Williams, Simms Step Up In NFL Week Two

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WR Roy Williams had the breakout performance Detroit was hoping for in the Lions' 28-16 victory over Houston. For the second week in a row, the rookie led his team in receiving with four catches for 73 yards. This week, however, Williams added touchdowns to his professional resume. After a silent first half with no receptions, Williams pulled down a 31-yard touchdown toss from QB Joey Harrington to extend his team's third quarter lead. On Detroit's next offense drive, Williams found the endzone again, this time with a 14-yard snag past the Texans' veteran pro-bowl cornerback (and former Aggie) Aaron Glenn.

Texas coach Mack Brown caught the highlights of Williams' Sunday matinee performance.

"What a great catch," Brown said of Williams' first TD. "That's two weeks in a row that he's just made difference-maker catches. Roy will definitely be a star."

While Williams' theatrics may have raised eyebrows in MoTown, it did not have the same effect in UT coaching circles.

"None of us are impressed," Brown quipped. "We saw those (catches) all the time. He used to do that here."

Watch for Williams to undoubtedly became Detroit's go-to weapon with the recent loss of fellow receiver Charles Rogers, who will miss the season with a broken collarbone.

Also in the game for the "Detroit Longhorns", DT Shaun Rogers contributed to a defensive front that held Texan tailback Domanick Davis to under 80 yards on the ground. Rogers, who starts and plays on almost every defensive snap, recorded six tackles (five solo) and added a sack in Sunday's game. Battling alongside Rogers is fellow Longhorn DE Cory Redding. The second-year lineman saw limited action but had two more tackles this week. CB Roderick Babers also registered a tackle but the second-year backup's playing time is overshadowed by starter and Brown's former UNC pupil Dre' Bly.

QB Chris Simms took his first NFL snap to jump-start the Buccaneers' offense against Seattle after Tampa Bay head coach Jon Gruden benched starter Brad Johnson in the second quarter. After his first professional pass was tipped and nearly intercepted, Simms went on to throw five straight completions and finish the game 21 of 32 for 175 yards after settling into the role. In a late fourth quarter surge, Simms marched his team down towards the Seahawks' red-zone, but the come-from-behind bid ended when Simms threw the ball away to elude a sack. Seattle intercepted the desperate hurl, and Tampa Bay lost 10-6.

"I thought he did great," Brown said of Simms. "I was really proud of him."

After riding the bench his first season, an impressive preseason moved Simms up the Buc depth chart. However, Gruden reportedly plans to start veteran Brad Johnson next week against Oakland.

RB Priest Holmes, who finished fifth in the league in total yards last season, racked up only 82 yards in Kansas City's 28-17 loss against the defending NFC champion Carolina Panthers. Right now, Holmes is tied with Washington's Clinton Portis for eighth in the league in rushing yards. But with four touchdowns, the Texas-ex currently leads all other rushers in scoring.

Rookie DT Marcus Tubbs, hobbled by a hamstring injury, failed again to make an appearance on the field for the Seahawks on Sunday. After resuming practice recently, he is scheduled to see some action soon. DT Cedric Woodard started for Seattle and grabbed two tackles.

CB Quentin Jammer recorded four tackles (three solo), but his San Diego Chargers failed to contain the prolific Jets offense led by QB Chad Pennington and veteran RB Curtis Martin. The Chargers forfeited 258 passing yards and lost 34-28.

K Phil Dawson was Cleveland's offense on Sunday when he accounted for all of Cleveland's 12 points in a loss to Dallas. Dawson kicked four field goals, including a 49-yarder.

DT Casey Hampton contributed five tackles (three solo), but his Pittsburgh Steelers lost to Baltimore 30-13.

Chicago's Nathan Vasher has yet to record a stat this season at defensive back. The rookie is a backup cornerback and serves on special teams. Vasher's Bears defeated heavily favored Green Bay 21-10.

Several other Horns played Sunday: Washington starting guard Derrick Dockery, Buffalo Bills OT Mike Williams and Denver Broncos G Dan Neil.

NFL Horns Preview of the Week: Philadelphia at Detroit (Sunday at noon)

Watch the 2-0 Lions, led by WR Roy Williams and a Texas alumni-filled defense try to continue their red-hot streak against a new and prolific Philadelphia one-two punch of Donovan McNabb and Terrell Owens.


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