Welcome back for the 2012 installment of Hokies in the NFL. We'll dive right into things so as to not waste your time.
Changes for Hokies in the NFL from a year ago/rookie news are as follows:
- WR Eddie Royal departed Denver to play with the San Diego Chargers. Finally, a real quarterback will be throwing to Eddie again...though, in hindsight, Peyton Manning is now in Denver.
- RB Darren Evans was released by the Indianapolis Colts and signed with the Tennessee Titans.
- TE Andre Smith was released by the Bears, acquired by the Colts and then released by the Colts.
- WR Danny Coale was released by the Dallas Cowboys.
- T Ed Wang signed with the Oakland Raiders.
- LB Xavier Adibi was released by the Chicago Bears.
Follow the jump for Week One of the NFL season.
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:
James Anderson, LB Carolina Panthers- Anderson, one of the top tacklers in the NFL last year, started off with six solo tackles in the Panthers loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Any play Anderson had a tackle on was limited to under three yards and he held Doug Martin to no gain on a run, forcing an eventual punt.
Kam Chancellor, SS Seattle Seahawks- Chancellor tallied five solo tackles in the game, including a pair of tackles on fellow Hokie and now Cardinal Ryan Williams. "Bam-Bam" was also flagged for a facemask, setting the Cardinals up on the two yard line (the penalty occurred at the 4 yard line so it wasn't that big of a difference). The Cards scored three plays later. Chancellor also intercepted a John Skelton pass, but a defensive offside penalty negated the play.
Shayne Graham, K Houston Texans- Shayne Graham hit field goals from 35 yards, 40 yards and 19 yards and hit all three extra points. Graham missed a 52-yard field goal, but it proved to be a non-factor as the Texans won by 20.
3/4 FG (35, 40,19, X52), 3/3 XP
Jayron Hosley, CB New York Giants- Hosley saw primarily special teams action in his NFL debut but assisted on a tackle of Miles Austin in the first quarter. Hosley was flagged a few series earlier for clipping.
Josh Morgan, WR Washington Redskins- Morgan helped RGIII's NFL debut to be a success with a 21-yard reception. Griffin III connected with Morgan in the opening drive of the third quarter, part of a 7-play 77-yard touchdown drive to give Washington a 27-14 lead.
1 REC, 21 YDS
Eddie Royal, WR San Diego Chargers- Eddie was used well in his first game with his new team. Royal pulled in two passes for four yards (though one reception was a seven yard gain) and rushed twice for 12 yards, including an 11-yard reverse. Royal had two punt returns for 18 yards. The highlight of Royal's night was a very nice 46-yard punt return. Unfortunately, it was called back due to an illegal block.
2 REC, 4 YDS; 2 RUSH, 12 YDS; 18 YDS RET YDS
Tyrod Taylor, QB Baltimore Ravens- Tyrod saw some time in relief for Joe Flacco and completed two of three passes for 30 yards. Tyrod also rushed for seven yards and help set up the final field goal of the game, giving Baltimore a 44-13 lead.
2/3, 30 YDS; 1 RUSH, 7 YDS
Michael Vick, QB Philadelphia Eagles- Vick had a very up-and-down day. He threw FOUR interceptions, but also lead a game winning touchdown drive. Vick passed for 317 yards with two touchdowns and four interceptions. He added 32 yards on seven carries and fumbled twice, neither of which were lost to Cleveland. If it makes you feel better, not sure why it would, Brandon Weeden threw four interceptions in his NFL debut for Cleveland. Vick completed 29 of 56 passes (yes, really) with a 18-yard strike to Jeremy Maclin and a four-yard pass to Clay Harbour with 1:18 left to give the Eagles the eventual 17-16 win. Vick lead a 16-play, 91-yard drive to win the game and completed 6 of 11 passes. Vick almost fumbled the game away after a nine-yard scramble, but recovered his own fumble to extend the drive. I think it's safe to say that Vick will improve after this week.
29/56, 317 YDS, 2 TD, 4 INT; 7 RUSH, 32 YDS
Ryan Williams, RB Arizona Cardinals- Williams struggled a bit in his NFL debut, rushing eight times for just nine yards. Williams fumbled the ball However, he tacked on two catches for a total of 17 yards--including a 12-yard grab that eventually set up a field goal.
8 RUSH, 9 YDS, FUM; 2 REC, 17 YDS
David Wilson, RB New York Giants- Wilson made his NFL debut last Wednesday and unfortunately for him, it did not go too well. Wilson opened the game with a 20-yard kickoff return. In the second possession for the Giants, Wilson rushed for three yards and then later coughed up the ball after a fist-on-ball hit by Cowboys' linebacker Sean Lee. Wilson was seen on the sideline after the fumble with tears running down his face, sending the Twitterverse into mockery mode. Wilson would later provide a 32-yard kickoff return and a 19-yard return. Here's hoping week two goes better for him.
2 RUSH, 4 YDS, FUM; 71 RET YDS
Jason Worilds LB Pittsburgh Steelers- Worilds totaled three tackles and a sack on Sunday night against Peyton Manning and the Broncos. Worilds came off the left edge completely unblocked and put a big hit on Manning.
3 TAK, SACK
Inactive players: WR Jarrett Boykin, Green Bay Packers; G Jaymes Brooks, Green Bay Packers (PUP list); CB Roc Carmichael, Houston Texans; RB Darren Evans, Tennessee Titans; CB Brandon Flowers, Kansas City Chiefs (heel injury).
Player of the week: Shayne Graham, I guess?
If you know of any Hokies that I've left off of the list, please leave a comment below.