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Texas Longhorns in the NFL: Jamaal Charles shines in Week 1

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Sep 13, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles (25) runs with the ball during the fourth quarter against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY.
Sep 13, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles (25) runs with the ball during the fourth quarter against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY.
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The NFL regular season is back. Out of the 47 former Longhorns who started the preseason with an NFL franchise, 27 made it onto final rosters, two players were placed on Injured Reserve, and seven signed with practice squads, leaving 12 of them in the Free Agency.

We are just one week into the season and some of them have already shined. Jamaal Charles scored a touchdown and had over 100 yards of total offense, Aaron Williams had a game-sealing interception, Alex Okafor had two sacks, and the forced fumbles by Henry Melton and Earl Thomas make them eligible in the weekly poll to be named MVP of the week.

QB

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

Colt didn't play at all as Kirk Cousins completed the game against the Miami Dolphins. The Redskins started the game leading 10-0 early in the second quarter, but they didn't score any more points, and the Dolphins came from behind to win the game 17-10. The ‘Skins struggled offensively and Cousins threw two interceptions. The first was ugly, but the second one was an amazing play by Dolphins' DB Brice McCain.

To add more salt to wound with the Robert Griffin III situation, reports said that the former Heisman winner practiced last week as the scout team safety. Anyway, he was inactive for Sunday's game and it seems like Colt will continue as the backup QB for Jay Gruden for at least one more week.

RB

Name Team Status Touches Yards TD
#25 Jamaal Charles Kansas City Chiefs #1 RB 16 carries 5 recs 57 46 0 1
#43 Fozzy Whittaker Carolina Panthers #2 RB 2 carries 2 recs 2 3 0 0
#39 Malcolm Brown St Louis Rams Practice Squad

Jamaal Charles' medical tests were negative, so he got back to work last Sunday. He returned to the state of Texas to take on the Houston Texans. He started the game slow, but finished surpassing 100 yards of total offense and adding a score on a 7-yard catch (video). After becoming the all-time leading rusher in the franchise last year, he continues breaking records. On Sunday he became the second player in Chiefs' history with 100 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown in three season openers. The first one to do so? Fellow Longhorn Priest Holmes.

Fozzy Whittaker served as Jonathan Stewart's backup during the Panthers' win over the Jaguars. The running back had four total touches for 5 yards. He didn't return any kickoffs despite being the backup kick returner behind Ted Ginn Jr. Rookie Malcolm Brown was signed to the St Louis Rams' practice squad after being cut by the same team last week. The Rams' running backs combined for 48 yards on 18 carries during their overtime victory versus the Seahawks.

WR/TE

Name Team Status Receptions Yards TDs
#88 Marquise Goodwin Buffalo Bills Inactive (ribs)
#87 Geoff Swaim Dallas Cowbys Inactive (coach decision)
#16 Jaxon Shilpey Arizona Cardinals Practice Squad
John Chiles Cut by CHI Free Agent
John Harris Cut by ATL Free Agent
Mike Davis Cut by OAK ('14) Free Agent

No stats for the ‘catchers' this week. Lone active wide receiver Marquise Goodwin was inactive on Sunday due to a rib injury which occurred during the preseason. Geoff Swaim also didn't dress last Sunday, as he was one of the Dallas Cowboys' inactive players. Jaxon Shipley is on the Arizona Cardinals' practice squad after a strong preseason.

John Chiles might be back to the CFL, where he played the last two seasons, after a failed try to make the Chicago Bears' roster. John Harris remains a free agent after a workout with the Raiders last week.

OL

Name Team Status GP GS
#63 Lyle Sendlein Arizona Cardinals #1 OC 1 1
#69 Michael Huey San Diego Chargers Practice Squad
#66 Trey Hopkins Cincinnati Bengals Practice Squad
#61 Donald Hawkins Miami Dolphins Practice Squad
Tony Hills Cut by CAR Free Agent

Despite being listed in the preseason as a backup, Lyle Sendlein played as the Arizona Cardinals' starting center. A few days before the season opener, Cardinals' head coach Bruce Arians admitted that Sendlein won the starting spot over AQ Shipley thanks to his ability on pass protection.

Donald Hawkins joined the Miami Dolphins' practice squad following in the footsteps of Michael Huey and Trey Hopkins. Meanwhile, Tony Hills, who remains the last offensive lineman to be drafted out of Texas since 2008 and has played in 13 games in seven years, hasn't found a new home yet after being released by the Panthers last week.

