Hawkeyes in the NFL Week 4: Desmond King is a Bad Man

October 1, 2019

Written by Rob Howe

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Desmond King continues making NFL general managers look foolish. Franchises must be kicking themselves for letting him slip to fifth round and the 151 pick overall for the Los Angeles Chargers in the 2017 draft.

The former Iowa defensive back filled the stat sheet Sunday during his team’s 30-10 win at Miami. After last year’s pro bowl campaign, he’s shown again this season that scouting reports saying he was too slow were well off the mark.

King’s 2.5 sacks Sunday represented the most by a Charger defensive back since Rodney Harrison registered 3.0 in 1998. King’s 6.5 career sacks put him third on the team’s all-time list.

In addition to harassing Dolphins’ quarterback Josh Rosen, King contributed four tackles (three solo, one for loss). The Detroit native also forced a fumble.

With the Chargers holding a 10-point lead late in the third quarter, Rosen broke free and scrambled to his right. King came flying in from the secondary and dropped the Miami signal caller.

Following the game, King talked about his team making the quarterback uncomfortable.

“We knew that putting pressure on (Rosen) was definitely going to work out. That was our goal in the second half, put some pressure in his face, make him force some bad passes, and if we could get the sack, get the sack,” he said.

Do-it-all Desmond added a 12-yard kickoff return against Miami. For the season, he’s been credited with 10 tackles (8 solo).

Here are more Hawkeyes in the NFL Notes for Week 4:

-Rookie tight end Noah Fant scored his first NFL touchdown during Denver’s 26-24 loss to Jacksonville. The Omaha product raced into the end zone from 25 yards out and finished with two receptions for 31.

-Fellow first-year tight end T.J. Hockenson also found pay-dirt for Detroit during a 34-30 loss to Kansas City. The five-yard scoring grab gave the Lions’ a 10-0 lead.

Unfortunately for Hockenson, he was forced out of the game for good in the third quarter when he attempted to hurdle a defender on a nine-yard reception. He landed on his shoulder and head, and went into concussion protocol.

The Lions announced Monday that an IR stint won’t be required. Detroit coach Matt Patricia said Hockenson was in good spirits after the game.

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In that contest, Chiefs’ linebacker Anthony Hitchens was credited with six tackles (three solo) and a pass defended.

-Buffalo defensive back Micah Hyde kept his impressive season going with an interception of New England quarterbacking legend Tom Brady on Sunday in Orchard Park, N.Y. The Bills suffered their first loss of the campaign, falling 16-10.

After the game, Patriots coach Bill Belichick asked Hyde about the pick.

Hyde finished with the interception, three solo tackles and a pass defended.

-Tennessee rookie defensive back Amani Hooker contributed a career-high four tackles in the Titans’ 24-10 win at Atlanta. Three of those stops were solo.

Defensive end Adrian Clayborn recorded two tackles and forced a fumble for the Falcons.

-During Tampa Bay’s 55-40 upset of the Rams in Los Angeles, rookie linebacker Anthony Nelson chipped in with a tackle.

-Hockenson has company in former Iowa players dealing with injuries.

Cleveland linebacker Christian Kirksey (chest) is on IR and contemplating surgery. Green Bay offensive tackle Bryan Bulaga left Thursday’s game against the Eagles with a shoulder injury and didn’t return. Linebacker Josey Jewell exited Denver’s contest for good in the second quarter after aggravating a hamstring injury.

Rams guard Austin Blythe played Sunday after being inactive the previous week. He logged an amazing 98 snaps, an NFL high for the week along with his Los Angeles line mates.

-Elsewhere on the offensive line, here are some snap counts for former Hawkeyes – James Daniels, Chicago (72); Marshal Yanda, Baltimore (69); Riley Reiff, Minnesota (62); Ike Boettger, Buffalo (3).

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