Two former Virginia Tech Hokies landed new NFL jobs on Tuesday.
Kicker Joey Slye, the record-setting former Hokie, signed a deal with the 49ers. San Francisco’s kicker, veteran Robbie Gould, went on injured reserve this week, and Slye will kick for the 49ers this week.
Slye, who was Virginia Tech’s kicker from 2014-17, spent the last two seasons with the Carolina Panthers before he was released in August. After his release, he signed with the Houston Texans and spent three games as Houston’s kicker, where he connected on four of five field-goal attempts.
Another former Hokie standout, cornerback Brandon Facyson, was signed by the Las Vegas Raiders on Tuesday. Facyson was previously on the Los Angeles Chargers practice squad.
Las Vegas Raiders signing cornerback Brandon Facyson to active roster off of the Los Angeles Chargers' practice squad, according to a league source— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) October 6, 2021
Facyson played for Virginia Tech from 2013-17 and was undrafted in 2018. The Chargers immediately signed Facyson after the draft, where he made the 53-man roster. In his first two NFL seasons, Facyson played in 31 games, making four starts.
He was with the Chargers in 2020 but spent some time on the reserve/COVID-19 list. In March, he re-signed with Los Angeles but was released in final roster cuts in August. The Chargers added Facyson to the practice squad.
Facyson joins a Las Vegas team that could use depth at cornerback. The Raiders are 3-1, so he gets an opportunity to join the active roster of a quality team. He will join former Virginia Tech safety Divine Deablo on the Raiders roster.
Congrats to Joey and Brandon on their new opportunities.