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NFL 'Horns: Time for QB Colt McCoy to get his chance in Washington

How long can Kirk Cousins continue to play terribly before Jay Gruden has to give Colt McCoy another shot?

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With Jamaal Charles out for the year with a torn ACL, the headlines among the former Longhorns on offense were made by Tony Hills. The lineman was picked up by the Saints last week after being cut by several teams. Due to injuries, he played quite a lot at LT last Thursday and did well. According to PFF, he has only played 75 snaps for 10 different teams since being drafted in the fourth round of the 2008 NFL Draft.


Name Team Depth Passes Yards TDs INTs
#16 Colt McCoy Washington Redskins #2QB

Kirk Cousins continues to be dominant for the Redskins for the wrong reasons. The Redskins have won every game in which Cousins hasn't thrown any interceptions. The bad news for the team is that this has only happened twice so far. In the four Washington losses, including last Sunday, he has had two picks, for a total of eight interceptions for the season. Robert Griffin III was active for the first time this season, but Colt McCoy remains the backup QB.


Name Team Status Rushing (Season) Receiving (Season) Turnovers
#43 Fozzy Whittaker Carolina Panthers #2 RB 1 carries (4) 2 yards (7) 2 recs (6) 21 yards (48)
#39 Malcolm Brown St Louis Rams PS
#25 Jamaal Charles Kansas City Chiefs IR (Knee, W5) 0 (71) 0 (364) 0 TDs (4) 0 (21) 0 (177) 0 TDs (1) 0 (2 FL)

As expected, with JC25's injury, there is not much going on at the RB position. Fozzy Whittaker carried the ball once for a gain of 2 yards and received two passes for a season-high of 21 yards with a long of 15 on a screen-play. He is Carolina's fourth rushing option behind starter RB Jonathan Stewart, FB Mike Tolbert and QB Cam Newton.


Name Team Status Receptions (Season) Yards (Season) TDs (Season)
#87 Geoff Swaim Dallas Cowbys Bye Week 0 receptions (1) 0 yards (0)
#16 Jaxon Shilpey Arizona Cardinals Practice Squad
#88 Marquise Goodwin Buffalo Bills IR (Ribs, W6) 0 receptions (2) 0 yards (24)
John Chiles Cut by CHI Free Agent
John Harris Cut by ATL Free Agent
Mike Davis Cut by OAK ('14) Free Agent

Bad news continues among the former Longhorns. This week Bills' WR Marquise Goodwin has been placed on IR due to a re-aggravation of the rib injury he suffered in the preseason. The Olympian missed the first four weeks of the season due to this problem, but he did appear in Week 5 when he caught 2 passes for 24 yards and again this week when his symptoms reappeared.


Name Team Status GP GS
#63 Lyle Sendlein Arizona Cardinals #1 OC 6 6
#76 Tony Hills New Orleans Saints #2 LT 2 0
#66 Trey Hopkins Cincinnati Bengals Practice Squad
#61 Donald Hawkins Miami Dolphins Practice Squad
#69 Michael Huey Cut by SD (Week 5) Free Agent

Who would have thought that the two main Texas offensive players in the NFL this season would be offensive linemen? Strangely, this is currently the case. Lyle Sendlein continues to be the starting center for the Arizona Cardinals and Tony Hills has probably found his spot in the NFL after seven years jumping from team to team without any impact. With several injuries among the Saints' offensive line, he will have the opportunity to earn more playing time in the future. But unfortunately not everything is good news, as the Chargers cut Michael Huey from the practice squad last week.


Name Team Status Tackles (Season) Sacks (Season) PBU (Season) Turnovers (Season)
#90 Malcom Brown New England Patriots #1 DT 4 (7) 0 (1)

#97 Roy Miller Jacksonville Jaguars #1 DT 1.5 (10.5) 0 (2)
#96 Brian Robison Minnesota Vikings #1 LDE 2.5 (13) (1) (2) 1 FR (1 FR)
#90 Henry Melton Tampa Bay Buccaneers #2 LDT (Bye) (5) (1) (1 FR, 1 FF)
#90 Cory Redding Arizona Cardinals #2 LDE 0 (2.5) 0 (1) 0 (1 INT)
#56 Cedric Reed Buffalo Bills Practice Squad
#64 Chris Whaley Dallas Cowboys IR (Achilles)

Rookie Malcom Brown is improving each week and is having his best play as the season progresses. Last week he was very disruptive against the Colts and has become an important player for the defense of his undefeated team. Brian Robison recovered a fumble during the Vikings win over the Chiefs. (Video). Meanwhile, Roy Miller is filling a leadership role with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Last week he was responsible for getting his teammates fired up during the team's pre-game huddle. (Video).


