As summer turns to fall and football season makes its way back to the TV screens of Hokie Nation, Virginia Tech football isn't the only game of interest. The NFL season is two weeks in now and in full swing with several Virginia Tech alumni making impacts on their teams in 2018. There are currently 15 active former Hokies on NFL rosters, with multiple earning starting roles.
With no Virginia Tech football this weekend, Hokie fans could get their fill by watching some of their favorite former players take to the gridiron as part of an NFL team. As this week’s games come to an end, we take a look at notable performances from Hokies around the NFL and how they fared in Week 2 of the season.
Tremaine Edmunds (Buffalo Bills)
A week after breaking into the NFL with a seven-tackle performance against the Baltimore Ravens, Tremaine Edmunds racked up seven more tackles this week against the Los Angeles Chargers. Edmunds had six solo tackles in Week 2, adding an assisted tackle as well. He now has 14 total tackles on the season, including one sack and a forced fumble. Despite his efforts on the defensive side of the ball, the Bills gave up 31 points as they lost 31-20 to the Chargers. Edmunds’ former teammate Brandon Facyson saw some playing time for the Chargers, making one tackle in Sunday’s game.
Terrell Edmunds (Pittsburgh Steelers)
While his brother was securing tackle after tackle up in Buffalo, Steelers rookie safety Terrell Edmunds had a solid performance of his own on Sunday. The elder Edmunds notched four solo tackles in a Week 2 loss to Kansas City. Sunday’s game was his first real impact for the Steelers after he made it through Week 1 without making a tackle.
Kendall Fuller (Kansas City Chiefs)
On the other side of the field in the Kansas City-Pittsburgh game, Chiefs cornerback Kendall Fuller put up a respectable stat line in his team’s victory. Fuller made seven tackles in the 42-37 win, including six solo tackles. In addition, Fuller had two passes defended in the game as his Chiefs improved to 2-0 on the season. Fuller now has 13 total tackles this season, racking up six in the Week 1 game against Los Angeles.
Tyrod Taylor (Cleveland Browns)
With his team looking for their first win in 631 days, first-year Browns quarterback Tyrod Taylor threw for 246 yards and a touchdown as the Browns fell 21-18 to the New Orleans Saints. Taylor completed 22 of 30 passes, improving drastically over his 37.5 completion percentage in Week 1. He also ran the ball four times for 26 yards, averaging 6.5 yards per rush. Taylor’s numbers overall improved from his Week 1 performance, although he still threw an interception in Sunday’s game. Despite that mistake, his passer rating rose 42.8 points from his rating in last week’s game against Pittsburgh.
Greg Stroman, Logan Thomas, Ryan Malleck, Atone Exum, Jr. and Chuck Clark all saw playing time as well in Week 2. Thomas recorded one reception for seven yards in the Bill's loss to the Chargers while Exum made a solo tackle as the San Francisco 49ers won 30-27 over Detroit.
Two former Virginia Tech players will be in primetime tonight as Kyle Fuller's Chicago Bears host Duane Brown and the Seattle Seahawks on ESPN's Monday Night Football. Tonight's game kicks off at 8:15 p.m.