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Longhorns in the NFL: Week 15 — Lil’Jordan Humphrey scores first career touchdown

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Plus, Colt McCoy and Baker Mayfield go head to head for the first time.

Kansas City Chiefs v New Orleans Saints Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images

Lil’Jordan Humphrey, WR — New Orleans Saints

Get you some LJ!

Humphrey caught his first two career passes in the Saints loss to Tampa Bay, with one of those being a 17-yard touchdown reception. LJ has spent the majority of his first two years in the NFL on the New Orleans Saints practice squad, playing in only seven games. However, with Michael Thomas now on Injured Reserve, Humphrey suited up and made the most of it. Now all three of the Longhorns wideouts from the 2018 team (Duvernay, Johnson, and Humphrey) have scored in the NFL.

Colt McCoy, QB — New York Giants

Well, if you ever wondered what a Texas-OU game between Colt McCoy and Baker Mayfield would be like, you kinda-sorta got a taste of it Sunday night. McCoy played relatively well in his second start of the season, throwing for 221 passing yards with zero touchdowns and zero turnovers.

The Giants offense stalled in the red zone three separate times and turned it over on downs twice, including this, um, interesting play call from Freddie Kitchens. Offensive coordinator Jason Garrett tested positive for COVID-19 and missed the game while quarterback Daniel Jones was scratched due to lingering ankle and hamstring injuries.

And in classic Colt McCoy fashion, he took the blame for the loss after the game even though it really wasn’t his fault.

If McCoy gets the nod again next week, he’ll face the Baltimore Ravens with New York one game back in the NFC East.

Brandon Jones, DB — Miami Dolphins

This play was overturned and wiped out a Dolphins touchdown, but let’s just enjoy it anyway.

Six total tackles for the rookie and the Dolphins continue to hold onto the final wild-card spot in the AFC.

Adrian Phillips, DB — New England Patriots

Wanna hear a wild stat? In his seven years in the NFL, Adrian Phillips had never recorded a sack, until Sunday.

Charles Omenihu, DL — Houston Texans

Notes

  • First things first — congrats to Quandre Diggs and Justin Tucker on being named to the 2021 Pro Bowl Roster. This is first Pro Bowl selection for Diggs and Tucker’s fourth, but the game will not be played due to the pandemic.
  • The Seahawks defense is finally starting to get healthy, it just took 15 weeks for it to happen. Quandre Diggs and Poona Ford each recorded four tackles in Seattle’s 20-15 victory over the Washington Football Team. Look at Ford throw poor Morgan Moses off his block, into Antonio Gibson, and then still make the tackle.
  • With Cam Akers now getting the bulk of the carries in Los Angeles, Malcolm Brown had one carry for four yards along with six-yard reception. The Rams also lost to the winless New York Jets.
  • Rookies Collin Johnson and Devin Duvernay went head to head on Sunday, but neither saw much action. Johnson caught his only target of the day for eight yards while Duvernay didn’t see anything come his way. It appears that Duvernay’s snaps are going towards newly signed Dez Bryant at the moment.
  • DeShon Elliott, Ravens — five total tackles
  • Revenge game for Cardinals linebacker Jordan Hicks against the Eagles, who had six total tackles, two TFLs, and one QB hit against his former team.
  • Check out Trey Hopkins — number 66 playing center — with an excellent block to set up this Bengals touchdown on Monday Night Football.
  • No catches for Colts wide receiver Marcus Johnson but he did have a tackle!
  • Malcolm Roach battled an illness all week but was able to play against Tampa Bay, contributing four total tackles.
  • Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Alex Okafor finished with two tackles in their 32-29 win over the Saints.
  • Justin Tucker was 1-2 on the day, missing a 57-yarder (only his third miss of the season) but converting on a 46-yard try and making all five of his PA’s. Michael Dickson had an incredible game punting, landing all four of his punts inside the 20-yard line. The Punter played a key role in keeping the field position battle in Seattle's favor as they pulled out a close victory over Washington.
  • Cornerback Holton Hill was waived by the Minnesota Vikings after spending most of the season on the Injured Reserve list.

Injuries

Kris Boyd, CB — Vikings

Malcom Brown, DT — Saints

D’Onta Foreman, RB — Titans

Geoff Swaim, TE — Titans

Kenny Vaccaro, S — Titans