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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…

NFL notes: Ertz snags two touchdowns in Eagles victory

For tight end Zach Ertz ‘13, big games are just big opportunities to shine.

Ertz recorded his first career two-touchdown game, catching the second and third touchdowns of his young career to power the Eagles to a critical 24-21 victory over the Arizona Cardinals, who had previously won four games in a row. The win allowed the Eagles to keep pace with the Dallas Cowboys in the NFC East. Ertz finished as the Eagles’ leading receiver on the day with five receptions for 68 yards in one of the biggest games of the Eagles’ season thus far.