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Northwestern in the NFL: Week 4

Former NU players continued to make their biggest impact on the defensive side of the ball.

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Former NU players continued to make their biggest impact on the defensive side of the ball, with most remaining stuck on the bench for yet another week.

Anthony Walker Jr.: Indianapolis Colts

Walker followed up last week’s interception with his first career sack in the Colts’ 37-34 loss to the Texans. The 2017 fifth-round pick played 85 percent of the team’s defensive snaps, further solidifying himself as a starting linebacker for Indianapolis.

Adding in a team-high nine solo tackles as well as two tackles for a loss, Walker will hope to help get the Colts back on track in their Week 5 matchup with the Patriots on Thursday night.

Sherrick McManis, Chicago Bears

McManis was on the field for only eight of the Bears’ 63 defensive snaps in Chicago’s Week 4 beatdown of the Buccaneers, recording three tackles to follow up his interception and sack in last week’s game.

Dean Lowry, Green Bay Packers

Helping fill in for the injured Muhammad Wilkerson, Lowry recorded his highest snap total this season, appearing in 36 of Green Bay’s defensive plays.

The ex-Wildcat recorded four solo and eight total tackles in the Packers’ 22-0 shutout of the Bills.

Joe Jones, Denver Broncos

After blocking a punt last week, Jones continued to play a limited role for the Broncos, finishing Denver’s Monday night game with one tackle.

Austin Carr, New Orleans Saints

Carr played in just 12 offensive snaps for the Saints on Sunday, placing him behind four other New Orleans’ wide receivers in terms of usage.

The second-year player failed to record a catch and wasn’t targeted once after catching a 25-yard pass the week before.

Justin Jackson, Ifeadi Odenigbo, and Garrett Dickerson

Recent additions to 53-man NFL rosters, these three saw zero combined snaps on the offensive and defensive sides of the ball.

Jackson, Odenigbo and Dickerson all remain buried behind talented options on their respective depth charts and are likely only to be featured on special teams in the near future.

Brian Peters: Houston Texans

Peters failed to record a stat for the third time in four weeks against the Colts on Saturday.

Ibraheim Campbell: Dallas Cowboys

Playing just one snap through four weeks, Campbell still isn’t seeing much action on the defensive side of the ball. He remains far down on the depth and probably won’t see much action unless Dallas’ secondary should sustain multiple injuries.

Trevor Siemian: Minnesota Vikings

Siemian won’t see the field this year unless franchise quarterback Kirk Cousins goes down with an injury. Fresh off an $84 million deal, Cousins has played 100 percent of the Vikings snaps behind center this season.