Below is the top four Tar Heel performers in Week 5 of the NFL. Several teams had a bye this past weekend so you will not find any Cowboys, Lions, Raiders, or Buccaneers in this weeks top four.
Robert Quinn DE St. Louis Rams
Quinn entered the Rams Thursday Night match-up against the undefeated Cardinals with only 3 sacks on the season so far and just 8 sacks through his 18 game career. The former Tar Heel standout led the charge for an explosive St. Louis defensive line that dominated all four quarters at home against Arizona. It was the “fastest show on turf” re-created in 2012 on the other side of the ball for St. Louis in their Edward Jones Dome. Quinn had a career high 3 sacks, 1 forced fumble, and 4 tackles. Overall the Rams defense sacked Kevin Kolb 9 times while holding the Cardinal offense to 282 total NET yards and only 36 percent on third down conversions(7/19). St. Louis would go on to upset Arizona 17-3.
Shaun Draughn RB Kansas City Chiefs
Though the Chiefs lost at home to the Baltimore Ravens 9-6, former Tar Heel Shaun Draughn continues to be a productive back-up to all-pro running back Jamaal Charles. Draughn finished Sunday with only 40 yards rushing on 12 carries, caught one pass for 5 yards, and averaged 27 yards on 3 kick returns including his longest return of 41-yards in the first quarter. The Chiefs running attack totaled over 210 total NET yards on the ground against an aging Baltimore defense.
Garrett Reynolds RG Atlanta Falcons
Reynolds and the Falcons offensive line paved the way for quarterback Matt Ryan to throw for 345 yards on 34 completions out of 52 attempts. Ryan also had two touchdown passes and was only sacked once in the Falcons 24-17 win in D.C over the Redskins. The former Tar Heel Garrett Reynolds and the Atlanta o-line were also influential in the offense converting 54 percent of their third down attempts.
Zach Brown LB Tennessee Titans
Sunday the Titans were destroyed 30-7 by the Minnesota Vikings in the Metrodome. Yet, one positive the team could take from the game is the continued maturation and productivity of rookie linebacker Zach Brown. The former UNC standout finished the game with 5 tackles, 2 of which were assists. Week 5 was the fourth straight game Brown has started at outside linebacker for Tennessee. He now has 18 solo tackles, 12 assists, 1 sack, and 1 forced fumble on the season.