Prokies in the NFL: Week 1
WE ARE BACK!
The 2021 NFL season kicked off this past week...meaning it's time for the return of our Prokies! During the off-season we had new draftees, new signees, and new teams for our Hokie alums.
Entering his 14th year in the NFL, the five-time Pro Bowl star returns with the Seahawks. Many analysts and reporters questioned what kind of team Seattle was going to field this year, but in week one they showed they are still one of the premier teams in the NFL. Brown didn't skip a beat, grading second among OT's in pass blocking.
Duane Brown pass-blocking in Week 1:— PFF SEA Seahawks (@PFF_Seahawks) September 14, 2021
🔹87.8 PFF pass-blocking grade (2nd among T’s)
🔹0 sacks allowed pic.twitter.com/N6bZwFhy8K
Chuck Clark has to be one of the best success stories for Prokie. The former sixth round pick starts again for the Ravens on Monday Night Football and had an incredible start to the 2021 season. In the first half, it seemed like he was in every one of Derek Carr's passing lanes. Clark finished the night with three pass deflections and three tackles.
Chuck Clark with two pass deflections within three plays. He looks super sharp tonight. #Hokies— Matej Sis (@MatejS247) September 14, 2021
Terrell picked up right where he left off last season, netting five tackles in a thrilling opener against the Bills. Down the stretch, the Steelers defense prevailed to get the win in Buffalo.
He is going to be key in that tough secondary that includes Minkah Fitzpatrick, Cameron Sutton, and Joe Haden.
On the flip side of that game, Tremaine faced the Steelers offense. He had a quiet start to the season, with only four tackles and pass deflection in this game. I wouldn't expect that for long however. After battling some nagging injuries last year, 'Maine is fully healthy and will be a force in the AFC East.
I mean, you gotta post this each time it happens. Too freakin' cool.
Kyle is not a new face by any means in the NFL, but he is in a new uniform this year. He was released from the Bears after not being able to find a team to trade with, but was quickly picked up by the Broncos.
The former Pro Bowl player had a great start to his new venture recording six tackles and two pass deflections Sunday in the win over the Giants.
Kyle Fuller said 🙅♂️— Denver Broncos (@Broncos) September 12, 2021
📺: FOX pic.twitter.com/dXK0eNirzb
Kendall returns for the second year of his second stint with the Washington Football Team. He recorded five tackles in the loss against the Chargers.
The Texans starting kicker, Ka’imi Fairbairn was placed on IR and will miss the first three weeks. If Joey keeps this up, he may very well become the starter himself.
After a freak accident at the beginning of his career at the Chargers, Tyrod never saw the field again after Justin Herbert stepped foot on the grass.
In the off-season, the Houston Texans gave him a call and with all the accusations surrounding Deshaun Watson the starting role fell into Tyrod's lap.
This was one of his better performances of his career, especially in week one.
Even though the Browns lost in what was the game of the weekend, he was still doing what he does best: run blocking.
Okay maybe I lied in the last paragraph, LT3 may have had one of the best seasons for a Prokie in 2020. Thomas EXPLODED onto the scene about halfway through the season, becoming a key part in helping Washington and a struggling offense get to the playoffs.
He made it clear he was back for more on Sunday. He recorded three catches for 30 yards and a touchdown.
Christian Darrisaw (Vikings)
Currently recovering from a groin injury from the off-season but hoping to return in the next few weeks.
Caleb Farley (Titans)
Divine Deablo (Raiders)
Deablo currently sits second on the depth chart for the Raiders "whip" linebacker role. He could very well be the next man up in the 2021 season.
Khalil Herbert (Bears)
Juice is listed as the starting KR for the Bears and the third RB on the depth chart. He had a nice start to the 2021 season with a 45 yard return on the opening kick on Sunday night.
Also with the Hokies in 2020, another Fuller brother made his way back into the NFL. Corey was hired as a scouting assistant for the Carolina Panthers in the off-season.