USC NFL Week 4 Roundup: Robert Woods Steps Up (10/3)

Sep 1, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Buffalo Bills wide receiver Robert Woods (10) catches the ball and turns before the game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Lions win 31-0. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 1, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Buffalo Bills wide receiver Robert Woods (10) catches the ball and turns before the game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Lions win 31-0. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports /

USC NFL action in Week 4 featured the rise of Robert Woods, two standout defenders from New York and more Projan highlights.

The state of New York got the most of their USC alumni this week, with the Bills’ Robert Woods, the Jets’ Leonard Williams and the Giants’ Devon Kennard taking center stage.

Only one of those three New York teams emerged as winners, but the Trojans were among the top performers for both winners and losers.

Here’s how the Projans fared in Week 4 of the NFL season.

Three Stars of the Week

  1. Robert Woods: A week after catching six passes, Woods upped the ante with seven for 89 yards, helping Buffalo to beat New England. With Bills’ No. 1 receiver Sammy Watkins on injured reserve, Woods should become a more pivotal figure in the Buffalo offense.
  2. Leonard Williams: Williams had two tackles and a sack as New York lost to Seattle. His fourth sack of the season, a seven-yard loss for Russell Wilson, puts him tied for third in the NFL this season.
  3. Devon Kennard: Despite the loss to Minnesota, Kennard had a strong night Monday with four tackles and one of the top grades among Giant defenders, per Pro Football Focus.

What Other Projans Did

  • Nelson Agholor: Agholor’s Eagles were on a bye in Week 4
  • Buck Allen: After three weeks as a DNP – Coaches Decision, Allen finally got in the game for the Ravens against the Raiders with three rushes for 13 yards and two receptions for 15 yards.
  • Matt Barkley: Barkley did not make an appearance in Chicago’s win over Detroit.
  • Reggie Bush: Bush was inactive for the Bills as they shut out the Patriots.
  • Jordan Cameron: The Dolphins tight end suffered a concussion last week, keeping him out of Miami’s loss to Cincinnati.
  • Jurrell Casey: Casey’s Titans fell to the Texans as he contributed two tackles on the day.
  • Matt Cassel: Cassel did not get into the game for Tennessee against Houston.
  • Su’a Cravens: A concussion knocked Cravens out of Washington’s win over Cleveland after he tallied three tackles, a tackle for loss and a pass break up.
  • Brian Cushing: The Texans linebacker surprisingly made his return to the field well ahead of schedule after an MCL injury. He had four tackles in the win over the Titans.
  • Rhett Ellison: Ellison had his first catch of the season, for two yards, as the Vikings beat the Giants on Monday Night Football.
  • Everson Griffen: Another Viking enjoying the victory over New York, Griffen had one tackle on the night, but also jumped offsides to extend a Giant drive.

  • Xavier Grimble: As the Steelers blasted the Chiefs on Sunday Night, Grimble had one catch for 19 yards.
  • Matt Kalil: The Vikings placed Kalil on IR, ending his season.
  • Ryan Kalil: Kalil’s Panthers continued their struggles, falling to the Falcons.
  • Cody Kessler: It was another rough day for Kessler and the Browns who lost a tough game to Washington. Kessler put up 223 yards and a touchdown while completing 70 percent of his passes, but his QBR was among the lowest in the NFL for Week 4 thanks to a fourth quarter interception.
  • Marqise Lee: Lee and the Jaguars topped the Colts in a tight contest with four receptions for 28 yards from the receiver.
  • Marcus Martin: Martin remains a back up at center for the 49ers.
  • Clay Matthews: The Packers are on a bye, which may by Matthews time to get back from ankle and hamstring injuries.
  • Rey Maualuga: Maualuga had two tackles and a half tackle for loss in the Bengals win over the Dolphins.
  • T.J. McDonald: The Rams safety had just one tackle and was evaluated for a concussion at half time of LA’s win over Arizona, but he returned to grab an interception on the Cardinals’ Hail Mary attempt on the last play of the game.
  • Mike Morgan: Morgan, who was questionable with a hip injury entering the game, did not log any stats as the Seahawks beat the Jets.
  • Carson Palmer: It went from bad to worse for Palmer against the Rams. The Arizona quarterback, who had 288 yards and a touchdown, was sacked three times and threw an interception before he was taken to the locker room to be evaluated for a concussion.
  • Nick Perry: Perry’s Packers were on a bye week.
  • Hayes Pullard: Pullard returned from a sprained ankle to log one tackle in Jacksonville’s win over Indianapolis.
  • Silas Redd: Redd remains indefinitely banned for a violation of the league’s substance policy.
  • Nickell Robey-Coleman: The Bills’ defense pitched a shut out and Robey-Coleman contributed two tackles and a tackle for loss in the effort against New England.
  • Frostee Rucker: Rucker remains out with an MCL injury.
  • Mark Sanchez: Sanchez did not play for the Cowboys, who beat the 49ers.
  • Kevon Seymour: The Buffalo rookie had one tackle in the win over the Patriots.
  • Josh Shaw:

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  • Tyron Smith: Smith’s back injury held him out for a second straight game, but again the Cowboys prevailed without him, this time over San Francisco.
  • Malcolm Smith: After tallying six tackles, Smith came out of the Raiders win over the Ravens with a groin injury and did not return in the fourth quarter.
  • Randall Telfer: Telfer was out with a neck injury for the Browns.
  • Max Tuerk: Tuerk remains a back up at center for the Chargers.
  • Shareece Wright: Though the Ravens fell to the Raiders, Wright had two tackles and two pass break ups in the loss.