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Wednesday roundtable: Examining early-season surprises

On Saturday, Stanford football closed out the first chunk of its 2014 schedule — a three-game homestand — with a 35-0 victory over West Point. With a quarter of the season now complete, we asked football writers Michael Peterson, Winston Shi and Jordan Wallach: Which player or position group has been the most impressive overall for the Card, and the performance of which player or position group has been the biggest surprise (either good or bad)?

Stanford in the NFL: 22 former Cardinal players earn roster spots

Adding to an ever-expanding presence in the NFL, four members of Stanford football’s 2014 class survived training camp cuts and made a 53-man roster, raising the total number of former Cardinal players in the league to 22. Rookies Trent Murphy (Washington), David Yankey (Minnesota), Cameron Fleming (New England) and Ryan Hewitt (Cincinnati) succeeded in earning…

Young tight ends look to expand role in offense

For a college football team tied with UCLA and Wisconsin for the most tight ends currently on NFL rosters with four, Stanford football utilized its historically talented position very little last season. Stanford’s tight ends made just 10 catches for 69 yards in 2013, and multiple-tight end sets appeared on the field much less often than in previous years — when Zach Ertz ‘13, Coby Fleener ‘12 and Levine Toilolo ‘13 manned the position.