This past weekend featured many former Mountaineers making impacts in all capacities in NFL games across the entire country. We take a look at the players that appeared in games on either Thursday, Sunday or Monday and broke down their highlights and what they were up to.
Cleveland Browns linebacker Tony Fields II saw snaps against the Broncos on Thursday night, mainly serving his team on special teams which is something his new team this season has had him do on returns and fields goals.
Green Bay Packers cornerback Rasul Douglas collected four tackles of his own against the Washington Football team as well as a lone pass defended. Douglas is in his fifth year in the NFL and also played in the Philadelphia Eagles defense from when he was drafted in 2017 until 2021.
Linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski of the Las Vegas Raiders made three total stops and two of his own against the Eagles on Sunday. The former Mountaineer has seen action in six games this season for the Raiders and has taken down 10 offensive threats on his own in the process.
West Virginia’s own in-state product tight end in Trevon Wesco saw action for his New York Jets while being targeted by New York quarterback Mike White only one time on the day. The shortage in offensive production showed in the Jets blowout loss to the New England Patriots, 54-13.
David Long Jr. has come to serve as a valuable defensive piece for the Tennessee Titans. This past weekend when the Titans hosted the Kansas City Chiefs, Long Jr. tied for the lead on the team in total takedowns including a lone tackle for a loss on Kansas City’s backfield.
Monday Night Football action from Seattle pitted former West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith against a stout New Orleans Saints defense as New Orleans prevailed on the night, 13-10. Smith made a nice connection with one of his top receivers in DK Metcalf on an 84-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter, but the lone touchdown was not enough for the Seahawks.
Overall on Monday night, Smith connected on 12-of-22 pass attempts for 167 yards through the air with the lone touchdown and an average completion rate of 7.6 yards.
Other former Mountaineer standouts who saw playing time in this past weekend’s NFL matchups also included Cincinnati Bengals offensive guard Quinton Spain, Indianapolis Colts offensive guard Mark Glowinski and New England Patriots offensive tackle Yodny Cajuste.