Shaun Chapas, FB, Dallas CowboysFrom ESPN, By Todd Archer
IRVING, Texas -- Shaun Chapas was nearly called up to the active roster two weeks ago but it finally came on Tuesday. Now he has to get accustomed to running the Cowboys offense again.
Chapas has mostly been running the opposing team’s offense during the week to help the defense.
“I wouldn’t call it strange, no,” Chapas said of running the Dallas offense this week in practice. “It’s fun though and it’s been fun to get out there and run our offense.”
In Tony Fiammetta’s absence the Cowboys have used tight end John Phillips at fullback. Chapas will get some chances in the running game this week as well as work on special teams Sunday at Arizona.
“He’s a guy whose played fullback before and played there his entire career,” running backs coach Skip Peete said. “Obviously it’s just refocusing and getting himself ready to do what we do instead of just being a scout team fullback.” Taken from here.
Geno Atkins, DT, Cincinnati Bengals
SACKS CHASE: Bengals defensive tackle Geno Atkins led all NFL interior linemen with 6½ sacks after 11 games, another encouraging development for Cincinnati's young line.
Atkins was a fourth-round pick last season and worked his way into the line rotation, getting three sacks. End Carlos Dunlap, a second-round pick last season, set a Bengals rookie record with 9½ sacks.
They've got a friendly competition going this season.
"We push each other," Atkins said. "We know it starts up front as a defensive line. We've got to set the tempo and lift each other up. We see one guy get a sack, and we want to get a sack."
Atkins' emergence has been a surprise; he started only one game last season. Coach Marvin Lewis included Atkins as part of his eight-man rotation on the line at the start of the season, and Atkins has emerged, winning a spot as a starter.
"A year ago, he had a good kickoff to his rookie season," Lewis said. "And he's come back and followed it up now as a starting defensive tackle. He's done a great job."
Atkins took over the sacks lead by interior linemen when he got to Cleveland's Colt McCoy in the fourth quarter of a 23-20 win on Sunday. He also hit McCoy as he released a pass, forcing an interception.
Dunlap was inactive for the game, sidelined for the second time by a strained hamstring. The end has three sacks so far, slipping behind Atkins a little more with each game.
"He's just getting a head start before I get back," Dunlap said.
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Hines Ward, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers
WR Hines Ward needs just nine receiving yards to become the 19th player in NFL history with 12,000 receiving yards. That's more than Hall of Fame WRs Michael Irvin, Don Maynard and Lance Allworth. Taken from Behind the Steel Curtain