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NFL 'Horns: Derrick Johnson enters Chiefs' record book

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Big things didn't happen immediately for DJ in KC, but he's now an all-time franchise great.

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We had to wait three weeks, but with the eight tackles made by Derrick Johnson on Monday, the former Texas Longhorns star is now the Chiefs’ new all-time leading tackler. Johnson joins former Longhorns Jamaal Charles and Priest Holmes, who are the franchise’s all-time rushing leaders, in the Kansas City Chiefs’ record book. We also enjoyed another great performance by Jordan Hicks for the second week in a row, in his debut as a starter with the Philadelphia Eagles.

QB

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

No changes here as Colt McCoy is still serving as the Washington Redskins’ backup quarterback. Robert Griffin was inactive for the third consecutive week. Kirk Cousins will remain the starter, but he won’t last much longer in the spot if he continues playing like he did on Thursday. He threw for 346 yards and a touchdown, but he also threw two interceptions. The Redskins need to reevaluate his game plan, as Cousins shouldn’t be throwing 49 passes in any given game.


RB

Name Team Status Rushing (Season) Receiving (Season) Turnovers
#25 Jamaal Charles Kansas City Chiefs #1 RB 11 carries (48) 49 yards (231) 3 TDs (4) 5 recs (14) 33 yards (81) 0 TDs (1) 2 FL (2 FL)
#43 Fozzy Whittaker Carolina Panthers #2 RB 0 carries (3) 0 yards (5) 1 recs (3) 14 yards (17)
#39 Malcolm Brown St Louis Rams PS

Chiefs’ star Jamaal Charles scored three touchdowns on just 11 carries, an improvement over last week’s game which included a critical fumble (highlights). As stated above about Cousins, you have to question Andy Reid’s play-calling when you have arguably the best running back in the league, but throw 40 passes in a game with Alex Smith at quarterback. The Chiefs’ offensive line has also been an issue, allowing seven sacks in threegames, the most in the league so far.


WR/TE

Name Team Status Receptions (Season) Yards (Season) TDs (Season)
#88 Marquise Goodwin Buffalo Bills Inactive (ribs)
#87 Geoff Swaim Dallas Cowbys Inactive 0 receptions (1) 0 yards (0)
#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

Marquise Goodwin hasn’t yet recovered from his rib injury suffered in the preseason, so was inactive last Sunday. There is still hope that he will be active for this week’s upcoming game. Rookie tight end Geoff Swaim, who played and recorded his first catch as a pro in Week 2, didn’t play last week either as he was inactive due to a coaching decision. His spot was filled by former Sooner James Hanna.


OL

Name Team Status GP GS
#63 Lyle Sendlein Arizona Cardinals #1 OC 3 3
#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

Lyle Sendlein was the Cardinals’ starting center for the third consecutive week. The former Longhorn, who happens to be the lone active offensive lineman from UT, helped his team in their blowout victory over the 49ers. After the game, Sendlein admitted he didn’t know that Chris Johnson, once known as CJ2K, surpassed 100 rushing yards.


DL

Name Team Status Tackles (Season) TFL (Season) Sacks (Season) PBU (Season) Turnovers (Season)
#90 Malcom Brown New England Patriots #1 DT 1 (2.5) 0 (1) 0 (1)
#97 Roy Miller Jacksonville Jaguars #1 DT 1.5 (4) 0.5 (1)
#96 Brian Robison Minnesota Vikings #1 LDE 1 (6.5) 0 (2)
#90 Henry Melton Tampa Bay Buccaneers #2 LDT 1 (3) 1 (1) 0 (1 FR, 1 FF)
#90 Cory Redding Arizona Cardinals #2 LDE 1 (1)
#56 Cedric Reed Buffalo Bills Practice Squad
#64 Chris Whaley Dallas Cowboys IR (Achilles)

Henry Melton continues to make plays in his first season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. After forcing a fumble in Week 1 and recovering another in Week 2, he recorded his first sack of the season on Sunday against the Texans.


OLB

Name Team Status Tackles (Season) TFL (Season) Sacks (Season) Turnovers (Season)
#98 Brian Orakpo Tennessee Titans #1 ROLB 2 (6.5) 1 (1)
#53 Jackson Jeffcoat Washington Redskins #2 LOLB
#99 Lamarr Houston Chicago Bears #1 ROLB 0 (1)
#57 Alex Okafor Arizona Cardinals #1 WLB 0.5 (7.5) 0 (2)
#49 Sam Acho Chicago Bears #2 LOLB 1.5

Same story with Brian Orakpo, who hadn’t recorded a full sack since the 15th of December 2013 (he had one half-sack last year in Week 2 before his injury). The drought ended on Sunday when he sacked Andrew Luck during the Titans’ loss against the Colts. Jackson Jeffcoat played this week but he didn’t record any stats and he has failed to make a tackle this season.

