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Texas Longhorns in the NFL: Week 1

It was a successful week for former ‘Horns on the big stage.

NFL: Arizona Cardinals at Detroit Lions Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

With the NFL season underway and Week 1 in the books, let’s take a look at how former Texas Longhorns fared in their 2017-18 NFL season openers.

Malcolm Brown (RB-LAR): Brown scored his first career NFL touchdown in the Rams 46-9 beatdown against the Colts. Along with a touchdown, he had 16 yards on seven carries.

Jamaal Charles (RB-DEN): It was very heart-warming to see Charles back on the field for the first time since 2015. Charles had 40 yards on 10 carries which was good for 4.0 yards per carry in his Broncos debut. But, he did have a key fumble in the 4th quarter that gave the Chargers momentum. Overall, Charles looked pretty elusive and ran the ball hard in his first game back.

D’Onta Foreman (RB-HOU): In his NFL debut, the rookie had one carry for 4 yards in the Texans 29-7 loss against the Jaguars.

Marquise Goodwin (WR-SF): Goodwin had three catches for 21 yards in his regular season debut for the 49ers.

Malcom Brown (DT-NE): Brown had four solo tackles (two assisted) in the Patriots Thursday night 42-27 loss.

Alex Okafor (DE-NO): Okafor had an impressive first game as a New Orleans Saint. He had four solo tackles, two tackles for a loss, and was very active throughout the game in their 29-19 loss.

Brian Robison (DE-MIN): The 35 year-old defensive end didn’t really crack the stat sheet in the Vikings 29-19 win. But, the veteran once again lead the Vikings stout run defense to an impressive performance.

Sam Acho (LB-CHI): Acho had two solo tackles (one assisted) in the Bears valiant 23-17 loss to the Falcons.

Jordan Hicks (MLB-PHI): Hicks’ 2016 success carried over into his first game of this season. Hicks had five solo tackles (two assisted) and a fumble recovery in the Eagles 30-17 win.

Derrick Johnson (ILB-KC): In his first game back from his season-ending Achilles injury last season, Johnson had a solid game. He recorded four solo tackles (four assisted) and had a pass deflection in the Chiefs 42-27 win over the Patriots.

Quandre Diggs (Nickel CB-DET): Diggs had a spectacular performance lining up against future Hall of Fame wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald in the slot. According to Pro Football Focus (Brett Whitefield), Diggs held Fitzgerald without a catch on 4 targets. Diggs registered a 84.4 PFF grade. Along with three solo tackles and three pass deflections, Diggs had a pick-six that was eventually overturned after review. He solidified himself as the Nickel corner in that Lions defense with a strong performance in a 35-23 win over the Cardinals.

Kenny Vaccaro (SS-NO): Vaccaro delivered some nice hits and was flying around the field on Monday night. He finished the game with five solo tackles.

Adrian Phillips (SS-LAC): Phillips had a huge interception off of a tipped pass off a receiver and another defender. This changed the momentum in the game and led a Chargers comeback. It was Phillips’ 3rd career interception.

Earl Thomas (FS-SEA): In his first regular season game since his gruesome leg injury last season, Thomas looked as good as always. Despite getting beat on a touchdown by Jordy Nelson, he had a very solid game. Thomas had seven solo tackles (four assisted), a pass deflection, and had an interception negated due to an offsides penalty. Good to see Thomas back on the field doing his thing.

Phil Dawson (K-ARI): Dawson was 1-for-2 on field goal attempts and 2-for-2 on extra points in Sunday’s 35-23 loss.

Justin Tucker (K-BAL): The league’s best kicker started the season on a good note. Tucker was 2-for-2 on both field goals and extra points in the Ravens 20-0 win.

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