It was a quieter weekend for former Marshall players in the NFL. Nevertheless, there were two players who still made some noise.
Getting Week 4 started on Thursday Night Football, the New York Jets lost to the Denver Broncos 37-28. In the loss, linebacker Neville Hewitt led the Jets in tackles with nine total and five solo. He added a tackle for loss and a QB hit.
Although the Jets are 0-4 on the season, Hewitt has put together one of the better statistical seasons so far on his team. He is first on the team in total tackles and third in solo tackles.
The Jets have not been a great scoring defense, nor have they been a great yards per game defense. However, they have been more middling than terrible when it comes to yardage given up per game, ranking 18th in the league in yards per game defense.
The second and final former Marshall player who played during Week 4 was Detroit Lions cornerback Darryl Roberts. With Desmond Trufant retuning from injury, Roberts saw his recent increase in playing time plateau even though he was recorded with starting the game.
He recorded no tackles, although he did record a pass defense and an interception.
On the Saints’ first offensive play of the game, Roberts picked off a Drew Brees pass after it was deflected by defensive tackle Danny Shelton. He returned it six yards into the red zone, setting up a Lions touchdown and a 14-0 Detroit lead.
However, the lead would not hold; the Saints rattled off five straight touchdown drives with no answers from the Lions. Although Detroit came close to making a comeback, New Orleans sustained its lead and won the game 35-29.
A third former Herd player, Tennessee Titans cornerback Chris Jackson, would have had a chance to make an impact if his team’s game was not canceled due to the NFL’s first COVID-19 outbreak. Slatted to take on the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Titans had a total of eleven positive tests throughout the week, leading to the postponement of the game to Week 7.