Some things are going well for the former UNC Football players now in the National Football League, some not so much, and some even less. So, with three weeks in the books for the pro’s time to look around at what has gone on with the former Heels now playing on Sundays during the third week of the season…
When we look at the bright side the first one to look at has to be Giovani Bernard, who had a heck of a Monday Night game last week and did quite well this week as the Cincinnati Bengals beating the Green Bay Packers. The former UNC tail back had 50 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries and four receptions for 49 yards. Right now the rookie has one TD per week, and with the way he is going, the streak keep going isn’t much of a stretch.
For more about the rookie running back, here is a video interview that he did with Dan Patrick…
Another former UNC Football stand out scored on Sunday, but this one is definitely not a rookie, and he does not play on offense. Defensive tackle Julius Peppers, who has been in the league for a dozen years now, recovered a fumble for his Chicago Bears and returned it for 49 yards back for a score against the Steelers. The ex Tar Heels also had a tackle in the game.
Back on offense let’s talk about Greg Little, who has been part of the Cleveland Browns since he has been in the NFL, but has also been part of several rumors of late. The former Heel wide out had three receptions for 19 yards as well as a kick off for 26 in the team’s win over the Vikings 31 to 27. On the other hand Little has been first demoted in the depth chart and now it seems that the Browns, who have traded Trent Richardson, have him on the block as well.
Newly acquired Shaun Draughn made his Ravens’ debut and did quite well considering that he was playing with an inured ankle that he suffered on his 1st carry of the game versus the Texans, won 30 to 9 by Baltimore. The former UNC Football player had two kick returns for 53 yards (one for 31 and one for 22 yards) and had four carries for 2 yards.
Finally, on the offensive side still, as the New York Giants keep going down with each time, still not having found a way to a win, so does Hakeem Nicks, who began with a 100 yards game on week one, to not even a catch this week, as the franchise was shut out by the Panthers 38 to nothing. This does not bode well for Nicks, who is looking for a new contract when the season is over. Sure, the season is less than a quarter done, but the way that the Giants are playing you can not feel good about what is going on with both the franchise and the former receiver.