Herd in the NFL

After week three of competition in the National Football League, three former Marshall football players contributed to their teams. 

   In a win, Buffalo Bills tight end Lee Smith caught one pass, but it was an important one. On their second drive of the game, the Bills drove all the way to the Los Angeles Rams 1-yard line. After failing to get into the endzone on first, second and third down from the 1-yard line, quarterback Josh Allen found Smith in the endzone on fourth-and-goal for a touchdown. 

   The Bills would go on to win the game over the Rams 35-32 to move to 3-0 on the season. Next week, Smith and the Bills travel to Las Vegas to take on the Raiders.

   Elsewhere, New York Jets linebacker Neville Hewitt totaled six tackles (three solo) in a 36-7 loss to the Indianapolis Colts. Hewitt is tied for third in total tackles for the Jets, and he is also fifth on the team in solo tackles. 

   He has started all three games for the Jets, playing almost 100% of the defensive snaps so far this year. 

   On Thursday night, Hewitt and the Jets play the Denver Broncos at home.

   Lastly, Detroit Lions cornerback Darryl Roberts tallied four tackles, all solo, in a Lions win. They knocked off the 2-0 Arizona Cardinals for their first victory of the season. 

   Roberts played 82% of the defensive snaps for the Lions, up from 66% in game two and 43% in game one. He has eight total tackles on the year and one pass defended. 

   Next week, Roberts and the Lions face the New Orleans Saints at home.

   Two former Marshall players were out Sunday due to injury. Tennessee Titans cornerback Chris Jackson missed his team’s game against the Minnesota Vikings with a hamstring injury. He is still as questionable for week four against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

   Philadelphia Eagles defensive lineman Vinny Curry is on the injured reserve list due to a hamstring injury. There is no available timetable for his return. 

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