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Texas Longhorns in the NFL: Week 2

Phil Dawson’s late game heroics leads the NFL ‘Horns in week two.

NFL: Arizona Cardinals at Indianapolis Colts Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

There were some more notable performances from former Longhorns in week two. Among them were veteran defensive end Brian Orapko, nickel cornerback Quandre Diggs, and veteran kicker Phil Dawson. With a couple former 'Horns still recovering from injury, it's positive to see no other major injuries from the guys that have taken the field in 2017.

Jamaal Charles (RB-DEN): Charles ran for 46 yards on nine carries (5.1 YPC) in the Broncos 42-17 blowout win over the Cowboys. He also added a six yard catch. Charles continues to be a reliable backup running back for the Broncos.

D’Onta Foreman (RB-HOU): After only getting one carry week one, Foreman totaled 12 carries in the Texans Thursday night 13-9 win. He ran for a total of 40 yards on those 12 carries (3.3 YPC) with 38 of those yards coming in the first half. Foreman seemed to solidify himself as the backup running back after a solid performance this week.

Marquise Goodwin (WR-SF): Goodwin had three catches for 26 yards in the 49ers tough 13-9 loss. He was tied with fellow teammate Pierre Garcon for the most receiving yards on the team.

Brian Robison (DE-MIN): The veteran had one solo tackle in the Vikings 26-9 blowout loss on Sunday.

Alex Okafor (DE-NO): Okafor followed his impressive week one performance with another good showing. He had four solo tackles and got some pressure on the legendary Tom Brady throughout the game.

Brian Orakpo (DE-TEN): The veteran defensive end had a nice week two performance on Sunday in the Titans 37-16 win. Orapko had a huge strip-sack in which the Titans ended up recovering. He finished the game with four solo tackles, a forced fumble, and a sack.

Sam Acho (LB-CHI): Acho had three total tackles in the Bears ugly 29-7 loss against the Buccaneers.

Jordan Hicks (MLB-PHI): The middle linebacker had one solo tackle and two assisted tackles in the Eagles 27-20 loss on Sunday.

Derrick Johnson (ILB-KC): Johnson had two solo tackles in the Chiefs 27-20 win over the Eagles.

Quandre Diggs (Nickel CB-DET): The 5’9” nickel cornerback continues to play much bigger than his size. Diggs had another excellent performance in the Lions 24-10 Monday night victory. He had three solo tackles including a huge fourth down stop that sealed the game (video below). Coming off a season-ending pectoral injury last season, Diggs has played with a chip on his shoulder and has looked like one of the best nickel cornerbacks in the league thus far.

Adrian Phillips (SS-LAC): Phillips had two solo tackles in the Chargers 19-17 heartbreaking loss.

Kenny Vaccaro (SS-NO): Vaccaro totaled five solo tackles and made some nice tackles in the open field in Sunday’s 36-20 loss verses the Patriots. But, he did have a tough time when he was matched up against tight end Rob Gronkowski, who is seemingly impossible to guard.

Earl Thomas (FS-SEA): Thomas totaled three tackles in the Seahawks 13-9 stout defensive victory over the 49ers. Although it didn’t count in the stat sheet, Thomas came in on a blitz and was involved in a sack (video below).

Phil Dawson (K-ARI): After missing a 42-yard field goal for the win in regulation, Dawson bounced back and hit a 30-yard game winner in overtime. Dawson also tied the game with about two minutes to go in the fourth quarter with a 40-yard field goal. He finished the day 3-for-4 on field goals and was the hero in a 16-13 win for the Cardinals.

Justin Tucker (K-BAL): Tucker missed a rare field goal attempt, given it was a 58-yard attempt, though. He finished the day 1-for-2 on field goals and 3-for-3 on extra points in the Ravens 24-10 win.

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