Washington at New England – 7:30 p.m. ET – NFL Network
The Washington football team has by far the most Hokies of any NFL team, with five players (CB Kendall Fuller, DE Justus roseau, DT Tim Settle, CB Greg Stroman and TE Logan Thomas) and a member of the support staff (Sr. Director of Player Development Malcolm Blacken). Reed, a member of the 2020 Hokies squad, initially signed after the 2021 NFL Draft with Tennessee, but has since landed with Washington. Thomas, Tech’s all-time total offense leader, signed a three-year, $ 24 million extension with Washington in July. Patriots TE Dalton Keene will miss the 2021 NFL season after being placed in the injured reserve during camp.
Pittsburgh to Philadelphia – 7:30 p.m. ET
S Terrell Edmunds and brother RB Trey Edmunds are ready for Pittsburgh’s second preseason game after the Steelers beat Dallas 16-3 in the 2021 Hall of Fame game on August 5. Terrell did not play in the match, but Trey caught both of his targets for 22 yards.
Friday August 13
Tennessee to Atlanta – 7 p.m. ET
One of Tech’s two first-round picks in 2021, CB Caleb Farley will have to wait for his first game for the Titans as Tennessee head coach Mike Vrabel said Thursday that Farley was “not ready” for Friday’s game. Farley was selected No. 22 overall, becoming the 12e first round in school history and first Tech cornerback to be caught in the first round since Kyle Fuller in 2014. Coincidentally, Farley will be educated in Tennessee by former Hokies Anthony Midget, who is the coach secondary of the Titans.
– Tennessee Titans (@Titans) August 3, 2021
Buffalo at Detroit – 7 p.m. ET – NFL Network
One of the Bills’ defensive captains, LB Tremaine Edmunds could see his first action of the new season in Buffalo’s opening preseason game in Detroit. Edmunds was a beast for the Bills in 2020, registering the team’s second-most tackles with 77, including two sacks. The 16e Overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, Edmunds made 46 starts over his three seasons at Buffalo, racking up 355 career tackles.
Saturday August 14
Miami to Chicago – 1 p.m. ET – NFL Network
The first Hokies vs. Hokies game of the new season could be between the Dolphins and the Bears, as three Hokies could see the field. WR Isaiah Ford and Dolphins visit 2021 RB Bears sixth-round pick Khalil Herbert and signatory free agent K Brian johnson, both in their first year in the league after playing huge roles for the 2020 Hokies. Herbert rushed for 1,182 yards in 2020, the most a Tech running back since the 1,709 yards. David Wilson in 2011. Johnson is sixth on Tech’s all-time scoring list after accumulating 293 points in three seasons as the Hokies starting kicker. Ford turned heads at training camp for the Dolphins with a number of spectacular catches, including this one.
– Virginia Tech Football (@HokiesFB) August 8, 2021
Denver, Minnesota – 4 p.m. ET – NFL Network
Another game featuring Hokies on both sides follows the Miami-Chicago game on NFL Network but Tech 2021’s second first round, T Christian darrisaw, also won’t play this week after undergoing a minor procedure on Thursday, but is hoping to return for the regular season or sooner. Darrisaw was selected 23rd by the Vikings to become the 13th Teche first-round selection and first offensive lineman drafted in the first round since Duane Brown in 2008. During the offseason, Denver signed longtime Bears CB Kyle Fuller who was a first-team All-Pro after the 2018 season which saw him lead the league in interceptions.
– Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) August 4, 2021
New Orleans to Baltimore – 7 p.m. ET
Two Hokie defensive backs clash as Ravens S Chuck Clark and recently signed Saints CB Adonis Alexander could enter the field. Clark has played in every Ravens game except one since being drafted in the sixth round of the 2017 NFL Draft, racking up 203 tackles, three fumble recoveries and three interceptions in four seasons. Alexander recently spent time on training teams for Washington, LA Rams and San Francisco before signing with the Saints on August 4.
Cleveland to Jacksonville – 7 p.m. ET – NFL Network
Wyatt Teller, the 2020 All-Pro second team, could adjust to the Browns on Saturday night on NFL Network when they visit Jacksonville. After the 2020 season, Teller placed 18e-Best player in the NFL by Pro Football Focus and second offensive lineman. Another Hokie will be on the sidelines as Nick Sorenson, a four-year letterter and member of the 1999 Hokies who played the only national championship game in program history, is the special teams coordinator for the Jaguars.