DL

Name Team Status Tackles TFL Sacks Turnovers
#90 Malcom Brown New England Patriots #1 DT 0.5 1 1
#97 Roy Miller Jacksonville Jaguars #1 DT 2
#96 Brian Robison Minnesota Vikings #1 LDE 2
#90 Henry Melton Tampa Bay Buccaneers #2 LDT 1.5 1 FF
#90 Cory Redding Arizona Cardinals #2 LDE 1.5
#56 Cedric Reed Buffalo Bills Practice Squad
#64 Chris Whaley Dallas Cowboys IR (Achilles)

On Thursday, first rounder Malcom Brown started in his first NFL game against the Steelers. He played 26 snaps out of a total of 73, which was the second highest of the Patriots' defensive tackles behind Geneo Grissom. He had a sack on Antonio Brown on a Steelers trick play (video) and a tackle for loss. Meanwhile, Henry Melton forced a fumble in his debut with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

OLB

Name Team Status Tackles TFL Sacks Turnovers
#98 Brian Orakpo Tennessee Titans #1 ROLB 1
#53 Jackson Jeffcoat Washington Redskins Inactive (tigh)
#99 Lamarr Houston Chicago Bears #2 ROLB
#57 Alex Okafor Arizona Cardinals #1 WLB 3.5 1 2
#49 Sam Acho Chicago Bears #3 LOLB

Standout Alex Okafor recorded two sacks against the New Orleans Saints. After leading the Cardinals last year with eight, Okafor is poised for a great season in the desert. Brian Orakpo didn't shine in his first game as a Titan, as he recorded just one tackle and one quarterback hit.

Jackson Jeffcoat was inactive with the Redskins due to a thigh injury. Lamarr Houston didn't have a good start with the Bears, as he played just four snaps in the loss against the Packers. Teammate Sam Acho was cut before the game, but he was re-signed on Monday, first reported by Adam Caplan.

ILB

Name Team Status Tackles Sacks PBU Turnovers
#56 Derrick Johnson Kansas City Chiefs #1 RILB 5 2 TFL 1 1
#58 Jordan Hicks Philadelphia Eagles #4 LILB
#52 Keenan Robinson Washington Redskins #1 LILB 4 1
Emmanuel Acho Cut by PHI Free Agent
Steve Edmond Cut by NO Free Agent

Derrick Johnson returned to action after last season's injury and he did so in good form with seven tackles, two of which were for a loss, and also had a broken pass. Keenan Robinson started for the Redskins with four tackles and a broken-up pass that he could have intercepted and returned for a touchdown.

In his first game as a pro, Jordan Hicks didn't record any stats on defense as he mainly played on special teams, where he filled the spot left by former Austin teammate, Emmanuel Acho, who was cut during preseason due to a thumb injury.

DB

Name Team Status Tackles TFL PBU Turnovers
#9 Tarell Brown New England Patriots #1 RCB 2 1
#23 Aaron Williams Buffalo Bills #1 SS 3 2 1 INT
#33 Michael Griffin Tennessee Titans #1 FS 4.5
#28 Quandre Diggs Detroit Lions #2 Nickel 1
#32 Kenny Vaccaro New Orleans Saints #1 SS 1 1
#29 Earl Thomas Seattle Seahawks #1 FS 7.5 1 FF
#31 Adrian Phillips San Diego Chargers Practice Squad
#33 Mykkele Thompson New York Giants IR (Achilles)
Carrington Byndom Cut by CAR Free Agent
Chykie Brown Cut by NYG Free Agent
Curtis Brown Cut by NYJ Free Agent
Aaron Ross Cut by CLE Free Agent

Bills' Safety Aaron Williams had a good performance with an interception in the fourth quarter that sealed the team's victory over the Indianapolis Colts (video). He also added 4.5 tackles and two broken-up passes. Earl Thomas recovered in time to start in the Seahawks' season opener, where he forced a fumble (video) and recorded 7.5 tackles.

Veteran Tarell Brown started his first game with the Patriots and played pretty well guarding the Steelers' receivers. Quandre Diggs didn't start in his debut as a Lion, but he played and recorded two assisted tackles. After being cut last week, Adrian Phillips is on the Chargers' practice squad. The same happened to Carrington Byndom, but he was released from the Panthers' PS to make room for center Shane McDermott.

ST

Name Team Status FG LG XPs
#9 Justin Tucker Baltimore Ravens #1 K 2/2 52 1/1
#9 Phil Dawson San Francisco 49ers #1 K 2/3 30 1/1
Cullen Loeffler Cut by MIN Free Agent
Nate Boyer Cut by SEA Free Agent

Justin Tucker made both field goal attempts from 44 and 52 yards during the Ravens' loss against the Broncos. Phil Dawson got the first of his three field goal attempts blocked in the first quarter, and the Vikes returned it for 44 yards to the SF 26-yard line (video). However, he made his other two attempts from 30 and 25 yards and helped the 49ers beat the Vikings 20-3.