As the Washington Huskies prepare for their season opener against the California Golden Bears, a handful of their former alumni took the field for a prolonged week five of the NFL’s 2020-21 season (a Tuesday game!); here is how they fared.
UW Alumni Center Arizona Cardinals welcomed back all-pro safety Budda Baker against the New York Jets after he missed last week’s game due to an injured thumb. The Husky legend finished the game with eight tackles, outdoing his West Coast DBU brethren Bryon Murphy (four) and Zeke Turner (two). On the offensive side of the ball, Darrell Daniels caught 2 passes for 37 yards and hauled in a two-point conversion to put Arizona up 30-10 in the final quarter.
Myles ‘MMFG’ Gaskin has been a pleasant surprise down in the Sunshine state and he continued to open eyes against the San Francisco 49ers, running for 57 yards on 16 carries for 1 touchdown while also catching 5 passes for 34 yards and another score. Dante Pettis was a healthy scratch in that game and the 49ers got thrashed 43-17.
Meanwhile in the DMV, the Baltimore Ravens and Cincinnati Bengals squared off which meant it was a battle between more Pro Dawgs. The Bengals did not play John Ross but they did throw it to Drew Sample’s way twice and he caught both of those passes for 22 yards. For the Ravens, Marcus Peters had four tackles, a sack, a forced fumble and topped it all off with an interception.
Carolina Panther Shaq Thompson had another big day as he came away with 10 tackles in 23-16 victory over the Atlanta Falcons. Shaq has now recorded double digit tackles three different times this season. His division rival Jaydon Mickens caught 2 passes for 22 yards but the Tampa Bay Buccaneers fell to Thursday Night Football. The biggest loss for the Bucs’ however, was Vita Vea who had three tackles and a sack before being ruled out for the rest of the year due to a broken ankle.
Vita Vea really just celebrated a sack by mowing the lawn pic.twitter.com/2y9nDYfb8n— Grace Remington (@GraceRemiWTSP) October 9, 2020
It was also an eventful Sunday for Sidney Jones who came away with his first interception as a Jacksonville Jaguar. Jones recorded three tackles, four pass breakups and an interception. This was his first start with the Jags’ and he left the field with a 91.6 PFF grade.
In Las Vegas, former “Death Row” crew member Cory Littleton recorded five tackles in an upset victory over the defending champion, Kansas City Chiefs and back home in Seattle, Will Dissly caught one pass for 19 yards which resulted in a touchdown. He was mobbed by his teammates on the sideline due to his determination to not let the torn Achilles injury plague his career. The Seahawks won 27-26.
As the fifth week of the season has now passed, the former Huskies all are finding themselves in different positions. There are some that have found continued success, others that have struggled, a few that have been injured and a couple that have returned from them. Regardless of production, the Pro Dawgs continue to make us all proud.