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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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