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Red Raiders in the NFL 10.15.14

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Jace Amaro catches his first touchdown of the regular season and receives Gronkowski comparisons. Crabtree has another solid game, and Welker adds one catch to his record.

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Is Amaro Half a Gronkowski? Rex Ryan was asked on a media call if the New York Jets thought they were getting a clone of Rob Gronkowski when they selected Jace Amaro.

"Oh, that would be nice," Ryan cracked Tuesday on a conference call with the Patriots media. "Do I think that would be the case? No. You're talking about a guy that's scored, what, 20-some touchdowns? I mean, yeah, we would love that. We'd love half of that. When we took him, we never thought he would be a Gronkowski. There's only one of those in this league. But we know he'll be a good football player."

Amaro has 24 receptions for 212 yards and a touchdown in six games this season. He's coming off his best performance of a the season - a 10-catch, 68-yard game against the Denver Broncos on Sunday.

Gronk has 26 catches for 341 yards and four touchdowns this season for the Patriots.

Welker Adds Just One. Although he only had one catch, Wes Welker did cover for fellow Red Raider Manny Ramirez. After a bad snap and resulting fumble, Welker was quick to fall on it and save what could have easily been a Jets' touchdown.

Wes Welker made only one catch Sunday. On third-and-6 with 2:07 remaining and the Broncos trying to protect a 24-17 lead by running out the clock, Welker caught a quick, 8-yard option route for a first down.

"I thought I was going to get skunked for the first time in I don't know how long," said Welker, who has caught at least one pass in 47 consecutive games.

Welker also made a key fumble recovery off a premature snap by center Manny Ramirez. "For a while there, I figured recovering a fumble was the only way I was going to touch the ball," Welker said, laughing.

A Healthy LaAdrian Waddle Starts for Detroit Lions. Waddle made his third start of the season at right tackle for the Lions. They held off the Minnesota Vikings 17-3, and hopefully their offensive line will continue to improve as the season progresses. They allowed four sacks on Sunday.

Crab continues to be a consistent contributor. This week Michael Crabtree caught 3 passes for 49 yards and a touchdown, averaging 16.3 yards per catch, as the San Francisco 49ers beat Cody Davis' St. Louis Rams 31-17.