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Minnesota Football: Gophers in the NFL Week 9

Maxx is Back!!

NFL: Miami Dolphins at Arizona Cardinals
Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Week 9 saw the return of one Gopher from IR and a return to the end zone! It also saw one player miss his game due to Covid contract tracing. The highs and the lows of this 2020 season. Here is our recap of how the former Minnesota Golden Gophers performed in Week 8 in the NFL and a look ahead to Week 9.

Maxx Williams— Tight End— Arizona Cardinals

Week 9 vs Miami Dolphins

Week 10 vs Buffalo Bills

Maxx is back! The former Gopher tight end was activated off of IR and started for the Cardinals in their 34-31 loss to Miami. Maxx played 34 snaps in the game and caught his one target, a four yard pass from Kyler Murray that Maxx stretched over the goal line for a touchdown! Williams missed practice on Wednesday for Arizona so hopefully they are just giving his still injured ankle time to recover and he will be on the field against the Bills on Sunday

De’Vondre Campbell—Linebacker—Arizona Cardinals

Week 9 vs Miami Dolphins

Week 10 vs Buffalo Bills

Campbell played well for Arizona in their loss. He played all 61 defensive snaps and recorded six tackles, including a QB sack and a tackle for a loss.

Chris Streveler-QB-Arizona Cardinals

Week 9 vs Miami Dolphins

Week 10 vs Buffalo Bills

Streveler once again was on the bench as the backup QB for Arizona.

Eric Murray-Safety Houston Texans

Week 9 @ Jacksonville Jaguars

Week 10 @ Cleveland Browns

Murray played all 69 defensive snaps for the Texans and recorded a pair of solo tackles and an assisted tackle in Houston’s win. He and the Texans head to Cleveland this week for a game against his former team.

Damien Wilson—Linebacker—Kansas City Chiefs

Week 9 vs Carolina Panthers

Week 10 BYE

Wilson played 38 defensive snaps for the Chiefs in their win over Carolina. Wilson recorded two tackles in the game.

Blake Cashman—Linebacker—New York Jets

Week 9 vs New England Patriots (MNF)

Week 10 BYE

Cashman was inactive for the Jets heartbreaking loss to the Patriots on Monday Night Football

Antoine Winfield Jr. —Safety—Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Week 9 vs New Orleans Saints (SNF)

Week 10 @ Carolina Panthers

The Bucs played their worst game of the season last Sunday night getting blown out by the Saints. Winfield played 71 defensive snaps and recorded three solo tackles and four assisted tackles. Just an typical game for one of the leading candidates for Defensive Rookie of the Year.

Tyler Johnson-WR-Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Week 9 vs New Orleans Saints (SNF)

Week 10 @ Carolina Panthers

Tyler Johnson is the player who will most likely suffer the most with the signing of Antoinio Brown in Tampa. Johnson went from over thirty snaps two weeks ago to just six last week. He caught his one target from Tom Brady for an 11 yard gain. With Mike Evans and Chris Godwin healthy and Brown stepping in—it’s going to be a fight for TJ to get targets down the stretch.

Carter Coughlin-LB-New York Giants

Week 9 @ Washington Football Team

Week 10 vs Philadelphia Eagles

Coughlin once again only played four snaps on defense and some special teams but did not record any stats in the game against WFT.

Kamal Martin-LB-Green Bay Packers

Week 9 @ San Francisco 49ers (TNF)

Week 10 vs Jacksonville Jaguars

Martin missed the Packers blowout win over San Francisco as a casualty of contract tracing for COVID due to his close contact with Packers rookie running back AJ Dillon who tested positive. Martin is back at practice for Green Bay and should be activated off of the COVID/Reserve list in time to return and start for the Packers on Sunday against the Jags.