The NFL regular season concluded Sunday, and all eyes now turn towards Wild Card Weekend next Saturday and Sunday. Here’s how all the former Arizona Wildcats performed in the league this past week, in no particular order.
Rob Gronkowski, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Gronk recorded two receptions for 29 yards in Tampa Bay’s 44-27 victory over Atlanta. The Buccaneers clinched the fifth seed in the NFC with the win.
Tampa Bay’s star receiver Mike Evans left the game with a knee injury, meaning that Gronk could be more of a focus next weekend if Evans isn’t healthy enough to play. Gronk is looking to win his fourth Super Bowl with quarterback Tom Brady.
Gronk concludes the regular season with 594 receiving yards and seven touchdowns. His average yards per reception is 27th in the league at 13.8. Gronk has also caught at least one pass in all but one game.
Nick Folk, New England Patriots
Folk successfully converted all four extra point attempts in New England’s season ending 28-14 win over the New York Jets. Folk did not attempt any field goal attempts Sunday and ends the year with a 92.9 field goal percentage (26-28), the best mark of the 36-year-old’s career.
Will Parks, Denver Broncos
Parks earned three tackles in Denver’s 32-31 loss to the Las Vegas Raiders. A mid-season pickup by the Broncos, Parks is likely to receive a contract extension to stay in Denver after a strong last couple weeks to the regular season.
Between his stints in Philadelphia and Denver, Parks earned 28 total tackles this season including one sack.
lol Will Parks sat Hunter Renfrow⬇️#BroncosCountry @PhillyWill11 pic.twitter.com/KlafrUr7z5— Ryan Greene (@RyanCBS4) January 3, 2021
Nick Foles, Chicago Bears
Foles did not see the field in Chicago’s 35-16 loss to Green Bay. Whether Foles stays with the Bears next year in a backup capacity will be one of the top quarterback storylines in the NFL offseason.
Foles finished the season with 1,852 passing yards, 10 touchdowns, eight interceptions and a 43.0 QB rating.
J.J. Taylor, New England Patriots
Taylor did not see any action in New England’s victory over the Jets. He ended his rookie year with 110 yards on 23 attempts.
Brooks Reed, Tennessee Titans
Reed made a significant impact in his second game with the Titans, recording three tackles including a sack. Tennessee defeated Houston 41-38 to clinch the AFC South. The Titans will host fifth seed Baltimore next weekend.
Reed now has four tackles in two games for Tennessee.
Giving up a sack to Brooks Reed in the year of our lord 2021 pic.twitter.com/NimXAyLpS1— Rivers McCown (@riversmccown) January 3, 2021
Demetrius Flannigan-Fowles, San Francisco 49ers
Flannigan-Fowles ended the season on a bright note, earning two tackles in San Francisco’s 26-23 loss to the Seattle Seahawks. Sunday marked his first multi-tackle game since October 4, a loss against Philadelphia.
The Tucson native finished the year with seven total tackles.
Jace Whittaker, Arizona Cardinals
Whittaker finished the year on Arizona’s practice squad. The rookie cornerback recorded four tackles on the year, all coming in two November games against Miami and Buffalo.
Dave Cruikshank, Tennessee Titans
Cruikshank missed the last seven weeks of the regular season due to a groin injury suffered during Week 10. He will be out for the remainder of the postseason as well.
Cruikshank earned one tackle in his injury-shortened season.