Cincinnati to Tampa Bay – 7:30 p.m. ET
No Hokie players in this one, but Super Bowl LV champion head coach Bruce Arians will lead the Buccaneers in their first move since winning the Lombardi Trophy in February. The Bucs’ 31-9 victory over the Chiefs gave the Arians their first Super Bowl as a head coach, the third on NFL staff, adding to an impressive resume that includes two NFL Coach of the Year. Former Techs Cody Grimm (defensive assistant / special teams) and Nick Rapone (security) join Arians on the Tampa Bay sideline for another season.
Houston at Green Bay – 8 p.m. ET
After spending the last two seasons with the LA Chargers, QB Tyrod Taylor could see his first game as a Texan when Houston visits Green Bay and T Yosh Nijman on Saturday night. Taylor’s 2021 season is Taylor’s 11e in the league since leaving Tech as the program’s total offensive leader with 9,213 total yards (since overtaken by Washington TE Logan Thomas). Nijman, a Packers free agent following the 2019 NFL Draft, played all 16 Green Bay games in 2020.
Seattle to Las Vegas – 9 p.m. ET
The Seahawks-Raiders match on Saturday night has three Hokies on the rosters, but only one with the chance to play as LB Raiders Divine deablo is currently on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list and Seahawks T Duane Brown is in camp but has yet to practice for Seattle. However, the Seahawks DT Jarrod hewitt, a free agent pickup after the 2021 NFL Draft, could get his first NFL action on Saturday night. Deablo and Hewitt both started for the Hokies a year ago and have 86 combined tackles.
LA Chargers at LA Rams – 10 p.m. ET – NFL Network
Chargers CB Brandon Facyson could play in the battle for Los Angeles on NFL Network on Saturday night. Facyson, who signed with the Chargers after the 2018 NFL Draft, has played 44 games in three years with Los Angeles, including four starts, racking up 57 career tackles.
Sunday August 15th
Caroline in Indianapolis – 1 p.m. ET – NFL Network
The final NFL preseason game of Week 1 featuring a Hokie will see K Joey Slye strike for the Panthers, who is entering his third season as the team’s kicker. Slye, Tech’s all-time leading scorer with 403 points, has scored 54 field goals during his professional career, including a career-long 56 yards a year ago. Former Hokies Corey Fuller is entering his first season as an assistant recruiter for Carolina after serving as assistant director of player personnel for Tech.
Hokies on the NFL rosters (as of August 11, 2021)
44 CB Adonis Alexander New Orleans
76 T Duane Brown Seattle
36 S Chuck Clark Baltimore
71 T Christian darrisaw Minnesota
49 lbs Divine deablo (PUP) Las Vegas
49 LB Tremaine Edmunds Buffalo
34 S Terrell Edmunds Pittsburgh
33 RB Trey Edmunds Pittsburgh
Chargers 28 CB Brandon Facyson LA
3 CB Caleb Farley Tennessee
20 WR Isaiah Ford Miami
23 CB Kyle Fuller Denver
29 CB Kendall Fuller Washington
24 RB Khalil Herbert Chicago
62 DT Jarrod hewitt Seattle
6K Brian johnson Chicago
44 TE Dalton Keene (IR) New England
73 T Yosh Nijman Green Bay
79 OF Justus roseau Washington
97 DT Tim Settle Washington
4K Joey Slye Caroline
37 CB Greg Stroman Washington
5 QB Tyrod Taylor Houston
77 G Wyatt Teller Cleveland
82 TE Logan Thomas Washington
Hokies on the NFL staff
Bruce Arians – Head Coach, Tampa Bay
Malcolm Blacken – Senior Director of Player Development, Washington
Corey Fuller – Assistant Scout, Caroline
Cody Grimm – Defensive / Special Team Assistant, Tampa Bay
Jeff King – Director of Pro Scouting, Chicago
Anthony Midget – Secondary, Tennessee
Nick Rapone – Security, Tampa Bay
Johnny Shelton – Team Chaplain, Baltimore
Nick Sorenson – Special Teams Coordinator, Jacksonville
Darryl Tapp – Assistant Defensive Line Coach, San Francisco