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Sun Devils in the NFL: Osweiler’s season hits tipping point with 3 INT’s, Randall returns and helps lift Pack

Here is your update for Sun Devils in the NFL from Week 11.

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Osweiler proving the Texans made a mistake vs. Chargers

This wasn't how things were supposed to go for the Houston Texans in 2016.

After winning the AFC South a season ago at 9-7 and getting smoked at home by the Kansas City Chiefs in the Wild Card Round, the Texans made a move that was supposed to put them over the top.

A big move. An expensive move.

And yet, in signing quarterback Brock Osweiler to a $72 million contract that includes $37 million in guarantees over the first two years, the Texans are right back where they started—barely above .500, clinging desperately to first place in the NFL's worst division and hoping they can win some football games.


The Texans weren't able to do that in Week 12, falling at home for the first time this season. It wasn't hard to pinpoint why the Texans lost 21-13 to the San Diego Chargers on Sunday. Osweiler was awful.

Against the Bolts, the 26-year-old failed to complete 60 percent of his passes. He posted a passer rating of less than 50. And most importantly, Osweiler threw three interceptions, including two in the fourth quarter as Houston attempted to mount a comeback.

The problem is that Sunday's clunker is far from an isolated occurrence. Sunday's three interception performance represents Osweiler's season fairly well.

Randall returns to a struggling Packers secondary

The Green Bay Packer's are receiving some much needed reinforcements in there depleted secondary Monday, as starting corner Damarious Randall returned to action.

Randall has missed the last five weeks while recovering from a groin injury. Though the second-year corner played inconsistently before his prolonged absence, he remains the Packers' top cover man after the team ruled out Sam Shields for the remainder of the season.

Rookies

Name/Position/Number

Team

Selected

Standing

This Week's Stats

Christian Westerman, OG - No. 63

Cincinnati Bengals

5th round, 24th pick

Second-team right guard

N/A

D.J. Foster, RB - No. 27

New England Patriots

undrafted

Third-team running back

N/A

Other Alumni on Active Rosters

Name/Position/Number

Team

Years at ASU

Standing

This Week's Stats

Lawrence Guy, DT - No. 93

Baltimore Ravens

2008-10

Starting defensive end

1 tackle

Terrell Suggs, LB - No. 55

Baltimore Ravens

2000-02

Starting outside linebacker

3 tackles, 2 sack, 2 FF

Will Sutton, DT - No. 93

Chicago Bears

2009-13

Second-team nose tackle

BYE

Vontaze Burfict, LB - No. 55

Cincinnati Bengals

2009-11

Suspended

10 tackles

Marcus Hardison, DL - No. 91

Cincinnati Bengals

2013-14

Placed on injured-reserve (Sep. 3)

N/A

Damarious Randall, CB - No. 23

Green Bay Packers

2013-14

Starting left cornerback

7 tackles

Brock Osweiler, QB - No. 17

Houston Texans

2009-11

Starting quarterback

22/37, 247 yds, 3 INT

Jaelen Strong, WR - No. 11

Houston Texans

2013-14

Second-team left wide receiver

N/A

Shawn Lauvao, LG - No. 77

Washington

2005-09

Starting left guard

N/A

Rashad Ross, WR - No. 19

Washington

2011-12

Second-team left wide receiver; starting KO RET

N/A

Notes

The Patriots waived rookie running back D.J. Foster from the active roster after Sunday's game against the Jets. The Patriots claimed defensive tackle Darius Kilgo and had to make room for him on there active roster.

Foster, an unrestricted free agent, appeared in three games and was a healthy scratch for the remaining eight. He had seven carries for 24 yards with one catch for 2 yards. He also had one kick return for 30 yards. The Patriots previously were carrying five running backs on their roster: Foster, Dion Lewis, James White, LeGarrette Blount and Brandon Bolden.

Foster could join running back Tyler Gaffney on the practice squad if he clears waivers. He was hampered by a hamstring injury this summer but showed impressive speed and quickness in limited time on the field.