Prokies: NFL Week 3
Herbert's Breakout Performance
Khalil Herbert proved his worth in the NFL this week as he carried the Chicago Bears to a win against the Houston Texans. Herbert led all NFL running backs in rushing yards in week 3 of the 2022 season. With 157 yards rushing and two touchdowns, Herbert logged one of the best performances by any running back this season. The Bears offense struggled to throw the ball with Rookie QB Justin Fields throwing 17 passes, completing only 8. With the absence of a passing game Khalil carried the load on offense, scoring twice and taking the lead for the Bears late in the game. Herbert showed great skill in evading tacklers and reading blocks, giving him open space for chunk run plays on many occasions.
Rookie Quarterback Justin Fields has had a problem moving the ball in the air, so the Bears run game will have to continue producing if the Bears hope to win games. With the return of David Montgomery soon coming Khalil will see a decrease in play time in the next few weeks, but his prospect of being a starting running back in this league has skyrocketed. If the Bears don't consider giving Herbert a larger role in the offense it is likely that another team will.
See one of Khalil Herbert's Touchdowns from Sunday below.
.@JuiceHerbert weaves his way into the end zone 😤— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) September 25, 2022
📺: #HOUvsCHI on CBS pic.twitter.com/6HTIw1cbNv
Christian Darrisaw has proved himself a valuable member of the Minnesota Vikings Offensive line in his sophomore season. Darrisaw’s play has been solid this year as he has allowed zero sacks, along with accounting for zero penalties in 194 snaps. This week, Darrisaw didn't allow a single pressure on 47 pass blocking snaps against star Rookie Aiden Hutchison. Darrisaw was also graded as the Vikings top run blocker this week with a rating of 86.7, per PFF. Christian is shaping into the dominant Tackle that the Vikings had expected when drafting him with the 23rd pick in the first round of the 2021 draft. When asked about the improvement in his play after this week’s game, Darrisaw said, “I feel like I took that step to the player that I want to be, and I’m getting there day by day.” Darrisaw’s play is a significant reason for why the Vikings are leading their division with a record of 2-1.
Look below to see Christian Darrisaw's interview after the Vikings win over the Lions.
LIVE: @chrisdarrisaw71 talks to the media about yesterday's win https://t.co/F7AAn6kvOs— Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) September 26, 2022
With the Carolina Panthers having to fill their final roster spot, they opened up their running backs room to Hokie Rookie Raheem Blackshear. Blackshear had an impressive preseason with the Buffalo Bills, logging 116 yards and two touchdowns in three games. The Panthers picked up Blackshear's contract with the Bills in a 3 year, $2.5 million deal. It was only a matter of time until Raheem broke through to an NFL roster spot.
Last year at Virginia Tech, Blackshear went for 1,182 all purpose yards and 7 touchdowns. Blackshear was certainly a fan favorite during his time as a Hokie. Being listed as the fourth running back on the Panther's roster, Hokie fans will be eager to watch Blackshear's battle to see the field.
For more coverage of Prokies and Virginia Tech sports, make sure to follow the SonsOfSaturday on Instagram, Twitter, Tiktok, and Facebook. Be sure to subscribe to the SonsOfSaturday Newsletter and check back here on our website for more. Go Hokies.
All stats from ESPN.com and PFF.com