Hawks in the NFL: Micah Hyde and Christian Kirksey Dominate During Week Four

By Jeremy Karll on October 3, 2017 at 11:00 am
Hyde and Seek

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A couple of more former Hawks could be in line for more playing time over the next couple of weeks. Unfortunately, it doesn't sound like C.J. Beathard will be one of them.

Micah Hyde, Christian Kirksey Lead the Defense

Buffalo's five-year deal with Micah Hyde is already paying dividends after his first career-multi interception game. His first interception against the reigning NFL MVP came in the third quarter when Hyde turned into a wide receiver, playing the ball perfectly to take it away from Taylor Gabriel.

His second interception, a more acrobatic showing, came late in the fourth quarter to help Buffalo secure its third win of the season. 

He also chipped in seven tackles, a tackle for loss and team-high two pass deflections. Hyde's three interceptions on the season leads the NFL, as well. 

Christian Kirksey continued to be on the NFL's top tackle-getters for the Cleveland Browns. His eight tackles ranked second on the team, and he also added 0.5 tackles for loss. 

Desmond King didn't get an opportunity to return any kickoffs this week, but he finished with three tackles and a pass deflection on defense. Although, LeGarrette Blount gave King a "welcome to the NFL" moment when he pushed him aside on his 68-yard run. 

Carl Davis finished with three tackles for Baltimore and Tennessee's Karl Klug added two tackles in its blowout loss. Adrian Clayborn only had one tackle for Atlanta as his playing time significantly decreased after playing 50 snaps last week.

George Kittle and the Offensive Line

George Kittle's continuous stream of 3-to-5 targets every week continued. Brian Hoyer targeted Kittle three times this week, as Kittle reeled in two catches for 35 yards, including a 21-yard gain.

C.J. Beathard  made his NFL debut... kind of. Hoyer had to leave the game for a play, leading to Beathard handing off to Carlos Hyde for a 15-yard gain on his lone play. With San Francisco's 0-4 start, even if expected by most, fans are calling for Beathard to take over at quarterback. Deshaun Watson, DeShone Kizer and now Mitchell Trubisky are all starting as rookies, but Beathard's time is not here yet.

Also from Tim Kawakami at The Athletic:

The way Shanahan put it: OK, Hoyer isn't playing very well, but rookie C.J. Beathard will not be moved ahead of him any time soon, and this is what's best for the 49ers, currently.

Despite Minnesota's offense being stagnant against Detroit, Riley Reiff played well. Mark Craig of the Star Tribune outlined Reiff's dominant performance:

Reiff was given only minimal blocking help from teammates, an unofficial tally of only seven assists on Case Keenum’s 30 passes. He faced multiple ends, but mainly Ezekiel Ansah, who didn’t have a pressure in the game. End Anthony Zettel did hit Keenum while lined up against Reiff. But that was Keenum’s fault for holding the ball too long and circling back into pressure just outside the pocket. Reiff did have a false-start penalty, but he also blocked Ansah perfectly on Dalvin Cook’s easy 5-yard touchdown run.

Brandon Scherff and his wife had their first child -- a healthy boy. 

On the field, Scherff didn't miss a beat with an outstanding performance on Monday Night Football. Even though it didn't result in a win, his slow start to the season looks to be behind him as Jon Gruden gushed over the offensive lineman.

Seattle's offensive lineman Rees Odhiambo was hospitalized on Monday with a heart contusion. It's unlikely he'll be able to play on Sunday, which means Matt Tobin should get the start. It would be his first start with Seattle and 22nd career start.

Austin Blythe was in line to start for the Los Angeles Rams if John Sullivan missed time. Sullivan played, though, meaning Blythe continues to wait on the sideline for his chance.

Former Iowa (and Arkansas) player A.J. Derby got his first touchdown catch in the NFL -- and it was a sensational one-handed grab. 


Cole Croston (Patriots), Jaleel Johnson (Vikings) and Andrew Donnal (Rams) were each healthy scratches this week. Jake Rudock didn't play in Detroit's loss.

Injury Report

Bryan Bulaga (ankle) and Mike Daniels (hip) both missed Green Bay's Thursday Night Football tilt against the Chicago Bears. A few extra days off hopefully should help their injuries heal for next week's game against Dallas.

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