Week 9 was the best week for rookie performances so far this year. Here are the results.
Geno Smith –
Smith was due for an on week with his current streak. He did not throw much, but he didn’t have to with the way the New York Jets ran the ball. He ended up 8-of-19 for 115 yards with two sacks and he also rushed six times for 18 yards and a touchdown. Remember the New Orleans defense is better than given credit for and he also lost another wide receiver. Can his wideouts ever get/stay healthy?
Mike Glennon –
In a real surprising effort on the road against the tough Seattle defense, Glennon actually played pretty well and Tampa Bay almost pulled off the upset of the year. He was 17-of-23 for 168 yards and two touchdowns with three sacks. He also had four carries for 13 yards. Remember that his No. 1 option was up against All-Pro
. You can tell he is gaining more confidence with each game. He is somebody to watch.
Matt Barkley –
Barkley got a chance to come into the game because the Philadelphia Eagles were blowing out Oakland. He did not get a chance to throw much, completing 2-of-3 passes for 13 yards. You may need to watch him in case there are more injuries in Philadelphia.
Jeff Tuel –
Talk about a difference of two halves. Tuel looked good in the first half and the Buffalo Bills had the lead against the last unbeaten team, Kansas City. It could have even been worse, but his receivers dropped some balls. The second half saw Tuel play terribly and the Chiefs came back to win. Tuel ended up 18-of-39 for 229 yards with one touchdowns and two interceptions, one of which went for a 100-yard Pick-six. He should be back on the bench.
Matt McGloin –
McGloin came in because of the blowout between Philadelphia and Oakland, seeing his first game action. He ended up 7-of-15 for 87 yards in the game, but should go back on the bench.
Giovani Bernard –
In one of the plays of the year, Bernard had a fantastic 35-yard touchdown run that has to be seen to be believed. He added a second touchdown to go along with his 79 yards on just nine carries. He also caught all four passes for 25 yards. Monitor his status because his ribs were injured in the game.
Eddie Lacy –
That makes five straight games with 22 or more carries and 95 or more yards for Lacy. This time he didn’t stop, he kept going for 150 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries. He is turning into an absolute beast. How does it play out with the
injury? Does he carry it more? Do they bring in James Starks more? He is on his way to a monster year at this rate.
Zac Stacy –
Back-to-back awesome games from Stacy. He could not be stopped on Sunday on his way to 27 carries, 127 yards and two touchdowns. He also had six catches for 51 yards on eight targets to lead the team in receiving. Stacy is the unquestioned main focus of this offense and should have a huge second half of the season.
Le’Veon Bell –
It is really hard to effectively run the ball when you are always playing from behind. That is what happened on Sunday against the New England Patriots. Bell only had 16 carries for 74 yards, he also added 65 yards on four catches. He did suffer a couple of drops that hurt the Pittsburgh Steelers, so he will need to work on that. The problem in Pittsburgh is that the offensive line is a wreck. He could do better if the line could block.
Mike James –
Another monster game here. James helped control the clock against Seattle and beat up their strong defense for 28 carries and 158 yards. He also caught two passes for eight yards in addition to throwing a two-yard touchdown pass. That’s a very impressive start for James after the injury to
. He has shown vast improvement so far and dare I say that he might be playing better than Martin was?
Benny Cunningham –
and his monster game, Cunningham did not see the field very much. He only had three carries for 16 yards with a fumble. The future will be with Stacy, so he shouldn’t get your attention yet.
Dennis Johnson –
Houston has all sorts of injury issues at running back. With Arian Foster getting hurt again and
with rib issues, the Texans brought in
and he had eight carries for 36 yards. Will he stay on the roster? If so, for how long?