Todd Latzke
Rookie Review - Week 7

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Quarterback

Geno Smith – Smith did not have a lot of time in the pocket because the Pittsburgh Steelers were after him all day. Smith ended up 19-of-34 for 201 yards and two interceptions. He also suffered three sacks and ran three times for eight yards. The Jets could not do much offensively and that may continue with Santonio Holmes still hurt, Mike Goodson out for the year, and Kellen Winslow suspended for four games. You may want to look elsewhere for quarterback help.

Mike Glennon – To be perfectly honest, I didn’t think Glennon had much of a chance. But then again, nothing cures what ails you like playing against the Philadelphia defense. Glennon was 26-of-43 for 273 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. He did this with one of his starting wideouts hurt also. How will he do against better defenses? Can he improve once Mike Williams returns?

Running Back

Giovani Bernard – Bernard struggled running the ball, but he more than made up for it with his skills in the passing game. Bernard only had 28 yards on 15 rushes against Buffalo; however, he did catch 6-of-7 balls for 72 yards and a very nice touchdown run after the reception. He continues to show that he is exciting with the ball in his hands.

Eddie Lacy – Could we see a change in the game plan for Green Bay? The Packers had two wide receivers go down with injury on Sunday and the depth chart is looking very thin. Green Bay may decide to run the ball more often going forward, and Lacy is just the man to do it. Lacy looked really good on Sunday with 23 carries for 120 yards and he also had one catch for five yards. He may have a bigger workload for a while.

Andre Ellington – Once again this week, Ellington out-produced Rashard Mendenhall. Ellington had seven carries for 56 yards and a touchdown and also had five catches for 36 yards. The coaching staff has talked about Ellington only getting about 30-35 snaps a game because of his size. When will they realize that they should give him more chances to see how he holds up? Ellington deserves the chance to show what he can do. If he is still on your waiver wire, add him.

Khiry Robinson – Robinson continues to do well in the absence of Mark Ingram. Robinson had seven rushes for 53 yards and a touchdown against New England. What will happen when Ingram comes back? Robinson has shown he deserves chances on the field, but will the Saints give him the chance with all the other mouths to feed?

Zac Stacy – It appears that the St. Louis running back job belongs to Stacy. Stacy had another very nice game against a tough Houston defense with 18 carries for 79 yards and two catches for 11 yards. If he is still available in your league, go get him.

Joseph Randle – The injury bug hits again. DeMarco Murray went down with an injury, and his backup is also banged up. In comes Randle, who had 11 carries for 17 yards and a touchdown. The numbers may not look good, but you need to remember that he will have a full week of practice and he looks to be the last man standing at running back for an explosive offense. If you are banged up or have players on a bye he's be worth the risk.

Le’Veon Bell – We were all wondereing if Bell would come back off the bye and look as good against the New York Jets as he did against the Minnesota Vikings. The answer is no. The Jets are playing better defense right now and held Bell to 34 yards rushing on 16 attempts and three catches for 22 yards. Bell should have better weeks ahead, just maybe not this week against Baltimore.

Montee Ball – The Denver Broncos are still trying to give Ball a chance to run for them and prove himself; he just isn’t doing much with his chance. He had three rushes for 15 yards. Ball will not offer much until he can secure the ball both running and catching it.



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