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NFL Roundup: Rudolph-to-Washington Highlights Thursday Action, Chris Carson Still RB1 in Seattle



On Thursday night, a handful of former Pokes got their first taste of NFL action. Twelve preseason games filled the air waves and fans across the country whetted their appetite for Sundays this fall. Let’s see how some former Cowboys fared.

Rudolph-to-Washington, Preseason Edition

Both members of OSU’s all-time leading passer-catcher duo debuted as Steelers on Thursday night. James Washington saw action early grabbing a pass in the first half. Rudolph took over for Landry Jones and Josh Dobbs for the entirety of the the second.

Then the two hooked up for a 35-yard freebie and Rudolph led all Pittsburgh passers with 101 yards on 7-of-12 passing. He did, unfortunately, record a fumble. Washington amassed 44 yards on two catches — both balls that came from the arm of Rudolph.

Chris Carson still the man in Seattle

Carson got the nod to start over first-round pick Rashaad Penny and was productive in limited touches. He chewed up 26 yards in just four carries, including this nifty scamper-and-spin for a first down.

His QB took notice, as well.

Carson caught up with media following his comeback exhibition.


Weeden Solidified as QB2 in Houston

Behind last year’s rookie phenom Deshaun Watson, Brandon Weeden seems to be in a good spot as the Texans’ lead backup… again.

Blake Jarwin earns the start

The former walk-on, former undrafted free agent got the start for the Cowboys on Thursday night. I know, it’s preseason. But Jarwin has apparently done enough over the last year-plus to earn a spot in Dallas’ two-deep at TE and could push Geoff Swaim for starter’s reps this fall.

Vincent Taylor Healthy and making plays

Already healthy after a late-rookie season injury in 2017, Vincent Taylor was more than happy to show off his playmaking ability against the Bucs on Thursday night.

He wrapped up two tackles including this chase-down sack, further building his case to spell the departed Ndamukong Suh.

Don’t forget about Lenzy Pipkins

Last year’s other surprise OSU rookie was former graduate transfer Lenzy Pipkins who carved out a spot in Green Bay’s rebuilding secondary. Even after the Packers made several additions to their defensive backfield which pushed Pipkins down the depth chart, he continued to make plays. Pipkins grabbed five total tackles (four solo) and a pass breakup in his unofficial sophomore debut.

Quick Hitters

• Tyler Patmon grabbed a couple of tackles including a sack for the Jacksonville Jaguars during the 24-20 loss to New Orleans.

• Victor Salako saw some time late with the New York Giants a week after signing with the team.

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