Hoos in the NFL: Update

Jeremy Brevard-US PRESSWIRE

We're taking another look at the 21 Virginia football players currently playing in the NFL. Led by QB Matt Schaub, a number of guys are having success. Others are finding it hard to make their way onto the field, either because of players ahead of them, or injuries.

Oday Aboushi, OT, NY Jets - Aboushi has yet to appear in a game for the 1-1 Jets. He's still listed as the backup RT, but it's likely going to take an injury to him to get into a game. Still, he's getting paid.

Danny Aiken, LS, NE Patriots - Although Aiken doesn't show up in the boxscores at all, he's done a fine job at long snapper. Stephen Gostkowski is 5/6 on FG attempts and there have been no problems with snaps on either FGs or punts.

Brandon Albert, OT, KC Chiefs - As expected, Albert has started both games at LT. Despite being 2-0, the Chiefs offense hasn't been all that good. They are 26th in the NFL in yards and 16th in points. QB Alex Smith has been sacked 5 times in 2 games.

Ahmad Brooks, OLB, SF 49ers - Brooks has started at OLB for the 49ers 12th ranked defense. Through 2 games he has 10 tackles, 1 sack and 2 TFLs. He also has a pass defended.

Chris Canty, DT, Baltimore Ravens - Despite the Ravens switching up their defensive fronts, Canty has been a mainstay at what amounts to a 3-4 DE. He has just 2 tackles and a sack in 2 games, but his job is more to occupy blockers and disrupt the offense than to make lots of plays himself. The Ravens defense is ranked 21st through 2 games, although the matchups against the Broncos and Browns couldn't have been more different. It remains to be seen how the Ravens defense will perform throughout the season.

Nate Collins, DT, Chicago Bears - Collins has seen a decent amount of playing time as a substitute DT for the Bears. He's got 4 tackles and a forced fumble so far. The Bears have the 17th ranked defense in the league, but they are 2-0 despite facing two of last year's playoff teams.

Matt Conrath, DT, St Louis Rams - Conrath is a backup DT, but has seen a fair amount of action. He's got 3 tackles on the season for the league's 24th ranked defense.

Chris Cook, CB, Minnesota Vikings - Cook has started both games for the Vikings and has racked up 8 tackles and a pass defended. The Vikings defense ranks 28th in the NFL right now.

D'Brickashaw Ferguson, OT, NY Jets - Brick has started both games at LT for the Jets, who are 12th in the NFL in rushing, but just 25th in passing. The Jets offense has been disappointing, but with a rookie QB and no reliable RB option, that isn't too surprising.

Cam Johnson, OLB, Indianapolis Colts - While Johnson has seen action in both games, it's been mostly on special teams and he hasn't yet seen his name on the statsheet.

Chris Long, DE, St Loius Rams - Long has been somewhat disappointing for the Rams thus far. He has just 3 tackles (one for loss) in the 2 games. He's also got one pass defended. The Rams defense has a whole as been a disappointment, so Long isn't alone.

Rodney McLeod, SS, St Louis Rams - Through 2 games, McLeod has been better than the Rams could've hoped. He's 2nd on the team with 12 tackles and has been around the ball constantly. He's started both games and should continue to start as long as he's producing.

Heath Miller, TE, Pittsburgh Steelers - Heath hasn't yet been able to play due to the knee injury he suffered last December. He's active though, and the Steelers expect him back before long.

Eugene Monroe, OT, Jacksonville Jaguars - The Jaguars offense is horrible, ranking dead last in the NFL. Monroe has started both games at LT. The Jags offense has scored just 9 points on the season.

Kevin Ogletree, WR, TB Buccaneers - Ogletree is the third WR for a team that has two good WRs and a struggling QB. He isn't getting targeted much, but his lone reception went for a TD last week. The Bucs have the 2nd worst passing offense in the NFL.

Austin Pasztor, OG, Jacksonville Jaguars - Pasztor doesn't start, but he's seen action in both games. As noted above, the Jags offense is awful.

Cedric Peerman, RB, Cincinnati Bengals - With the Bengals drafting a RB in last year's draft, Peerman was going to struggle to get touches on offense. He hasn't yet seen the ball, but he still plays extensively on special teams.

John Phillips, TE, SD Chargers - Phillips hasn't yet caught a pass, although he's been targeted twice. The Chargers have Antonio Gates ahead of him, who remains one of the better receiving TEs in the NFL, so Phillips isn't going to see the ball much.

LaRoy Reynolds, MLB, Jacksonville Jagaurs - Reynolds has appeared in both games, but only on special teams. He remains the backup to Paul Posluszny, who is one of the better MLB in the NFL. It's likely going to take an injury for Reynolds to see time on defense, because the Jags defense is actually playing reasonably well so far this season.

Matt Schaub, QB, Houston Texans - Schaub has led the Texans to a 2-0 record, throwing for 644 yards and 6 TDs with 3 INTs through 2 games. Houston has the 4th ranked offense in the NFL and the 9th ranked passing offense thus far.

Jason Snelling, RB, Atlanta Falcons - Through 2 games, Snelling has 2 carries for 19 yards and 6 receptions for 58 yards. With an injury to starting RB Stephen Jackson, Snelling should see an increased role in the offense, especially around the goalline.

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