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Texas Longhorns in the NFL: Preseason Week 3

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Michael Dickson’s right leg is simply amazing.

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Week three of preseason action featured Michael Dickson continuing to do Michael Dickson things, another Chris Warren touchdown and Jordan Hicks recording his first sack since before his injury last year. In more unsettling news, a disciple of ‘DBU’, DeShon Elliott, may have suffered a season-ending injury.

With many starters being held out for the final week of preseason action, next week’s NFL recap will focus on players making official rosters, practice squads and those who got cut. In the meantime, enjoy one last free Sunday before the real games begin.

All games this week will be played tomorrow night, Aug. 30.

Colt McCoy (QB-WAS)

Last Week: 29-17 loss vs. Denver Broncos

After a hot start to the preseason, McCoy cooled down in game three. He threw for 19 yards on 3-of-8 passing and had a five-yard rush.

This Week: 6:30 p.m. at Baltimore Ravens

Malcolm Brown (RB-LAR)

Last Week: 21-20 win vs. Houston Texans

Brown rushed for a minimal 11 yards on six carries in a win. John Kelly, the competing rookie running back for the backup role, had 64 yards on 15 touches. Brown was undoubtedly outperformed and will need to prove something to the coaching staff in the preseason finale.

This Week: 7:00 p.m. at New Orleans Saints

Chris Warren III (RB-OAK)

Last Week: 13-6 win vs. Green Bay Packers

Warren rushed for a solid 54 yards on 15 carries and added a truck stick like touchdown in a win. The undrafted rookie remains atop all other running backs with 250 rushing yards this preseason.

This Week: 9:00 p.m. at Seattle Seahawks

Marquise Goodwin (WR-SF)

Last Week: 23-17 loss at Indianapolis Colts

Garoppolo’s No. 1 target had another notable performance with three catches for 40 yards. Goodwin is now up to 119 receiving yards, averaging 17 yards per catch in three preseason games.

This Week: 9:00 p.m. vs. Los Angeles Chargers

Marcus Johnson (WR-SEA)

Last Week: 21-20 loss at Minnesota Vikings

While still fighting to make the 53-man roster, Johnson made a nice 36-yard catch against the Vikings. Plays like this can earn guys a roster spot.

This Week: 9:00 p.m. vs. Oakland Raiders

Geoff Swaim (TE-DAL)

Last Week: 27-3 loss vs. Arizona Cardinals

After getting the start at tight end, Swaim hauled in a 19-yard reception on Sunday night.

This Week: 7:00 p.m. at Houston Texans

Tyrone Swoopes (TE-SEA)

Last Week: 21-20 loss at Minnesota Vikings

Swoopes had a two-yard catch in Seattle’s one-point loss. It’ll come down to this week’s game to determine his fate on making the 53-man roster.

This Week: 9:00 p.m. vs. Oakland Raiders

Trey Hopkins (OG-CIN)

Last Week: 26-13 win vs. Buffalo Bills

Hopkins didn’t start this past week at offensive guard. But, he was rotated in early with the first-team after fellow competing offensive guard Alex Redmond was flagged twice.

This Week: 6:00 p.m. vs. Indianapolis Colts

Kent Perkins (OT-CIN)

Last Week: 26-13 win vs. Buffalo Bills

SB Nation’s Cincy Jungle has Perkins listed under the ‘grinding for a roster spot’ section in their offensive tackles outlook. Perkins remained on the practice squad last season and will look to break through onto the 53-man roster come this weekend.

This Week: 6:00 p.m. vs. Indianapolis Colts

Connor Williams (OT-DAL)

Last Week: 27-3 loss vs. Arizona Cardinals

Williams got the start at the left guard position at Tuesday’s practice.

This Week: 7:00 p.m. at Houston Texans

Malcom Brown (DT-NE)

Last Week: 25-14 loss at Carolina Panthers

Heading into a contract year, SB Nation’s Pats Pulpit went in-depth on Brown in their roster breakdown series.

This Week: 6:00 p.m. vs. New York Giants

Poona Ford (DT-SEA)

Last Week: 21-20 loss at Minnesota Vikings

The undrafted rookie continues to push for a roster spot, as Ford made his presence felt up-the-middle with three solo tackles.

This Week: 9:00 p.m. vs. Oakland Raiders

Hassan Ridgeway (DT-IND)

Last Week: 23-17 win vs. San Francisco 49ers

NFL’s preseason sack leader totaled three tackles on Saturday. Ridgeway has an opportunity to compete for a starting spot at defensive tackle as the season approaches.

This Week: 6:00 p.m. at Cincinnati Bengals

Alex Okafor (DE-NO)

Last Week: 36-7 win at Los Angeles Chargers

For the first time in two weeks, Okafor is back at practice, returning from an ankle sprain.

