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Hoos In The NFL: Big weeks for Inman, Johnson

Dontrelle Inman had the best week of his career, while Cam Johnson made a great first impression.

NFL: New Orleans Saints at San Diego Chargers Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

We’re a quarter of the way through the NFL regular season, and several former Hoos have stepped up their games. Let’s take a look at how UVA alumni did in Week 4.

The major contributors:

Branden Albert, Miami Dolphins – The Dolphins couldn’t get anything going offensively in a 22-7 loss to the Bengals, finishing with just 220 total yards. QB Ryan Tannehill was sacked 5 times and the running game never really got going. The Dolphins only ran the ball 13 times.

Ahmad Brooks, San Francisco 49ers – The 49ers defense couldn’t stop the Cowboys in a 24-17 loss. The defense gave up 428 yards of offense, and 5 yards per rushing attempt. They did produce 2 sacks, however.

Eli Harold, San Francisco 49ers – Despite starting at OLB against the Cowboys, Harold did not make it into the box score. The 49ers are terrible, but Harold could be in danger of losing his starting gig. He simply hasn’t been effective this season.

Dontrelle Inman, San Diego Chargers – Inman had the best game of his career in a 35-34 loss to the Saints. He had 7 receptions for 120 yards and a TD. It was his first career 100 yard receiving game, though he did have 8 catches in a game last year. He only had 1 game in college with better numbers (that was a 10 catch, 239 yard outing against Duke in 2010).

Cam Johnson, Cleveland Browns – Cam was signed by the Browns on Saturday and suited up Sunday in Cleveland’s 31-20 loss to the Redskins. Johnson was a monster, picking up 4 tackles, 2 sacks, and a forced fumble. The Browns’ defense allowed just 300 yards, but it couldn’t stop the Redskins in the red zone. The Browns are 0-4.

Chris Long, New England Patriots – The Patriots lost for the first time this season, suffering a 16-0 setback to Rex Ryan’s Buffalo Bills. Long had just 2 tackles, though he fought against double-teams for most of the game.

Rodney McLeod, Philadelphia Eagles – McLeod’s Eagles were on a bye this week.

Morgan Moses, Washington Redskins – The Redskins won their 2nd straight game and put up 31 points in a win against Cleveland. The offense struggled for the most part, however. The Skins ran the ball for 5.6 yards per carry, which makes the OL look good, but Kirk Cousins was sacked 3 times and pressured a few other times. That makes the OL look bad. All in all, they won, though playing the Browns helped.

Austin Pasztor, Cleveland Browns – Pasztor continues to start at RT for the Browns. The Browns ran for nearly 6 yards per play and allowed just one sack. It was a good performance from the OL. But the team turned the ball over 3 times and couldn’t get anything going late after the Redskins took the lead.

John Phillips, Denver Broncos – Phillips started at TE again in Denver’s 27-7 win over Tampa Bay. He didn’t have any catches, but he drew a pass interference flag in the endzone. The Broncos scored a rushing TD on the next play.

Versatile Contributors:

LaRoy Reynolds, Atlanta Falcons – Reynolds saw a bit of action on defense in Atlanta’s 48-33 win over Carolina. He played mostly in mop-up time with the game out of reach. Reynolds may see more action over the next few weeks, because Falcons LB Sean Weatherspoon ruptured his Achilles in the 4th quarter. Reynolds had 3 tackles on defense, and another on special teams.

Brent Urban, Baltimore Ravens – Once again, Urban saw only a handful of snaps this week. He was productive, though, with a single tackle, for a 1 yard loss.

Special Teams Standouts:

Maurice Canady, Baltimore Ravens – Canady was only in the game for 3 plays this week. It’s unclear if he was injured or if he was replaced on the coverage units.

Anthony Harris, Minnesota Vikings – Harris played 19 special teams plays in a 24-10 victory agaisnt the Giants on Monday night. He did not record any stats.

We’ll be following the progress of these former Hoos throughout the season. Stay tuned to Streaking The Lawn for a weekly rundown!