Roadrunners in the NFL – Week 2

Week 2 was pretty uneventful for UTSA alumni, as Teddy Williams was inactive for the Panthers in their game against the San Francisco 49ers, leaving David Morgan as the Roadrunners’ sole representative.

David Morgan II

TE – Minnesota Vikings – UTSA ’11-’15

David Morgan II
David Morgan II

David Morgan was once again the #12 most-used offensive player for the Vikings in their 17-14 win over Green Bay in their home opener.

Following up on his first ever NFL game, Morgan saw nearly as much action in his second game, appearing on 17 offensive snaps (29%) and 3 special teams snaps (12%). He still appears to be the top-choice blocking TE in Minnesota and should continue to get solid playing time.

Minnesota Vikings Offensive Snap Chart

                              Off.      ST
Player                  Pos Num  Pct Num Pct
Joe Berger                C  58 100%   3 12%
Andre Smith               T  58 100%   3 12%
Brandon Fusco             G  58 100%   3 12%
Alex Boone                G  58 100%   3 12%
Sam Bradford             QB  58 100%   0  0%
Matt Kalil                T  58 100%   0  0%
Kyle Rudolph             TE  56  97%   3 12%
Stefon Diggs             WR  51  88%   0  0%
Charles Johnson          WR  40  69%   0  0%
Adam Thielen             WR  38  66%  11 46%
Adrian Peterson          RB  34  59%   0  0%
David Morgan             TE  17  29%   3 12%
Zach Line                FB  14  24%   6 25%
Matt Asiata              RB  12  21%  12 50%
Jerick McKinnon          RB  12  21%   0  0%
Rhett Ellison            TE  11  19%   9 38%
Cordarrelle Patterson    WR   3   5%   3 12%
Laquon Treadwell         WR   2   3%   0  0%

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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%

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