With the Philadelphia Eagles’ addition of wide receiver A.J. Brown in a draft-day trade, former Athens High School star Quez Watkins hasn’t gotten as many opportunities as he did in 2021.
Last season, Watkins caught 43 passes for 647 yards and one touchdown for Philadelphia. He entered Sunday’s game against the Indianapolis Colts with 12 receptions for 193 yards and one touchdown nine games into the 2022 campaign.
Against the Colts, Watkins got only two chances to catch passes. But he made them both count as the Eagles rallied for a 17-16 victory over Indianapolis.
Watkins had a 9-yard reception on a third-and-8 snap at the Indianapolis 23-yard line as Philadelphia scored its first points on a second-quarter field goal.
The Colts kept the Eagles out of the end zone until Watkins caught a 22-yard pass with 13:31 left to play as Philadelphia cut Indianapolis’ advantage to 13-10.
The touchdown was Watkins’ first since Sept. 19, when he scored on a 53-yard reception in a 24-7 victory over the Minnesota Vikings.
Jalen Hurts threw the touchdown pass to Watkins, and the Eagles quarterback scored on a 7-yard run with 1:20 remaining to push Philadelphia to a one-point win.
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Watkins was among the 36 players from Alabama high schools and colleges (excluding Alabama and Auburn) who got on the field on the 11th Sunday of the NFL’s 103rd season.
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Two other former state players were involved in the Philadelphia-Indianapolis game:
· Eagles safety Reed Blankenship (West Limestone) made one tackle on special teams.
· James Bradberry (Pleasant Grove, Samford) started at cornerback for the Eagles. Bradberry made two tackles.
In the other Sunday games:
Atlanta Falcons 27, Chicago Bears 24
· Bears fullback Khari Blasingame (Buckhorn) played but did not record any stats.
· Bears wide receiver Velus Jones Jr. (Saraland) returned a kickoff 55 yards. Jones reached the Atlanta 44-yard line on the return, launching Chicago on its first touchdown drive.
· Darnell Mooney (Gadsden City) started at wide receiver for the Bears. Mooney caught four passes for 29 yards and a touchdown. Mooney caught a 16-yard touchdown pass as Chicago tied the score at 7-7 with 6:02 left in the first quarter.
· Nicholas Morrow (Huntsville) started at linebacker for the Bears. Morrow made four tackles and recorded a tackle for loss.
Baltimore Ravens 13, Carolina Panthers 3
· Panthers running back Spencer Brown (Mortimer Jordan, UAB) is on the practice squad and not eligible to play.
· Panthers cornerback Tae Hayes (Decatur) dressed for the game but did not play.
· Ravens outside linebacker Jeremiah Moon (Hoover) is on the practice squad and not eligible to play.
· Ravens defensive tackle Michael Pierce (Daphne, Samford) is on injured reserve and not eligible to play.
Buffalo Bills 31, Cleveland Browns 23
· Browns offensive tackle Chris Hubbard (UAB) played for the first time in his 10th NFL season.
· Bills cornerback Siran Neal (Eufaula, Jacksonville State) played but did not record any stats.
· Browns wide receiver Chester Rogers (Lee-Huntsville) is on the practice squad and not eligible to play.
· Browns defensive end Alex Wright (Elba, UAB) made one tackle.
Washington Commanders 23, Houston Texans 10
· Texans defensive end Mario Addison (Tarrant, Troy) made two tackles.
· Nico Collins (Clay-Chalkville) started at wide receiver for the Texans. Collins had five receptions for 48 yards.
· Tytus Howard (Monroe County, Alabama State) started at right offensive tackle for the Texans.
· Bobby McCain (Oxford) started at cornerback for the Commanders. McCain made six tackles and registered a quarterback hit. Injuries in the Washington secondary caused the Commanders to shift McCain from safety to cornerback.
· Commanders running back J.D. McKissic (Central-Phenix City) is on injured reserve and not eligible to play.
· Commanders safety Jeremy Reaves (South Alabama) made one tackle on special teams.
· Texans cornerback Tremon Smith (Saks) played but did not record any stats.
New England Patriots 10, New York Jets 3
· Kwon Alexander (Oxford) started at linebacker for the Jets. Alexander made three tackles.
· Jets defensive end Bryce Huff (St. Paul’s Episcopal) recorded one sack. Huff also had a sack last week.
