Although North Carolina football has struggled early on in 2018 with an 0-2 start to the season, there are still some former Tar Heels succeeding in the NFL. As Week 1 came to a close on Monday, here are five Tar Heels who showed up during the first week:
After playing the past four seasons with the Detroit Lions, Ebron was released last March and signed a two-year, $15 million deal with the Indianapolis Colts within a week. In the Colts' loss to the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, Ebron pulled down four receptions for 51 yards, while catching the first touchdown of the season for the team. He should be a reliable second option at tight end for the Colts this year, as they look to improve on a 2017 season that saw just four wins.
Bernard has been a steady option over the past five seasons for the Bengals. The running back has averaged 4.2 yards per carry in the NFL, as well as catching passes for 2,071 career yards. However, in Week 1, he only had one carry for negative yardage, as second-year running back Joe Mixon stepped up with a bigger role in the offense. Whether his one rush was an outlier for the season or Bernard's usage will continue to drop remains to be seen in the upcoming weeks.