In the first week of the NFL Preseason, we received just a glimpse of Karl Joseph in the NFL. In Week 2, we saw the type of player he could become (although WVU fans already know this).
The Raiders play in Green Bay on Thursday evening. Rookie Karl Joseph and newcomer Bruce Irvin got the start for the Raiders defense and played several series. Through the Raiders first defensive series and a half, Joseph was in on two tackles. In the Packers’ second drive, Green Bay drove the ball down the field behind the arm of Brett Hundley and the legs of the 234 lb. Eddie Lacy. On second and goal, this happened:
Joseph finished with three tackles. Irvin had one tackle and got to the QB once. Later in the game, Don Barclay made a key block to help RB John Crockett score a touchdown for the Packers.
Elsewhere in the NFL . . .
Kevin White got another start for the Bears in their game against New England. He had one catch for three yards on the opening drive and was targeted a total of three times. Nick Kwiatkoski did not play. He injured his hamstring during the opening week of training camp and has practiced little. At this point, it wouldn’t surprise me to see him land on the PUP list to start the season.
Another rookie who DNP was Wendell Smallwood for the Eagles. He missed Philadephia’s game against cross-state rival Pittsburgh with a quad injury. Najee Goode had three tackles for the Eagles.
Another WVUPro absent from Thursday’s action was Mario Alford of Cincinnati. He missed practice all week with an ankle injury. His position on the roster, as of now, is precarious. Other receivers the team brought in during the offseason have played well. Alford’s key to making the roster was to present himself as solid contributor in the passing game while possibly winning the kick returner job. His not playing puts his roster spot in jeopardy.
Neither Will Clarke nor Adam Pacman Jones cracked the box score from the Bengals game against the Lions.
In Thursday’s late game, we saw Seattle’s Mark Glowinski maul someone:
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On Friday night, Geno Smith goes against Terence Garvin and Shaq Riddick faces Dreamius Smith. We’ll bring you those stories on Saturday.