Former UA and Sabino High School standout Brooks Reed has started all four games this season for the Houston Texans. The outside linebacker has taken the role in stride, accumulating 15 tackles and helping the Texans to two wins.
Reed picked up his first sack of the season Sunday against Seattle. Reed brought down Seahawks’ quarterback Russell Wilson for a 10-yard loss with 12 minutes remaining in overtime. The sack was the ninth of the former Wildcat’s career.
The linebacker will get his first-ever look at the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday night.
Player of the Week
• Nick Foles, QB, Philadelphia Eagles
The Arizona alum racked up 49 yards and one touchdown in mop-up duty Sunday in Denver. Foles and the Eagles travel to New York this week to take on the Giants, who have yet to win a game this season. The former UA quarterback has three touchdowns in his career against NFC East opponents.
Four to watch
• Lance Briggs, LB, Chicago Bears
Briggs collected nine tackles and one forced fumble in last week’s loss to the Detroit Lions. The Bears return home Sunday to play the Saints, who the linebacker has 17 tackles against in his career.
• Nick Folk, K, New York Jets
The Arizona grad accounted for seven of the Jets 13 points last Sunday against the Tennessee Titans with two field goals and an extra point. Folk will play in the Monday night game this week at Atlanta.
• Eben Britton, OT, Chicago Bears
The former second round draft pick out of UA appeared in his first game Sunday. The Bears used Britton to help take pressure off of injured tight end Martellus Bennett’s shoulder.
• Juron Criner, WR, Oakland Raiders
Criner has not played in a game this season, while competing for time with six other receivers. The Raiders meet the San Diego Chargers in Week 5, a team Criner played against in 2012.
The Big Number
7 Touchdown passes by Foles in his two years of professional football after tossing one for a score Sunday for the Eagles.
Give the Devil his due
Every week, we highlight one former ASU player who’s playing well at the pro level. (Relax, people, it’s just one guy.)
• Brock Osweiler, QB, Denver Broncos
The former Sun Devil made his 2013 debut last week, completing two passes for 10 yards in a 52-20 win. His two completions tied his total from the five games he appeared in last season. Osweiler and the Broncos take their undefeated record to Dallas for a matchup against the Cowboys on Sunday.
He Said It
“He’s been on the active roster for
the last four weeks, and I’ve seen him every day working as hard as he can to get back. … So I’m just waiting for the
day that he does get back because he adds so much to our offense.”
— Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, on teammate — and ex-Wildcat — Rob Gronkowski. Gronkowski could make his season debut this
week after missing the first four weeks following surgeries