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Crawley’s Whirlwind, Abrams Debut And Viska’s Record Highlights #NFLBuffs Week Four

Oct 6, 2020

BOULDER--Delrick Abrams Jr., Ken Crawley all made news while David Bakhtiari, Mason Crosby and the Green Bay Packers continue to roll, highlighting Week 4 of #NFLBuffs. 

Crawley was signed by his old team the New Orleans Saints on Monday, Sept. 28, elevated to the active roster on Saturday, Oct. 3., and made his season debut on Sunday.  Monday he was returned to the practice squad.  

Crawley wasn't the only Buff to make his season debut in week 4, but for Abrams, it was his NFL debut.  He was elevated to the active roster of the Atlanta Falcons earlier Monday ahead of the Falcons' Monday Night Matchup against Green Bay.  He played on special teams making a memorial NFL debut on Monday Night Football. 

Juwann Winfree was added to the Green Bay practice squad, giving the Buffs 21 players in the league this season, and four on the Packers.  The Packers' closed down Week 4 of the NFL with another impressive performance anchored by David Bakhtiari and aided by Mason Crosby.   Green Bay's opponent on Monday was Atlanta, for whom Abrams was elevated from the practice squad to the active roster, making his NFL debut Monday Night Football seeing action for 12 plays on special teams.  

Winfree's addition to the Packers marks the 43rd time that the Buffs have had four players on an NFL roster in a season, and first in over a decade since the 2009 Denver Broncos had Daniel Graham, Tyler Plumbus, Mitch Berger and Matt McChesney.  It's the second time Green Bay has had four Buffs, joining the 1980 version with Brian Cabral, Mike Koncar, Mike McCoy and Ruben Vaughan.  Only nine NFL teams have had more than four Buffs on a roster, with Pittsburgh's 1995 roster featuring six Buffs (Chad Brown, Deon Figures, Charles Johnson, Ariel Solomon, Joel Steed and Kordell Stewart).  The '1977, '78 and '80 L.A. Rams, the 1980 Denver Broncos, the 1999 and '02 New England Patriots and 1994 and '96 Steelers all featured five Buffs.  

Shenault continues to impress early in his career and had five receptions for 86 yards and one rush for five yards for the Jags.  He became just the second rookie WR to have 100 receiving and 50 rushing yards by his fourth NFL game, joining none other than Michael Westbrook, who did that for Washington in 1995. 

David Bakhtiari continues to anchor the Green Bay offensive line that has produced some amazing numbers early in the NFL season.  Improved to 4-0 with a 30-16 win over Atlanta, the Packers offense racked up 403 yards of offense while Aaron Rodgers completed 27-of-33 passes for 327 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions.  The line allowed the offense to average 6.7 yards per play.  

A few Buffs were affected by COVID-19 in week four.  Tennessee became the first COVID outbreak of the NFL for the season and its game against Pittsburgh was moved to Week 7.  There's no report of Daniel Munyer having COVID but at least 10 of his teammates and 18 total within the organization have reportedly tested positive.  

Tedric Thompson and the Kansas City Chiefs saw their game postponed from Sunday to Monday night due to COVID.  

In all, nine Buffs saw action in games in Week 4, up from eight in week 3. 

Abrams (Falcons) - Abrams saw action in 12 snaps of special teams in his NFL debut, having been elevated from the practice squad earlier on Monday.  

Bakhtiari (Green Bay) started his 110th career game at left tackle for the Packers, playing all 63 snaps on offense as Green Bay continues to roll, scoring 30 or more points for the fourth straight week in a 30-16 win over Atlanta. 

Crawley (New Orleans) had one tackle in 10 total plays (six defense, four special teams) in the Saints 33-29 win over Detroit.  

Crosby (Green Bay) made good on his only field goal attempt from 48-yards out but did miss a PAT, hitting on 3-of-4 to give him six points in the game.  He's now 8-of-8 on field goals and 16-of-17 on PATs for 40 points.  

Isaiah Oliver (Atlanta) started for the fourth time this season and had four tackles on defense.  He played in all 63 defensive snaps and none of the plays he was credited with a tackle did he give up a first down.  The Falcons lost to Green Bay, 30-16.  

Shenault (Jacksonville)  started his third game of the season and caught five passes for 86 yards and had one rush for five yards in the team's 33-25 loss to Cincinnati.  

Jimmy Smith (Baltimore) came off the bench and had three tackles in 29 defensive snaps in Baltimore's 31-17 win over Washington.  

Davion Taylor (Philadelphia) saw action for the fourth straight week on special teams to open his career, a total of 11 snaps.  The Eagles got their first win of the season, a 25-20 win over San Francisco. 

Tedric Thompson (Kansas City) was credited with two tackles on defense in the Chiefs' 26-10 win over New England, which was played Monday night after being postponed from Sunday by the NFL due to players testing positive for COVID-19. In all, Thompson played in 14 plays on defense and six on special teams. 

Arlington Hambright (Chicago), Phillip Lindsay (Denver) and Ahkello Witherspoon (San Francisco) were all on the active roster but inactive for week four.  Lindsay should return to practice this week and could be on pace to play in week 5 against New England.  Remaining on practice squads along with Winfree are Tony Brown (Washington), Steven Montez (Washington) and Devin Ross (New England).  

Chidobe Awuzie (Dallas) and Kabion Ento (Packers) are on the NFL's Injured Reserve list and Nate Solder (N.Y. Giants) and Josh Tupou (Cincinnati) opted out of the 2020 season. 

Ken Crawley added to New Orleans practice squad on Sept. 28 … Ken Crawley elevated to New Orleans active roster on Oct. 3 … Juwann Winfree signed to Green Bay's practice squad on Oct. 5 … Ken Crawley put back on the New Orleans practice squad on Oct. 5 ... Delrick Abrams Jr. elevated to Atlanta active roster Oct. 5.