Week 12 wasn’t the most amazing collection of NFL action ever as even the close games felt slightly underwhelming. Luckily, two matchups brought the excitement and
Despite having three games on Thanksgiving, there were no Oregon State players on the field until Sunday morning. We will start with Brandin Cooks and Johnny Hekker in the Saints/Rams game, but let’s first recap which former players are on practice squads or injured reserve.
Practice Squad Players/Injured Reserve Players:
1. Jordan Poyer - S Cleveland Browns - Jordan Poyer is on Injured Reserve with a lacerated kidney.
2. Scott Crichton - DE/DT Minnesota Vikings - Scott Crichton is currently on Injured Reserve.
3. Kyle Peko - DT Denver Broncos - Kyle Peko is currently on the Broncos Practice Squad.
4. Dylan Wynn - DT Cleveland Browns - Dylan Wynn is on the Injured Reserve.
5. Obum Gwacham - DE New Orleans Saints - Obum Gwacham is on Injured Reserve with an undisclosed ailment.
6. Connor Hamlett - TE Cleveland Browns - Connor Hamlett is on the Browns practice squad.
7. Markus Wheaton - WR Pittsburgh Steelers -Markus Wheaton is on Injured Reserve with a shoulder injury.
Beavers on Bye: None
Brandin Cooks - WR - Saints - The Saints blew out the Rams at home on Sunday, but Brandin Cooks was held without a single catch. In fact, Drew Brees didn’t even target Cooks once as the Saints piled up 500 yards of offense. It was a very strange occurrence given how much Cooks means to New Orleans.
Johnny Hekker - P LA Rams - During a blowout loss to the Saints, Johnny Hekker punted six times and placed two inside the 20-yard line. The longest of these punts traveled 68 yards. It was a quiet day for the Pro Bowl punter, but he was solid like normal.
Sean Mannion - QB LA Rams - Sean Mannion was inactive against the Saints while Case Keenum served as Jared Goff’s backup.
Mike Remmers - T Carolina Panthers - The Raiders and Panthers played an exciting game on Sunday as both teams alternated scores with turnovers and star quarterbacks made downright impressive throws. Despite lining up against a downright scary duo in Khalil Mack and Bruce Irvin, Remmers held his own and only gave up one of Oakland’s two sacks on the day. In fact, Remmers actually played well as both a pass protector and a run blocker. The big left tackle kept the majority of pressure at bay and led the way on touchdown runs by both Cam Newton and Jonathan Stewart.
Derek Anderson - QB Carolina Panthers - Derek Anderson wasn’t used on Sunday as Cam Newton stayed healthy all game long.
Jacquizz Rodgers - RB Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Despite practicing in limited fashion all week, Jacquizz Rodgers was inactive against the Seahawks with a continuing foot injury.
Terron Ward - RB Atlanta Falcons - Terron Ward was inactive on Sunday as Tevin Coleman made his return to the Falcons starting lineup.
Andy Levitre - Guard Falcons - Sunday morning, the Atlanta Falcons smoked the Arizona Cardinals using a dominant, albeit slightly different, offensive performance. Matt Ryan utilized the short passing game and threw two touchdowns to Taylor Gabriel while Devonta Freeman added two scores of his own on the ground. The Falcons found success often, and a major reason for this was Andy Levitre. The former Beavers guard was phenomenal on Sunday, leading the way on some big runs and keeping Ryan upright. According to Pro Football Focus and Zach Klein of WSB in Atlanta, Levitre was one of three offensive linemen that didn’t allow a single hit, sack, or hurry on 42 pass plays.
Isaac Seumalo - G Philadelphia Eagles - Due to Brandon Brooks’ sudden illness, Isaac Seumalo was forced into the starting lineup against the Green Bay Packers. Playing on roughly two hours notice, Seumalo was infinitely better than anyone expected despite lining up against one of the best all-time pass rushers in Julius Peppers. Seumalo didn’t give up any sacks and opened up some big rushing lanes for Darren Sproles and Wendell Smallwood. Possibly more important is the fact that he wasn’t called for any penalties.
The Eagles offense may have struggled during this tough loss and failed to score when needed, but Seumalo wasn’t part of the problem. In fact, he was a stalwart in primetime.
Josh Andrews - G Philadelphia Eagles - With myriad injuries and illnesses along the offensive line, the Eagles activated Josh Andrews for the first time this season. Technically, Andrews wasn’t slated to play, but he was available as the main reserve lineman.
Steven Nelson - CB Chiefs - Unfortunately, Steven Nelson was inactive on Sunday night with a neck injury.
D.J. Alexander - LB - Chiefs - The Chiefs won a bonkers overtime game on Sunday night, and linebacker D.J. Alexander was active with four total tackles on the night. Alexander started with two big tackles on punt returns, including one where he absolutely laid out Jordan Norwood with a vicious hit. He followed that up by actually taking the field for one defensive snap. Alexander definitely made his presence felt on his lone opportunity by rushing untouched through the offensive line and dropping running back Kapri Bibbs for a big two-yard loss. Even announcer Mike Tirico had excitement in his voice when calling the tackle for a loss.
Once again, Alexander was a key contributor on special teams, but it was a nice change of pace to see him on the defensive side of the field, if only for one play. Hopefully he works his way into the lineup more often.
Stephen Paea - DL Browns - Stephen Paea didn’t record any stats during a loss to the Giants, but stats rarely tell the full story. The big defensive tackle barely saw the field in the first half and much of the third quarter. During the fourth quarter, however, Paea was on the field for almost every defensive snap as he took up two blockers at a time and opened up lanes for Danny Shelton and Christian Kirksey. Even the first Browns sack of the afternoon came when Paea flushed Eli Manning out of the pocket and right into Corey Lemonier’s waiting arms.
Week 13 of the NFL season starts Thursday with a battle between the Dallas Cowboys and the Minnesota Vikings. BeaverBlitz will keep you updated as the week progresses and some big players hopefully return from injury.