Danny Amendola - WR, New England Patriots
Danny Amendola has been quiet for the past few weeks while dealing with a leg injury. But, the Patriots wide receiving core as a whole has been banged up. With only so many trusted options, Tom Brady turned to Amendola, who had 8 catches for 66 yards and a touchdown. The effort was good enough to help the Patriots to a 25-point win over the Oakland Raider in Mexico City.
Michael Crabtree - WR, Oakland Raiders
On the losing side of that match up in Mexico City was fellow Red Raider Michael Crabtree. The Raiders offense struggled all day, but Crabtree was one of the lone bright spots. He caught 6 balls on 11 targets for a total of 51 yards. Crabtree didn’t score a touchdown, but he did find the end zone when completing a reception on two-point conversion.
Jakeem Grant - WR, Miami Dolphins
Jakeem Grant wasn’t included on last week’s Red Raiders in the Pros update because he didn’t compile any stats. This week was a step forward for the former Texas Tech wide receiver. He didn’t have any receptions, but he did compile 81 yards on 3 kick returns for an impressive 27 yard per return average. The contributions ended there, however, as the Dolphins lost to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 30-20. The Dolphins’ losing streak has now extended to 4 games, and VTM wishes the Dolphins would turn the weapon that we all know Jakeem Grant could be.
Branden Jackson - DL, Seattle Seahawks
The positive trend of playing time continued for Branden Jackson. He still hasn’t recorded a sack or a second tackle on the season, but he still saw significant playing time in Monday night's loss to Atlanta. This included 18 snaps on defense and 6 on special teams.
Pete Robertson - LB, Washington Redskins
This is a new addition to our weekly update as Pete Robertson was called up from the Washington practice squad on Wednesday. You may remember Robertson’s days as a Red Raider where he had 21.0 career sacks, best for 5th all time at Texas Tech. On Sunday, though, Robertson didn’t log a single snap. Hopefully that will change in the future as he has obviously made an impression enough on the Redskins coaches to be added to the active roster.
La'Adrian Waddle - OL, New England Patriots
For the second straight week, La’Adrian Waddle started for the New England Patriots at tackle. He played 88% of the offensive snaps and played 6 more on special teams. Once again, the offensive line only allowed a single sack as New England's dominated in their 33-8 win over Oakland.
DeAndre Washington - RB, Oakland Raiders
The defunct Raiders offense has begun to take its toll on DeAndre Washington. He accumulated only 19 total yards of offense on Sunday, 7 rushing and 12 receiving. Washington also seems to be losing his spot as RB2 behind Marshawn Lynch. Washington had less carries and less targets in the passing game than fellow back up Jalen Richard. The last weeks in the season should be an interesting battle for carries and receptions behind Marshawn Lynch.