Pokes In The Pro’s: An update on the 11 former Wyoming Cowboys now in the NFL

Wyoming Quarterback Josh Allen leapt over defenders for a touchdown in the Cowboys big win over New Mexico (Photo h/t UW Athletic Media Relations)

Six former Cowboys saw action in Week 2 of the National Football League season, with five earning starts, including Josh Allen (Bills) and Mark Nzeocha (49ers) who both earned their first-career starts.

Allen, the seventh-overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, was named Buffalo’s starter last Wednesday after coming off the bench in Week 1. On Sunday against the Los Angeles Chargers, Allen completed 18-of-33 passes for 245 yards and threw his first NFL touchdown, a three-yard strike to Kelvin Benjamin. Allen also rushed eight times for 32 yards. With his start on Sunday, Allen became the first former Wyoming player to start at quarterback in an NFL game.


Eddie Yarbrough added four tackles, including three unassisted, coming off the bench as a reserve defensive end in the Bills-Chargers contest.

Nzeocha earned his first-career start for San Francisco in a 30-27 win over the Detroit Lions, as he racked up a total of three tackles. The linebacker is in his fourth season in the NFL, and his second year with the 49ers.

In a rematch of last season’s AFC Championship game, Tashaun Gipson started and recorded four tackles as his Jacksonville Jaguars defeated the New England Patriots by a score of 31-20. Jacob Hollister started for the Patriots at tight end, and caught three passes for 35 yards, including a career-long 23-yard reception.

Chase Roullier started at center and played every offensive snap for the Washington on Sunday.

Brian Hill was signed to the Atlanta Falcons active roster from the practice squad last Tuesday, but did not play in Sunday’s win over the Carolina Panthers.

A total of 11 former Cowboys are currently listed on NFL rosters. A full list of performances by former Cowboys in the NFL is found below.

Former Cowboys in the NFL – Week 2

  • Josh Allen, QB, Buffalo Bills (L, 31-20 vs. Los Angeles Chargers): Started at quarterback, 18-33 passing, 245 yards, 1 touchdown; 8 rushes, 32 yards
    • Week 3: at Minnesota Vikings – Sunday, 11 a.m. (CBS)
  • Rico Gafford, CB, Oakland Raiders (L, 20-19 at Denver Broncos): Did Not Play (Practice Squad)
    • Week 3: at Miami Dolphins – Sunday, 11 a.m. (CBS)
  • Tanner Gentry, WR, Chicago Bears (W, 24-17 vs. Seattle Seahawks): Did Not Play (Practice Squad)
    • Week 3: at Arizona Cardinals – Sunday, 2:25 p.m. (FOX)
  • Tashaun Gipson, S, Jacksonville Jaguars (W, 31-20 vs. New England Patriots): Started at safety, played every defensive snap, 4 tackles (3 unassisted)
    • Week 3: vs. Tennessee Titans – Sunday, 11 a.m. (CBS)
  • Brian Hill, RB, Atlanta Falcons (W, 31-24 vs. Carolina Panthers): Did Not Play
    • Week 3: vs. New Orleans Saints – Sunday, 11 a.m. (FOX)
  • Jacob Hollister, TE, New England Patriots (L, 31-20 at Jacksonville Jaguars): Started at tight end, 3 receptions, 35 yards
    • Week 3: at Detroit Lions – Sunday, 6:20 p.m. (NBC)
  • Eric Nzeocha, LB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (W, 27-21 vs. Philadelphia Eagles): Did Not Play (Practice Squad)
    • Week 3: vs. Pittsburgh Steelers – Monday, 6:15 p.m. (ESPN)
  • Mark Nzeocha, LB, San Francisco 49ers (W, 30-27 vs. Detroit Lions): Started at linebacker, 3 tackles (2 unassisted)
    • Week 3: at Kansas City Chiefs – Sunday, 11 a.m. (FOX)
  • Chase Roullier, C, Washington Redskins (L, 21-9 vs. Indianapolis Colts): Started at center, played every offensive snap, made a tackle on a fumble recovery
    • Week 3: vs. Green Bay Packers – Sunday, 11 a.m. (FOX)
  • Mitch Unrein, DL, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (W, 27-21 vs. Philadelphia Eagles): Did Not Play (Injured Reserve)
    • Week 3: vs. Pittsburgh Steelers – Monday, 6:15 p.m. (ESPN)
  • Eddie Yarbrough, DE, Buffalo Bills (L, 47-3 at Baltimore Ravens): Saw action at defensive end, 4 tackles (3 unassisted)
    • Week 3: at Minnesota Vikings – Sunday, 11 a.m. (CBS)