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ProCanes Highlights and NFL Week 10 Preview

Initially Considered an NFL Draft Bust as a 2015 Top Ten Pick, Ereck Flowers Continues to Blossom in Miami. ProCane RBs Also Have a Nose For the End Zone In Last Sunday’s Action

Miami Dolphins Training Camp Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images

Week Nine ProCane of the Week: LG/Ereck Flowers - After Flowers was drafted 9th overall in 2015, there were obviously high expectations for the ProCane. However, he did not prove to be a fit at the NY Giants LT position and was constantly exposed in the first three seasons under his rookie contract. This poor performance ultimately led to his departure. In 2018, he could not maintain any semblance of consistency as he only started 9 of 16 games on two teams - the Giants and Jaguars.

In 2019, however, it appears Flowers’ career finally started to blossom as he started all 16 games with Washington at Guard, where he appeared to be a more natural fit at the NFL level. After the promising season, he was picked up by the local NFL team, the Miami Dolphins, in free agency. It is no secret the Dolphins needed work on the OL as they were one of worst NFL offensive fronts in 2019. Flowers was just one piece that could assist, but he earned a 3-year/$30million deal to overhaul the front trench.

Many wondered if Flowers was worth that contract after just one good season. This past Sunday may have helped answer that question. Flowers was the highest graded LG in a week 9 victory over Arizona, as Pro Football Focus gave him an 88.5 overall grade, which is the best grade in his career. This included an 88.2 pass-blocking grade and a 83.9 run-blocking grade. Based on this strong performance, the pundits should take note that Flowers’ career - and the Dolphins OL - appears to be headed in the right direction.

ProCanes Week Nine Highlights:

Sticking with the OL, Jon Feliciano (Bills) and Brandon Linder (Jaguars) played 100% of the snaps last week as they continue to be stalwarts on their respective lines.

It has been a slow start for Duke Johnson after he hit the sidelines due to injury after the first half of the opening Thursday night game against the Chiefs. The Texans two-headed D. Johnson backfield of Duke and David looked prime for a decent season but Duke had been nonexistent until this past week as he eased in from injury. This past week, he got his feet wet in the backfield rushing 16 times for 41 yards and 1 TD. On the season, Duke had only rushed 18 times total before Sunday. He did lose one fumble this past week, but played true to his pass-catching back form as he hauled in 4 receptions for 32 yards.

Two other ProCane RBs found the end zone as Seahawks rookie, DeeJay Dallas, had a rushing TD for the second consecutive week. Dallas’ teammate in Seattle and second year RB, Travis Homer, impressed as a pass-catching RB hauling in 3 receptions for 64 yards. Ravens RB and Rutgers grad transfer, Gus Edwards, also found the end zone.

Last, but certainly not least for the ProCane RBs, Jets Frank Gore, strung together 46 yards on 12 carries. Another ageless wonder, Bears TE Jimmy Graham, also had a productive weekend as he had 6 receptions for 55 yards and a score.

On the defensive side of the ball, Colts DE, Al-Quadin Muhamad, had a strong performance in week 9 as he had 4 Tackles, 2 TFL, and 1 Sack. In week 10, however, he did not hit the stat sheet and was disqualified in the fourth quarter win for what looked like a thrown punch. Lastly for week 9, Chargers S, Rayshawn Jenkins, and LB, Denzel Perryman, had 9 combined tackles.
Week Nine Projected ProCane of the Week: RB/Duke Johnson - As noted above, Duke Johnson appears to be hitting his stride. The other portion of the D. Johnson Houston backfield, David, will be out of action due to a concussion. Thus, Duke’s role should continue to increase as he will be the lead back. Look for a big game not only in helping Houston as the every down back, but also in all fantasy leagues where he may be available.

Week Ten Games and Week Nine ProCanes Stats:

Thursday Night Recap:

Indianapolis Colts (6-3) 34 @ Tennessee Titans (6-3) 17

ProCanes Updates
DE Al-Quadin Muhamad - Week Nine: 4 Tackles, 2 TFL, 1.0 Sacks; Week Ten: Disqualified in Fourth Quarter

Sunday Games:

Houston Texans (2-6) (+3.0) @ Cleveland Browns (5-3)

ProCanes Updates Week Nine
Browns (Week 8):
FS Sheldrick Redwine - 8 ST Snaps
DE Olivier Vernon - 4 Tackles, 2 Sacks
TE David Njoku - 1 receptions for 19 yards
DE Joe Jackson - Inactive
RB Duke Johnson - 16 rushes for 41 yards, 1 TD; 4 receptions for 32 yards

