Prokies: NFL Week 10
In Carolina, the Panthers have been plagued with injuries in their backfield. While this news is unfortunate, it has opened up the Carolina backfield. These injuries allowed Hokie Rookie Raheem Blackshear to see snaps for the first time with his newest team. Raheem secured his first touchdown on a two yard run against the Bengals in Week 9. In week 10, Blackshear ran 6 times for 32 yards, giving him an average of 5.3 yards. Not bad for a Rookie trying to prove himself.
Raheem has shown his ability to play running back at the higher level, so expect more carries for Blackshear as the Panthers struggle with injuries continues.
See Blackshear's first Touchdown below.
Former Rutgers running back Raheem Blackshear scored the first touchdown of his NFL career today: pic.twitter.com/bMT65brRUm— Brian Fonseca (@briannnnf) November 6, 2022
In Detroit, the tight ends room took a hit with the departure of rising star T.J. Hockenson to the Vikings. With this departure, Hokie fans got to see Rookie James Mitchell take his first snaps for the Lions. Mitchell caught his first receiving touchdown to extend the Lions lead in a 15-9 win against the Green Bay Packers. This season, Mitchell has 4 catches on 4 targets showing him to be a reliable option as a receiving Tight End moving forward. Mitchell will see more of the field as the Lions move forward looking for young guys to step up into key positions.
See Mitchell's first Touchdown catch below.
Jared Goff finds James Mitchell for the Lions touchdown!! pic.twitter.com/FZDgehtwCr— Brian Y (@byysports) November 6, 2022
Christian Darrisaw has cemented himself as a top Offensive Lineman in the NFL. PFF has Darrisaw rated as the top lineman In the NFL via their offensive rating. His offensive rating currently sits at 89.8, and he has allowed no sacks on 578 snaps with Kirk Cousins. So far this season, Darrisaw has lined up again Robert Quinn, Aiden Hutchison, and Marcus Davenport among many others, showing that his talent translates against dominant pass rushers. Not many expected such a huge leap from Darrisaw in his Sophomore season, however he has been a instrumental reason in why the Vikings lead the NFC North with a record of 8-1.
Nijman Breaks Through
The Green Bay Packers have dealt with a gauntlet of injuries to their offense. Their Offensive Line is no exception, with Hokie Alum Yosh Nijman being called up to starter at Left Tackle before being shifted to Right Tackle. According to ESPN, Nijman holds the highest pass block win rate amongst Offensive Tackles this year, winning at a 95% rate. Yosh also holds the second highest run block win rate amongst Offensive Tackles winning at a 83% rate. In Week 10 against the Cowboys Nijman allowed no sacks to the league's arguable best defensive player, Micah Parsons. With his dramatic improvement in performance Nijman should start at Right Tackle the rest of the year for the Pack. With Yosh becoming a Free Agent in 2023, look for him to get a big contract for the skill he has shown this year.
More of the Same from Chuck Clarke
In Baltimore, Chuck Clarke has been producing like the Ravens expect from him in the 2022 season. The Ravens have turned their season around with three straight wins behind a tough defense. Clarke is second on the Ravens in tackles with 53 total tackles. The Ravens have dealt with injuries and held their lead in the AFC North with a 6-3 record. Look for Chuck to step his play up as Baltimore makes their playoff run in these later stages of the season.
The Edmunds brothers continue to make their family name known in the league as the 2022 season moves along.
In Buffalo, Tremaine has become the leader for the Bills defense that has the allowed the second fewest amount of points so far this season. Tremaine is the team's leading tackler with a total of 65 tackles this season. Tremaine ranks as the #4 linebacker in the NFL this season according to PFF rankings.
Terrell has had a less than stellar year in 2022, allowing 13 receptions on 22 targets for the Pittsburgh Steelers defense. With the Steelers defense facing many injuries this year, look for Edmunds to improve as his team brings pieces back to the field.
Deablo to the IR
Hokie alum Divine Deablo suffered a forearm injury that forced him to the Injured Reserve for four weeks at the least. Deablo led the Raiders in tackles at the time of his injury, with 73 total tackles. In his Sophomore season with Las Vegas he was certainly breaking out as one of their team's young stars. Look for Deablo to take his starting spot back upon his return from the Injured Reserve in the next few weeks.
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All stats from ESPN.com and PFF.com