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Northwestern in the NFL, Week Three: The ‘Cats get involved in some impressive team wins

Rashawn Slater, JJTBC and Gaz all contributed to the league’s biggest upset.

NFL: Los Angeles Chargers at Washington Football Team Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

While the Wildcats’ performance this Saturday was far better than the previous week, many ‘Cats showed out on Sunday and Monday, as well with their respective NFL teams.

Here’s how Northwestern’s members of the NFL fared in their week three games.

Rashawn Slater: Los Angeles Chargers, OT

Did any of us think that Rashawn Slater couldn’t get any better? Hopefully, the answer is no, as he just continues to improve week after week in the NFL. His play has been extremely impressive thus far, and he did a stellar job protecting Justin Herbert’s blind slide in the Chargers’ week three upset victory over the Chiefs. Overall, Slater is well on his way to All-Rookie honors, and he has been since week one.

Dean Lowry: Green Bay Packers, DE

After picking up three tackles last week against the Lions, Lowry followed with two total tackles and one quarterback hit in the Packers’ intense comeback victory over the San Francisco 49ers. His impact hasn’t been very big thus far, and it remains to be seen how long he’ll remain a staple in Green Bay’s defense.

Greg Newsome II: Cleveland Browns, CB

Greg Newsome II started in Cleveland’s game against the Chicago Bears, as he has in every game so far this season. Newsome recorded three solo tackles and one pass deflection, playing part in the Browns’ defense that largely shut down Justin Fields and company. However, Newsome was removed from the game after suffering a calf injury. He was officially ruled out of the game in the fourth quarter, but, luckily, he shared an encouraging update on Twitter following the conclusion of Cleveland’s victory.

Tyler Lancaster: Green Bay Packers, DE

Much like last week, Tyler Lancaster did not see the field much in Green Bay’s win over San Francisco. He did, however, manage to record two total tackles, with one of them being solo. It’s looking increasingly likely that Lancaster will remain as a rotational piece for the Packers this season, barring an injury to one of their key starters.

Justin Jackson: Los Angeles Chargers, RB

It’s clear that, barring an injury, Austin Ekeler is here to stay as the Chargers’ first-string running back. However, Jackson has still been able to carve out a role for himself as a change-of-pace back. While the stats this week don’t necessarily show it, as Jackson carried the ball just two times for zero yards and failed to catch a pass, he will likely be a key rotational piece for the Chargers going forward.

Joe Gaziano: Los Angeles Chargers, DL

After being promoted from the practice squad just last week, Gaziano has already begun to see limited playing time for the Chargers. He recorded one total tackle in their victory over the Chiefs, and will attempt to continue carving out a role for himself as the season continues on.

‘Cats that didn’t play this week (or record any stats): Anthony Walker Jr. (Cleveland Browns), Godwin Igwebuike (Detroit Lions, played but recorded no stats), Blake Hance (Cleveland Browns, played but recorded no stats), Ben Skowronek (Los Angeles Rams), John Raine (Atlanta Falcons), Blake Gallagher (Baltimore Ravens), Ifeadi Odenigbo (Cleveland Browns), Trevor Siemian (New Orleans Saints), Earnest Brown IV (Los Angeles Rams)