Is there such a thing as a former Longhorn? These players will always be Longhorns to University of Texas fans, even though they’ve graduated to the next level of football. Every week we’ll update you on how they performed the previous weekend. Here’s a look at the Longhorns in the NFL and how they fared in Week 3.
Earl Thomas doesn’t need to practice. The veteran staged a “hold-in” as he skipped multiple practices before helping the Seahawks defeat the Cowboys 24-13 in Week 3. Thomas recorded 7 tackles, but the highlights of his week were two interceptions against a team that could have traded for him in the offseason. Thomas famously visited the Cowboys locker room last season in hopes of convincing the team to go after him. After the Cowboys didn’t take him up on the offer, Thomas made them pay.
.@Earl_Thomas… Are you kidding?!Advertisement
What a pick!
— NFL (@NFL) September 23, 2018
Thomas’ first-quarter pick was an impressive one as he pinned the ball against his leg after rookie receiver Michael Gallup tipped it in the air. Thomas posted a nice highlight reel of Sunday’s game on his Instagram account. His second pick came on another tip drill to seal the win. After the play Thomas took a bow, directed at the Cowboys’ sideline.
Marquise Goodwin missed the second week of the season due to a calf injury, but he made a good return to the field in Week 3. He made just 3 catches for 30 yards, but one went for a score. It wasn’t enough, however, as his 49ers lost to the high-scoring Chiefs, 38-27. Goodwin will now also be without the quarterback that has utilized him best. Jimmy Garoppolo tore his ACL in the game.
— The Checkdown (@thecheckdown) September 23, 2018
Jordan Hicks continues to lead the Eagles defense, registering 8 tackles and 1.5 sacks in the 20-16 win over the Colts. Hicks leads Philadelphia with 24 total tackles this season. He’s also recorded a tackle for loss, three pass breakups and a fumble recovery.
Kenny Vaccaro is making the most of his time with the Titans. He made 4 tackles and recorded a sack in the 9-6 win over the Jaguars. Watch below as he prevents Blake Bortles from getting anything positive out of this pocket break down.
— AtoZSports Nashville (@AtoZSports) September 24, 2018
Malcolm Brown continues to serve well as a backup to Todd Gurley. The former Longhorns running back had 5 carries for 42 yards in the 35-23 win over the Chargers. Brown has 93 yards rushing so far this season and is averaging a career-high 5.2 yards per carry.
Other Longhorns in the NFL
Michael Dickson, P, Seahawks—8 punts, 43.8 yard average, 2 inside the 20 in the 24-13 win over the Cowboys.
Justin Tucker, K, Ravens—2 for 3 on field goals, 3 for 3 on extra points in the 27-14 win over the Broncos.
Quandre Diggs, S, Lions—3 tackles in the 26-10 win over the Patriots.
Geoff Swaim, TE, Cowboys—5 receptions, 47 yards in 24-13 loss to the Seahawks.
Adrian Phillips, CB, Chargers—2 tackles in a 35-23 loss to the Los Angeles Rams.
Malcom Brown, DL, Patriots—2 tackles in the 26-10 loss to the Lions.
Brian Orakpo, LB, Titans—2 tackles and a fumble recovery in the 9-6 win over the Jaguars.
Derrick Johnson, LB, Raiders— 1 tackle in the 28-20 loss to the Dolphins.
Alex Okafor, DE, Saints—1 tackle in the 43-37 win over the Falcons.
Holton Hill, CB – Vikings—Played 20 snaps, 1 on defense and 19 on special teams, with no stats recorded in the 27-6 loss to the Bills.
Trey Hopkins, OG, Bengals—The Bengals rushed for just 66 yards but scored a touchdown on the ground in the 31-21 loss to the Panthers.
Connor Williams, G, Cowboys—The Cowboys rushed for 166 yards in the 24-13 loss to the Seahawks.
Sam Acho, LB, Bears—1 tackle in the 16-14 comeback win over the Cardinals.
Marcus Johnson, WR, Colts—1 tackle in the 20-16 loss to the Eagles.
Phil Dawson, K, Cardinals—Went 2 for 2 on extra points in the 16-14 loss to the Bears.
Colt McCoy, QB, Redskins—Backed up Alex Smith in 31-17 win over the Packers.
Malik Jefferson, LB, Bengals—no stats in the 31-21 loss to the Panthers.
Did Not Play/Inactive
Poona Ford, DT, Seahawks—DNP in the 24-13 win over the Cowboys.
Hassan Ridgeway, DT, Colts—DNP in the 20-16 loss to the Eagles.
On Injured Reserve/PUP
D’Onta Foreman, RB, Texans—PUP
DeShon Elliott, S, Ravens—IR
Fozzy Whittaker, RB, Panthers—IR
Chris Warren, RB, Raiders—IR
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