Dallas to Tampa Bay – 8:20 p.m. ET – NBC
Super Bowl Buccaneers champion and head coach Bruce Arians welcome the Cowboys to Raymond James Stadium for the opener of the 2021 NFL season. Hokie alumni Cody Grimm (defensive assistant / special teams) and Nic Rapone (security) join Arians on the sidelines for the Bucs. Following their opener Thursday night, Arians and his wife, Chris, will be in attendance as the Hokies host Middle Tennessee State on Saturday at 2 p.m. ET.
Sunday September 12
Pittsburgh to Buffalo – 1 p.m. ET – CBS
The Edmunds brothers face off for the third time in their young NFL career as S Terrell and the Steelers visit LB Tremaine and the Bills. Tremaine was named one of eight Buffalo captains for a second straight season this week. Both brothers played in the preseason as Terrell recorded three tackles (one for loss) and Tremaine had four in his only appearance in the Bills final. RB Trey Edmunds is currently on the Steelers training squad.
Jacksonville to Houston – 1 p.m. ET – CBS
Texans QB Tyrod Taylor was named starting quarterback ahead of their Week 1 game with the Jaguars. Houston will become the fourth NFL franchise that Taylor started for, joining Buffalo (2015-17), Cleveland (2018) and the LA Chargers (2020). On the other side, Hokie alumni Nick Sorenson (special teams coordinator) and Todd Washington (offensive line assistant) work on the Jaguars staff. K Joey Slye was signed with the Texans’ practice squad this week.
LA Chargers in Washington – 1 p.m. ET – CBS
The Washington football team leads all other NFL teams with three Hokies on its opening roster: CB Kendall Fuller, DT Tim Settle and TE Logan Thomas, who was named one of the eight captains of the team this week. The Tech trio welcome the Chargers, who have former CB Hokies Brandon Facyson on their practice squad, for a clash at 1 p.m. Sunday.
Seattle to Indianapolis – 1 p.m. ET – FOX
T Duane Brown will debut in 2021 in Week 1 after not playing during the preseason. The Virginia native is joined in Seattle by DT Jarrod hewitt, who joined the Seahawks’ practice squad after a preseason that saw him register 2.5 TFLs, including 1.5 sacks.
Minnesota to Cincinnati – 1 p.m. ET – FOX
T of the first round of the Vikings Christian darrisaw resumed training this week following surgery during training camp. Darrisaw and the Vikings are hopeful he will be ready to face the Bengals on Sunday.
Arizona, Tennessee – 1 p.m. ET – CBS
CB Caleb Farley, who was also selected in this year’s first round draft, is set to make his regular-season NFL debut on Sunday as his Titans host the Cardinals. Farley played in the last two preseason games for Tennessee and made three tackles in the final.
Cleveland to Kansas City – 4:25 p.m. ET – CBS
In a rematch of an AFC 2020 divisional round game, G Wyatt Teller and the Browns visit the Chiefs for the marquee doubles game on CBS on Sunday. Teller was in the Browns’ last preseason game and was ranked the league’s second offensive lineman last season by Pro Football Focus.
Green Bay in New Orleans – 4:25 p.m. ET – FOX
T Yosh Nijman saw a ton of action for the Packers in the preseason, playing 100 percent and 95 percent of Green Bay’s offensive snaps in the first and third preseason games, respectively. The Maplewood, New Jersey native is ready for Green Bay’s opener against the Saints, which was transferred to Jacksonville, Fla. Due to Hurricane Ida.
Denver vs. NY Giants – 4:25 p.m. ET – FOX
After spending the last six seasons in Chicago, CB Kyle Fuller will wear a different shade of orange this year after signing with the Broncos during the offseason. Fuller started the last two preseason games for Denver and made two tackles in the final.
Chicago at LA Rams – 8:20 p.m. ET – NBC
RB Khalil Herbert and the Bears visit the LA Rams during Sunday Night Football. Herbert, a Chicago sixth-round pick in 2021, had an impressive preseason with a 63-yard rush on 14 attempts, including a 13-yard touchdown. The Hokies’ first rusher in 2020 also recorded five receptions for 24 yards in the preseason. K Brian johnson is part of the Bears training squad.
Monday, September 13
Baltimore to Las Vegas – 8:15 p.m. ET – ESPN, ESPN2
Week 1 final game features two Hokie defenders on either side of the pitch as S Chuck Clark and Ravens visit LB Divine deablo and the Raiders on Monday Night Football. Clark played in Baltimore’s three preseason games, recording four tackles and a forced fumble. After starting training camp and preseason on the Physically Unable to Perform roster, Deablo started out as a linebacker in the Raiders’ last preseason game and recorded nine tackles. Las Vegas’ 2021 third-round pick is set to make its regular-season debut on Monday night.
Hokies on the NFL rosters (as of September 8, 2021)
|76||T Duane Brown||Seattle|
|36||S Chuck Clark||Baltimore|
|71||T Christian darrisaw||Minnesota|
|5||KG Divine deablo||Las Vegas|
|34||S Terrell Edmunds||Pittsburgh|
|49||LB Tremaine Edmunds||Buffalo|
|33||RB Trey Edmunds (PS)||Pittsburgh|
|28||CB Brandon Facyson (PS)||LA Chargers|
|3||CB Caleb Farley||Tennessee|
|87||WR Isaiah Ford (PS)||Miami|
|23||CB Kyle Fuller||Denver|
|29||CB Kendall Fuller||Washington|
|24||RB Khalil Herbert||Chicago|
|62||DT Jarrod hewitt (PS)||Seattle|
|17||K Brian johnson (PS)||Chicago|
|44||TE Dalton Keene (IR)||New England|
|73||T Yosh Nijman||Green Bay|
|97||DT Tim Adjust||Washington|
|17||K Joey Slye (PS)||Houston|
|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 – Defensive Line Assistant, San Francisco
Todd Washington – Assistant Offensive Line, Jacksonville