There may come a week where Heath Miller does not lead off this column, but it is not this week. While a number of Virginia players put together solid performances (Chris Long recorded his first sack), Miller became the first one to find paydirt on Sunday against the Niners.
Heath Miller (TE, Pittsburgh Steelers), Season Stats: 10 Receptions, 99 Yards, 1 Touchdown.
While Miller failed to match his output from the opening week, he caught both of the passes thrown his way in Week 2 and found the endzone for the first time in 2015 as the Steelers manhandled the 49ers 43-18. Miller continues to function as Ben Roethlisberger's safety valve and should be a redzone threat throughout the season.
Ahmad Brooks (LB, San Francisco 49ers), Season Stats: 4 Tackles.
Brooks had another unremarkable outing in the Niners loss to Pittsburgh. The San Francisco defense stifled the Steelers' running game but had no answer for their aerial attack, allowing 369 passing yards and three touchdowns. Brooks has always been more of a run-stuffing linebacker so his impact will be limited in games against pass-oriented teams.
Chris Long (DE, St. Louis Rams), Season Stats: 9 Tackles, 1 Sack.
Long notched his first sack of the season on Sunday, serving as one of the few bright spots in the Rams 24-10 loss to Washington. Long and the rest of the St. Louis defense struggled to contain the Redskins ground attack, allowing Washington to gain 182 yards and dictate the tempo en route to a victory.
Rodney McLeod (FS, St Louis Rams), Season Stats: 12 Tackles, 1 Tackle for Loss.
McLeod matched his output from last week, racking up six tackles in the Rams loss to the Redskins. Unlike last week, however, McLeod had a few mental errors this week as he took poor angles that allowed Washington's running backs to break off big gains.
Morgan Moses (RT, Washington Redskins)
The other end of the spectrum for the Rams-Redskins game, Moses and the rest of the Washington offensive line paved the way for Alfred Morris and Matt Jones, while allowing only two sacks against one of the NFL's best defensive fronts. Moses appears to have cemented himself at the right tackle position and, along with Brandon Scherff and Trent Williams, is part of one of the league's best young offensive lines.
LaRoy Reynolds (LB, Jacksonville Jaguars), Season Stats: 2 Tackles.
Reynolds makes his first appearance in this space after tallying two tackles in the Jaguars surprise 23-20 win over the Dolphins on Sunday. Reynolds had been working his way back from an MCL sprain he suffered in the preseason and finally appears ready to contribute. While he likely won't start for the Jags barring injury, Reynolds should be an important rotation piece and special teams player this season.
Branden Albert (LT, Miami Dolphins)
Albert was forced out of the Dolphins game against Jacksonville in the second quarter due to a hamstring injury. While the extent of the injury is still unknown, Albert did not return to the game. Albert's return to health will be critical for a Miami offense that has struggled early this season and amassed only 2.6 yards per carry against the Jags on Sunday.
The following UVa players are on an NFL roster (or Injured Reserve) but either did not play or appeared only in limited action in Week 2: Oday Aboushi (OG, Houston Texans), Luke Bowanko (C, Jacksonville Jaguars), Chris Canty (DE, Baltimore Ravens), Eli Harold (LB, San Francisco 49ers), Dontrelle Inman (WR, San Diego Chargers), Eugene Monroe (OT, Baltimore Ravens), Austin Pasztor (OT, Cleveland Browns), Cedric Peerman (RB, Cincinnati Bengals), John Phillips (TE, San Diego Chargers), Matt Schaub (QB, Baltimore Ravens), Brent Urban (DE, Baltimore Ravens).