Texas Longhorns in the NFL: Carolina RB D’Onta Foreman takes advantage of his last opportunity

The NFL kicked off last week. Of course, this isn’t exactly news to all of you.

But it does mean we got to see former Texas Longhorns shine in the pros.

Shine they have indeed. Let’s break it down below.

Colt McCoy, QB: Welcome home, McCoy. The Longhorn legend replaced starter Kyler Murray this weekend. He completed 26 passes for 238 yards and 1 touchdown. He also carried the ball 4 times for an additional 4 meters into the dirt.

D’Onta Foreman, RB: Like magic, the veteran running back, now with the Carolina Panthers, is suddenly the man in charge of the franchise’s backfield after the Panthers choose to trade star running back Christian McCaffrey at the San Francisco 49ers. In his final encore performance on the Panthers’ offense over the weekend, Foreman made 31 carries for 130 yards and 1 rushing touchdown. Suddenly, Foreman is again a relative starter.

Geoff Swaim, TE: Swaim started off on tight end for the Tennessee Titans.

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

Calvin Anderson, OL: Anderson got the start at left tackle for the Denver Broncos.

Ta’Quan Graham, DL: The Atlanta Falcons starting defensive lineman had 6 tackles (2 solo, 4 assists) and 1 tackle for loss.

Malcolm Roach, DL: The New Orleans Saints defensive lineman made 7 tackles (5 solo, 2 assists), 1 sack, 1 tackle for loss and 1 quarterback in a hurry.

Charles Omenihu, DL: The San Francisco 49ers starter had 1 tackle, 1 sack, 3 quarterback rushes, 1 pass deflection and 1 forced fumble. Omenihu was busy, in other words.

Hassan Ridgeway, DL: 49ers starter Ridgeway had 3 solo tackles.

Jordan Hicks, LB: It was yet another standout day for the Minnesota Vikings starting linebacker. That’s become the wait in 2022 so far for Hicks. Hicks accounted for 3 tackles (3 solo) and 1 pass deflection. Look for Hicks to keep the momentum going through the second half of the season schedule.

PJ Locke, DB: The Denver Broncos defensive back had 3 tackles (2 solo, 1 assist), 1 pass deflection and 1 forced fumble. Locke is gradually becoming a key part of Denver’s defense, especially as their offense, led by Super Bowl champion Russell Wilson, struggles.

DeShon Elliott, DB: The Detroit Lions starting safety had a relatively unremarkable outing, at least by his set standards this season, over the weekend for the NFL’s bottom. Elliott only accounted for one tackle.

Cameron Dicker, K: The Longhorn rookie folk legend went 3-for-3 on field goals for the day, with 47 yards as his length. He also went 1-for-1 in the PATs. Dicker is making a name for himself in the NFL.

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