Despite missing the first two games of the regular season, Raiders’ rookie Karl Joseph is already making an impact.
Runner-up: Karl Joseph, S, Oakland Raiders
The Raiders took a couple of games to get Karl Joseph into the lineup, but he made a big and immediate impact once they did. He tied together a secondary that had solid components, but wasn’t playing together well, and while the Oakland defense still seems to be less than the sum of its parts, it’s far better with Joseph playing. The former West Virginia Mountaineer currently ranks 14th in the PFF safety rankings with an overall grade of 82.6, just one spot below Seattle’s Earl Thomas.
Panthers coach Ron Rivera praised WVU rookie CB Daryl Worley after win in Los Angeles.
“I thought Daryl Worley is really coming into his own because he’s played consecutively. As far as James is concerned, you saw some of the rust. He made a couple mistakes, a couple things that didn’t come as quickly as they are for Daryl right now because Daryl’s been playing consecutively.
“But these are two young, exciting players for us that I think do have bright futures if we can keep them healthy and continue to help them grow, keep the pass rush doing the things they’re doing, I think we’re going to be OK at that position, I really do.”
Spain (knee) could return to the practice field this week, Terry McCormick of TitanInsider.com reports.
We recap the week that was for West Virginia Mountaineers in the NFL for NFL Week 9.
Spain is week-to-week with a knee injury.