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Chris Carson

Chris Carson, Running Back, Seattle Seahawks

Chris Carson exploited the Cincinnati Bengals defense for 81 total yards and two touchdowns. Carson has been productive in the past, so his stat line was not surprising. What is surprising, however, is that Carson caught a team high six passes. He had more touches (21) than Russell Wilson had pass attempts (20), which shows just how much confidence the Seahawks coaching staff has in him.

Blake Jarwin, Tight End, Dallas Cowboys

Although Blake Jarwin was getting overshadowed by the return of fellow Dallas Cowboys Tight End Jason Witten, Jarwin has held his own. He was the first Cowboy to score a touchdown this year when he found himself streaking wide open down the middle off a play action fake for a 28-yard score. He finished with three catches for 39 yards and the afore mentioned touchdown.

James Washington, Wide Reciever, Pittsburgh Steelers

With the departure of Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown in the offseason, many experts predicted Washington would step up and have a big year. In his first game Washington failed to live up to the hype. He caught two passes on five targets for 51 yards. On the bright side, Washington had a highlight reel grab in in the third quarter where he used his speed to burn Patriots corner Jason McCourty along the sideline for a 45-yard catch.

Justice Hill, Running Back, Baltimore Ravens

One of the most recent Oklahoma State Cowboys to reach the NFL, Justice Hill made his professional debut on Sunday against the Miami Dolphins. Although his team went off for 59 points, Hill had a relatively quiet game going for only 27 yards on seven carries. Look for Hill to play a bigger role in the Ravens offense in the future, but it will take him some time to pass Mark Ingram and Gus Edwards on the depth chart, both of whom out touched Hill in Sunday’s game.

Tre Flowers, Cornerback, Seattle Seahawks

Flowers had an extremely up and down game in which he played all 77 defensive snaps. The positive side is that Flowers was a defensive machine on Sunday. He recorded nine solo tackles, one tackle assist, and even recovered a fumble. However, Flowers also gave up a 55-yard touchdown catch to Bengals receiver John Ross with 16 seconds left in the first half. Flowers was covering Ross on the play but quickly lost positioning and watched as Ross reeled in the deep ball for a score.