Highlights of former Tar Heels in action in Week 6 of the NFL season

Look at what some of your favorite Tar Heels did in the NFL this past weekend in week six of NFL action.

The National Football League is entering week seven, but before we get there, we have to highlight what some former Tar Heels did this past weekend.

UNC’s presence in the NFL is steadily growing as some former Heels have become star guys for their respective teams. In Pittsburgh, Mitch Trubisky came in for an injured Kenny Pickett and led the Steelers to a 20-18 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Linebacker Cole Holcomb filled up the stat sheet again for Washington, and running back Michael Carter got the chains moving in the Jet’s win over the Greenbay Packers. These performances and more helped establish North Carolina’s name in the NFL.

Now, as we wait for Thursday night football, we look at some highlights by your favorite Heels this past weekend.

Highlights of former Tar Heels in action in Week 5 of the NFL season

Look at what some of your favorite Tar Heels did in the NFL this past weekend in week five of NFL action.

The National Football League is in full force as week six creeps up, but before we get there, we must acknowledge some Tar Heels who stood out this past weekend.

Week five started wrong for former UNC running back Javonte Williams, who suffered a season-ending ACL tear. The explosive back had earned the starting spot for this season while splitting half the workload with backup Melvin Gordon.

This weekend was better for other Tar Heels as Washington Commanders wide receiver Dyami Brown scored his first NFL touchdown and followed up with his second in the same game. New York Jets running back Michael Carter also crossed the goal line twice in his team’s 40-17 win over the Miami Dolphins.

Not only did former offensive Tar Heels have a great showing, Washington’s linebacker Cole Holcomb filled up the stat sheet in the 21-17 loss to Tennessee. Holcomb finished with 15 total tackles on Sunday, and one was a tackle for loss.

As we prepare for another week in the NFL, we look at some vital moments from Tar Heels in week six.

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Mitch Trubisky benched in Pittsburgh for Kenny Pickett

The Pittsburgh Steelers have benched quarterback Mitch Trubisky, bringing in rookie replacement Kenny Pickett.

Tough break for former UNC quarterback [autotag]Mitch Trubisky[/autotag], getting benched as the Pittsburg Steelers started the second half.

Trubisky won the starting job this off-season, with many wondering how long he had until rookie quarterback Kenny Pickett would take over. That change would occur four weeks into the season after the Steelers’ offense failed to move the ball efficiently in the first half of Sunday’s game against the Jets.

Trubisky, in the first half, had completed seven on 14 passes for 84 yards and two interceptions. The Trubisky-led offense had struggled to gain any momentum in the four weeks, losers of the last two games.

It hadn’t been all bad for Trubisky, playing mistake-free football before today’s game. Trubisky had 569 passing yards, two touchdowns, and one interception in the first three matchups. Unfortunately, the slow pace offense wasn’t enough, and now he awaits his turn again.

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Highlights of former Tar Heels in action in Week 3 of the NFL season

Look at what some of your favorite Tar Heels did in the NFL this past weekend in week three of NFL action.

The National Football League has wrapped up week three, and some Tar Heels significantly impacted their teams’ outcomes.

North Carolina has become more prominent in the NFL, giving UNC fans plenty to cheer about this weekend. Some players are looking to keep their starting roles, like quarterback Mitch Trubisky in Pittsburgh and New York Jets running back Michael Carter.

Some former Tar Heels continue to make a name for themselves, like Denver Broncos running back Javonte Williams and Houston Texans defensive back M.J Stewart. Meanwhile, Las Vegas wide receiver Mack Hollins delivered his best game yet.

As we prepare for another crazy week in the NFL, we look at some vital moments from Tar Heels in week three.

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Highlights of former Tar Heels in action in Week 2 of the NFL season

Look at what some of your favorite Tar Heels did in the NFL this past weekend in week two of NFL action.

There was no North Carolina football this weekend. However, some former Tar Heels did make a splash on the pro level.

As the NFL entered week two, some UNC players had already hit their groove while others looked to get more established on their teams. In Pittsburgh, quarterback Mitch Trubisky made his second start, meanwhile running back Michael Carter looked to keep his lead spot for the New York Jets.

Week two also saw many former North Carolina players explode for significant gains, like running back Javonte Williams with the Denver Broncos.

There were some critical defensive plays as well from some UNC players like Robert Quinn, bringing the heat to Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. A week where UNC players thrived on both sides of the ball.

As NFL week three is on the horizon, we look at some Heels who made impactful plays in week 2.

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Highlights of former Tar Heels in action in Week 1 of the NFL season

Take a look at what some of your favorite Tar Heels did in the NFL this past weekend with the NFL season officially started.

The NFL has officially kicked off, and some former North Carolina Tar Heels have already made some splashes. UNC is well-represented in the NFL this season with 21 players on rosters including a few starters.