Lamarr Houston and Sam Acho haven't had the chance to contribute much this season. That may change because the Bears have traded Jared Allen, which will likely upgrade their roles on the team.


ILB

Name Team Status Tackles (Season) Sacks (Season) PBU (Season) Turnovers (Season)
#56 Derrick Johnson Kansas City Chiefs #1 RILB 8 (17) 0 (1) 1 (2)
#58 Jordan Hicks Philadelphia Eagles #2 RILB 9.5 (16.5) 1 (1) 1 (1) 1INT, 1 FR (1 INT, 1 FR, 1 FF)
#52 Keenan Robinson Washington Redskins #1 LILB 11.5 (20.5) 0 (1)
Emmanuel Acho Cut by PHI Free Agent
Steve Edmond Cut by NO Free Agent

As mentioned earlier, Derrick Johnson finally became the Chiefs’ all-time leading tackler. He made eight tackles, three more than he needed to surpass Gary Spani, who made 999 tackles in his nine seasons as a Chief. Asked about the milestone after the game, Johnson declared, "It's going to answer the questions if you're questioning if I'm tough, if I'm consistent and if I'm reliable. It's a blessing just to get to that point where you say, 'Man, I have a chance to be at the top of that list.’"

Jordan Hicks continued his ascension to the peak with another amazing performance last Sunday. He played 100% of the Eagles’ defensive snaps and he wore the radio helmet for the first time, which meant the Eagles’ staff trusted him as a rookie to be ‘the coach’ on the field. But the good news for the former Longhorn doesn’t end there -- during his team’s first win of the season, he had nine solo tackles, one interception out of a tipped pass and one forced fumble. His performance drew great compliments from all the experts, such as Chris Brown, author of Smart Football:

But Johnson and Hicks were not the only inside linebackers out of Texas who were in the spotlight last week. Washington Redskins’ Keenan Robinson was everywhere on Thursday, as he led his team with 11.5 tackles during the loss against the New York Giants. He had more stops than any other player in the league last week.


DB

Name Team Status Tackles (Season) TFL (Season) PBU (Season) Turnovers (Season)
#25 Tarell Brown New England Patriots #1 RCB 0 (6.5)
#23 Aaron Williams Buffalo Bills Inactive (Neck) 0 (6) 0 (3) 0 (1 INT)
#33 Michael Griffin Tennessee Titans #1 FS 4.5 (15) 1 (1)
#28 Quandre Diggs Detroit Lions #2 Nickel 0.5 (2.5) 1 FR (1 FR)
#32 Kenny Vaccaro New Orleans Saints #1 SS 6.5 (16) 0 (2)
#29 Earl Thomas Seattle Seahawks #1 FS 0 (12) 0 (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

Good news as well for the rookie Quandre Diggs, who recovered a fumble on Sunday, which he returned for a touchdown. After the play, the refs ruled Demaryius Thomas was down by contact, but upon further review, the Lions were awarded the possession, but not the touchdown (video).

Despite being active and starting the first two games, Tarell Brown didn’t play a single snap against the Jaguars, yet there is no report of an injury. Aaron Williams was inactive, as expected, after his scary injury last week. His status is still unknown, but he could be ready to go this week.


ST

Name Team Status FG (Season) LG (Season) XPs (Season)
#9 Justin Tucker Baltimore Ravens #1 K 1/2 (7/8) 21 (52) 3/3 (7/7)
#9 Phil Dawson San Francisco 49ers #1 K 0/0 (3/4) / (47) 1/1 (4/4)
Cullen Loeffler Cut by MIN Free Agent
Nate Boyer Cut by SEA Free Agent

Sorry for missing this section last week. Justin Tucker and Phil Dawson were perfect on their field goals in Week 2, making four and one, respectively. Also, Tucker reached the 100 field goal mark in his career, quicker than any other player in NFL history. This past week, he missed a 50-yarder in the first quarter of the crazy loss by the Ravens against the Bengals. He is still the most accurate kicker in NFL history, as he has made 90% of his field-goal attempts.