How locals fared in NFL's Week 1: A child and a win for Austin Corbett

Austin Corbett
Wolf Pack and Reed High alum Austin Corbett welcomed a child and a win this week. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)

Eight players with local ties are in the NFL this season, including six who spent time with the Wolf Pack and two McQueen High alums. Here is a look at how each player fared in Week 1 of the NFL. Players are listed in alphabetical order.

* Brandon Aiyuk, 49ers: Aiyuk's NFL debut must wait after the first-round draft pick out of McQueen High was inactive after suffering a mild hamstring strain in camp. The 49ers' issues at wide receiver were noticeable in a stunning 24-20 home loss to Arizona. San Francisco didn't get more than two receptions from any of its wide receivers in the defeat.

* OG Joel Bitonio, Browns: Bitonio, the Wolf Pack alum, got his 49 consecutive start at left guard for the Browns, which dropped a 38-6 decision to Baltimore. Cleveland didn't get much going offensively and scored just one time (a touchdown pass in the first quarter). The Browns had 306 total yards, although it averaged 5.1 yards per carry with only two sacks allowed. "Baltimore was the better team today," Bitonio said after the game. "They beat us in every facet of the game."

* OL Austin Corbett, Rams: The Wolf Pack graduate who is in his third NFL season got the start at right guard for the Rams, which beat Dallas, 20-17, on Sunday Night Football. The Rams struggled to run the ball (3.8 yards per carry on 40 attempts), but gave up just one sack on 31 passing attempts as Corbett had a penalty-free game in his ninth start in the NFL. Corbett also became a father earlier in the week as Ford Charles Corbett was born last Tuesday and came in at 9 pounds, 1 ounce. A future Union member. It was an all-round good week for the Reed High alum

* TE Virgil Green, Chargers: The longest-tenured local player in the NFL, Green and the Chargers sneaked out of Cincinnati with a win after the Bengals missed a game-tying 31-yard field goal as time expired in a 16-13 win. The Wolf Pack alum was targeted twice and caught one pass for 10 yards. He also helped pave the way for 155 rushing yards on 39 carries.

* TE Jacob Hollister, Seahawks: After a breakout 2019 season, the former Nevada walk-on (who also played for Wyoming) caught one pass for nine yards in a 38-25 win over Atlanta. Seattle's new starting tight end, Greg Olsen, caught four passes for 24 yards and a touchdown.

* WR Cody Hollister, Titans: Hollister could make his 2020 debut when Tennessee plays Denver at 7:10 p.m. in Monday Night Football.

* LB Malik Reed, Broncos: Reed will make his 2020 debut when Denver plays Tennessee at 7:10 p.m. in Monday Night Football.

* Kyle Van Noy, Dolphins: In his first game with his third NFL team, the McQueen High graduate played his former team, New England, in a 21-10 loss, although the Dolphins' defense held up pretty well. Van Noy had five tackles, including one for loss. He also had a stuff. Miami limited New England to 357 total yards, but the Dolphins' offense accumulated just 269 yards.

Sports columnist Chris Murray provides insight on Northern Nevada sports. Contact him at or follow him on Twitter @ByChrisMurray.

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