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NFL notes: Ex-Cat Bud Dupree gets 2nd sack; Stevie Johnson scores TD

Stevie Johnson's 10-yard touchdown catch Sunday was his second in two games with the Chargers. He had five catches for 45 yards.
Stevie Johnson's 10-yard touchdown catch Sunday was his second in two games with the Chargers. He had five catches for 45 yards. TNS

Former University of Kentucky star Bud Dupree, the Pittsburgh Steelers' first-round draft pick, made a couple of big plays in his team's 43-18 victory at home against the San Francisco 49ers.

The rookie got his second quarterback sack in two games when he chased down the Niners' Colin Kaepernick during the fourth quarter. He became the first Steelers rookie to record a sack in consecutive games since LaMarr Woodley did so in 2007.

He followed that up with a touchdown-saving tackle on Kaepernick at the 1-yard line on 4th-and-goal on the 49ers' final offensive possession.

"I'm still trying to progress," Dupree said. "I'm still in learning mode. Everything the older guys teach me ... I just try to run with it."

Dupree told PennLive.com that a simplifed defensive plan led to the Steelers' improved defensive effort in Week 2.

"We shortened a lot of stuff down," said Dupree, who finished with three solo tackles. "Makes you play pretty fast. ... Don't worry about nothing. Just play."

Another TD for Johnson

San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers' TD pass to former UK standout Stevie Johnson moved him past Dan Fouts for the team's career touchdown record, but that was overshadowed by the team's 24-19 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals.

"It's humbling to think about," Rivers said. "It's not as sweet right now because we lost the game. Once I've had a chance to take a deep breath and look back, I'll be thankful."

Rivers' 10-yard touchdown pass to Johnson was the 255th of his career. Johnson, who had five catches for 45 yards, has scored in both of his team's games this season.

Notes

Ravens: Rookie Za'Darius Smith made his NFL debut and got his first career tackle in Baltimore's 37-33 loss to the Raiders. The former UK standout was inactive for the team's season opener.

It was the team's first game without Pro Bowler Terrell Suggs, and Coach John Harbaugh elected to play Smith instead of recently-signed veteran pass rusher Jason Babin, who was inactive instead.

"You can only put 46 guys up here," Harbaugh said in a report on the team's website. "He was only here for a week. We have Za'Darius Smith working hard, and he had some speed out there."

Titans: Former UK linebacker Avery Williamson made six tackles in the team's 28-14 loss to the Browns. Three of those were solo.

Fellow ex-Cat Wesley Woodyard added two tackles, including a quarterback sack, for Tennessee.

Falcons: Tight end Jacob Tamme (Boyle County, UK) had four catches for 77 yards in Atlanta's 24-20 win against the Giants.

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