jnadke wrote: It's rare for a 1st year WR to start and make a measurable impact. It's not a perennial thing unlike RBs.
I'm taking this quote a bit out of context in an attempt to not hijack a thread, but I do believe the above is what typically passes for traditional thought process regarding rookie NFL players. The thought process makes sense, it seems like it would take longer for a WR to acclimate themselves to NFL routes and coverage, vs. an RB where the say 'we hand you ball, you run through hole here', and before the last couple of years it seemed fairly accurate. However, it seems to me that this theory is not bearing itself out these days. Last year, AJ and Julio were solid with top 20 finishes, and Torrey was right behind them, and all contributed pretty quickly. Leshoure and Williams got injured, Murray showed flashes once he got the starting job, Ingram and Thomas both played but didn't do much impressive. 2010 had Mike Williams finishing top 20 for WR and no rookie RBs doing the same. 2009 we had Percy, Mike Wallace and Maclin all seeming solid while Knowshon was the standout of the rookie RB class. Since 2009 rookie RBs have won rookie of the week honors only 7 times (4 of those being Knowshon) while rookie WRs have won it 13. Is this a trend worthy of note, an anomaly, based on weak RB classes, or strong WR ones, or am I missing something?