Name Team Status Tackles (Season) Sacks (Season) PBU (Season) Turnovers (Season)
#98 Brian Orakpo Tennessee Titans #1 ROLB 4 (10.5) 1 (2)
#53 Jackson Jeffcoat Washington Redskins #2 LOLB 1 (2)
#99 Lamarr Houston Chicago Bears #1 ROLB 2 (7.5) 0 (1)
#57 Alex Okafor Arizona Cardinals Out (Hamstring) 0 (10) 0 (2) 0 (1)
#49 Sam Acho Chicago Bears #2 LOLB 4.5 (16) 0 (1) 1 FF (1 FR, 1 FF)

Brian Orakpo notched his second sack as a Tennessee Titan. He was mentioned, along with Derrick Johnson, in this candidate list for the NFL comeback player of the year as honorable mention. Sam Acho continues to contribute with the Bears, this time by forcing a fumble. He was mentioned by many beat writers as one of the best players during his team's overtime loss against the Lions. As a reminder of his amazing story, watch him provide a Shakespeare lesson in this great video in the Big Guys in 'Compact Cars Chicago Bears' Series'.


Name Team Status Tackles (Season) Sacks (Season) PBU (Season) Turnovers (Season)
#56 Derrick Johnson Kansas City Chiefs #1 RILB 7.5 (31) 0 (1) 0 (2)
#58 Jordan Hicks Philadelphia Eagles #2 RILB 10 (34) 0 (1) 1 (2) 1 FR (1 INT, 3 FR, 1 FF)
#52 Keenan Robinson Washington Redskins #1 LILB 6.5 (32.5) 0 (1) 0 (1 FR)
Emmanuel Acho Cut by PHI Free Agent
Steve Edmond Cut by NO Free Agent

Nobody is surprised now by rookie Jordan Hick's great performances. Last Monday he was everywhere as the Eagles' leading tackler with 10, all of them solos. After six weeks, he needs to be on the candidate list for the Defensive Rookie of the Year Award. According to Aaron Wilson, former Eagle and Longhorn teammate Emmanuel Acho worked out for the Atlanta Falcons.


Name Team Status Tackles (Season) TFL (Season) PBU (Season) Turnovers (Season)
#33 Michael Griffin Tennessee Titans #1 FS 3 (21)
1 (2) 1 INT (1 INT)
#28 Quandre Diggs Detroit Lions #2 Nickel 0 (4.5) 0 (1 FR)
#32 Kenny Vaccaro New Orleans Saints #1 SS 3.5 (32) 1 (3)
#29 Earl Thomas Seattle Seahawks #1 FS 3 (24.5) 4 (5) 1 INT (1 FF, 2 INT)
#31 Adrian Phillips San Diego Chargers #3 SS 0 (5)
#25 Tarell Brown New England Patriots IR (foot, W6) (13)

#23 Aaron Williams Buffalo Bills IR (Neck, W5) (12)
(3) (1 INT)
#33 Mykkele Thompson New York Giants IR (Achilles)
Carrington Byndom Cut by CAR (PS) Free Agent
Chykie Brown Cut by NYG (PS) Free Agent
Curtis Brown Cut by NYJ (PS) Free Agent
Aaron Ross Cut by CLE (PS) Free Agent

Earl Thomas had his second interception in back-to-back weeks. On the play, he showed his ability to cover a large portion of the field with incredible speed. Until Kam Chancellor intercepted Cam Newton in the third quarter, ET was the only Seahawks' player with any interceptions this season. Veteran Michael Griffin had his first interception of the season, as he picked off former Aggie Ryan Tannehill in the second quarter. (Video). Unfortunately for both of them, these picks didn't help their team win.

The San Diego Chargers announced on Wednesday that Adrian Phillips has been promoted to the active roster from the practice squad. He had previously appeared in three games this season and registered six tackles. He was waived on Oct. 12 to make room for TE Antonio Gates prior to Week 5 and immediately signed back to the practice squad. Carrington Byndom remains a free agent and worked out with the Colts this week.


Name Team Status FG (Season) LG (Season) XPs (Season)
#9 Justin Tucker Baltimore Ravens #1 K 2/3 (13/16) 36 (52 x2) 2/2 (14/14)
#9 Phil Dawson San Francisco 49ers #1 K 4/4 (10/11) 43 (53) 1/1 (8/8)
Cullen Loeffler Cut by MIN Free Agent
Nate Boyer Cut by SEA Free Agent

Phil Dawson was the winner against Justin Tucker in Sunday's matchup between the two Texas kickers. The veteran was perfect in his 4 attempts and helped the 49ers to beat Tucker's Baltimore Ravens in OT. The former Longhorns combined for 6 of the first 7 scores of the game. Tucker missed his first kick of the season under 50 yards as he hit the right upright from 45 yards. He probably would not have missed it had he not fallen down during the kick .