The NFL season is now six weeks in and some former Hokies are making big contributions to their team. We will recap their performance and update you on any injuries.
Michael Vick, Pittsburgh Steelers, QB: Unfortunately we may have seen the last of Michael Vick as a starting quarterback. The former Hokie reportedly has a small tear in his hamstring and is doubtful to play this week against Kansas City. Vick struggled on Sunday against Arizona completing just 3 of 8 passes for six yards. He has given valiant effort over the past few weeks, but it might be time to hang up the cleats.
Eddie Royal, Chicago Bears, WR: Royal was questionable to miss Sundays game against Detroit with an ankle injury, but ended up playing. The wide receiver caught 5 of 7 targets for 49 yards. Royal should be very productive the rest of the year if he stays healthy. That is a big IF! Chicago cannot stop anyone on defense and will need to score points to stay competitive in games.
Kyle Fuller, Chicago Bears, CB: Fuller had another horrible week against Detroit. He has yet to intercept a pass this season and allowed two touchdowns in coverage on Sunday. His only bright spot was the 7 tackles he accumulated. Fuller was benched in week 2 for poor performance and if he keeps playing this bad, we soon might here the bust word when mentioning him.
Corey Fuller, Detroit Lions, WR: Corey didn't get as much playing time as his brother Kyle and finished with only 1 catch for 5 yards. The wide receiver was also charged with a fumble on Sunday after he was pushed into the ball during punt coverage. Fuller won't see many snaps on offense this season unless there is an injury.
Duane Brown, Houston Texans, OL: The Houston Texans did a great job protecting quarterback Brian Hoyer on Sunday against Jacksonville. Brown and the rest of the men upfront only gave up one sack. Hoyer had plenty of time to survey the field and pick apart the Jaguars secondary. If Brown can avoid those nagging injuries he will have another productive season in Houston.
Darryl Tapp, Detroit Lions, DL: Tapp is staring to contribute more and more for the Detroit defense. He finished the day with 4 total tackles and helped limit Chicago to less than 100 yards rushing. The defensive end was brought in on just a one year deal, and is out to prove he is worthy of a long term contract.
Kam Chancellor, Seattle Seahawks, DB: It is safe to say there is trouble in paradise. Seattle was beat by Carolina on Sunday, after Cam Newton connected with Greg Olson for a 26 yard touchdown pass late in the fourth quarter. At the forefront of the blown coverage were Kam Chancellor and Richard Sherman. There is video of both players bickering with one another about who was to blame. Chancellor has been inconsistent since his return to the lineup and looks to be out of sync with the rest of his teammates.
Kyshoen Jarrett, Washington Redskins, DB: Jarrett has surprised the coaching staff in Washington. Just a rookie, the former Hokie was asked to switch from safety to corner, and has basically locked up the teams nickel spot. Jarret forced a fumble after he hit Eric Decker on a crossing route and finished the game with 7 total tackles. It looks as if the Redskins front office found a late round gem in this rookie.
Brandon Flowers, San Diego Chargers, DB: Just like Kam Chancellor, Flowers might be losing step or two in terms of his play. Flowers was targeted multiple times in Sunday's loss and once again underperformed. According to Chargers head coach Mike McCoy, all individuals will be evaluated. Which means Flowers might be benched pretty soon if he doesn't improve. Pro Football Focus has the former Hokie ranked 108 out of 111 cornerbacks. Not a good place to be.
Jayron Hosley, New York Giants, DB: Hosley has worked hard to impress Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo. The Giants were beat 27-7 on Monday night, but Hosley finished with 3 total tackles, 2 deflected passes, and an interception. He has worked hard on improving his skills and is not the same player from years prior. With starting corner Prince Amukamara injured, Hosley will now slide into a starting role.