Hokies in the NFL: Preseason Week 3

Mike Vick and Tyrod Taylor (obviously not pictured) both had a big game in Week 3 of the NFL Preseason.

I'm back (on time this week) with your weekly wrap-up of the Hokies in the NFL. Most teams have their starters play a lot in Week 3 and then rest in Week 4 so guys like Vick, Hall, Royal, and James Anderson accumulated a lot of playing time. 

Changes: Last week, the Cardinals lost RB Ryan Williams to a torn patella tendon so unfortunately there's one less player to report on. Brent Bowden was cut by the Jaguars, the second time they've cut a Tech punter this preseason--Brian Saunders was the other. However, Macho Harris was signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers (okay, so he was signed before the game against the Eagles on the 17th but I missed it).

Tyrod Taylor had a great performance and Mike Vick had a strong bounceback after a poor showing in Week 2. Several other Hokies had quality performances in Week 3 as well so follow the jump to see how they did.

Same as before, for my own sanity, this is going to be an alphabetical list (by last name). Also, since the big uglies on the offensive line don't really get any stats, we're just going to skip them. Sorry. If you notice that I've missed anyone, please leave a comment.

Xavier Adibi-LB, Houston Texans: After two strong preseason games, Adibi didn't accumulate any stats after suffering a stinger in the game against the 49ers.

James Anderson-LB, Carolina Panthers: James Anderson continued his success with 6 solo tackles and 8 total. Anderson had 1 sack on Bruce Gradkowski (Holy Toledo!) and also forced a fumble. Anderson is playing great in the preseason and will hopefully have continued success in the regular season. 

Brent Bowden-P, Jacksonville Jaguars: Bowden was waived by the Jags.

Roc Carmichael-CB, Houston Texans: Roc sat out again with an injured shoulder.

Kam Chancellor-S, Seattle Seahawks: Kam sat out with a sore foot.

David Clowney-WR, Carolina Panthers: Clowney did not accumulate any stats.

Chris Ellis-LB, Pittsburgh Steelers: Ellis was credit with a solo tackle.

Darren Evans-RB, Indianapolis Colts: Evans rushed 3 times for 11 yards, including a run of 9 yards.

Brandon Flowers-CB, Kansas City Chiefs: Did not accumulate any stats.

Steven Friday-DE LB, Houston Texans: Friday, who I had down as a DE, is actually playing LB in Houston. He did not accumulate any stats. Rebecca Black rejoiced.

Vincent Fuller-S, Tennessee Titans: Fuller had a solo tackle

Shayne Graham-K, Dallas Cowboys: Shayne's a new addition to the Cowboys but added an extra point. 

John Graves-DE, Houston Texans: Graves did not accumulate any stats. 

Cody Grimm-S, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: The Grimm Reaper had 5 tackles, and showing good run support by stopping Reggie Bush for no gain and a gain of one yard.

DeAngelo Hall-CB, Washington Redskins DeAngelo had an interception returned for a touchdown, two tackles, and two passes defended. D-Hall picked off a Joe Flacco pass (bad pass) and ran it back 52 yards for a touchdown, breaking some tackles (including an attempted horsecollar tackle by Flacco) in the process: 


Justin Harper-WR, Baltimore Ravens:  Harper caught two passes from Taylor. He caught one for 7 yards and then another for 11 yards. Harper had a 11 yard reception on the final drive for the Ravens, helping to set up the final touchdown.

Macho Harris-S, Pittsburgh Steelers: New addition as Macho was signed by the Steelers. Did not accumulate any stats.

Jeff King-TE, Arizona Cardinals: The Puuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuulaski native was thrown to once but did not have a reception. 

Davon Morgan-S, New York Jets: I jumped the gun and pressed "publish" instead of "save" so I will update this after tonight's game.

Josh Morgan-WR, San Francisco 49ers: Morgan had one catch for 9 yards

Carlton Powell-DT, Atlanta Falcons: Carlton did not accumulate any stats. 

Pierson Prioleau-DB, New Orleans Saints: Prioleau had two tackles, one solo. 

Eddie Royal-WR, Denver Broncos: Eddie had 4 catches for 62 yards, including a 42 yard catch. 

Andre Smith-TE, Chicago Bears: Andre was thrown to once but did not have a reception.

Darryl Tapp-DE, Philadelphia Eagles: This is a rarity...DTapp didn't accumulate any stats.

Tyrod Taylor-QB, Baltimore Ravens: Tyrod had a great night for the Ravens and continues to solidify his spot as the #2 man behind Joe Flacco. Tyrod completed 11 of 18 for 125 yards 1 TD, 0 INT and ran twice for 31 total yards (each run was 15+ yards). With the Raven's down 31-27 and 22 seconds left on the game clock, Tyrod's 9-yard pass to Brandon Jones put the Ravens up 34-31. On the last drive, the Ravens had the ball on the Washington 35 after a nice punt return. Taylor scrambled for 15 yards, then completed a pass to fellow Hokie Justin Harper for 11 yards and then the final touchdown pass to Jones. Video of the drive is below:


Mike Vick-QB, Philadelphia Eagles: After a poor outing against the Steelers, Vick bounced back big time against the Cleveland Browns (he should have). Vick completed 10 of 18 passes for 98 yards with 0 TDs, 0 INTs. His big contribution on the night was 4 rushes for 24 yards, including a 9-yard TD scamper. Scamper! I say. He did fumble twice, losing one.


Ryan Williams-RB, Arizona Cardinals: 

Jason Worilds-LB, Pittsburgh Steelers: Worilds was credited with a QB hit. 


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