Roadrunners in the NFL – Week 1

Heading into the opening week of the NFL’s regular season we had two UTSA alumni on active rosters. Here’s how they did in their season openers:

David Morgan II

TE – Minnesota Vikings – UTSA ’11-’15

David Morgan II
David Morgan II

After becoming UTSA’s first All-American and first draft pick, David Morgan II became the first UTSA football player to appear in a regular season NFL game in the Minnesota Vikings’ 25-16 win on the road over the Tennessee Titans.

Although he didn’t make an appearance on the stat sheet, Morgan did see the field on 20 offensive snaps (32%) and 4 special teams snaps (14%). This made him the 12th-most-used offensive player and the top-choice blocking tight end as incumbent Rhett Ellison is eased into the lineup after returning from a torn patellar tendon he suffered in January.

Minnesota Vikings Offensive Snap Chart

                              Off.      ST
Player                  Pos Num  Pct Num Pct
Matt Kalil                T  63 100%   8 28%
Joe Berger                C  63 100%   8 28%
Brandon Fusco             G  63 100%   8 28%
Andre Smith               T  63 100%   8 28%
Alex Boone                G  63 100%   8 28%
Shaun Hill               QB  63 100%   0  0%
Kyle Rudolph             TE  58  92%   9 31%
Stefon Diggs             WR  56  89%   0  0%
Charles Johnson          WR  49  78%   0  0%
Adrian Peterson          RB  38  60%   0  0%
Adam Thielen             WR  35  56%  15 52%
David Morgan             TE  20  32%   4 14%
Zach Line                FB  16  25%   6 21%
Jerick McKinnon          RB  16  25%   4 14%
Rhett Ellison            TE  13  21%  12 41%
Matt Asiata              RB   9  14%  13 45%
Cordarrelle Patterson    WR   5   8%   4 14%

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Despite the somewhat limited snaps, Morgan made his presence known and earned a 66.3 grade from Pro Football Focus, who had previously named him the #1 run-blocking tight end in the 2016 NFL draft, and that grade was good enough to make him the 5th-most effective offensive player for Minnesota.

Teddy Williams

CB/ST – Carolina Panthers – UTSA (Track) ’06-’10

Teddy Williams
Teddy Williams

The other UTSA alum in action during opening week was former track star Teddy Williams in Carolina’s 21-20 loss to the Denver Broncos in the Thursday night NFL opening game.

Williams did not make any appearances at cornerback, but appeared in a team-high 19 special teams snaps (79%).

Carolina Panthers Special Teams Snap Chart

Player            Pos  Num  Pct
Teddy Williams     CB   19  79%
Ed Dickson         TE   16  67%
A.J. Klein         LB   16  67%
Joe Webb           QB   16  67%
Colin Jones        FS   16  67%
Jeremy Cash        LB   16  67%
David Mayo         LB   16  67%
Fozzy Whittaker    RB   12  50%

Provided by Pro-Football-Reference.com: View Original Table

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Darrell Williams

Darrell started writing about UTSA football before it was even a thing, then he took a few years off, and now he’s back.