The first week of the NFL season is in the books after last night's games and as I promised, I will continue to bring you the weekly updates on how each Hokie in the NFL performed. Now, as you may have seen with last week's post, there were several players that were cut from rosters and the list is significantly shorter.
Week 1 of the NFL was a wild one as the opening game of the year came down to a last second goal line stand by the defending Super Bowl Champion Packers, the Bills walloped the defending AFC West champion Chiefs, and the Steelers turned the ball over 7 times.
Follow the jump to see how former Hokies did in the first week of the season.
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 or watched a game in particular and want to elaborate on Player X, please leave a comment.
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James Anderson-LB, Carolina Panthers: James Anderson had three solo tackles, including a tackle for a loss.
Roc Carmichael-CB, Houston Texans: Roc was still inactive with a shoulder injury.
Kam Chancellor-S, Seattle Seahawks: Kam Chancellor had TEN tackles in his first game as a starter for the Seahawks, including two for a loss.
Darren Evans-RB, Indianapolis Colts: Did not accumulate any stats.
Brandon Flowers-CB, Kansas City Chiefs: Flowers and the Chiefs got absolutely whooped by the Bills by a final score of 41-7 but Flowers did have an interception...of Brad Smith. Yeah, former QB I know but he doesn't make his payday in the NFL as a QB. Flowers had two tackles.
DeAngelo Hall-CB, Washington Redskins: Hall had 5 total tackles, 3 of them solo. Also broke up a pass.
Jeff King-TE, Arizona Cardinals: Jeff King had a 48 yard reception for a touchdown. Jeff.King. Love that. King two receptions for 61 yards and a touchdown against his former team. The reception was King's longest in his career--pro and collegiate.
Josh Morgan-WR, San Francisco 49ers: Morgan had 28 receiving yards on two catches, including a 26-yard reception.
Carlton Powell-DT, Atlanta Falcons: Did not accumulate any stats.
Eddie Royal-WR, Denver Broncos: Eddie had 2 receptions for 33 yards. I am too much of an old man to stay up and watch the game but Royal was thrown to 6 times but only hauled in the two receptions. My guess is that it was Kyle Orton being a horrible excuse for a starting QB at the NFL level.
Darryl Tapp-DE, Philadelphia Eagles: Mr. Tapp had an exceptional day to open the season. He was only credited with 3 total tackles (all solo tackles) but he was all over the place. Tapp forced a fumble that lead to a Juqua Parker touchdown by putting pressure on Bradford as he tried to hand the ball off. Tapp later sacked Bradford and stalled a St. Louis drive and a missed FG kept them off the board. See more below.
Tyrod Taylor-QB, Baltimore Ravens: Did not accumulate any stats.
Mike Vick-QB, Philadelphia Eagles: Vick was 14/32 (43.7%) passing for 187 yards and 2 touchdowns and rushed 10 times for 98 yards, including a longest-rush of 19 yards. Vick completed a 7-yard pass to LeSean McCoy to tie the game for the Eagles in the first quarter and then a 6-yard pass to DeSean Jackson for a 24-10 Philly lead. Vick did lose a fumble and was sacked three times, but the Philadelphia offensive line didn't protect him very well against the Rams. Here's a highlight package of MV7's game:
Ryan Williams-RB, Arizona Cardinals: Injured.
Jason Worilds-LB, Pittsburgh Steelers: Worilds had two tackles in the Steelers' loss to the Ravens.
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GAME BALL: (yay! new feature!)
My game ball for Week 1 goes to Darryl Tapp. Tapp was disruptive all game long, even in the rotation that the Eagles use with their defensive line. Also, it's his birthday today. So, happy birthday!