3:35 P.M., WEDNESDAY, NOV. 30, 2016
Terrance Williams (83) catches a touchdown pass against Washington Redskins cornerback Bashaud Breeland (26) in the second quarter at AT&T Stadium. (Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports)
Key Notes: Corey Coleman and Terrance Williams both had touchdown receptions in Week 12 play. Browns quarterback Cody Kessler found Coleman wide open in the end zone for the easy score. Coleman had 38 receiving yards and three receptions, including the 21-yard touchdown pass from Kessler. Through the first six games of Coleman's rookie campaign, the former Baylor Bear has 20 receptions, 308 yards and three touchdowns. Williams only had one reception on the day, but it proved to be pivotal for the Cowboys down the stretch. Dak Prescott connected with Williams for a 10-yard touchdown to put the Cowboys up 17-3 with 1:45 remaining in the first half against the division rival Washington Redskins. Williams has 29 receptions for 394 yards and two touchdowns on the season.
In addition: Atlanta Falcons kicker Matt Bryant was successful on a 45-yard try, and improved to 24-for-26 on the season (92.3%). The 15-year vet is perfect this season (22-for-22) from 20 to 49 yards out. Bryant's success rate of 92.3% is the second-highest of his career in any season where he has attempted four or more field goals, and currently ranks third in the league.
BEARS IN THE NFL WEEK 11
10:17 A.M., WEDNESDAY, NOV. 23, 2016
Kendall Wright (13) catches the ball and is tackled by Indianapolis Colts cornerback Darius Butler (20) in the second half of the game at Lucas Oil Stadium. (Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports)
Key Notes: Kendall Wright had four receptions for 52 yards in Sunday's contest against the Indianapolis Colts. The fifth year receiver has 25 receptions for 376 yards and three touchdowns on the year. Corey Coleman started at wide receiver for the Cleveland Browns for the third straight week since returning from the broken hand that forced him to sit out six consecutive games. The rookie had four receptions for 39 yards.
In addition: Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Terrance Williams had one reception for 11 yards in Week 11 action. The Cowboys defeated the Baltimore Ravens, 27-17, to win their ninth consecutive game.
BEARS IN THE NFL WEEK 10
2:28 P.M., WEDNESDAY, NOV. 16, 2016
Bryce Petty (9) throws a pass in the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Rams at MetLife Stadium. (Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)
Key Notes:Bryce Petty made his first NFL start on Sunday for the New York Jets in place of an injured Ryan Fitzpatrick. The former Baylor great was 19-for-32 passing for 163 yards, with a touchdown and interception. On the Jets' second possession of the day, Petty drove the offense 99 yards and threw his first NFL touchdown pass to Brandon Marshall, who flipped the ball to Bilal Powell for a 4-yard score. The Jets would eventually fall to the L.A. Rams, 9-6. After the game Petty said, "I'm not going to let this define my career. I'm going to grow from it, learn from it and be ready to go." Tennessee Titans wide receiver Kendall Wright had a 6-yard touchdown reception in a win over the Green Bay Packers in Week 10 play. Wright has three touchdowns on the year.
Cleveland Browns wide receiver Corey Coleman made his second consecutive start since returning from a broken hand. Coleman had three receptions for 17 yards.
Atlanta Falcons kicker Matt Bryant was 3-for-4 on field goals in Philadelphia on Sunday, and is now 23-for-25 on the season.
L.A. Rams linebacker Bryce Hager recorded a tackle for a third consecutive game for the first time in his career.
Demetri Goodson continues to play an active role for the Green Bay Packers. Goodson recorded a tackle on Sunday against the Tennessee Titans, and is up to 14 on the season.
Terrance Williams had one reception for 5 yards in the Cowboys win.
BEARS IN THE NFL WEEK 9
10:20 A.M., WEDNESDAY, NOV. 9, 2016
Corey Coleman (19) catches a pass during the second quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. (Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports)
Key Notes: It was a good week for the Baylor Bears in the NFL. Cleveland Browns receiver Corey Coleman returned to action after missing six weeks because of a hand injury. Coleman was targeted seven times, and had 41 receiving yards off of three receptions from quarterback Cody Kessler. Meanwhile, Bryce Petty, the two-time All-American quarterback who led Baylor to back-to-back Big 12 Conference championships in 2013 and 2014, made his NFL regular season debut on Sunday when Jets starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick went down with an apparent knee injury. Petty's first pro snap was a successful 15-yard screen to running back Bilal Powell. Petty threw for 19 yards on 2-for-2 passing before Fitzpatrick returned to the game. The sense around the league is that Petty is going to have an opportunity to start an NFL game in the near future for the Jets organization.
