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First target, first catch, first NFL TD: Jalen Virgil a hit in Denver Broncos debut with 66-yard TD catch-and-run

By David Rogers. NASHVILLE, Tenn. — For the second time this season, a Denver Broncos rookie receiver has scored a touchdown on his first NFL catch. And on Nov. 13, it was a 66-yard catch and run by Appalachian State alum Jalen Virgil.

An undrafted free agent, Virgil had a strong preseason and was the only UDFA to make the Broncos’ final 53-man roster. He spent most of the fall on the inactive list come gameday, but was recently elevated because of injuries to other wide receivers higher on the depth chart.

Passing from his own 25-yardline, Broncos quarterback Russell

Wilson found Virgil open just past midfield, the former Mountaineer speedster gathering the ball in at the Titans’ 42-yardline, just inside the left sideline. From there it was simply a sprint to the end zone and with 10.29-second sprinter’s speed, few NFL players are fast enough to keep up, much less catch him.

Earlier in the season, Greg Dulcich, a rookie tight end selected by the Broncos out of UCLA had a similar experience with a touchdown on his first NFL catch. After starting the season on injured reserve, Dulcich was activated for Week 6 and made a 39-yard TD catch against the Los Angeles Chargers.

To see a video replay of Virgil’s catch and run for a TD, CLICK HERE, courtesy of ESPN and CBS.


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