Pokes in the NFL Week 9

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Mason Rudolph, Quarterback, Pittsburgh Steelers

Mason Rudolph had another consistent, but slightly underwhelming performance on Sunday. He completed 26 of his 35 passes for 191 yards, adding a touchdown and an interception in the process.

Rudolph only averaged 7.3 yards per completion, which is fairly low for an NFL quarterback. 

However, this is not all on Rudolph as the Steelers have been set on only giving him short passes and check downs to throw to.  While he did have a 40-yard completion to James Washington, the majority of his completions came within three yards of the line of scrimmage.

Rudolph will have to air it out more next week against the Rams if they want to win.  The Rams have a very athletic defense that will dare him to throw it deep.

James Washington, Wide receiver, Pittsburgh Steelers

James Washington had his best performance of the season on Sunday as he catch all four of his targets for 69 yards.

Washington’s four reception equaled his combined total for his previous three games, which illustrate the kind of season it has been for him.  Even with Antonio Brown’s abscence, Washington has struggled to get involved in the new offense, which is centered around Rudolph.

However, it appears the Steelers are beginning to trust Rudolph with the deep ball, which allows Washington to show off his speed and jumping abilities.

Washington will look to grow off his strong performance Sunday against the Los Angeles Rams.

Chris Carson, Running back, Seattle Seahawks

Carson had another solid game on Sunday as he totaled 105 yards rushing and 28 yards receiving on 18 total touches. 

The Seahawks and Bucs were locked in a high-scoring affair, which led to both teams throwing the ball more. While Carson had 75% of Seattle’s carries, he got the ball 16 times on the ground, which was his lowest total since Week 3.

Carson and the Seahawks have a tough Monday Night Football matchup against the 49ers, who have one of the best defenses in the league. 

He will certainly have his work cut out for him, but Carson has proven before that he is a tough back who can get the tough yards on every play.

Blake Jarwin, Tight end, Dallas Cowboys

Jarwin continued his boom-or-bust season on Monday Night Football as he caught his only pass on the night and took it 42 yards for a touchdown.

The touchdown was Dallas’ first on the night and ignited the Dallas’ offense, which had previously been sputtering.

Three of his 12 receptions gone for touchdowns.  While he is not a consistent cog in the offense, Jarwin has had several big plays this season that have boosted the Dallas offense with his vertical threat.

Jarwin’s next game is on Sunday night against the Minnesota Vikings.

Other notable former Pokes on NFL rosters:

Emmanuel Ogbah, Kansas City Chiefs

Dan Bailey, Minnesota Vikings

Tre Flowers, Seattle Seahawks

Marcell Ateman, Oakland Raiders

Justice Hill, Baltimore Ravens