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NFL Update: James Washington Goes Deep, Tre Flowers Gets Huge INT

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly from Pokes in the Pros.

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Several Oklahoma State alums made headlines in Week 12 of the NFL, and they weren’t all that pretty. In fact, let’s look at the Good, the Bad and the Ugly from Cowboys in the NFL.

The Good: James Washington’s Career Game

And his stiff arm was even better. The second-year wideout took advantage of his career-high seven targets in the absence of JuJu Smith-Schuster, who was out due to concussion protocol. Washington only caught three passes, but he amassed a career-high 98 yards.

The bulk of that came on the highlight of the day with this 73-yard touchdown (also a career landmark) that included this sick stiff-arm to clear his path to paydirt.

The Bad: Mason Rudolph’s Benching

Mason Rudolph was sent to the pine on Sunday following his 8-of-16 start for 85 yards and his ninth interception of the season. The pass was deflected, but it’s not been the best couple of weeks for OSU’s all-time passer.

What’s worse, Washington’s TD came just two pass plays later off the arm of undrafted rookie Devlin Hodges.

Rudolph threw a career-high (pro and college) four interceptions two games ago during the Steelers’ loss in Cleveland. That was mostly overshadowed by the incident at the end of the game.

The Steelers earned the 16-10 road in over the Bengals which will extend Rudolph’s record as a starter to 5-3, but his status as QB1 is shaky at best. Head coach Mike Tomlin has yet to officially name a starter for next Sunday’s home game (a rematch against the Browns), but ESPN’s Adam Schefter said during the Monday Night Football broadcast that Pittsburgh is expected to go with Hodges.

The Ugly: Chris Carson Fumbles Again

The former OSU tailback lost two fumbles in his first two NFL seasons and not one during his entire career in Stillwater. But he started off his third pro year with a string of dropped balls in each of the first three games.

Now, after a streak of five games without a fumble, Carson has four in the last three, including one during the Seahawks’ 17-9 win at Philadelphia.

Carson did not have his best outing rushing the ball either, though he was part of a memorable play. The third-year tailback turned in a season-low 26 yards on eight carries, but he did facilitate this trick play that resulted in Seahawk touchdown.

Carson’s backup, last year’s first round pick Rashaad Penny, seemed intent on taking advantage. He turned in his own career-high 129 yards and a touchdown. Carson is still RB1 in Seattle, but these turnover issues and a dip in production should have him peering over his shoulder.

Tre Flowers’ Takes it Back

Let’s end this one on a good note. Carson’s teammate Tre Flowers had a bit of a bounceback game against Philly. He grabbed his second interception of the year and recorded a career-high three passes defended.

Pete Carroll drafted Flowers for his size and striking ability as a safety in college to play NFL cornerback in the mold of rangy, physical CBs he’s coached like Richard Sherman. You shouldn’t hold Flowers up against a future hall of famer, but his ceiling is high if he continues to develop.

 

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