NFL Texas Exes: Priest Gets KC On Track

Inside Texas keeps an eye focused each week on Longhorn alums now playing on Sundays.

Kansas City’s primary offensive weapon was at it again, as RB Priest Holmes carried the load 33 times for 125 yards. Holmes tallied on another two touchdowns on Monday in his effort to repeat as last year’s league touchdown leader. The rusher’s efforts helped give the Chiefs their first win of the season in a 27-24 win over Baltimore.

CB Quentin Jammer recorded four tackles as his San Diego defense held Tennessee to only two touchdowns in a 38-17 win.

CB Nathan Vasher registered his first ever defensive stat, and it was an impressive one. Chicago’s rookie intercepted a pass by Philadelphia QB Donovan McNabb in the third quarter. Vasher also grabbed three tackles, but his solid defensive performance may be overshadowed due to a special teams error. In the second quarter, Vasher bumped into teammate R.W. McQuarters during a punt return that forced McQuarters to muff the catch and fumble possession to the Eagles. Chicago lost to Philly 19-9.

OG Derrick Dockery played for Washington, but his Redskin offense only managed 73 rushing yards in a 17-3 losing effort against Cleveland. In the game for the Browns, K Phil Dawson connected on a 30-yard field goal and tacked on two extra points.

DT Casey Hampton had a pair of tackles as his Pittsburgh squad defeated Cincinnati 28-17. Hampton and his defensive line mates yielded 123 yards to Bengal rusher Rudi Johnson but limited rookie QB Carson Palmer to fewer than 200 passing yards.

LB Marcus Wilkins recorded no tackles in Cincinnati’s loss to Pittsburgh.

QB Chris Simms saw some action on Sunday, but it was not the kind of playing time a second-year passer hopes for. Tampa Bay lost to Denver 16-13 and Simms only took the field for one pass on the Bucs' final drive. After taking some snaps in Week One and collecting 175 passing yards, Simms never got the nod the next week. This week, his one pass, a 50-yard desperation heave, fell incomplete. But with an 0-4 start, Tampa head coach Jon Gruden may look to Simms soon.

OT Leonard Davis played for Arizona, as his O-line paved the way for RB Emmitt Smith’s 127 rushing yards. In total, Arizona ran the ball 40 times and piled on over 200 yards on the ground in a 34-10 win over New Orleans.

OT Mike Williams helped Buffalo gain 138 rushing yards, but his Bills failed to tally their season’s first victory, falling victim to an undefeated New England 31-17.

Detroit had a bye this week, but that did not stop many Texas fans from seeing rookie WR Roy Williams. Williams roamed the sidelines of DKR-Texas Memorial Stadium in the Longhorns' 44-14 win over Baylor wearing none other than a Chris Simms’ Tampa Bay jersey, paying homage to the ex-Texas quarterback who helped him gain over 1,000 receiving yards in his junior campaign at Texas.

Williams, one of the NFL’s top-ranked receivers with 277 receiving yards, gives Texas and his ex-Horn teammates credit for his rookie success.

"I think coming through a program like (Texas) has been good training for us as far as going into the professional ranks," Williams said. "I went against Quentin Jammer, Rod Babers and Nathan Vasher who are all in the League; it was pretty much like playing in the NFL every day,"

While the game of football might be the same in Detroit as it was in college for him, Williams did notice a difference in the crowds.

"The fans in Detroit are die-hard fans," Williams said. "I thought they were die-hard here in Texas but, in Detroit, win or lose, those guys are sold-out every game."

Fellow Lion DE Cory Redding also attended Saturday’s game along with Seattle DT Marcus Tubbs.

Denver guard Dan Neil and Minnesota long-snapper Cullen Loeffler also played on Sunday.

Detroit’s Roy Williams, Cory Redding, DT Shaun Rogers and CB Rod Babers did not play due to a bye week. With a broken collarbone, Babers is expected to miss the remainder of the season.

Dallas LB Kalen Thornton and Seattle DTs Cedric Woodard and Marcus Tubbs were also idle this week.

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