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Longhorns in the NFL — Week 2: Charles Omenihu records first career strip-sack

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Rookie Charles Omenihu notched his first career strip-sack making his NFL debut.

Detroit Lions v Houston Texans Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images

See below which former Texas players impacted the outcome of their game throughout this past weekend in the NFL.

Notable Week 2 Performances and Highlights

  • While making his league debut after being inactive last week, rookie Charles Omenihu recorded his first career strip-sack to help lift the Texans to a one-point win. Omenihu came off the left edge and gained leverage on the opposing offensive tackle by establishing a firm inside placement with his right hand to push him back. He then extended his long left arm out to knock the ball free from quarterback Gardner Minshew.

According to Next Gen Stats, this was the fifth-fastest recorded sack so far this season at 2.7 seconds. Omenihu was also rated as the top rookie performer from this past week after scoring a 90.2 overall game grade, per Pro Football Focus. With Jadeveon Clowney gone, Omenihu is slated to have a prominent role as an edge rusher with Houston this season. It’s still mind-boggling that 160 players were drafted before him.

  • Adrian Phillips suffered a broken forearm injury after making contact with an opposing running back’s knee on a tackle. While he headed back into the locker room for treatment, former collegiate teammate and opposing safety Quandre Diggs was right there to have a word with Phillips after the injury. That’s the Longhorn brotherhood right there.

Both safeties were on top of their game making tackles in the open-field while facing off against each other for the first time. Diggs totaled six tackles and had another crucial goal-line stop. Phillips totaled eight tackles before exiting with the injury. Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn believes that Phillips will be able to return at some point this season. He is projected to miss at least eight weeks.

  • After nearly matching Todd Gurley in touches last week, Malcolm Brown saw a decrease in his workload against the Saints. Regardless of the drop-off in touches, he was still very efficient when he got the ball. Brown totaled 47 yards on seven touches (6.7 YPC).
  • Seahawks punter Michael Dickson averaged 51.2 yards on four punts with a long of 59 yards.
  • For the second straight week, Jordan Hicks (11 total tackles) led the Cardinals defense in tackles as their catalyst at middle linebacker.
  • Justin Tucker’s three field goals propelled the Ravens to a 23-17 win. He hit a clutch 51-yarder in the fourth to extend their lead to six. Tucker went a perfect 14-for-14 on extra points and field goals through two games.

Tucker, Hicks, Earl Thomas, and DeShon Elliott all got together for a picture throwing the Horns up after their hard-fought game.