Los Angeles Chargers defensive back Adrian Phillips (31) and free safety Derwin James (33) celebrate after a successful defensive play near the end of the second half of an NFL football game against Tennessee Titans at Wembley stadium in London, Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018. Los Angeles Chargers won the match 20-19. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

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Longhorns in the NFL: More defensive highlights in Week 7

Posted October 23rd, 2018


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 7.

Adrian Phillips continues to play well as his Chargers moved to 5-2 with a heart-stopping win over the Titans in London on Sunday. Phillips came up big in the contest, knocking away the potential game-winning 2-point conversion. He finished with seven tackles, second best on the team, and a tackle for loss. His game-saving pass breakup came after he had left the game for a period due to an ankle injury. Phillips was questionable to return but got back in the game and ended up helping seal the win.

Another defensive back who helped his team win, Holton Hill, made his first career interception in the Vikings’ 37-17 win over the N.Y. Jets. He also had 3 tackles and broke up two passes. Hill added two kickoff returns for 57 total yards. Check out the rookie’s first pick on his first play, subbing for an injured Xavier Rhodes below.

Hill and the Vikings defense will have their hands full next week, facing Drew Brees and the Saints.

Another Longhorn who experienced a first, Justin Tucker, did something he hadn’t since high school, unfortunately. The Ravens kicker made his only field goal attempt but missed an extra point for the first time in his career that would have tied the game with the Saints with 24 seconds left in regulation. It was the first missed extra point for Tucker since his junior year in high school, according to Peter King. New Orleans won 24-23 and Tucker felt compelled to speak on the miss after the game.

Tucker and the Ravens will try to get back on the winning track when they face Carolina on the road next week.

Other Longhorns in the NFL

Jordan Hicks, LB, Eagles— 7 tackles, 1 tackle for loss in the 21-17 loss to the Panthers.

Quandre Diggs, CB, Lions— 4 tackes, 1 tackle for loss in the 32-20 win over the Dolphins.

Alex Okafor, DE, Saints—  3 tackles, 1 sack, 1 tackle for loss, 1 pass deflection in the 24-23 win over the Ravens.

Malcolm Brown, RB, Rams—13 rushes, 65 yards, 1 reception, 6 yards in the 39-10 win over the 49ers.

Marquise Goodwin, WR, 49ers—2 receptions,  25 yards in the 39-10 loss to the Rams.

Malcom Brown, DT, Patriots—3 tackles in the 38-31 win over the Bears.

Brian Orakpo, LB, Titans—1 tackle in the 20-19 loss to the Raiders.

Trey Hopkins, OG, Bengals— 65 team rushing yards in the 45-10 loss to the Chiefs.

Malik Jefferson, LB, Bengals— 1 tackle in the 45-10 loss to the Chiefs.

Connor Williams, G, Cowboys— 73 team rushing yards, holding penalty a play before Washington scoop-and-score play in the 20-17 loss to the Redskins.

Phil Dawson, K, Cardinals—1 for 1 on extra points, 1 for 1 on field goals in 45-10 loss to the Broncos.

Geoff Swaim, TE, Cowboys—  3 receptions, 25 yards in 20-17 loss to the Redskins.

Hassan Ridgeway, DT, Colts—2 tackles, 1 tackle for loss in the 37-5 win over the Bills.

Jamal Charles, RB, Jaguars— 1 rush, 2 yards, 1 catch 2 yards in 20-7 loss to the Texans. Cut by the Jaguars Monday.

Colt McCoy, QB, Redskins—Backed up Alex Smith in the 20-17 win over the Cowboys.

Derrick Johnson, LB, Raiders— Bye

Michael Dickson, P – Seahawks—Bye

Tyrone Swoopes, TE – Seahawks—Bye

Poona Ford, DT, Seahawks—Bye

Did Not Play/Inactive

Kenny Vaccaro, S, Titans— DNP as he’ll use the Week 8 bye to recover from an elbow injury.

On Injured Reserve/PUP

D’Onta Foreman, RB, Texans— Week 7 was the first week Foreman was eligible to be added to the active roster. His Texans, which could use help at the position, beat Jacksonville 20-7 without him.

Earl Thomas, S, Seahawks—IR

DeShon Elliott, S, Ravens—IR

Fozzy Whittaker, RB, Panthers—IR

Chris Warren, RB, Raiders—IR

Sam Acho, LB, Bears— IR

Marcus Johnson, WR, Colts— IR

Longhorns in the NFL

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