In Pittsburgh, the Steelers announced [autotag]Mitch Trubisky[/autotag] would be the quarterback in charge, while the Denver Broncos gave Javonte Williams the starting running back spot. Like Michael Carter with the New York Jets, both former UNC halfbacks will be splitting carries.

There were some touchdown-saving plays from a few key defensive players who once called North Carolina home. Overall a big week for some who represented UNC at the highest level.

Here are some Heels who made impactful plays in week 1.

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Michael Carter has solid Week 1 performance for Jets

Former UNC football running back Michael Carter had an impressive performance in the New York Jets Week 1 loss to Baltimore.

Former UNC football running back [autotag]Michael Carter[/autotag] is off to a good start in his second season with the New York Jets. After the team selected former Iowa State running back Breece Hall, it was expected that there would be a split in the backfield.

While that was the case, Carter earned valuable reps in the Week 1 loss to Baltimore and made the most of those reps.

Carter finished the game with 100 yards from scrimmage including 60 yards rushing on 10 attempts. He also added 7 receptions for 40 yards on the day, proving his worth in that Jets backfield early on in this season.

It’s tough when there is a running back by committee situation and it certainly feels like Carter is the forgotten man, at least going into the season.

However, this Week 1 performance should help him see increased reps moving forward on what will be a really bad Jets team.

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Quarterback Mitch Trubisky helps lead Steelers to Week 1 win

Former North Carolina quarterback Mitch Trubisky leads Pittsburgh Steelers to a 23-20 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals.

Former North Carolina Tar Heel quarterback [autotag]Mitch Trubisky[/autotag] is back starting in the NFL and tossing a touchdown in the process.

The second overall pick in the 2017 draft, Trubsiky has had his ups and downs in his short career so far. After spending his first four seasons in Chicago, Trubisky took the backup role in Buffalo before finding a home in Pittsburgh.

Now, as a Steeler, Trubsiky was able to land the starting job over 2022 first-round draft pick Kenny Pickett and three-year quarterback Mason Rudolph.

The Steelers took on the Cincinnati Bengals in their season opener, and Trubsiky got the job done. In his debut for Pittsburgh, he finished with 21 out of 38 pass completions, 194 passing yards, and one touchdown.

His touchdown pass came in the second quarter to running back Najee Harris, giving the Steelers a 17-3 lead. The Bengals did attempt a comeback, but Trubisky’s no turnover day didn’t provide Cincinnati anything to capitalize on, giving Pittsburgh the 23-20 nail-biting win.

The win continues Trubsiky winning ways as he is fifth in win percentage among active quarterbacks dating back to the 2018 season.

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Denver Broncos Javonte Williams to split with Melvin Gordon

The Denver Broncos will have former North Carolina Tar Heel Javonte Williams split carries at the running back position this season.

Former North Carolina Tar Heel running back [autotag]Javonte Williams[/autotag] is preparing to be a starter for the Denver Broncos going into his second season.

After an impressive rookie year, Williams has already created a name for himself, and should play a big role in the Broncos’ offense. Last season Williams played behind halfback Melvin Gordon, yet both shared the same workload, each having 203 carries on the season.

Williams will lead the charge this year of the two-headed monster running back duo, with the split still playing a factor. Denver Broncos head coach Nathaniel Hackett spoke with the media before their week one matchup about the running back situation.

“I have always been a true believer that you have to roll with the hot hand,” Hackett said. “I think they are going to be great compliments to each other; if both of them are hot, you gotta keep feeding them.”

Even with Williams splitting carries again this season, do not be surprised if he eclipses over 1,000 yards. Last year on 203 carries, Williams finished with 903 yards and four rushing touchdowns. The Tar Heel also succeeded in receiving back with 316 receiving yards and three touchdowns through the air.

Williams will be in action Monday when the Denver Broncos travel to Seattle for a meeting with the Seahawks.

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Michael Carter listed as starting RB on New York Jets depth chart

The New York Jets will start former North Carolina Tar Heel Michael Carter at the running back position this season.

There is good news for former North Carolina running back [autotag]Michael Carter[/autotag], as he will be the New York Jets starting halfback.

Heading into his second season for the Jets, Carter will carry the load as the lead back, but still splitting carries in the process. Rookie running back Breece Hall will play second fiddle to Carter, seeing a sizable workload behind him.

Hall, who was drafted 36th overall, was expected to snag the lead role and still could at some point in the season.  However, Carter’s work ethic led him to the starting role with offensive coordinator Mike Lefleur taking time to let the media know his thoughts on the Tar Heel.

“He is the ultimate professional,” Lefleur said. “He is the ultimate leader and the heartbeat of our offense.”

Carter finished with 639 rushing yards, 325 receiving yards, and four touchdowns. The best game of his rookie campaign came in the Jets’ 26-21 win over the Jaguars. Carter eclipsed over 100 yards on the ground with 118 rushing yards that game.

Carter and the Jets will be in action this Sunday against Baltimore to open up the 2022 season.

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