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NFL Update: Chris Carson’s Career Game, Blake Jarwin Emerging for Dallas

And James Washington doing James Washington things, finally.




As the NFL season winds down, several Oklahoma State alums have had a stake in this year’s playoff race. Let’s take a look at a trio of Pokes who stood out for their teams this weekend.

1. Chris Carson’s Career Game

The third-year tailback punished the Carolina Panthers defense to the tune of 133 yards (a career high) and two touchdowns on Sunday in a win that perched the Seahawks atop the NFC standings heading into Week 15.

Carson’s 1,190 rushing yards is fourth in the NFL currently and, with Seattle set for a deep playoff run, he could finish even higher.

Check out the highlights from his career day.

2. Washington Continues to Impress

For going on two years, we’ve been patiently waiting for the rest of the world to learn what we already knew: James Washington is a baller. Over the last few weeks, that’s finally come true.

Things started clicking for the sophomore wideout midway through the season. Then, in the absence of No. 1 target JuJu Smith-Schuster over the last three weeks, Washington has exploded onto the NFL’s scene making impressive catch after impressive catch and is now Pittsburgh’s leading receiver at 694 yards in 13 games.

He had a couple of those impressive grabs during the Steelers’ heartbreaking loss to the Bills on Sunday.

Plays like this for the black and gold recall memories of Washington in black and orange.

The somewhat curious twist to his breakout season is that his spike in production has coincided with with benching of his longtime college teammate Mason Rudolph. Washington seems to have an even stronger connection with his new hunting buddy, Devlin Hodges, who has started the last three games.

It’s probably has more to do with Smith-Schuster also being of the lineup over the last three games, but it’s hard to argue with the results. Washington has totaled 227 yards and a TD during that span.

But Hodges came down to earth a little bit on Sunday, throwing four interceptions, a la Mason Rudolph, including this one when he had Washington open across the field for the would-be game-tying TD.

3. Blake Jarwin the Cowboys’ “Secret Weapon”

Blake Jarwin has been the most effective tight end on the Dallas Cowboys roster for going on a year despite the return of future Hall of Famer Jason Witten from retirement. Jarwin’s edge in productive and efficiency has been documented all season and that continued on Sunday.

During the Cowboys’ blowout win over the Rams, he was effective both when targeted and otherwise.

Jarwin caught two of his three targets for 40 yards.

And ESPN football analyst Dan Orlovsky took to Twitter to sing Jarwin’s praises.

And then Orlovsky featured the former OSU tight end during a segment on ESPN’s Get Up Monday morning, calling Jarwin “the difference maker, the secret weapon” for the Cowboys’ offense. Here’s the full clip.


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