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Texas Longhorns in the NFL: Bills DL Poona Ford’s big day included first sack of season

Falcons RB Bijan Robinson’s wheels keep churning

NFL: Buffalo Bills at Los Angeles Chargers Kiyoshi Mio-USA TODAY Sports

The NFL season is well underway.

So are the careers of some of your favorite former Texas Longhorns athletes.

Let’s break down the most recent performances of the 2023 NFL regular season.

Bijan Robinson, RB: Robinson, who was selected in the first round of last spring’s NFL Draft by the Atlanta Falcons, logged 12 carries for 72 yards, as well as 7 receptions for 52 yards. Throughout his rookie season so far, Robinson’s usage has been up and down the further Atlanta gets down the regular season stretch. For now, it remains up. It looks to stay that way, as Robinson continues coming into his own as one of the world’s top running backs.

Roschon Johnson, RB: In his latest outing for the lowly Chicago Bears, first-year pro Johnson handled 9 carries for 41 yards. He also grabbed 3 receptions 26 yards and recorded 1 special teams tackle.

Lil’Jordan Humphrey, WR: The Denver Broncos wide receiver got the start.

Andrew Beck, TE: A big man gadget of sorts, the former Longhorn again started at fullback for the Houston Texans. He recorded 2 receptionS for 6 yards and a touchdown. He also recorded 1 kickoff return for 9 yards.

Connor Williams, OL: The Miami Dolphins offensive lineman started at center.

Sam Cosmi, OL: The Washington Commanders offensive lineman started at right guard.

Charles Omenihu, DL: The starting Kansas City Chiefs defensive lineman notched 1 solo tackle, 1 tackle for loss, 1 sack, and 1 quarterback hit. Kansas City’s Omenihu remains a defensive force to reckon with for opposing offensive line facing the hit-or-miss Chiefs.

Poona Ford, DL: The Buffalo Bills defensive lineman ended the latest game week with another quality outing. This time, Ford recorded 2 tackles (1 solo), 1 sack, 1 tackle for loss, and 1 quarterback hit.

Quandre Diggs, DB: Starting at safety, the Seattle Seahawks racked up an impressive outing over the weekend. Altogether, he accounted for 5 tackles (3 solo) and 1 pass defended on the day.

PJ Locke, DB: The Denver Broncos starting safety notched 9 tackles (5 solo.). It was Locke’s way of following up on yet another stellar performance in recent weeks. Expect to see Locke continue showing out for the Broncos through the remaining regular season stretch.

Brandon Jones, DB: The starting Miami Dolphins safety logged 9 tackles (7 solo) and 1 fumble recovery.

DeShon Elliott, DB: The Miami Dolphins safety welcomed another game-time start over the weekend. It was an outing in which the secondary veteran racked up 2 tackles (2 solo.)

Brenden Schooler, DB: The defensive special teams whiz recorded 1 fumble recovery.

Michael Dickson, P: The former Longhorn, currently a first-stringer for the Seattle Seahawks, had 3 punts on the afternoon for 134 yards, averaging about 44 yards per punt.

Cameron Dicker, K: Infamously known in Austin as “Dicker the Kicker,” the Los Angeles Chargers foot-man went 5-for-5 on field goals, with a 53-yard kick as his long on the day, and 1-for-1 in PATs.

Justin Tucker, K: One of the NFL’s top kickers in recent seasons, the Longhorn legend and clutch-guy member of the Baltimore Ravens went 4-for-4 on fields goals, with a 41-yarder as his long, and 3-for-3 in PATs.