This Week: 7:00 p.m. vs. Los Angeles Rams

Jordan Hicks (LB-PHI)

Last Week: 5-0 loss at Cleveland Browns

In a rare 5-0 defensive football game, Hicks had a monster first half. He recorded four total tackles, a sack and a pass deflection.

This Week: 6:00 p.m. vs. New York Jets

Malik Jefferson (LB-CIN)

Last Week: 26-13 win at Buffalo Bills

Jefferson wrapped up two tackles in a win.

This Week: 6:00 p.m. vs. Indianapolis Colts

Derrick Johnson (LB-OAK)

Last Week: 13-6 win vs. Green Bay Packers

Johnson had a solo tackle in a win.

This Week: 9:00 p.m. at Seattle Seahawks

Holton Hill (CB-MIN)

Last Week: 21-20 win vs. Seattle Seahawks

Despite being a long shot to make the Vikings 53-man roster, Hill is quietly making steps. He posted four solo tackles this past week, which gives him 12 total tackles for the preseason. Known for his excellent tackling ability in college, the undrafted rookie cornerback is picking up right where he left off.

This Week: 7:00 p.m. at Tennessee Titans

Duke Thomas (CB-DAL)

Last Week: 27-3 loss vs. Arizona Cardinals

SB Nation’s Blogging the Boys has Thomas being left off the 53-man roster. This week’s preseason finale will likely determine his fate.

This Week: 7:00 p.m. at Houston Texans

Adrian Colbert (S-SF)

Last Week: 23-17 loss at Indianapolis Colts

Colbert had three solo tackles as the starting free safety on Saturday.

This Week: 9:00 p.m. vs. Los Angeles Chargers

DeShon Elliott (S-BAL)

Last Week: 27-10 win at Miami Dolphins

In some rather unfortunate news, Elliott suffered a fractured forearm while on kickoff coverage. It appears the rookie safety will miss most, if not all of the regular season. The sixth round draft pick totaled 12 tackles, two forced fumbles, and a fumble recovery throughout his first four preseason appearances.

Ravens head coach John Harbaugh gave an update on Elliott’s injury, “It’s going to be a long time. What is a fracture of a forearm, it’s a long time. It’s not really a whole year, but at what point in time could a guy come back? For the playoffs? We’ll have to see how that goes.”

It’s possible that the Ravens use an injured reserved-return designation on Elliott, which means he could still return during the regular season.

This Week: 6:30 p.m. vs. Washington Redskins

Quandre Diggs (SS-DET)

Last Week: 33-30 win at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The multi-position, versatile defensive back is still starting at strong safety position for the Lions.

This Week: 6:00 p.m. NFL Network vs. Cleveland Browns

Adrian Phillips (SS-LAC)

Last Week: 36-7 loss vs. New Orleans Saints

Phillips contributed with four tackles in a loss.

This Week: 9:00 p.m. at San Francisco 49ers

Kenny Vaccaro (SS-TEN)

Last Week: 16-6 loss at Pittsburgh Steelers

The veteran safety totaled four tackles in a loss.

This Week: 7:00 p.m. vs. Minnesota Vikings

Earl Thomas III (FS-SEA?)

Last Week: 21-20 loss at Minnesota Vikings

Offensive players Odell Beckham Jr. and Aaron Rodgers just agreed to record-breaking deals at their positions and defensive players like Thomas and Khalil Mack are still waiting to get paid. Just another typical week in the NFL.

This Week: 9:00 p.m. vs. Oakland Raiders

Michael Dickson (P-SEA)

Last Week: 21-20 loss at Minnesota Vikings

The right leg of the Aussie keeps booming punts. Dickson averaged 53.6 yards on five punts with two downed inside-the-20, remarkably raising his preseason per punt average to 52.5 yards. Watch and enjoy all of Dickson’s punts below.

This Week: 9:00 p.m. vs. Oakland Raiders

Phil Dawson (K-ARI)

Last Week: 27-3 win at Dallas Cowboys

The 43-year-old kicker has a huge week ahead of him. After Dawson went 1-for-2 on field goals last week and with rookie Matthew McCrane nailing a 54-yarder, the Cardinals have a tough decision to make at kicker.

This Week: 9:00 p.m. NFL Network vs. Denver Broncos

Nick Rose (K-HOU)

Last Week: 21-20 loss at Los Angeles Rams

Rose missed both of his field goal attempts this week from 57 and 32 yards out. Texans starting kicker, Ka’imi Fairbairn is expected to resume his starting kicking duties when the regular season begins.

This Week: 7:00 p.m. vs. Dallas Cowboys

Justin Tucker (K-BAL)

Last Week: 27-10 win at Miami Dolphins

In a surprisingly rare performance, Tucker was 1-for-3 on field goal attempts against the Dolphins, with one of them being blocked. Arguably the league’s best kicker has now missed all four field goal attempts from over 50 yards this preseason. While he’s struggling right now, Tucker should be back to himself in no time.

This Week: 6:30 p.m. vs. Washington Redskins

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