In addition: Atlanta Falcons kicker Matt Bryant was 3-for-3 in his team's Thursday Night Football victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Bryant nailed a 50-yard field goal through the uprights and is now 20-for-21 through nine games. Bryant is tied for first in the league in field goals made, and has the third-highest field goal success rate among kickers this season.
Former Baylor receivers Kendall Wright and Terrance Williams each had a pair of receptions. Wright had two receptions for 64 yards (48-yard long) on five targets as his Tennessee Titans fell short to the San Diego Chargers. Williams had two receptions for 19 yards for the Dallas Cowboys in their win over the Cleveland Browns.
L.A. Rams linebacker Bryce Hager continues to play a consistent role on the team's special teams unit, and recorded a tackle in Week 9 play against the Carolina Panthers.
BEARS IN THE NFL WEEK 8
10:20 A.M., TUESDAY NOV. 1, 2016
Kendall Wright (13) catches a pass for a touchdown against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the first half at Nissan Stadium. (Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports)
Key Notes: Former Baylor Bear and current Tennessee Titans wide receiver Kendall Wright played a critical role in his team's Thursday Night Football defeat of the Jacksonville Jaguars. Wright had four receptions for 84 receiving yards and added on a 15-yard run for a combined 99 yards on offense. On his 36-yard touchdown reception, the 26-year-old receiver eclipsed the 3,000-yard receiving mark for his career. He passed Charley Frazier for 13th place on the Titans all-time receiving yards list and became the 14th player in team history to reach the 3,000-yard receiving mark. Dallas Cowboys receiver Terrance Williams had two catches for 25 yards in his team's Sunday Night Football overtime victory against the division-rival Philadelphia Eagles. Through the team's first seven games, Williams has 336 receiving yards and a touchdown off of 22 receptions. Packers cornerback Demetri Goodson had five total tackles and had a pass deflection in an overtime loss to the Atlanta Falcons.
In addition: Spencer Drango made his second consecutive start at left guard for the Cleveland Browns against the New York Jets on Sunday. Drango took over at starting left guard for Alvin Bailey prior to the team's Week 7 match-up against the Cincinnati Bengals. Atlanta Falcons kicker Matt Bryant was 2-for-2 on field goal tries on Sunday, and has now converted on 94.4% of his attempts this season.
BEARS IN THE NFL WEEK 7
10:20 A.M., WEDNESDAY, OCT. 26, 2016
Demetri Goodson (39) and LaDarius Gunter (36) tackle Chicago Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery (17) after a second-quarter catch at Lambeau Field. (Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports)
Key Notes: Former Baylor offensive lineman Spencer Drango had his first career NFL start on Sunday at guard for the Cleveland Browns. Third-year Green Bay Packers cornerback Demetri Goodson had four total tackles in his second game back in action as the Packers defeated the Chicago Bears on Thursday Night Football.
In addition: Atlanta Falcons kicker Matt Bryant's perfect season came to an end on Sunday in an overtime loss to the San Diego Chargers. Bryant was a perfect 15-for-15 on field goal tries this season before barely missing a 58-yard attempt in overtime against the Chargers. Tennessee Titans receiver Kendall Wright had two catches for 12 yards, and L.A. Rams linebacker Bryce Hager recorded a tackle against the New York Giants in the team's visit to London in Week 7 play.
BEARS IN THE NFL WEEK 6
3:51 P.M., TUESDAY, OCT. 18, 2016
Kendall Wright (13) stretches for a first down in the first half against the Cleveland Browns at Nissan Stadium. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)
Key Notes: Kendall Wright is back, ladies and gentlemen. The former Baylor wide receiver who had been coming off an injury recently appeared in top shape on Sunday. Wright had a career day for the Tennessee Titans as they defeated the winless Cleveland Browns. He had a game-high 133 receiving yards and a 48-yard touchdown reception on a wide-open diving grab. Wright had eight receptions on the day. Former teammate and Baylor receiver Terrance Williams had another good week as well as his Dallas Cowboys defeated the struggling Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers. Williams remains a consistent playmaker for the NFC East first-place Dallas Cowboys. He had four receptions and a team-high 75 receiving yards.
In addition: - Atlanta Falcons kicker Matt Bryant remains perfect on the year. Bryant converted on his one field goal try on Sunday and is now 12-for-12 on the season.
- Former Baylor Bear and Green Bay Packers cornerback Demetri Goodson had two tackles in his return to play.
- Jay Lee finished his Baylor career last year ranked 14th at Baylor in all-time receiving yards. He was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Detroit Lions this past offseason but was ultimately released by the team during preseason roster cuts. However, Lee received good news this past week as he was signed to the Lions practice squad.
