Week 2 in the NFL saw a lot of injuries. That usually means more opportunities for the rookies. Lets see how they fared last week.
Jared Goff – Los Angeles Rams – Did not play, but is his time coming soon? The Rams have not done much offensively so far this season. Maybe the Rams should give him a look and see what they have in him?
Carson Wentz – Philadelphia Eagles – When the Eagles traded away Sam Bradford to the Vikings, the writing was on the wall for Carson to start. It has been an impressive beginning to the Wentz era because he is now 2-0 as a starter. Once again, he looked very poised leading the offense and completed 21 of 34 passes for 190 yards and a touchdown. His stats could have been even better, but he suffered many drops from his receivers. Carson also had 6 rushes for 10 yards against Chicago. Can he keep it going? How will he fair against better defenses?
Dak Prescott – Dallas Cowboys – It was good to see the rookie quarterback finally make a connection with Dez Bryant. Prescott utilized his stud receiver and it payed off in a big way as he went 22 for 30 for 292 yards and added a rushing touchdown of six yards on his only carry. His passing touchdowns will come in time, it is just good to see him learning and growing up so fast.
Jacoby Brissett – New England Patriots – It was a shame that Jimmy Garoppolo got hurt, because he was having himself a game! But injuries happen in the NFL, and so with a big lead, the Patriots had to turn the quarterbacking duties over to Brissett because of the injury to Jimmy. New England did not ask him to do much with a big lead and Jacoby completed 6 of 9 passes for 92 yards and added 12 yards for 4 carries. Keep your eye on the injury reports, Jacoby may be pressed into action again this week.
Cody Kessler – Cleveland Browns – Injuries are mounting in the NFL, and the Cleveland Browns have lost their 2nd quarterback in as many weeks. Cody Kessler is up next and could have a very tough beginning on the road in Miami if he is called to duty.
Ezekiel Elliott – Dallas Cowboys – It is scary knowing that he was benched after his second fumble of the game against the Giants, but word has already come out that Zeke will still get the ball. Elliott ran for 83 yards on 21 carries with a touchdown and added 4 yards on two passes thrown towards him. With Alfred Morris waiting behind him, and also scoring on Sunday, Zeke better get a better grip on the ball.
Derrick Henry – Tennessee Titans – The smash-mouth style of football that we saw in the preseason from the Titans hasn’t quite come to life in the regular season. DeMarco Murray looked pretty good against Detroit on Sunday, and had better numbers than Henry. Derrick had 9 carries for 40 yards and added a nine yard catch against the Lions. Look for Tennessee to ride the “hot hand” going forward, thus making it hard to trust Henry on a weekly basis.
Tyler Ervin – Houston Texans – Tyler did not get any touches this week behind Lamar Miller, but you should know he is the direct backup to him. If something happens to Miller, Ervin could become a valuable fantasy performer.
Jalen Richard – Oakland Raiders – It sure sounds like the Raiders plan on using all of their running backs throughout the season. Richard picked up 17 yards on 7 carries and caught a passes for 10 yards. It may be a 3-headed mess in Oakland at the running back position, so it is really hard to put a lot of faith in any of them.
DeAndre Washington – Oakland Raiders – See above. Washington had 46 yards on 6 carries and looks to be the most explosive of all the Raiders backs. DeAndre also added a six-yard catch on his only target. DeAndre has upside if he can get on the field more.
Josh Ferguson – Indianapolis Colts – The Colts are still trying to find a guy to back up Frank Gore, and seem to be struggling with giving the job to Ferguson. Josh only had 2 carries in the game on Sunday for 7 yards, but did catch all five passes thrown to him for 29 yards. The Colts are looking for help in the backfield, so keep your eye on any possible signings.
Wendell Smallwood – Philadelphia Eagles – Early news had Smallwood as a serious threat to Darren Sproles this season. Well, that may not be the case so much, Sproles led the team in carries and yards against Chicago, and Wendell saw very little action. Smallwood had two carries for 16 yards, and did not have a single catch on Monday night. Maybe his playing time increases as the season grows, we shall see.
C.J. Prosise – Seattle Seahawks – No action yet, but injuries are mounting. Can his time be coming?
Andy Janovich – Denver Broncos – Only one catch for 11 yards. Much more of a blocking back than anything else.
Devontae Booker – Denver Broncos – C.J. Anderson has looked pretty good so far this season, but Devontae is getting on the field quite a bit. Booker had 46 yards on 9 carries and also added a five-yard catch. Look for him to spell Anderson on a regular basis and might even put up some nice numbers once in a while.
Kenneth Dixon – Baltimore Ravens – Dixon hasn’t been on the scoring sheet yet, but his time may be coming. Keep your eyes on him.
Kenyan Drake – Miami Dolphins – Shocker!! Arian Foster is hurt! This news should put Drake on all Waiver Wire lists because he is always hurt. Drake could be next up, Miami says it is an open competition for the #2 role and doesn’t seem all that eager to give it to Jay Ajayi. Ajayi did fumble after Foster got hurt last week. Kenyan had two carries for 12 yards and the touchdown and might have earned more touches, one way or the other.
Paul Perkins – New York Giants – Nothing to report on so far, this is just a reminder that he is there, so keep that in mind.
Jordan Howard – Chicago Bears – Many people thought Howard could see a lot of work early in Chicago. That has not happened yet and he only had three carries for 22 yards against the Eagles Monday night. Will the injury to Jay Cutler play a factor into his playing time? I think we see more of Jordan, and sooner rather than later.
Dwayne Washington – Detroit Lions – The Lions just suffered some injuries at running back and are taking a look at some free agent RBs. Washington has looked decent in limited play and had 31 yards on four carries against the Titans on Sunday. Why not give him a shot? Update – Ameer Abdullah has been placed on IR.
Kenneth Farrow – San Diego Chargers – Danny Woodhead has always been a spark-plug for any offense he has been in. It’s a real shame that he was injured on Sunday. His injury opens the door for Farrow out of Houston to see what he can do. Kenneth had 4 carries for 13 yards on Sunday. Will the coaches give him more looks?