With the 2017 NFL regular season a quarter of the way down, Week 4 saw some quiet performances from the usual Oklahoma Sooners who stuff the stat sheets. While Sam Bradford sat out for the third straight week and former league-leading rushers continued their respective struggles this season, a couple of unlikely names stole the headlines, instead.
One of those surprise noisemakers was Dallas Cowboys tight end James Hanna, who took his only catch 28 yards to the end zone against the LA Rams to score the first touchdown of his career.
James Hanna with reservations for 6️⃣. #OUDNA #Sooners pic.twitter.com/W5nGI1yhVD— Sooner Gridiron (@soonergridiron) October 1, 2017
Meanwhile, Adrian Peterson built on his disappearing act in the New Orleans backfield by contributing an outstanding four yards on four carries in the 20-0 win at Miami. This is just sad at this point.
Fullback Aaron Ripkowski scored more fantasy points (depending on your league) in Week 4 than AD in the Packers’ win over the Bears last Thursday night. Rip rushed once for four yards and caught a pass for another six yards in the primetime win.
AD’s fellow former NFL rushing champion DeMarco Murray carried seven times for 31 yards and added two catches for four yards in the Titans blowout loss at Houston.
Bengals rookie Joe Mixon rushed 17 times for 29 yards along with four receptions for 19 yards in a win over the Browns, Cincy’s first of the season.
Kenny Stills caught three passes for just 13 yards in the Dolphins shutout loss to the Saints. Damien Williams added one yard on one carry for Miami. The Dolphins were clearly terrible on the afternoon, and this reaction said it all by their zero-f***s-giving quarterback terrifically known in some circles as Smokin’ Jay Cutler.
Cutler really selling his role in the Wildcat at the bottom of the screen pic.twitter.com/WgHxXvxlHL— Mike Tunison (@xmasape) October 1, 2017
Sterling Shepard put up 54 yards on five catches in the Giants loss to the Buccaneers.
Gerald McCoy grabbed four tackles on a bum ankle for the Bucs in the win. McCoy, if he can go, will try to get after Tom Brady next week at home.
After returning from last week’s trip to London where the Jags made the Ravens look like the Browns, Tony Jefferson registered four tackles in the Ravens’ second straight loss, this time to the Steelers at home.
Aaron Colvin recorded two tackles for the Jaguars in their road loss to the Jets.
Jermaine Gresham caught two passes for 12 yards in the Cardinals’ win at home against the 49ers.
Blake Bell caught a pass for 12 yards in the Vikings’ home loss to the Lions.
Samaje Perine rushed for 27 yards on six carries in Washington’s loss against the Chiefs on Monday Night Football.
The Legend of Perine on MNF. #RBU #Sooners pic.twitter.com/sVONaFU1PG— Sooner Gridiron (@soonergridiron) October 3, 2017
Washington defensive end Stacy McGee added three tackles on the evening.
Washington is on a bye in Week 5 along with the Falcons, Broncos and Saints.
These Sooners also saw action for their respective teams this weekend:
Dominique Alexander (LB - Browns), Devante Bond (LB - Buccaneers), Geneo Grissom (DE - Patriots), *Lane Johnson (RT - Eagles), Corey Nelson (LB - Broncos), Donald Stephenson (RT - Broncos), *Tress Way (P - Washington), *Trent Williams (LT - Washington), *Daryl Williams (RG - Panthers), James Winchester (LS - Chiefs)
The following Sooners were inactive or did not play in Week 4:
Sam Bradford (QB - Vikings), Jordan Evans (LB - Bengals), Landry Jones (QB - Steelers), David King (DE - Titans), Jordan Phillips (DT - Dolphins), Charles Tapper (DE - Cowboys), Dede Westbrook (WR - Jaguars, IR)