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Amendola’s production dips, Coutee doesn’t play in this week’s Red Raiders in the NFL

In week nine of Red Raiders in the NFL, some see an increased role on the field, others not so much

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From the Dolphins first win of the season to a black cat on the field during the Cowboys game, week nine in the NFL certainly had a lot to talk about, but how did our favorite Red Raiders fair?

Miami Dolphins’ leading wide receiver Preston Williams suffered a season-ending knee injury during Sunday’s game against the New York Jets. With the loss, veteran wide receivers Allen Hurns, Albert Wilson, and Red Raider Jakeem Grant are now expected to see an increased role on the field. It is still a competition for the top spot, but Grant’s big-play ability could make him an attractive contender for a larger target share down the stretch. Grant caught three of five targets on Sunday. His performance helped the Dolphins to their first victory of the season.

Danny Amendola was in the starting line up this weekend but saw less playing time (43 snaps) than Marvin Jones (63) and Kenny Golladay (58). Early in the season, it was easy to blame his chest injury for the slow start, but his performance in weeks seven and eight tell us otherwise. After receiving 16 of 19 passes for 200 yards over the last two games, Amendola’s week nine performance was a massive disappointment. He caught only three of five targets for 29 yards during Sunday’s loss against the Oakland Raiders. Unfortunately, as evidenced by his performance on Sunday, I don’t foresee Amendola’s role increasing in the coming weeks.

Patrick Mahomes was hoping to suit up for Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings, but Coach Andy Reid did not want to take that risk. He was a limited participant in practice this week and officially listed as questionable for the game, but he will have to wait at least another week for his highly anticipated return. Mahomes is projected to return in Week 10 against the Tennessee Titans just 24 days after suffering the dislocated kneecap that was expected to keep him out four to six weeks.

Receiver Keke Coutee dressed but did not play in Sunday’s 26-3 win over the Jaguars. The reasons why are still not clear. The 2018 fourth-round draft pick battled an ankle injury in the preseason, but he has appeared in six games since. So far this season, the former Red Raider has caught 13 of 22 targets for 154 yards and rushed twice for 14 yards and a touchdown, but he seems to have dropped out of the offense without warning. Coutee is still on the roster, is not injured, and did make the trip to London with the team. However, DeAndre Carter has somehow moved ahead of Coutee as the third wideout for the Texans. Hopefully, we will see Coutee on the field again this season.

Linebacker Dakota Allen was waived by the Oakland Raiders on Wednesday a little over a month after signing with the team. In his two-game appearances, the Raiders only used the rookie seventh-round pick on special teams. Allen was initially drafted by the Rams but did not make the final cut after his preseason performance. On Monday, the Rams announced Allen had been signed to the practice squad less than a week after the Raiders waived him.