Tomorrow the NFL regular season wraps up and for 20 teams, that means a head start into the off season as the remaining 12 teams will spend the new year preparing for the playoffs with a trip to Super Bowl LI on the line.
Before the final games of the season, let’s take a look at how former Washington State Cougars performed throughout the 2016 season:
The Dallas Cowboys are arguably the best team in all of football right now, but Vince Mayle (WR) saw his second NFL season go by with limited actions. Mayle leaped back and forth between the practice squad and 53-man roster, but only saw game action on special teams. The Cowboys cut Mayle on Thurday but the Baltimore Ravens picked him up yesterday, adding depth to a receiving corp that loses the retiring Steve Smith Sr.
It’s been a down year for the Arizona Cardinals who were chosen by many to win the NFC. In a sense, it’s been a down year for injured Deone Bucannon (LB) who played 13 games this year before an injury against Miami on December 11 sidelined him for the rest of the season. Bucannon will finish the season with 91 combined tackles and four passes defended, with no interceptions or forced/recovered fumbles.
Xavier Cooper (DL) is still battling for snaps taken with the 1-14 (likely to finish 1-15) Cleveland Browns. Going into Week 17, Cooper has 18 combined tackles and 10 solo tackles.
Speaking of lineman, Joe Dahl (OT) made his first career start against the Cowboys on Monday Night Football in Week 16 for his first live-game action of the year, but only protected Matthew Stafford on 11 snaps during the game. Depending on the outcome of Lions - Packers match-up tomorrow that decides the NFC North, Dahl may be the only former Cougar playing in the postseason.
Undrafted free agent Destiny Vaeao (DL) has taken advantage of limited play in Philadelphia for the Eagles. The Pago Pago native has 13 tackles, two sacks, and one forced fumble which came against the Chicago Bears back in September.
Speaking of the cellar-dweller Bears, Marquess Wilson (WR) has caught nine balls for 160 yards and a touchdown for Chicago this season who has just three wins all season.
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