With Week 2 of the NFL season in the books, here’s a rundown of how all the UVA alumni performed.
The major contributors:
Branden Albert, Miami Dolphins – After falling behind 24-0, the Dolphins offense caught fire. Albert started at LT and helped keep Ryan Tannehill upright all game. Tannehill wasn’t sacked despite throwing 45 passes. The Dolphins weren’t able to run the ball effectively, however.
Ahmad Brooks, San Francisco 49ers – The 49er defense was unable to slow down the Panther offense, giving up well over 500 yards. San Francisco was able to force 4 turnovers. Brooks was not particularly effective, finishing with only 3 tackles.
Eli Harold, San Francisco 49ers – Harold started again. Though he had just 1 tackle, he recovered a Cam Newton fumble and very nearly returned it for a TD. He was on the field for most of the defensive snaps.
Dontrelle Inman, San Diego Chargers – With leading WR Keenen Allen likely out for the season, Inman has a chance to get more looks. Unfortunately, he didn’t get many in Week 2. Inman had just 1 catch, for 7 yards. He’s a very good blocking WR though, so he’ll continue to get playing time.
Chris Long, New England Patriots – Chris had a big game for the Pats. He posted just 2 tackles, but one was a tackle for loss. He also had 2 QB hits, a pass defended and a fumble recovery.
Rodney McLeod, Philadelphia Eagles – McLeod helped the surprising 2-0 Eagles hold the Bears to just 284 total yards and 14 points. He had 5 solo tackles in the game.
Morgan Moses, Washington Redskins – Once again, the pass blocking for the Skins was good and allowed Kirk Cousins to throw for over 360 yards. Washington didn’t have much success in the running game, however. Moses once again started at RT.
Austin Pasztor, Cleveland Browns – Pasztor remains the Browns’ starting RT. The team had 387 total yards, though nearly a quarter of that came on Isaiah Crowell’s 85 yard TD run in the first quarter. Josh McCown was sacked 3 times and the team had just 60 rush yards on 22 carries outside of the big run.
John Phillips, Denver Broncos – Though Phillips did not record any stats, he did draw a pass interference for a 21 yard penalty. That came early in the 4th quarter on a drive that would lead to a Broncos FG, giving them a 6 point lead with under 2 minutes remaining.
Brent Urban, Baltimore Ravens – Though the reserve DE was on the field for just 8 snaps, he made his time count. He had 1 tackle, and it was an important one. Urban sacked Browns QB Josh McCown late in the 2nd quarter, helping to get a big stop that allowed the Ravens to score before the half ended. The Ravens were down 20 points early, yet managed to come away with a win on the road.
Special Teams Standouts:
Maurice Canady, Baltimore Ravens – Canady remains an important part of Baltimore’s special teams, seeing time on all 4 return units. He had his first career NFL tackle this week, though it came on a muffed punt, with the return man already on the ground.
Anthony Harris, Minnesota Vikings – Harris saw action on special teams and recorded his first tackle of the season on the opening kickoff.
LaRoy Reynolds, Atlanta Falcons – Reynolds again saw action exclusively on special teams. His day was not a great one, as he was cited for a holding penalty on a punt return.
Put Me In, Coach!:
Oday Aboushi, Houston Texans – Oday was on the Texans’ inactive list this week.
Luke Bowanko, Jacksonville Jaguars – Luke has not seen action for the Jaguars yet this season. (Note: Luke is on the PUP list after undergoing hip labrum surgery.)
David Dean, Cincinnati Bengals – Dean remains on Cincinnati’s practice squad.
Matt Schaub, Atlanta Falcons – Schaub is listed as having entered the game, however he recorded 0 snaps. We’re not sure what that means.
We’ll be following the progress of these former Hoos throughout the season. Stay tuned to Streaking The Lawn for a weekly rundown!