I am back, sorry for missing last week. I worked late and my voting site was packed; I then caught the flu and suffered thru the weekend. Once again, sorry. I do have to say that week number 10 was probably the most exciting this year with many games going down to the wire. Let us review to see how the rookies fared.
Dak Prescott – Dallas – Dak was once again impressive on the road in a hostile environment at Pittsburgh. Who doesn’t remember their Super Bowl games together? Prescott is keeping the starting job after once again showing poise beyond his years in completing 22 of 32 passes for 319 yards and two touchdowns. If it weren’t for a certain teammate, he would be the front-runner for Offensive Rookie of the Year. Tony Romo even conceded the job to him on Tuesday.
Carson Wentz – Philadelphia – In a surprising result, the Eagles beat up on Atlanta and Carson had a very productive day. Wentz completed 25 of 36 passes for 231 yards and a fumble, but that is what he was asked to do. The Eagles ran very effectively and almost doubled the time of possession. Things will be MUCH more difficult this coming week when the Eagles fly out west and play Seattle late in the afternoon. Temper your expectations, please.
Cody Kessler – Cleveland – In a surprising move on Thursday with the game close, Cleveland coach Hue Jackson benched Kessler and put in McCown at quarterback. Cody seemed to be playing well and had the Browns close when Jackson made the move. Kessler completed 11 of 19 passes for 91 yards and a touchdown. The Browns insist that Cody is still the starter, but those actions by the coach can have an adverse effect on his play.
Jared Goff – Los Angeles – Did not play. It has been announced that Goff will start this Sunday at home against Miami because Case Keenum has struggled the past several weeks. Expect the crowd to get behind Goff early to try and get him going.
Ezekiel Elliott – Dallas – Remember reading about a certain teammate above in the section with Dak Prescott, well, here he is. Elliott went nuts on Sunday against Pittsburgh rushing 21 times for 114 yards and two touchdowns and catching two passes for 95 yards and another touchdown. Elliott leads the NFL in rushing with over 1,000 yards and is on pace to set the all-time rookie record. “Zeke” also has 10 touchdowns this year and is also in the conversation for NFL MVP. Not bad for a rookie.
Derrick Henry – Tennessee – In a surprisingly quick recovery, Henry was able to play this week after suffering an injury last week in pregame warmups. Derrick ran nine times for 31 yards. Look for Henry to get more work against Indianapolis this week now that he has had more time to heal.
Tyler Ervin – Houston – Had 80 yards in returns on special teams.
Jalen Richard – Oakland – Bye week
DeAndre Washington – Oakland – Bye week
Josh Ferguson – Indianapolis – Bye week
Wendell Smallwood – Philadelphia – The Eagles ran the ball at ease against Atlanta on Sunday, and everybody contributed. Smallwood had 13 carries for 70 yards against the Falcons. Expect a much more reduced role this week at Seattle.
C.J. Prosise – Seattle – Seattle has been dealing with all sorts of injuries and had to go into New England and play a very tough Patriots squad. Prosise was promised more work and got it with 17 carries for 66 yards and added seven catches for 87 yards. The Seahawks are getting Thomas Rawls back from injury this week and cut Christine Michael on Tuesday. Look for Prosise to see plenty of work in Seattle for the rest of the season.
Alex Collins – Seattle – Seems like the odd-man-out so far this year. Collins had one carry for two yards. What happens with him now with the release of Michael?
Daniel Lasco – New Orleans – Inactive with a hamstring injury
David Fluellen – Tennessee – Inactive with Derrick Henry healthy.
Andy Janovich – Denver – One catch for nine yards. Still not getting many carries.
Devontae Booker – Denver – In what looked like a dream matchup against New Orleans, I thought Booker might have a good game and solidify his hold as the starting running back. Well, that wasn’t quite the case. Devontae had 24 carries for only 76 yards and added two catches for 12 yards. It sounds like Kapri Bibbs will get more chances soon.
Peyton Barber – Tampa Bay – Jameis Winston had a field day against Chicago, leaving very little for the running game. Barber had 12 carries for 38 yards last Sunday. It sounds like Doug Martin will be back, putting Peyton back on the bench for most of the time.
Don Jackson – Green Bay – Inactive
Jonathan Williams – Buffalo – Bye week
Kenneth Dixon – Baltimore – The Ravens continue to slow feed Dixon, but he could be picking up some steam. Kenneth had six carries for 38 yards and added five catches for 42 yards on seven targets. Dixon could see more playing time, especially as a pass-catching back this week in what could be a shootout in Dallas.
Paul Perkins – Giants – Paul is picking up more confidence as he gets more playing time. Perkins had nine carries for 31 yards against the tough Cincinnati Bengals defense on Monday night. Paul could be set up for more work this week against the Chicago Bears on Sunday.
Rob Kelley – Washington – Kelley started against the Vikings on Sunday and ran hard for 22 carries and 97 yards. The Redskins have announced that he will remain the starter. Washington plays at home against a struggling Green Bay defense next Sunday night at home. He could be a nice spot start.
Jordan Howard – Chicago – The Bears have to be impressed with Howard, if nothing else this season. Once again, Jordan played well and ran 15 times for 100 yards and a fumble. Jordan did get banged up, so make sure to check his injury status.
Dwayne Washington – Detroit – Bye week
Kenneth Farrow – San Diego – Nothing to report.