Former Stanford receivers catch on in Week 11 losses


It was a big week for former Stanford receivers in the NFL, as seven players combined for 26 receptions and 322 yards during Week 11. Wide receiver Doug Baldwin had six receptions for 45 yards, including a touchdown for Seattle and tight end Coby Fleener gained a career-high 144 yards through the air for Indianapolis. 

Fleener was the favorite target of fellow ex-Stanford star Andrew Luck in the Colts' 42-20 loss to New England. The third-year tight end accounted for nearly half of Luck's 308 passing yards. Luck eclipsed the 300-yard mark for the eighth straight game as he completed 23 of 39 passes for two touchdowns and one interception. He also ran three times for 15 yards.

Former Cardinal receiver Griff Whalen also played for the Colts and ex-Cardinal lineman Cameron Fleming played for the Patriots.

Elsewhere in Week 11:

Trent Murhpy picked up his second career sack while stripping Tampa Bay quarterback Josh McCown. The third-down play, which started on the nine-yard line and went for a five-yard loss, forced Tampa Bay to take a field goal. Murphy finished with two tackles and one forced fumble in a 27-7 loss.

Jim Dray had two receptions for 46 yards in Cleveland's 23-7 loss to Houston and Sione Fua played in the defensive line for the Browns. Tight end Zach Ertz had four receptions for 55 yards in Philadelphia's 53-20 loss at Green Bay.

Stepfan Taylor had two carries for six yards and one reception for four yards in Arizona's 14-6 win against Detroit; Ryan Hewitt started at h-back in Cincinnati's 27-10 win at New Orleans; Erik Lorig had four receptions for five yards in New Orleans' loss; Jonathan Martin played offensive tackle and Chase Thomas had a special teams tackle in San Francisco's 16-10 win at the New York Giants; Richard Sherman had four tackles in Seattle's 24-20 loss at Kansas City; and Levine Toilolo had two receptions for 23 yards in Atlanta's 19-17 win at Carolina.

Pittsburgh's David DeCastro and Tennessee's Will Svitek both played in the Monday Night game won by the Steelers, 27-24.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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