Sunday, October 23, 2016
J.T. Thomas

Four things to watch from WVU Pros in NFL Week 6

J.T. Thomas

New York Giants linebacker J.T. Thomas (55) goes after Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles (5) during a preseason game at MetLife Stadium. (Saed Hindash | NJ Advance Media for

With the Rams and the Buccan”Eers” on a bye this week, four of the WVU Pros will be resting this weekend.

Tavon Austin, Stedman Bailey, Charles Sims and Keith Tandy will be forced to spend their Sundays like the rest of us, watching football from their homes.

With Austin and Sims on byes, it will allow us to spend time focusing on guys who fly under the radar, as they are two WVU Pros who get a good amount of attention from the media.

So, who will those guys be? Let’s take a look.

J.T. Thomas

Has any other former WVU star flown under the radar as much as Thomas?

Thomas led the Jaguars defense last season in his first as a starter, and parlayed that into a large contract with the New York Giants. This weekend he will be given the task of slowing down the high-flying Eagles offense, which is coming off of its best performance of the season in last week’s victory over the Saints.

Thomas and the New York Giants will take the field in primetime on Monday night, in a battle of NFC East rivals where he will see fellow Mountaineer Najee Goode on the opposite sideline. This game will go a long way in deciding the divisional race, and the Giants defense will need to put together a complete performance to pull out a victory.

Adam “Pacman” Jones

Unlike Thomas, Jones has never shied away from the spotlight. However, this year Jones has let his play do the talking.

Jones has helped the Bengals jump out to an unexpected 5-0 start, and he has been a big reason the defense is performing so well. The Bengals look to continue their success against the Bills on Sunday in Buffalo.

Jones will more than likely be facing EJ Manuel, who has never found a hole he can’t attempt to throw through. The Bengals have a tenacious run defense, and they should be able to force the Bills into passing situations. I expect Jones to get an interception this weekend, and spark the Bengals to a big road victory.

The Rookies

Will any of the rookies be active this week? Many of them have appeared on the Sunday roster yet, and while it probably won’t be this weekend, it always interesting to look out for.

Shaq Riddick has not appeared on the Cardinals game day roster, and neither has Mario Alford for Cincinnati. (We will have more on Riddick in an article this week.)

In Seattle, Mark Glowinski has been active and inactive throughout the year, and there has not been any indication as to what he will do on a weekly basis.

Titans rookie Quinton Spain has been active the past two weeks. It will be interesting to see if any of these guys will be on the sidelines in shoulder pads come Sunday.

Pat McAfee

Another WVU Pro playing in primetime, the “Boomstick” takes the field against the Patriots in a battle with “inflated” scrutiny around it due to the events that took place with these two teams in the AFC Title game last year.

All puns aside, the Patriots have been on a tear this season, obliterating all teams in their path. Well, I feel like this game could be even worse than the Pats last few games, as they REALLY want this one, considering the Colts told on them for messing with footballs.

McAfee should have a good opportunity to show the world why he is the best Punter in the NFL, as the Colts offense has been ineffective at points this season.



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