- Cleveland Browns quarterback Robert Griffin III had his five-week check up this week to examine the progress of the broken bone in his left shoulder. Doctors were pleased with the healing, and have determined that Griffin will not require surgery barring any setbacks.
BEARS IN THE NFL WEEK 5
9:51 A.M., TUESDAY, OCT. 11, 2016
Matt Bryant (3) attempts a field goal in the second half at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Falcons defeated the Broncos, 23-16. (Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports)
Key Notes: Matt Bryant has been without question the most consistent kicker in the National Football League this season. Bryant leads NFL kickers in total points (51), and leads the league in extra points made going 18-for-18. Bryant is a perfect 11-for-11 on field goal attempts, with a long of 53 yards. In week 5, the Atlanta Falcons took on the Denver Broncos, as Bryant was 3-for-3 on field goal tries including a 46-yard dagger through the uprights. On five targets, former Baylor receiver Terrance Williams had 5 receptions for 70 yards in the Dallas Cowboys' win over the Cincinnati Bengals. Williams has played a large role in the Cowboys climbing atop the NFC East standings, as they are now tied for first with the Philadelphia Eagles at 4-1. Meanwhile, it should be mentioned that former Baylor Bear and Houston Texans long snapper Johnathan Weeks reached a mile-marker in Week 4 play against the Tennessee Titans. Weeks played his 100th consecutive game in a row in the NFL - the fourth longest streak in franchise history. Weeks was undrafted out of Baylor and was out of football for two years before getting an opportunity with the Texans in 2010.
In addition: Dolphins rookie cornerback Xavien Howard will be out at least a month with a knee injury. Tennessee Titans receiver Kendall Wright is coming off an offseason injury, and is continuing his way back slowly. In limited action he had one reception for 9 yards in a victory over the Miami Dolphins.
BEARS IN THE NFL WEEK 4
2:19 P.M., THURSDAY, OCT. 6, 2016
Terrance Williams (83) scores a touchdown against San Francisco 49ers cornerback Tramaine Brock (26) during the second quarter at Levi's Stadium. (Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports)
Key Notes: Terrance Williams was a stud at Baylor. Nothing has changed since the third-round pick took his talents to the Dallas Cowboys in 2013. The Cowboys receiver had 4 receptions for 44 receiving yards, including a 20-yard touchdown reception from rookie quarterback Dak Prescott. Miami Dolphins rookie cornerback Xavien Howard had six tackles in week 4 against the Cincinnati Bengals. Howard has had at least five or more tackles in each of his first four games of his NFL career.
In addition: Former Baylor receiver Kendall Wright made his season debut after sitting out the first three weeks due to a hamstring injury. The Titans receiver had two catches on a restricted snap count as he comes back from his injury. Atlanta Falcons kicker Matt Bryant was 2-for-2 on field goal attempts. Bryant nailed a season-long 53-yard field goal and remains perfect on the year as the Falcons defeated the Carolina Panthers. Bryce Hager continues to provide the L.A. Rams a boost on special teams, as his team improved to 3-1 for the first time since 2006.
BEARS IN THE NFL WEEK 3
2:19 P.M., WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 28, 2016
Terrance Williams (83) runs after catching a pass in the third quarter against the Chicago Bears at AT&T Stadium. (Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports)
Key Notes: Miami Dolphins rookie CB Xavien Howard continues to impress at the next level. In Week 3 play, Howard recorded six total tackles. Howard also had his first career forced fumble. Howard has tallied up 22 total tackles through the first three weeks of the 2016-2017 NFL season. Terrance Williams of the Dallas Cowboys also had a good performance. The former Baylor wide receiver had four receptions for 88 yards on national television as the Cowboys defeated the Chicago Bears on NBC's Sunday Night Football.
In addition: Atlanta Falcons kicker Matt Bryant is one of eight NFL kickers that remain perfect in field goal attempts through the first three weeks of the season. Bryant is 6-for-6 on field goal attempts this year after nailing one through the uprights against the New Orleans Saints on Monday Night Football. He ranks 1st in the NFL in extra points made this season (10). Bryce Hager continues to be used on special teams for the L.A. Rams. He recorded a tackle in a win against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.
Injury note: Browns receiver Corey Coleman fractured his hand in practice prior to Sunday's game against Xavien Howard and the Miami Dolphins. The good news for Coleman is that he was told by team doctors that his fracture will not require surgery and that he should return in 4 to 6 weeks.
BEARS IN THE NFL WEEK 2
1:05 P.M., WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 21, 2016
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)
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
Xavien Howard (25) tackles Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Tyler Lockett (16) during the fourth quarter at CenturyLink Field. (Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports)
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.
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