The 2018 NFL season is now six weeks young. Some former Longhorns have found great success this season with their respective teams, while others have found quite the opposite. Here’s a look at how some of these players did this week:
Coming off a career year, wide receiver Marquise Goodwin was expected to produce big results for the San Francisco 49ers in 2018. However, Goodwin suffered an injury in the first game of the year, limiting his production and playing time up to this point. Fortunately, the wideout would only miss two games, but the injury began to impact his performance on the field.
Through Week Five, Goodwin failed to bring in more than 30 yards in a single game. That changed with Monday Night Football when Goodwin had one of the best games of his career against the Green Bay Packers.
Goodwin hauled in four catches for 126 yards and two touchdowns — a new career high for the speedy receiver. His performance was key to the 49ers’ offense keeping the Monday night matchup competitive. Despite suffering a loss on a last-second field goal from kicker Mason Crosby, it was an encouraging game for a struggling San Francisco team.
The Philadelphia Eagles were relatively disappointing through five weeks of the season. That was no longer the case in Week Six. The defending champions annihilated the New York Giants, beating them by a score of 34-13.
This dominating effort was led by former Longhorn linebacker Jordan Hicks’ defense. Despite the Giants being one of the league’s worst teams, a divisional win in such a dominating fashion is still an impressive feat. The Eagles handled their business as well as they were expected to, which has not been the case for them in the first month of the season.
Just as he has done all season, Hicks had a standout performance, manning the middle of the field while recording 10 tackles. His presence on this team will continue to be essential for the defensive success of Philadelphia.
Linebacker Derrick Johnson signed with the Oakland Raiders during free agency this past summer. After spending 13 seasons with the division rival Kansas City Chiefs, he came to the West Coast with the intention of being the Raiders’ starting middle linebacker this season.
This was the case for a short period of time — two weeks to be exact. After the second game of the season, Johnson began to see his playing time dwindle as second-year linebacker Marquel Lee began to take his snaps.
It was clear that Johnson was falling out of favor with his new team. This hunch became a reality when the team elected to release the 36-year-old on Tuesday. Johnson, who recorded 17 tackles during his brief stint in Oakland, is now a free agent and will be looking for a new team to finish the season with.