Tar Heels in NFL: Ebron, Steelers move to 9-0; Hurst starts for Saints; Holcomb plays every Washington defensive snap

By R.L. Bynum

One week, it’s hurdling over a defender on the way to scoring a touchdown. Sunday, it was making a one-handed catch to convert on a third down. Tight end Eric Ebron is contributing however he can to help the Pittsburgh Steelers remain the NFL’s only undefeated team.

It wasn’t his best day, with two catches on six targets for 38 yards, but Ebron showed his versatility with that one terrific catch. The Steelers are 9-0 after defeating the Cincinnati Bengals 36-10 and head to Jacksonville on Sunday to face the 1-8 Jaguars.

In that same game, Gio Bernard again started ahead of the injured Joe Mixon and finished with 47 total yards in a frustrating day for the Bengals.

The big news for offensive tackle James Hurst was getting his first start of the season and played 34% of the offensive snaps for the New Orleans Saints in their 27-13 victory over the San Francisco 49ers.

The only statistic Sylvester Williams put up in the Denver Broncos’ 37-12 loss to the Las Vegas Raiders was one assist, but his play is getting noticed.

Linebacker Cole Holcomb played every defensive snap for Washington, collecting four tackles and two assists in a loss at Detroit.

Tre Boston got two tackles, three assists and recovered a fumble for the Carolina Panthers in their loss to the Tampa Bay Bucs. He had a chance to tackle the Bucs’ Ronald Jones on a 98-yard touchdown run early in the run but couldn’t make the stop. Boston said that they knew the play was coming.

How Tar Heels fared in Week 10
Player Team Position Roster status Team’s result Week 10 statistics Season statistics
Gio Bernard Bengals RB Active 36–10 loss at Pit Started; 8 carries for 30 yards; 4 catches on 7 targets for 17 yards
48 rushes, 158 yards, 2 TDs; 21 catches, 207 yards, 2 TDs
Eric Ebron Steelers TE Active 36–10 win vs. Cin Started; 2 catches on 6 targets for 38 yards 31 catches for 311 yards and 3 TDs
Cole Holcomb Washington LB Active 30–27 loss at Det Started; 4 tackles, 2 assists, played every defensive snap
14 tackle, 4 assists, 2 special-teams tackle, 2 QB hits, 1 INT, 1 FF
Tre Boston Panthers FS Active 46–23 loss vs. TB Started; 2 tackles, 3 assists, 1 fumble recovery
29 tackles; 16 assists, 1 forced, 2 fumble recoveries, 2 TFLs
Robert Quinn Bears LB Active 19–13 loss vs. Min Started; 1 quarterback hit, played 52% of defensive snaps
4 tackles, 2 assists, 1 sack, 2 FF, 1 RF, 1 QB hurry, 1 QB hit
James Hurst Saints OT Active 27–13 win vs. SF Started; reported tackle-eligible 13 times, played 34% of snaps Played in five games
Mack Hollins Dolphins WR Active 29–21 win vs. LAC 1 catch on 1 target for 1 yard; didn’t catch target on 2-point conversion attempt
2 reception for 12 yards and a TD, 1 tackle, 1 special-teams assist
Jason Strowbridge Dolphins DE Active 29–21 win vs. LAC 1 tackle, which was for a loss 1 tackle, 1 assist
Andre Smith Bills LB Active 32–30 loss at Ari 1 special teams tackle 2 tackles, 1 special teams tackle
Sylvester Williams Broncos DT Active 37–12 loss at LV 1 assist
1 tackle on 2-point conversion attempt, 2 assists
M.J. Stewart Browns CB Active 10–7 win vs. Hou Played; no statistics 4 tackles, 1 solo, 4 special teams tackles
Mitch Trubisky Bears QB Active 19–13 loss vs. Min Inactive for game
51-86, 6 TDs, 6 INTs, 87.4 passer rating, 10 rushes for 93 yards
Charlie Heck Texans OT Active 10–7 loss at Cle Inactive for game Inactive for every game
Ryan Switzer Browns WR Practice squad
Aaron Crawford Ravens DT Practice squad
Kareem Martin Lions OLB Practice squad
William Sweet 49ers OT Practice squad
T.J. Logan Bucs RB
Injured reserve; out for season with leg injury
Myles Dorn Vikings FS Injured reserve
Jalen Dalton Saints TD
Injured reserve; triceps injury
Russell Bodine Lions C Opted out
Photo via @Ebron84

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