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Stanford in the NFL: McCaffrey breaks through the tackles

Week three of the NFL is in the books, and there were some absolutely shocking results in the world of football. The New England Patriots lost to the Detroit Lions, the Minnesota Vikings lost to the Buffalo Bills, and the Jacksonville Jaguars lost to the Tennessee Titans in pretty shocking upsets. Through all of the insanity, the 28 former Stanford players still rostered to NFL teams had some incredible performances, and some fairly disappointing ones as well. Let’s take a look at who stood out from the pack this week.

Stanford in the NFL: Superstars shine bright

The NFL season is once again in full swing, and the mania of the first two weeks has been thoroughly interesting, to say the least. Rivalries are sharpening, teams are looking to cement themselves among the league’s elite, and every single player on every roster is looking to show that they can contribute. Amongst the players suiting up every Sunday are 29 former Cardinal, now putting their skills on display in the NFL. Here’s what some of them have been up to the past two weeks!

Six Stanford players find homes in the NFL

After months of preparation since college football officially concluded, the NFL draft finally took place this past weekend, and over 300 hopeful prospects were drafted and signed to professional football teams across the country. During this process, four Stanford Cardinal football players were selected by teams with late round draft picks, while two others were signed after the draft concluded as undrafted free agents (UDFA’s).

Stanford in the NFL: Super Bowl preview

Stanford football alumni have had great performances during the 2017 NFL season. The debuts of top-10 picks rookies running back Christian McCaffrey and defensive end Solomon Thomas have captured the interest of their teams’ fanbases. Not only that but the sustained success of players such as tight ends Zach Ertz and Austin Hooper and offensive linemen David DeCastro and Andrus Peat has Stanford on the lips of many fans as a bonafide NFL factory.

Stanford in the NFL: McCaffrey breaks through in Week 9

Week 9 saw some big improvements for several Cardinals in the NFL, especially Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey.

McCaffrey saw more touches than usual after veteran Jonathan Stewart lost two fumbles during the first quarter. McCaffrey took advantage of the opportunity, rushing 15 times for 66 yards and a touchdown in Sunday’s win. He also averaged 4.4 yards per carry, which marks a season-best for him. On the receiving end, McCaffrey caught five of six targets for 28 yards in Sunday’s game, recording his fifth straight game with at least five receptions.