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ACC In The NFL, Oct. 23

Wednesday, October 23, 2013 12:02am
By: Carlos Collazo

Matt Ryan (Boston College) continues to show that he is a top NFL quarterback, after leading the Falcons to a 31-23 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers without Roddy White and Julio Jones. Ryan was 20-26 with 276 yards, three touchdowns and no picks.

Luke Kuechly (Boston College) had a down game in the Panthers' 30-15 win over the Rams (just three tackles), but he talked about preparing for the Buccaneers on short week. 

Malliciah Goodman (Clemson) is starting to get more playing time on the Falcons' defensive line.

Thad Lewis (Duke) talked to the media Monday about the Bills' 23-21 division victory over the Dolphins. Lewis threw for 202 yards on 21 of 32 passing attempts and gave up one interception.

EJ Manuel (Florida State) isn't expected back on the football field for another month. He is currently recovering from a sprained LCL. 

Anquan Boldin (Florida State) was excited to see Colin Kaepernick running more in San Francisco's 31-17 victory over the Titans. He credited the QB's legs with his five-catch, 74-yard game.

Sebastian Janikowski (Florida State) is having a down year with the Oakland Raiders. He has converted just seven of his 11 field goal attempts this season.

Calvin Johnson (Georgia Tech) is creating a bit of a stir in the NFL receiver community ... or at least people comparing themselves to him are. Dez Bryant recently said he could do anything Johnson could do, prompting a response from Lions reciever Nate Burleson.

Fellow NFL receiver and Georgia Tech alum Demaryius Thomas was also brought up in Dez Bryants comments. Thomas scored a touchdown and picked up 82 yards in the Broncos' loss to the Indianapolis Colts.

Vernon Davis (Maryland) leads the San Francisco 49ers with 17.9 yards per reception. And in case someone tries to tell you he's only the team's short-pass guy, remember that he has eight catches of 20 yards or more.

Jimmy Graham (Miami) is still questionable for this week's game against the Bills, after injuring his foot. 

Chuck Pagano talks about losing Reggie Wayne (Miami) to a torn ACL during the 39-33 victory over the Denver Broncos.

Giovani Bernard (North Carolina) had a disappointing game in the Bengals' 27-24 win over the Lions. Bernard only managed 27 yards and seven carries for Cincinnati.

Mike Glennon (N.C. State) has a lot of work to do if he is going to become Tampa Bay's franchise quarterback. In the loss to Atlanta, Glennon threw for two touchdowns but was just 26-for-44 in his passing attempts. 

A recent Forbes study shows that two former ACC players are the most disliked players in the NFL. Michael Vick (Virginia Tech) clocks in at No. 1 with San Diego Chargers linebacker Manti Te'o (Notre Dame) coming in at No. 2.

Larry Fitzgerald (Pittsburgh) has had a down season, but Bruce Arians said that learning to play inside will help him throughout his career. 

Mike Williams (Syracuse) was downgraded to "limited" on Tuesday. Williams is trying to come back from a hamstring injury, and on Monday got in a full session of work before the bad news yesterday.

Texans coach Gary Kubiak said that Matt Schaub (Virginia) is still the team's starting quarterback, despite Case Keenum's game with a 110.6 quarterback rating - better than any Schaub has put up this season.

One writer thinks it is time to play Ryan Williams (Virginia Tech), given the performance of Arizona's other running backs and comments from Kent Somers about Williams.

Chris Givens (Wake Forest) suffered an ankle injury during the Panthers game this weekend. The Rams reciever had just one catch for 24 yards before being tackled out of bounds and hurt.