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Beavers in the NFL: Week 9

Brandin Cooks had an amazing game despite a loss, and other news from the NFL

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  • Treston Decoud: Dallas Cowboys - Cornerback

Treston Decoud, who has been on the Cowboys practice squad all season, was promoted to the active roster on November 1st. The move comes after Cowboys Cornerback C.J. Goodwin broke his arm during the Cowboys loss to the Redskins on October 21st.

As a rookie last season with the Texans, Decoud saw action in 10 games, and finished with 6 total tackles and 1 assist. Decoud saw a handful of snaps in the Cowboys Monday Night loss to the Titans, all on special teams. We’ll see if his role on the team grows as the season goes on. The Cowboys take on Philadelphia this Sunday.

  • Brandin Cooks: Los Angeles Rams - Wide Receiver

The Rams fell to the Saints for their first loss of the season, but Brandin Cooks still put up an amazing game. He’s the Rams go to option whenever they need a massive chunk of yards, as evidenced by this play where Goff and Cooks made the strategic decision to gain nearly 50 yards.

Cooks had 8 receptions on 8 targets, for 114 yards and 1 touchdown. He and the Rams will take on the Seahawks this Sunday.

  • Johnny Hekker: Los Angeles Rams - Punter

Hekker only punted once in the Rams loss to the Saints, for 47 yards, but he once again made the news. The Rams have used Hekker for fakes a couple times this season, but usually as a passer. Against New Orleans, the Rams had run Hekker run the ball.

To many, including SB Nation’s Adam Stites, that Hekker easily made the line for the first down. Unfortunately the refs disagreed, and marked him just short of the first down. Had the Rams converted on this play, it could have been a huge momentum swing. We’ll never know what would have happened, but hopefully this doesn’t discourage LA from calling more punter focused trick plays.

  • Steven Nelson: Kansas City Chiefs - Cornerback

Steven Nelson had his best game of the season in the Chiefs win over the Browns. Nelson had 8 total tackles against the Browns, and one pass deflection. Let in the game, when the Browns were mounting a bit of a comeback, Nelson read Baker Mayfield like a cheap greeting card and grabbed his second pick of the season, and his career.

  • Derek Anderson: Buffalo Bills - Quarterback

Anderson is still under concussion protocol, and despite Nathan Peterman’s Petermanesque performance against the Bears (3 picks) he’ll probably remain the starter. Josh Allen seems to be close to returning, as he’s been upgraded to limited in practice, but the Bills may wait until after their upcoming bye week to bring back the rookie.

That’s all for this week. Check back next week for another rundown of how all your old favorites did in the NFL.