Hoos in the NFL Week 4: Inman and Phillips dominate Cleveland

Dontrelle Inman emerged and John Phillips found paydirt as the two Hoos led San Diego to a Week 4 victory,

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Dontrelle Inman (WR, San Diego Chargers), Season Stats: 3 Receptions, 88 Yards
Inman made his season debut with a blast, leading all Chargers with 88 receiving yards in this past weekend's 30-27 victory over the Cleveland Brown.  Inman had been an afterthought in the San Diego passing attack, but in-game injuries to Malcom Floyd and Stevie Johnson forced him into action.  Inman delivered a great performance and should be able to parlay that effort into an increased role in the coming weeks.

John Phillips (TE, San Diego Chargers), Season Stats: 5 Receptions, 36 Yards, 1 Touchdown
Phillips caught only one pass for one yard this week, but it was worth six points.  The touchdown was Phillips' first since Week 7 of last year against Kansas City. With the catch, Phillips continued to capitalize on his opportunity to shine with Antonio Gates suspended and Lardarius Green limited.  We'll see how his role changes when Gates returns next week.

Heath Miller (TE, Pittsburgh Steelers), Season Stats: 13 Receptions, 117 Yards, 1 Touchdown
Miller recorded his lowest output of the season in Thursday's 23-20 overtime loss to the Ravens, grabbing just one pass for one yard on two targets.  This isn't entirely Miller's fault, however, as he's saddled with Michael Vick as his quarterback.  Vick never received a proper education and thus he apparently can't recognize talent, as he failed to adequately distribute the ball to both Miller and Antonio Brown.  Let's all hope Big Ben gets healthy soon.

Rodney McLeod (FS, St. Louis Rams), Season Stats: 24 Tackles, 1 Forced Fumble
McLeod played a pivotal role as the Rams knocked the Cardinals from the ranks of the unbeaten with a 24-22 upset victory.  McLeod continued his run of consistent play, racking up five tackles, but it was his hit on Larry Fitzgerald in the third quarter that had the largest impact.  McLeod was able to jar the ball loose with his helmet, the Rams recovered and subsequently marched 58 yards down the field for a touchdown, lengthening a lead they would never relinquish to 17-10.  The fumble was McLeod's first forced turnover of the season.

Chris Long (DE, St. Louis Rams), Season Stats: 10 Tackles, 2 Sacks
Long had only one tackle in the Rams victory but he made it count, notching his second sack of the year.  Long and the rest of the Rams defensive front combined for four sacks on the day and never allowed Carson Palmer to feel comfortable in the pocket.  At times Long seems to be the forgotten man along the St. Louis defensive line but with his relentless motor he'll continue to terrorize quarterbacks and help the Rams win some low-scoring slugfests.

Morgan Moses (OT, Washington Redskins)
Moses and the rest of the new-era Hogs got back on track this weekend in a dramatic 23-20 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles.  The Redskins dominated time of possession, holding the ball for over 41 minutes with a punishing ground game that racked up 127 yards on 32 carries.  This dominance allowed Washington to wear down the Eagle defense, culminating in a game-winning touchdown with less than a minute left.

Ahmad Brooks (LB, San Francisco 49ers), Season Stats: 12 Tackles, 1 Sack
Brooks had five tackles and his first sack of the season in a losing effort as the Niners fell at home to Green Bay 17-3.  The San Francisco defense actually played a great game as they held the seemingly inhuman Aaron Rodgers to a measly 224 passing yards and one touchdown.  The Niners offense, however, was unable to hold up their end of the bargain and San Fran lost their third straight to slip to 1-3.

D'Brickashaw Ferguson (OT, New York Jets)
The Jets continue to be one of the biggest surprises of the 2015 season as they improved to 3-1 last week with a 27-14 win over the Dolphins in London.  The Jets established the ground game early and often, rushing for 207 yards on 48 carries against the much ballyhooed Miami defensive front.  With Ryan Fitzpatrick at the helm, it's imperative that Ferguson and the rest of the Jets linemen continue to dominate up front if the team is to build on their early season success.

Oday Aboushi (OG, Houston Texans)
Aboushi and the Texans offensive line couldn't match their Week 3 output, as Houston rushed for only 54 yards in a 48-21 loss to the Falcons.  The Texans trailed 42-0 heading into the fourth quarter, so establishing a running game was admittedly not high on their list of priorities and the Texans line only allowed Ryan Mallett to be sacked once.  In brighter news, Aboushi got his second straight start in the game and appears to have cemented his position with his new team.

LaRoy Reynolds (LB, Chicago Bears)
While Reynolds doesn't appear in any box score last week, he was able to sign on with the Chicago Bears after being waived by Jacksonville.  Reynolds is a hard-nosed player and the Bears have numerous holes throughout their defense, so hopefully he'll be able to earn some playing time.  Either way, it's great to see his dream stay alive.

The following UVa players are on an NFL roster (or Injured Reserve) but either did not play or appeared in only limited action in Week 3: Branden Albert (LT, Miami Dolphins), Luke Bowanko (C, Jacksonville Jaguars), Chris Canty (DE, Baltimore Ravens), Eli Harold (LB, San Francisco 49ers), Eugene Monroe (OT, Baltimore Ravens), Austin Pasztor (OT, Cleveland Browns), Cedric Peerman (RB, Cincinnati Bengals), Matt Schaub (QB, Baltimore Ravens), Brent Urban (DE, Baltimore Ravens).