Duck Commander Independence Bowl - Miami v South Carolina Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images

Jacksonville Jaguars (1-7) (+13.5) @ Green Bay Packers (6-2)

ProCanes Updates Week Nine
LB Jonathan Garvin - 14 Defensive Snaps, 1 Tackle
OL Brandon Linder - 69 Offensive Snaps (100%)
LB Shaquille Quarterman - 29 ST Snaps; Injured Reserve
OL KC McDermott - Practice Squad

Philadelphia Eagles (3-4-1) (-3.5) @ New York Giants (2-7)

ProCanes Updates Week Nine
SS Adrian Colbert - Injured Reserve
LB Trent Harris - 14 Defensive Snaps
DT R.J. McIntosh - Inactive

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-3) (-5.0) @ Carolina Panthers (3-6)

ProCanes Updates Week Nine
CB Corn Elder - 3 Tackles

Seattle Seahawks (6-2) (+1.5) @ Los Angeles Rams (5-3)

ProCanes Updates Week Nine
RB DeeJay Dallas - 7 rushes for 31 yards, 1 TD; 2 receptions for 8 yards
RB Travis Homer - 6 rushes for 16 yards; 3 receptions for 64 yards
WR Phillip Dorsett - Injured Reserve
TE Greg Olsen - 2 receptions for 13 yards
LB Ray Ray Armstrong - Practice Squad

NFL: Seattle Seahawks at Miami Dolphins Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Denver Broncos (3-5) (+5.0) @ Las Vegas Raiders (5-3)

ProCanes Updates Week Nine
LB Anthony Chickillo - 1 Tackle; 11 Defensive Snaps

Los Angeles Chargers (2-6) (+2.5) @ Miami Dolphins (5-3)

ProCanes Updates Week Nine
OL Ereck Flowers - 61 Offensive Snaps (100%)
OL Tyler Gauthier - Practice Squad
WR Allen Hurns - Opt Out
S Rayshawn Jenkins - 6 Tackles
K Michael Badgley - 2/2 XP, 2/3 FG (45-yard long)
LB Denzel Perryman - 37 Defensive Snaps; 3 Tackles
OL Tyree St. Louis - No Plays

Buffalo Bills (7-2) (NL) @ Arizona Cardinals (5-3)

ProCanes Updates Week Nine
S Jaquan Johnson - 19 ST Snaps
OL Jon Feliciano - 68 Offensive Snaps (100%)

NFL: Preseason-Buffalo Bills at Carolina Panthers Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

San Francisco 49ers (4-5) (+9.5) @ New Orleans Saints (6-2)

ProCanes Updates Week Nine
WR Travis Benjamin - Opt Out

Washington Football Team (2-6) (NL) @ Detroit Lions (3-5)

No ProCanes.

Cincinnati Bengals (2-5-1) (NL) @ Pittsburgh Steelers (8-0)

No ProCanes.

Sunday Night Football:

Baltimore Ravens (6-2) (-7.0) @ New England Patriots (3-5)

ProCanes Updates Week Nine
DE Calais Campbell - 1 Tackle (Injured)
RB Gus Edwards (Transferred to Rutgers) - 11 rushes for 23 yards, 1 TD; 2 receptions for 11 yards
CB Michael Jackson Sr. - Practice Squad
LB Michael Pinckney - Practice Squad

Monday Night Football:

Minnesota Vikings (3-5) (-7.0) @ Chicago Bears (5-4)

ProCanes Updates Week Nine
WR K.J. Osborn - 4 KRs, 26-yard long
TE Jimmy Graham - 6 receptions for 55 yards, 1 TD
P Pat O’Donnell - 6 punts, 49.7 yards/punt, 64 long, 2 inside 20
RB Lamar Miller - Practice Squad
S Deon Bush - COVID-19 Reserve List
CB Artie Burns - Injured Reserve

New York Jets (0-9): Bye Week

RB Frank Gore - 12 rushes for 46 yards; 2 receptions for 13 yards
WR Braxton Berrios - 1 reception for 13 yards
TE Chris Herndon - 30 Offensive Snaps
WR Lawrence Cager (transferred to UGA) - No Plays

Atlanta Falcons (3-6): Bye Week

DE Allen Bailey - 34 Defensive Snaps

Kansas City Chiefs (8-1): Bye Week

OL Danny Isidora - Practice Squad

Dallas Cowboys (2-7): Bye Week

No ProCanes.