Tar Heels in NFL: Heck seizes opportunity in Houston; Stewart on IR; Holcomb on roll

By R.L. Bynum It’s been a season of opportunity for former UNC offensive linemen. First, it was veteran New Orleans left tackle James Hurst who broke into the Saints’ starting lineup after an injury to Terron Armstead. Now, it’s Charlie Heck’s turn in Houston. Heck started an NFL game for the first time in his …

Tar Heels in NFL: Carter, Bernard TDs; Holcomb INT; Amazing run by ‘ ’Lil Pinball’ Williams

By R.L. Bynum The second touchdowns of the season for running backs Michael Carter and Giovani Bernard, a Cole Holcomb interception and another impressive Javonte Williams run highlighted the Week 5 efforts of Tar Heels in the NFL. Carter started again for the New York Jets (1–4) in their 27–20 loss to the Atlanta Falcons …

Familiar, painful storylines produce dreadful day for UNC

By R.L. Bynum CHAPEL HILL —The storylines frightening to Tar Heels fans combined to give them a dreary game to go with the dreary weather. The forehead slaps added up with the familiar issues. Get beaten by a running quarterback? Check. A rough game against Florida State? Check. Getting dominated on both sides of the …

Tar Heels in NFL: Top rookie rushers Williams and Steelers’ Harris to battle; Carter explains what makes his running style unique

By R.L. Bynum When the Denver Broncos visit the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, it will match the NFL’s rookie rushing leaders. Denver’s Javonte Williams leads rookies with 186 rushing yards and a 4.0 average yards per carry compared to Pittsburgh’s Najee Harris, who has 185 yards and 3.4 yards per run. Both have scored one …

Tar Heels in NFL: TDs for Carter, Trubisky, an amazing Williams run and another big game for Quinn

By R.L. Bynum Michael Carter and Mitchell Trubisky both ran for touchdowns in Sunday victories, but Carter’s was special. It was his first NFL score to help the New York Jets get their first victory of the season. Oh, and Javonte Williams had another one of those runs where he plowed through half the defense …