Former Stanford tight ends keeping a tradition going in NFL


Zach Ertz and Coby Fleener caught touchdowns as 15 former Cardinal players saw action during Week 6 of the NFL season. The two continued a good weekend for Stanford tight ends after Greg Taboada and Eric Cotton combined for three touchdowns in Stanford's 34-17 win over Washington State Friday.

Ertz had three catches for 47 yards and his TD in Philadelphia's 27-0 victory over the New York Giants. Fleener had two receptions for 11 yards in a 33-28 win at Houston last Thursday.

Meanwhile, Andrew Luck moved Indianapolis' winning streak to four with a 33-28 win at Houston. Luck completed 25 of 44 passes for for 370 yards and three touchdowns, including the one to Fleener. Luck also ran seven times for 18 yards.

Yet another former Stanford receiver, Griff Whalen, returned two punts for 31 yards and three kickoffs for 79 yards for the Colts.

Elsewhere in Week 6:

Defensive back Johnson Bademosi had one special teams tackle and tight end Jim Dray had one reception for 31 yards in Cleveland's 31-10 win over Pittsburgh. David DeCastro started at right guard for the Steelers,

Doug Baldwin had two receptions for 32 yards and blocked a punt in Seattle's 30-23 loss to Dallas and cornerback Richard Sherman had eight tackles for the Seahawks.

Linebacker Trent Murphy had one quarterback hit in Washington's 30-20 loss at Arizona. Stepfan Taylor had three carries for 10 yards for the Cardinals.

Ryan Hewitt played H-back for the Bengals in a 37-37 tie with Carolina.

Safety Michael Thomas played in Miami's 27-24 loss to Green Bay and tight end Levine Toilolo had three receptions for 34 yards in Atlanta's 27-13 loss to Chicago.

Jonathan Martin played at offensive tackle for the 49ers in their 31-17 victory on Monday night at St. Louis.

Injury list: Cameron Fleming of the New England Patriots (finger), Toby Gerhart of the Jacksonville Jaguars (foot), Erik Lorig of the New Orleans Saints (ankle).

— Stanford Athletics/Palo Alto Online Sports

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