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Red Raiders in the NFL 10.22.14

Cody Davis continues to make us proud to claim him as a Red Raider, and Welker is a game changer even when he's not the intended receiver.

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Davis winning on and off the field. In covering our Red Raiders in the NFL, it's usually really hard to find any news on one of our favorites St. Louis Rams Cody Davis, but this week was different. The Rams had a big win over the Seattle Seahawks, and Coach Fisher was quick to credit special teams' role in the victory, including our very own Cody Davis leading misdirection on a punt return that yielded a 90-yard touchdown run.

According to Fisher, Tavon Austin and Cody Davis had to oversell where the ball was not going in order for Stedman Bailey to be able to field the ball cleanly and run up the opposite sideline.

The Rams also highlighted Cody for being an exceptional human being off the field who is doing everything in his power to give back.

"I'm from a small town. I definitely want to give back to them and remember my roots," said Davis with that slight Texas drawl. "Coming back it's amazing how much they look up to you, but I don't feel like I'm that much bigger than them."

That is the effect of playing on the big stage. The stage turns into a platform, and it is up to the players how they use it. A common thread in the stories of why Rams players volunteer is the realization the platform is not only a gift, but a responsibility.

"We know that Cody has been entrusted by God with this platform to play in the NFL and he believes he should use this platform to give back to others," said Davis' wife Ashley. "He is fully committed to the cause and puts his heart into every action. Cody makes the most out of every opportunity he is given. With his diligence, ambition and leadership, he inspires me daily."

"Having this position, the best thing about it is being able to help the community and reaching people you probably couldn't otherwise," said Davis. "I look forward to it every time, and I feel like I'm blessed just as much as they are by it."

Red Raiders help Manning break record. Wes Welker had a 39-yard touchdown that allowed Peyton Manning to tie Favre's TD record, and then Manning broke the record with a subsequent touchdown pass. Of course, the under-appreciated Red Raider duo of Manny Ramirez and Louis Vasquez protected Manning to help get him to this point.

Welker's presence matters. Here's an interesting article on how Wes Welker's presence since his suspension is what has pushed Demaryius Thomas back to stardom. Apparently Welker occupies multiple defenders allowing Thomas to break free.

After a huge Week 6, Jace Amaro took a small step back this week:

Amaro caught a 9-yard pass on the opening drive of the game and made a 12-yard reception late in the third quarter. After his fellow tight end Jeff Cumberland scored a touchdown, Amaro was unable to come down with the game-tying two-point conversion with 2:31 remaining in the game. He was targeted five times and finished with three grabs for 22 yards in a 27-25 defeat. He has 234 receiving yards through seven games.

Up-and- down year for Crabtree. San Francisco 49ers had a disappointing 42-17 loss to the Denver Broncos, and Michael Crabtree only had 4 catches for 27 yards.

More bad news for Waddle. LaAdrian Waddle is out of practice this week due to a concussion he apparently sustained during Sunday's game, but he did not experience symptoms until this week. He is day-to-day.