Yellow Jackets In The NFL Update

Nov. 16, 2010

The Buffalo Bills — coached by former Tech head man Chan Gailey and featuring two former Yellow Jacket offensive linemen Cord Howard and Mansfield Wrotto — got the monkey off their back last week with a win, and at the expense of former Jackets Calvin Johnson, Will Heller and the Detroit Lions.

The Bills’ staff also includes former Yellow Jackets staff members Curtis Modkins, Joe D’Alessandris, Giff Smith and strength coach Eric Ciano. Congrats to those guys.

The Lions’ Johnson highlighted last week’s performances by former Yellow Jackets. He had 10 catches for 128 yards and a touchdown, and he is now tied for the most receiving TDs in the NFC this season with nine.

Bad news for two former Jackets: John Paul Foschi was cut by the Bengals and Andrew Gardner was released by the Vikings’ practice squad.

Here’s a look at how all 24 former Jackets did this week:

Keith Brooking, LB, Dallas Cowboys (2-7)
Recorded 10 tackles for the third consecutive week as Dallas upset the New York Giants.

Morgan Burnett, S, Green Bay Packers (6-3)
Burnett, who started the first four games of the season, is out for the season with a torn ACL Burnett was on the sidelines for Tech’s loss to Miami last Saturday.

James Butler, S, St. Louis Rams (4-5)
Did not play in Sunday’s loss to San Francisco.

Tashard Choice, RB, Dallas Cowboys (2-7)
Saw playing time in the Cowboys’ 33-20 victory against the Giants.

Mike Cox, RB, Kansas City Chiefs (5-4)
Had one reception in 49-29 loss to the Denver Broncos.

Jonathan Dwyer, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers (6-3)
Steelers rookie on the roster but listed as inactive.

Andrew Economos, LS, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-3)
Bucs win again, whipping the Carolina Panthers 31-16.

Keyaron Fox, LB, Pittsburgh Steelers (6-3)
Saw playing time in Sunday night’s 39-26 loss to New England.

Gary Guyton, LB, New England Patriots (7-2)
Recorded three tackles, one sack and one pass break-up in Sunday night’s win at Pittsburgh.

Anthony Hargrove, DL, New Orleans Saints (6-3)
Saints host Seattle Sunday after a Week 10 bye.

Will Heller, TE, Detroit Lions (2-7)
Recorded one reception for 10 yards in the loss to Buffalo.

Cord Howard, OL, Buffalo Bills (1-8)
Howard didn’t play, but the Bills got their first win of the season against Detroit.

Calvin Johnson, WR, Detroit Lions (2-7)
Had 10 catches for 128 yards in a loss to his former coach, Chan Gailey, and the Buffalo Bills.

Michael Johnson, LB, Cincinnati Bengals (2-7)
Started, recorded three tackles in 27-13 loss to the Indianapolis Colts.

Dawan Landry, S, Baltimore Ravens (6-3)
Had six tackles in a losing effort last Thursday in the Georgia Dome.

Derrick Morgan, DE, Tennessee Titans (5-4)
The rookie first-round draft pick is out for the season with a torn ACL.

Chris Reis, S, New Orleans Saints (6-3)
On injured reserve following shoulder surgery

Darryl Richard, DT, New England Patriots (7-2)
On injured reserve this season

Daryl Smith, LB, Jacksonville Jaguars (5-4)
Recorded three tackles in Jags’ Hail Mary victory over the Houston Texans.

Demaryius Thomas, WR, Denver Broncos (3-6)
Had three receptions for 51 yards in the Broncos’ 49-29 thrashing of the Chiefs.

Vance Walker, DT, Atlanta Falcons (7-2)
Recorded one tackle for the high-flying Falcons in last Thursday’s 26-21 win over the Baltimore Ravens.

Philip Wheeler, LB, Indianapolis Colts (6-3)
Registered three tackles in 23-17 win over Cincinnati.

Ken Whisenhunt, Head Coach, Arizona Cardinals (3-6) Cardinals lost 36-18 to Seattle; head to Kansas City this week.

Gerris Wilkinson, LB, New York Giants (6-3)
Did not play in 33-20 loss to the Cowboys.

Mansfield Wrotto, OL, Buffalo Bills (1-8)
Made his first start of the season as the Bills got their first win of the season.

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