Week seven of the NFL season proved to be a little bit under the radar for many of your favorite former Hawkeyes. That said, there are some guys who really had great weeks and also some guys who are making their first appearance in this series since the start of the regular season!
As always, keep in mind, this is not meant to be a full update on every former Hawkeye in the NFL. This is more catered to the former Hawkeyes who stood out or had something interesting or important happen to them this past week.
Hope you enjoy and go Hawks!
Three weeks ago, I never thought I’d be uttering Greg Mabin’s name in relation to the NFL ever again … three weeks later, we now get to reflect on Mabin’s Tennessee Titans debut and all you can say is … WOW!
This past Sunday, the Titans played lights on defense against the Kansas City Chiefs and Mabin was one of the main contributors to that cause, as he played 100% of the defense’s total snaps (all at right cornerback) and only allowed one catch for six yards… Incredible.
Well done, Greg Mabin.
#Titans CB Greg Mabin— Wes on Broadway (@TitansDraftTape) October 26, 2021
-Signed last Wednesday to active roster from Cardinals practice squad
-Plays 100% of the snaps (72) at Right Cornerback
-Only targeted twice allowing 1 catch for 6 yards
NeVeR dOubTEd HiM foR a SEcOnd pic.twitter.com/Mtcq4MS6jh
Vrabel said he is happy for a guy like Greg Mabin, who has been with the club before and his brought back and did well in his season debut.— Terry McCormick (@terrymc13) October 27, 2021
OH BABY THIS FEELS GOOD!!!
After a couple weeks of folks questioning whether or not Tristan Wirfs is a true all-pro level offensive tackle, Wirfs went ahead and turned out his best performance of the season and put and end to all of the ridiculous gifs of him getting flipped by Khalil Mack during last year’s Bears-Bucs matchup.
From start to finish, Wirfs dominated Mack, only getting beat on one or two snaps and, at the end of the day, Wirfs extended his streak of no sacks given up to 22 straight games… and once again, this is Khalil Mack he was going up against.
Without a doubt, Wirfs in firmly in the all-pro conversation and if he continues down the path he’s on and maintains good health, there’s no doubt in my mind that he’ll achieve it in only his second season in the NFL.
Bruce Arians says right tackle Tristan Wirfs is having a Pro Bowl season so far.— Scott Smith (@ScottSBucs) October 27, 2021
@Buccaneers @TristanWirfs78 pitched a no hitter on Sunday. No penalties; No Sacks; No pressures. No problems. Hard to find a better right tackle in football than Wirfs. #Facts #BaldysBreakdowns pic.twitter.com/487NlisTnq— Brian Baldinger (@BaldyNFL) October 26, 2021
If there’s one thing we all know about Desmond King, it’s that the guy has and always will be capable of making plays.
Well, on Sunday, King stepped into a punt return role in addition to his role on defense and performed extremely well, as he provided the Houston Texans with two big returns. It’s very likely that King will remain in this role for quite a while and there’s no reason to suspect that this past week’s performance was some sort of fluke.
Desmond King's returned 2 punts for 14 and 20 yards.— Drew Dougherty (@DoughertyDrew) October 24, 2021
As we’ve mentioned in this series, James Daniels has performed at a very high level this season and as the season pushes onward, he only seems to be getting better.
As displayed by the chart below, Daniels finds himself in elite company in terms of run blocking and pass blocking efficiency and that sort of balance and ability is sure to get him paid this upcoming offseason.
Let's mix in some offensive line this week. Here's right guard.— Seth Walder (@SethWalder) October 27, 2021
Run block win rate at RG (x) by pass block win rate at RG (y).
-Zack Martin stands out
-Both WFT guards stand out, particularly for run blocking
-Trey Smith looks good, couple other rookies struggling at bottom. pic.twitter.com/Qg48eoMH94
In some rather unfortunate news, former Hawkeye running back, Mekhi Sargent, was waived by the Tennessee Titans this week after receiving a limited snap count through the early part of the NFL season.
That said, the news isn’t all bad, as Sargent was successfully added back to the Titans practice squad this week. Hopefully in the near future, Sargent can find his way back on an active roster, whether that’s Tennessee or elsewhere.
Sargent is back! (On the practice squad)…. #Titans Tuesday transactions:— Mickey Ryan (@MickeyRyan1045) October 26, 2021
Signed to Practice Squad
RB Mekhi Sargent
DL Eli Ankou
Released from Practice Squad
DL Abdullah Anderson
LB Dylan Cole
OL Jimmy Murray
In some rather unfortunate news, former Hawkeyes linebacker, Barrington Wade, was waived this week after seeing limited action on special teams following a string of injuries. That said, you have to imagine the Denver Broncos will be adding Wade back via the practice squad assuming he ends up clearing waivers.
The Broncos are waiving LB Barrington Wade to make room for Kenny Young (1st @mikeklis).— Zac Stevens (@ZacStevensDNVR) October 25, 2021
Would imagine Wade will land back on practice squad.
For the first time since the preseason, we have some news on former Hawkeye tight end, Shaun Beyer, as the Denver Broncos have added him to their practice squad “protected list,” which prohibits other teams from signing him to their own practice squad or active roster.
This shows that the Broncos value Beyer’s ability highly and with tight end being such a high value position in the NFL right now, it really bodes well for Beyer’s future within the organization.
Broncos protected 3 from practice squad: TE Shaun Beyer, C-G Austin Schlottmann (with Muti down), WR Seth Williams. #9sports— Mike Klis (@mikeklis) October 26, 2021
In some more unfortunate news, former Hawkeye defensive back, Josh Jackson, was waived this past week by the New York Giants after having been traded for at the start of the season.
Jackson’s time in New York was rather uneventful and it’ll be interesting to see what happens to him next, as he just hasn’t seemed to generate a spark at the NFL level thus far in his career.
Regardless, we wish him the best and I’m sure he’ll land somewhere soon!
The Giants have waived CB Josh Jackson, whom they acquired in a trade with the Packers prior to the season. The team also waived WR David Sills.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) October 26, 2021
Ending this week’s post on a positive note... WE HAVE A COY CRONK SIGHTING!!!
After failing to latch on to even a practice squad spot with the Green Bay Packers following the preseason, Coy Cronk’s NFL future was certainly up in the air. That said, this past week, the Jacksonville Jaguars decided to take a shot on the former Hawkeye by adding him to their practice squad.
It’ll be interesting to follow his career moving forward, but it’s so great to see Cronk back in the fold!
We have signed OL Coy Cronk to the practice squad.https://t.co/uRF41YU1Po— Jacksonville Jaguars (@Jaguars) October 22, 2021