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BEARS IN THE NFL WEEK 2
1:05 P.M., WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 21, 2016

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Corey Coleman (19) catches a touchdown pass as Baltimore Ravens cornerback Shareece Wright (24) defends during the first quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. (Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports)

Matt Bryant
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USA TODAY Sports)
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Key Notes: Cleveland Browns starting wide receiver Corey Coleman was one of the best to ever play at Baylor and has been displaying that same greatness in the early stages of his NFL career. The 2016 first round pick had five receptions off of eight targets on Sunday afternoon against the Baltimore Ravens for 104 yards (47-yard long) and two touchdown receptions. His first career touchdown reception was a 31-yard pass from quarterback Josh McCown to help put the Browns up 7-0. Coleman's second touchdown reception came just minutes later, as McCown found Coleman again for a 11-yard touchdown which put the Browns up three scores just midway through the first quarter. Coleman has the 14th-most receiving yards amongst wide receivers in the NFL two weeks into the regular season (172), one yard ahead of Atlanta Falcons Pro Bowl receiver Julio Jones. Coleman is one of five players who have been nominated for the PEPSI NFL Rookie of the Week honors. Fans can vote for Corey Coleman at www.nfl.com/rookies through Friday at 3 p.m. eastern.

In addition: Miami Dolphins starting defensive back Xavien Howard continued his terrific play in week two of the regular season against the New England Patriots. Howard had five total tackles, and saw the field on 74 defensive snaps (92% of snaps). L.A. Rams linebacker Bryce Hager was featured in almost all special team snaps Sunday, helping the Rams defeat the Seattle Seahawks in the team's first regular season game back in Los Angeles after spending 20 years in St. Louis. Former Baylor kicker Matt Bryant was 2-for-2 on field goal attempts, and is now a perfect 5-for-5 on the season.


BEARS IN THE NFL WEEK 1
12:24 P.M., WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 14, 2016

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Xavien Howard (25) tackles Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Tyler Lockett (16) during the fourth quarter at CenturyLink Field. (Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports)

Robert Griffin III
(Eric Hartline -
USA TODAY Sports)
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Key Notes: The Baylor Bears are taking their talents to the next level more often than ever before. As week one of the 2016-2017 NFL regular season got underway this past weekend, several former Bears got in on the action- which included three rookies. Miami Dolphins defensive back Xavien Howard stood out in particular. The rookie helped the Dolphins hold Russell Wilson and the Seahawks to 12 points, seeing the field on 81 defensive snaps (99% of snaps) and was tied for second on the team with 11 total tackles. Meanwhile, Cleveland Browns starting wide receiver Corey Coleman caught two balls for 68 yards, which included a 58-yard connection from former Baylor quarterback and Heisman winner Robert Griffin III. Coleman led Browns receivers in snaps played (47). Former Baylor Bear offensive lineman Spencer Drango also got his first ever snaps in an NFL regular season game with the Cleveland Browns this past week.

In addition: Atlanta Falcons kicker Matt Bryant was 3-for-3 on field goal attempts, continuing to be one of the most consistent kickers in the NFL. Terrance Williams had 3 catches for 34 yards. Bryce Hager was in on 23 special team snaps with the L.A. Rams, and Robert Griffin III started for the Cleveland Browns at quarterback, throwing just under 200 yards on 12 completions. Unfortunately, Griffin was injured in play with a fractured bone in his left shoulder and will be re-evaluated in 3 to 4 weeks by the Browns medical staff. Tennessee Titans receiver Kendall Wright was held out in week 1 due to a lingering hamstring injury, but is expected to make a return in 1-2 weeks.


BEARS IN THE PROS UPDATE
12:24 P.M., MONDAY, AUG. 8, 2016


With training camps underway and preseason games on the horizon, several Bears are on NFL rosters looking to earn 53-man roster spots and starting positions. Below is the list of current Bears on league rosters (subject to change).

Andrew Billings, Cincinnati
Jarell Broxton, Baltimore
Matt Bryant, Atlanta
Corey Coleman, Cleveland
Spencer Drango, Cleveland
Rico Gathers, Dallas
Antwan Goodley, Seattle
Demetri Goodson, Green Bay
Josh Gordon, Cleveland
Robert Griffin III, Cleveland
Bryce Hager, St. Louis
Xavien Howard, Miami
Jimmy Landes, Detroit
Jay Lee, Detroit
Blake Muir, San Francisco
Levi Norwood, Pittsburgh
Kelvin Palmer, Tampa Bay
Bryce Petty, NY Jets
Cyril Richardson, Buffalo
Phil Taylor, Denver
Jon Weeks, Houston
Terrance Williams, Dallas
Kendall Wright, Tennessee

In addition to the NFL, five Bears are currently on Canadian Football League (CFL) rosters. Brandon Whitaker (RB, Toronto Argonauts) has seen plenty of action, recording 14 rushes for 57 yards (4.1 avg, 12 long) and 4 catches for 49 yards (12.2 avg, 19 long). Joshua Bell (DB, Calgary Stampeders) and Philip Blake (OL, Montreal Alouettes) are on active rosters, and Tracy Robertson (DL, Toronto Argonauts) is on the six-game injured list.

For the latest news on Bears in the Pros, follow the official Baylor Football Twitter account (@BUFootball) and stay tuned to BaylorBears.com for more updates.

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