In week 1, Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey stole the show for WVUPros with their performance on the field, while Adam Jones earned his time in the spotlight due to an altercation.
Austin, who had two touchdowns including an electrifying punt return in Sunday’s upset win over the Seahawks was named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance.
Bailey had a clutch catch over All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman in overtime to set up the winning field goal.
With week 1 in the past, it is time to look ahead to week 2 at the possible story lines for WVUPros.
1. What’s next for Tavon Awesome?
In week 1, Austin made his presence felt against Seattle with a few big plays. Austin’s 75-yard punt return in the second half earned him NFC Special Teams Player of the Week, and he gave Mountaineer fans memories of the 2012 Oklahoma game when he lined up in the backfield and had a 16-yard touchdown run in the first half.
As the coaching staff had previously promised, the Rams are figuring out ways to get Tavon the ball and let him show his playmaking abilities.
In week 2, Austin will go against a weaker defense in the Redskins. This week, head coach Jeff Fisher said the Rams have been trying to incorporate Tavon more and more into their offense. “We’ve been trying to get Tavon some touches, so he got some and it clearly shows what he can do.”
This week will be a great time for Austin to develop some consistency, which he has sometimes lacked in his first two NFL seasons. Austin is primed for a breakout season, and it will be another great chance for Austin to showcase his playmaking abilities.
2. Geno Smith Injury Watch
The moment Geno Smith was drafted by the Jets, he stepped into the national spotlight and has not stepped out.
Smith has been criticized since he came into the league, and finally once he began to take a step forward, he was “punched” back into a negative role.
As of now, mostly everyone has heard of the locker room incident Smith was involved in that caused him to miss the last 4 weeks.
In week 1, Smith’s replacement Ryan Fitzpatrick performed extremely efficient in the Jets run-based offense. Fitzpatrick threw for two touchdowns and was the ultimate game-manager in the Jets 31-10 victory over the Browns.
If Fitzpatrick can lead the Jets to an upset victory over the Indianapolis Colts and a 2-0 start, it will be tough for the coaching staff to give the reigns of the offense over to Smith.
3. Could Will Johnson find the end-zone again?
With star running-back Le’veon Bell out for the first two games of the season, the Steelers have used Will Johnson in their offense more than usual.
Typically, Johnson is used as a primary blocker at fullback and tight end. In the season opener against the Patriots, Johnson had four carries for seven yards and a touchdown. As a big, physical back, he provides more size in short-yardage situations than his counterpart DeAngelo Williams.
If the Steelers have the ball on the goal-line, don’t be surprised if they bring Johnson in and hand him the ball.