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NFL Roundup: Carson, Ogbah Impress in Week 1, Philly Can Punt

Several former Cowboys made their NFL debut this past weekend.

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The NFL season kicked off this past weekend and there were several former Cowboys in action. Let’s run through some of the top storylines and highlights from Week 1.

Carson Looked Fresh, Flowers Back to Starting

The Seahawks’ bell cow took the lion’s share of the rushing load in Seattle’s 26-16 win over the Indianapolis Colts. Carson toted the rock 16 times for 91 yards. He also caught all three passes thrown his way for 26 yards.

On the other side of the ball, fellow former Cowboy Tre Flowers returned to the top of the depth chart, starting at left cornerback. After starting every game his first two seasons, Flowers played backup for about half of the games he appeared in last season. He tallied four tackles in Week 1.

Vincent Taylor Deals with Another Injury

Taylor is, once again, dealing with injury. The former All-Big 12 defensive tackle has been one of the more effective and underrated defensive lineman in the NFL, when he’s been healthy. But Taylor saw his second and third seasons end with injury.

After playing in 15 games for the Cleveland Browns last year, it looked like he might have found a home — and some solid footing — earning a starting job with the Houston Texans this preseason.

But during the Texans’ 37-21 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars, Taylor suffered an ankle injury which required that he be carted off the field. According to the Houston Chronicle, Taylor may miss six weeks.

Emmanuel Ogbah Continues Where He Left Off

The former OSU sack leader had a nice outing in Week 1 as the Dolphins edged out division rival New England, 17-16. Ogbah recorded three tackles, one tackle for loss, a QB hit and this batted down pass.

Matt Ammendola Can Punt, Too

The former Cowboy field goal specialist earned the starting kicking job for the Jets this offseason. While he didn’t get called on to attempt a field goal on Sunday and didn’t kick either extra-point attempt for the Jets, he did handle kickoff duties and was brought on the field for two punts after punter Braden Mann went down with injury.

And one of those was an absolute bomb.

Not only did he never attempt a punt at Oklahoma State, Ammendola says he’s never punted in any game.

Other Notes

• In his NFL Debut, Chuba Hubbard didn’t take a handoff with Christian McCaffrey taking all 21 if the Panthers’ carries, but Hubbard did register two catches for four yards and returned one kick for 21 yards.

• Tylan Wallace was active for his NFL debut but did not record any stats.

• James Washington logged two catches for 10 yards in the Steelers’ 23-16 win over Buffalo. He was dealing with a finger injury he suffered the week earlier.

• Blake Jarwin caught three of his four targets for 20 yards in the Cowboys’ Week 1 loss to the Buccaneers.

• Tyron Johnson caught the only ball thrown his way for a pick up of six yards, but expect him to get more opportunities as he works himself into the rotation and learns the playbook in Jacksonville.

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