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Ryan Mundy had a rather busy opening day.
He introduced himself, for starters, by saying "Woodland Hills High School" rather than "West Virginia University." And then he was a terror on the field. He made six tackles, got in a pair of collisions that left New York Giants teammate Prince Amukamara out with a concussion, then receiver Dez Bryant out as well.
Then this. Mundy picked off a Tony Romo pass and returned it 96 yards to the Dallas 1-yard line. Somehow, he was caught at the last moment by DeMarco Murray.
Darius Reynaud, you make me laugh.
Watch this (opening drive of the season!):
Yes, my friends, that's a safety. He safetied himself on the first play of the season. Somehow, that took three seconds, so it wasn't the quickest NFL score ever.
“Oh man,” said Reynaud, shaking his head after the game. “That’s not the way to start off game one.
“I thought I was in the end zone. After that, I’m looking up and it’s 2-0. I’m like, ‘Man, please somebody make a play.’ They bailed me out.”
Still, the Titans beat the Steelers, 16-9, and a 27-yard return from Reynaud set up a field goal.
Let's watch it again!
Geno Smith made his NFL debut and came away with an 18-17 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Smith was 24-38 for 256 yards, a touchdown and an interception in his debut. He had six carries for 47 yards.
This GIF shows a critical late-hit penalty drawn by Smith that set up the game-winning field goal.
J.T. Thomas certainly was a bright spot for the Jacksonville Jaguars — probably the only one, too.
Thomas, in his first week as a Jag, blocked a punt for a safety. Those two measly points were all Jacksonville could muster all day long.
Hurrah for the leading scorer being a special-teams defender. And, yes, I'm saying that two WVU players accounted for safeties in the NFL this week, and neither was Geno Smith.
J.T. Thomas (@jaguars)
Ellis Lankster made just two tackles on Sunday, but he was called a "difference-maker" and "one the premiere special teams players in the league" by Jets coach Rex Ryan.
That came after Lankster destroyed a man.
News and Notes
• WVU player record in Week 1: 7-8 (pending a Monday night game between WAS and PHI.)
• Bruce Irvin, serving a four-game suspension for PEDs, is training in Morgantown.
• After the news of Joe DeForest's allegations of running a bonus program at Oklahoma State, Pat White tweeted this:
• Tavon Austin, WR, STL: Austin made six catches for 41 yards in his NFL regular-season debut. His seven targets were No. 2 on the team. Austin also had one carry for -1 yards, drew a pass-interference call on Tyrann Mathieu and returned a punt for 1 yard — STL 27, ARI 24.
• Stedman Bailey, WR, STL: Saw time at gunner on punt coverage — STL 27, ARI 24.
• Don Barclay, OT, GB: Barclay started at right tackle for the Packers. He gave up pressure that prevented QB Aaron Rodgers from winding up for deep shot to the end zone on the final play — SF 34, GB 28.
• Selvish Capers, OT, NYG: Did not play; on disabled list — DAL 36, NYG 30.
• Terence Garvin, LB, PIT: Debuted on special teams to end a week where he was waived by the Steelers, signed to their practice squad then promoted to the 53-man roster — TEN 16, PIT 9.
• Najee Goode, LB, PHI: WAS vs. PHI, Monday, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
• Bruce Irvin, LB, SEA: Irvin is serving a four-game suspension for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing drugs — SEA 12, CAR 7.
• Will Johnson, FB, PIT: Did not play due to precautionary measures, though Steelers coach Mike Tomlin mistakenly claimed Johnson was out there on special teams. Johnson dressed but said he never saw the field — TEN 16, PIT 9.
• Adam Jones, CB, CIN: Jones made two tackles and had a 50-yard punt return that was called back for an illegal block. It was counted as a 13-yard return — CHI 24, CIN 21.
• Ellis Lankster, CB, NYJ: Made two tackles, including a vicious body slam, shown above— NYJ 18, TB 17.
• Pat McAfee, P, IND: McAfee made three punts for an average of 39.0 yards, including one inside the 20-yard line — IND 21, OAK 17.
• Ryan Mundy, S, NYG: Recorded six tackles, a pass deflection and an interception. Mundy returned the pick 91 yards to the Dallas 1-yard line. He was injured before halftime and left the game with a possible concussion but later returned — DAL 36, NYG 30.
• Chris Neild, NT, WAS: WAS vs. PHI, Monday, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
• Darius Reynaud, RB, TEN: Returned one punt for 12 yards and one kickoff for -1 yards and a safety — TEN 16, PIT 9.
• Geno Smith, QB, NYJ: Smith was 24-38 for 256 yards, a touchdown and an interception in his debut. Also had six carries for 47 yards — NYJ 18, TB 17.
• Keith Tandy, S, TB: Recorded no statistics — NYJ 18, TB 17.
• J.T. Thomas, LB, JAX: Blocked a punt for a safety, the only points of the day for the Jaguars — KC 28, JAX 2.
• Pat White, QB, WAS: WAS vs. PHI, Monday, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
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