NFL Locals: Miami Dolphins’ River Cracraft scored for second straight week in win over Buffalo


According to staff reports

Another week, another trip to the end zone for a former regional receiver.

No, not Cooper Kupp.

Miami Dolphins Cracraft River (WSU) caught an 11-yard touchdown in tight coverage from Tua Tagovailoa in the second quarter of an upset 21-19 win over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday in Miami.

The reception was Cracraft’s second of the season. The other also went for a touchdown, when he caught a 2-yard score that spurred a 42-38 fourth-quarter comeback against the Baltimore Ravens last week.

He was lifted from the practice squad a day before the match on both occasions.

Since entering the league as an undrafted rookie in 2018, Cracraft has fought for snaps and spent time on the practice squad during stints with the Denver Broncos and San Francisco 49ers.

He started again with the Dolphins and took advantage of his chances on one of the two teams to start the season with a 3-0 record.

Standing under 6 feet and weighing 200 pounds, Dolphins wide receiver coach Wes Welker could see himself in Cracraft.

“It’s his work ethic,” Welker said last week. “How long he puts in. He thinks about football all the time. He’s always there on his days off doing extras, after training, in the spring, it all adds up.

And while Cracraft found the end zone, yes, the former Washington East star also scored.

Kupp (EWU) took a late game for a 20-yard rushing touchdown in a 20-12 win over the Arizona Cardinals at Phoenix. It was one of only two touchdowns in a game that featured six field goals.

Kupp added four catches for 44 yards in the win and scored in nine straight games, including last season’s playoffs.

On the other side of Kupp and the Rams was Jalen Thompson (WSU)who had seven tackles for Arizona.

Thompson recovered a fumble on the Arizona 3-yard line midway through the fourth quarter. It gave the Cardinals a chance to come back 20-9, but the next drive ended in a field goal and Arizona couldn’t get the ball back.

Another pair of former hometown players clashed on opposing defenses when the Carolina Panthers beat the New Orleans Saints 22-14 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Frankie Luvu (WSU) had five tackles for a dominating Panthers defense that gave up no runs until the fourth quarter. Kaden Elliss (Idaho) had two tackles for the Saints.

Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Jaylen Watson (WSU) had six tackles and one tackle for loss in a 20-17 loss to the host Indianapolis Colts.

Watson was named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance against the Chargers on September 15, where he scored the touchdown on a 99-yard interception return.

New England Patriots wide receiver Kendrick Bourne (EWU) caught four passes for 58 yards in a 37-26 loss to the Baltimore Ravens in Foxborough, Massachusetts. new england Daniel Ekuale (WSU) had a tackle.


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