Casey Richey is off this week, but it's okay because apparently so were the Hokies in the NFL. Not like it's been a stellar season for that contingent anyway, but this week was especially dull. So while I will do my best to make this full of humor and substance, if I were a betting man...whatever, just read.
As with last year, no offensive lineman are mentioned because it's just too hard to really tell how they performed. The Hokies in the NFL are below in alphabetical order:
Xavier Adibi, LB Tennessee Titans- Adibi was inactive in the Titans' win over the Jets, to knock them out of playoff contention. Though he has played in four games for the Titans this year, Adibi has yet to collect a single statistic on the field. Rough year for X.
James Anderson, LB Carolina Panthers- Anderson was inactive with a back injury for the second week in a row this week as the Panthers beat down the Chargers in San Diego.
Jarrett Boykin, WR Green Bay Packers- Boykin was active against the Bears, but did not record any statistics in the passing game.
Roc Carmichael, CB Houston Texans- Carmichael was active, but did not accumulate any stats against the Colts.
Kam Chancellor, SS Seattle Seahawks- Chancellor had two tackles, both solo, in the Seahawks 50-17 demolishing of the Bills Sunday.
2 TAK, 2 SOLO
Darren Evans, RB Tennessee Titans- Evans was active for Tennessee's win over the Jets, but did not get in the game and did not accumulate any stats. Hoping to see this guy get on the field and tote the rock soon.
Brandon Flowers, CB Kansas City Chiefs- Flowers earned five total tackles, three of which were solo and added a pass defensed as the Chiefs were out-fieldgoaled by the Raiders.
5 TAK, 3 SOLO, PD
Shayne Graham, K Houston Texans- Graham was terrific against the Colts, hitting on 5 of 6 field goal attempts with a long of 46, and on both his extra points. I don't know why teams continue to pass him around. Aside from already being one of the most accurate kickers in NFL history, if Graham continued to kick at his average of 90.5 points per season for five more years (something not out of the question given the age expectancy of a kicker), he would be in the conversation for the top-20 scorers in NFL history.
5/6 FG, 2/2 XP
DeAngelo Hall, CB Washington Redskins- Hall accumulated seven total tackles, four solo in Washington's win over Cleveland. Say what you will about Hall (and we will), but he's producing. He's on pace for a near-100 tackle, 5 INT and 13 PD season. Not bad at all...statistically speaking.
7 TAK, 4 SOLO
Jayron Hosley, CB New York Giants- Hosley saw a lot of time in the Giants blowout loss to the Falcons, and was a big reason the Falcons won. Hosley totaled four tackles, with three as solo efforts and a pass defensed. He also allowed at least one touchdown (in which Julio Jones burned him...badly). He's looking every bit like the rookie he is.
4 TAK, 3 SOLO, PD
Jeff King, TE Arizona Cardinals- King had another lackluster day while battling knee issues, but did pull in a catch for 7 yards on three targets against the nosediving Lions. 1 REC, 7 YDS.
Josh Morgan, WR Washington Redskins- Morgan was a big target of the newly inserted Kirk Cousins, catching all four of the passes he was targeted on for 60 yards in the Redskins win over the Browns. 4 REC, 60 YDS.
Eddie Royal, WR San Diego Chargers- Royal was once again inactive while struggling through a hamstring injury...but let's be honest, he wasn't tearing it up for the Chargers even when he was on the field.
Darryl Tapp, DE Philadelphia Eagles- Tapp was active in the Eagles loss to the Bengals, but did not accumulate any stats. No Lunchpail for you.
Tyrod Taylor, QB Baltimore Ravens- Tyrod did not accumulate any stats in the Ravens blowout loss at the hands of the Broncos...because he didn't play, prompting many TYROD TIME tweets and the ire of many Hokie fans.
Michael Vick, QB Philadelphia Eagles- Vick was inactive again, and Nick Foles had a day that made many Eagles fans facepalm repeatedly. He's no Michael Vick. But on the other hand, he's no Michael Vick. You're welcome.
David Wilson, RB New York Giants- Wilson followed up his breakout game as a pro with a 12-carry, 55-yard game. He also added a reception for 11 yards. Wilson got most of the workload out of the backfield, but as the Giants were being blown out of the water, they continued to rely on Eli...who predictably threw picks. End result: Not much Wilson=no me gusta. He also added three returns for 66 yards, with a long of 25.
12 RUSH, 55 YDS, 1 REC, 11 YDS, 3 RET, 66 YDS
Jason Worilds LB Pittsburgh Steelers- Worilds had a pretty quiet week as the Steelers lost to the Cowboys, picking up an assisted tackle.
Inactive/Practice squad players: WR Danny Coale, Dallas Cowboys (practice squad); RB Ryan Williams, Arizona Cardinals (injured reserve); SS Cody Grimm, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (injured reserve).
Player of the week: Well it's certainly not as clear as last week. Everyone else's pedestrian weeks allows Wilson to make a case with a pittance of what he did a week ago. Arguments could also be made for Josh Morgan, Brandon Flowers and DeAngelo Hall, but I'm going with Shayne Graham. That's right. A kicker. You win Mayans.
If you know of any Hokies that I've left off of the list, please leave a comment below.