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Sto­ry­line of the week

No mis­take about it: QB De­shaun Wat­son rolled to his right on sec­on­dand-10 from the Tex­ans’ 37-yard line and heaved a deep ball for WR Bruce Elling­ton to evade a sack. The Rams in­ter­cepted Wat­son’s throw, but the sec­ond-year passer in­sisted the de­ci­sion was no er­ror. “I wouldn’t call it a mis­take,” he said. “It was a learn­ing les­son, try to take a chance with one of my re­ceivers and, if you look at it in the big pic­ture, treat it like a punt.” Wat­son went 3-for-6 for 15 yards in the game.

Rookie watch

Un­drafted WR Vyncint Smith is mak­ing his case to make the Tex­ans. The Lime­stone Col­lege prod­uct has caught three passes for 86 yards and a touch­down in three pre­sea­son games. The 6-3, 195-pound wide­out has a bet­ter chance to make the ros­ter on spe­cial teams, where he has reg­is­tered one tackle. If Smith doesn’t make the fi­nal 53-man ros­ter, he could be­come an in­trigu­ing mem­ber of the prac­tice squad.

Mark Lane, Tex­ans Wire

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