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: Jets, Carter head to Denver to face his ‘dawg’ in the Broncos’ Williams

By R.L. Bynum Javonte Williams and Michael Carter used to share carries for Carolina, but all they’ll share Sunday will be the field in Denver when Williams’ Denver Broncos face Michael Carter’s New York Jets. The two talk frequently, even this week, after developing a friendship during their time playing together in Chapel Hill. “I …

Tar Heels in NFL: Williams, Carter have impressive moments ahead of facing each other next week

By R.L. Bynum Rookie running backs Javonte Williams and Michael Carter each had their eye-catching moments Sunday, a week away from facing each other for the first time in the NFL. Williams ran for 64 yards on 13 carries, including a 16-yard rush, in his Denver Broncos’ 23–13 win at Jacksonville, with seven of those …

Bernard helps Bucs win; when will other Tar Heels play during Week 1 of the NFL?

By R.L. Bynum Giovani Bernard was the first of the 14 Tar Heels on NFL active rosters to play on the season’s opening weekend when his Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat the Dallas Cowboys 31–29 on Thursday night. Bernard, in his first season with Tampa Bay after playing eight seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals, has been …

They battled for UNC QB job in 2019, now Howell, Fortin and Ruder are all starters

By R.L. Bynum Heading into the 2019 season, Sam Howell won a battle with Cade Fortin and Jace Ruder for North Carolina’s starting quarterback job. All three clearly had talent and that’s the reason that all three are Week 1 starters. The least surprising of the three, though, is Howell as the Tar Heels’ starter …