· Patriots cornerback Marcus Jones (Enterprise, Troy) returned four punts for 109 yards, including an 84-yarder for a touchdown with five seconds left to play. In the NFL’s Super Bowl era, the only game-winning touchdown punt return that came later in the fourth quarter is a 65-yarder by Philadelphia wide receiver DeSean Jackson on the final snap of the Eagles’ 38-31 victory over the New York Giants on Dec. 19, 2010.
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· Quincy Williams (Wenonah) started at linebacker for the Jets. Williams made seven tackles, recorded one sack, had one tackle for loss and registered two quarterback hits. Williams has two sacks this season.
New Orleans Saints 27, Los Angeles Ram 20
· Rams offensive lineman Chandler Brewer (Florence) is on injured reserve and not eligible to play.
· Saints quarterback Jameis Winston (Hueytown) dressed but did not play.
Detroit Lions 31, New York Giants 18
· Giants offensive tackle Korey Cunningham (Montevallo) is on the practice squad and not eligible to play.
· Giants cornerback Cordale Flott (Saraland) played for the first time since Sept. 26 after being sidelined by a calf injury. Flott made two tackles, broke up a pass and forced a fumble (which the Lions recovered).
· Lions guard Logan Stenberg (James Clemens) played but did not record any stats.
· Giants defensive lineman Nick Williams (Minor, Samford) is on injured reserve and not eligible to play.
Las Vegas Raiders 22, Denver Broncos 16 (OT)
· Raiders running back Ameer Abdullah (Homewood) caught three passes for 5 yards and returned three kickoffs for 69 yards.
· Raiders defensive tackle Neil Farrell Jr. (Murphy) made one tackle.
· Broncos punter Corliss Waitman (South Alabama) averaged 46.8 yards on four punts, with a 39.8-yard net. Waitman had a 43-yard punt returned 2 yards to the Las Vegas 47-yard line, a 39-yarder returned 12 yards to the Las Vegas 33, a 54-yarder returned 7 yards to the Las Vegas 35 and a 51-yarder returned 7 yards to the Las Vegas 22.
· Broncos wide receiver Montrell Washington (Samford) returned two punts for 27 yards and three kickoffs for 41 yards.
Dallas Cowboys 40, Minnesota Vikings 3
· Vikings quarterback Nick Mullens (Spain Park) completed 5-of-7 passes for 54 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions in relief of Kirk Cousins.
· Za’Darius Smith (Greenville) started at outside linebacker for the Vikings. Smith made one tackle.
· Cowboys wide receiver Jalen Tolbert (McGill-Toolen, South Alabama) caught an 8-yard pass, the second reception of his NFL career.
· Cowboys defensive end Sam Williams (Lee-Montgomery) made three tackles, recorded two tackles for loss and registered a quarterback hit.
Cincinnati Bengals 37, Pittsburgh Steelers 30
· Bengals cornerback Allan George (Andalusia) is on the practice squad and not eligible to play.
· Bengals kicker Evan McPherson (Fort Payne) made his seven kicks – field goals of 45, 54 and 44 yards and four extra points.
· George Pickens (Hoover) started at wide receiver for the Steelers. Pickens caught four passes for 83 yards and one touchdown. Pickens scored on a 23-yard reception with 1:47 left in the first half as Pittsburgh tied the score at 17-17.
· Steelers outside linebacker Malik Reed (Dothan) made one tackle.
· Steelers offensive tackle Trent Scott (Lee-Huntsville) dressed for the game but did not play.
· Cam Taylor-Britt (Park Crossing) started at cornerback for the Bengals. Taylor-Britt led Cincinnati with 12 tackles. Taylor-Britt entered the game with 10 tackles in his first three NFL games.
Kansas City Chiefs 30, Los Angeles Chargers 27
· Chargers tight end Gerald Everett (UAB/South Alabama) was designated as a game-day inactive. Everett was sidelined by a groin injury.
· Chiefs wide receiver Justyn Ross (Central-Phenix City) is on injured reserve and not eligible to play.
· Chiefs defensive tackle Taylor Stallworth (Murphy) played but did not record any stats.
· Chiefs wide receiver Kadarius Toney (Blount) had a 5-yard punt return before leaving the game with a hamstring injury.
Week 11 started on Thursday night, when the Tennessee Titans defeated the Green Bay Packers 27-17.
Week 11 concludes on Monday, when the San Francisco 49ers and Arizona Cardinals square off at 7:15 p.m. CDT at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. ESPN and ESPN Deportes will televise the game.
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Mark Inabinett is a sports reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter at @AMarkG1.
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