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Yellow Jackets In the NFL Update

Nov. 1, 2010

What do the Dallas Cowboys, Denver Broncos and Detroit Lions have in common? Sure, all three cities begin with the letter D, none of the three teams play very much D – they have a combined record of 5-17 – but each also has a talented former Georgia Tech player on the roster.

Calvin Johnson is simply one of the best receivers in the game. He had nine receptions for 101 yards and a career-best three touchdowns in the Lions’ win over the Washington Redskins.

Demaryius Thomas isn’t putting up Johnson-like numbers, at least not yet, but he did catch a pass overseas on Sunday. The rookie receiver had a 31-yard reception in the Broncos loss to San Francisco, in a game played in London. The kid from Dublin, Ga., has come a long way.

The Cowboys may be having a terrible season, but veteran linebacker Keith Brooking is not. He had 10 tackles Sunday in Dallas’ loss to Jacksonville.

In other Tech-NFL news, John Paul Foschi was signed by the Cincinnati Bengals last week and he made his season debut on Sunday.

Here’s a look at how all 25 former Jackets did this week:

Keith Brooking, LB, Dallas Cowboys (1-6)
Had season-high 10 tackles in 35-17 home loss to Jacksonville

Morgan Burnett, S, Green Bay Packers (5-3)
Burnett, who started the first four games of the season, is out for the season with a torn ACL

James Butler, S, St. Louis Rams (4-4)
Had second interception of the season as Rams beat Carolina

Tashard Choice, RB, Dallas Cowboys (1-6)
Had four receptions for 27 yards, but America’s Team is really struggling

Mike Cox, RB, Kansas City Chiefs (5-2)
Beat his former coach Chan Gailey and the Buffalo Bills, 13-10

Jonathan Dwyer, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers (5-2)
Dwyer has yet to see action in the regular season

Andrew Economos, LS, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-2)
The Bucs are one of the NFL’s biggest surprises so far; face the Falcons this week

John Paul Foschi, TE, Cincinnati Bengals (2-5)
Signed by the Bengals Oct. 26th, made debut on Oct. 30th in loss to Dolphins

Keyaron Fox, LB, Pittsburgh Steelers (5-2)
Saw playing time in Sunday night’s 20-10 loss to the Saints

Andrew Gardner, OL, Minnesota Vikings (2-4)
Signed in October to be on the Vikings’ practice squad.

Gary Guyton, LB, New England Patriots (6-1)
Guyton and Co. looked good in their old-school unis and in beating Favre and the Vikings

Anthony Hargrove, DL, New Orleans Saints (5-3)
Recorded a pair of tackles and forced a fumble in Sunday night win over the Steelers

Will Heller, TE, Detroit Lions (2-5)
Saw playing time in 37-25 win over the Redskins

Cord Howard, OL, Buffalo Bills (0-7)
Second career NFL start results in second straight overtime loss

Calvin Johnson, WR, Detroit Lions (2-5)
Nine receptions for 101 yards and a career-best three touchdowns in win over Washington

Michael Johnson, LB, Cincinnati Bengals (2-5)
Recorded a pair of tackles, recovered a fumble on special teams in 22-14 loss to Miami

Dawan Landry, S, Baltimore Ravens (5-2)
Landry and the Ravens had a Week 8 bye; play the Dolphins this week

Derrick Morgan, DE, Tennessee Titans (5-3)
The rookie first-round draft pick is out for the season with a torn ACL.

Chris Reis, S, New Orleans Saints (5-3)
On injured reserve following shoulder surgery

Darryl Richard, DT, New England Patriots (6-1)
On injured reserve this season

Daryl Smith, LB, Jacksonville Jaguars (4-4)
Registered seven tackles in 35-17 victory in the Jerry Jones Dome

Demaryius Thomas, WR, Denver Broncos (2-6)
One catch for 31 yards in 24-16 loss to the 49ers in England

Vance Walker, DT, Atlanta Falcons (5-2)
Coming off a five-tackle performance, Walker and the Falcons host divisional rival Tampa Bay this week

Philip Wheeler, LB, Indianapolis Colts (4-2)
Colts got a re-match with the Texans on Monday Night Football

Ken Whisenhunt, Head Coach, Arizona Cardinals (3-4) Cardinals dropped a heart-breaker, 38-35, to Tampa Bay; head to Minnesota next

Gerris Wilkinson, LB, New York Giants (5-2)
Giants head to Seattle this week after Week 8 bye

Mansfield Wrotto, OL, Buffalo Bills (0-7)
Made first appearance for the Bills in overtime loss at Kansas City


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