Welcome to Week 5 of the Rookie Review. It also happens to be right after the first week of byes (2 teams). That usually means it’s a little tougher setting your lineup, let alone all the injuries so far. Let’s take a look at how the rookies are faring so far.
Jared Goff – Los Angeles Rams – With the way the Rams struggled on offense during the first few weeks, I have been waiting to possibly see me some Jared Goff. Well, it looks like I will have to wait. The Rams offense woke up on Sunday and won another divisional game. They are now in first place at 3-1 in the NFC West. The alert for Jared Goff was dimmed quite a bit.
Carson Wentz – Philadelphia Eagles – Had a bye in Week 4
Dak Prescott – Dallas Cowboys – Prescott was once again impressive last Sunday against the 49ers. Dak played with a lot of poise and led Dallas to a victory on the road. Prescott completed 23 of 32 passes for 245 yards and two touchdowns. Remember that he did not have Dez Bryant last week also. Dak is the only quarterback in the NFL with 130-or-more passes without throwing an interception. Prescott is also the first player in NFL history to pass for 1,000 yards without an interception. There is a lot of talk that he may keep the job even when Tony Romo is healthy.
Trevone Boykin – Seattle Seahawks – Trevone was on high alert considering the injury to Russell Wilson. That alert has toned down after the play of Wilson on Sunday. Boykin is the next in line should something else happen to Wilson.
Jacoby Brissett – New England Patriots – It was a different looking Patriots team last Sunday, as they were out-played in every aspect of the game against the Buffalo Bills. Jacoby was still battling a thumb injury, but he struggled badly. Prescott completed 17 of 27 passes for 205 yards and suffered 3 sacks and a fumble in the defeat. The Bills front seven dominated the line of scrimmage and pressured Jacoby a lot. He was high on many of his throws and made many mental mistakes, looking like a nervous and unsure player. Tom Brady is back so he should learn a lot from him during the season.
Cody Kessler – Cleveland Browns – It seems that the Browns are destined for a high draft pick again next season. Kessler played pretty well last week against Baltimore completing 28 of 40 passes for 223 yards and a touchdown and an interception. It is really a shame that Corey Coleman is out with an injury, because it would be fun to watch him with Terrelle Pryor on the other side.
Paxton Lynch – Denver Broncos – Trevor Siemian was injured on Sunday and the next man up was Paxton Lynch. There has been a lot of high praise coming out of Colorado on Lynch. Will he be able to live up to it? Paxton came on in relief and completed 14 of 24 passes for 170 yards and a touchdown to help keep the Broncos unbeaten. Denver is at home this week against the highest scoring offense in the NFL, the Atlanta Falcons. Will he be able to keep up if this becomes a shootout?
Ezekiel Elliot – Dallas Cowboys – “Zeke” continues to impress on a regular basis. Elliot ran really hard at San Francisco on Sunday and had 23 carries for 138 yards and another touchdown and caught a pass for an addition 19 yards. Did you realize that he is the leading rusher in the NFL? Ezekiel should be locked and loaded every week in your starting lineup. It may be a little tougher next Sunday against Cincinnati, but you have to start him.
Derrick Henry – Tennessee Titans – The ground and pound two-headed attack we saw in preseason for the Titans has not played out that way during the regular season. DeMarco Murray has played at a high level and pushed Henry back to getting less play each week. Derrick only had three carries for nine yards last Sunday. Don’t expect much from him with DeMarco playing well right now.
Tyler Ervin – Houston Texans – Nothing to report from Sunday. Is he sliding down the depth chart?
Jalen Richard – Oakland Raiders – The three-headed RBBC in Oakland is going to torment fantasy owners all season. Jalen looks good when given the chance, but there are not many of those weekly. Richard had two carries for 15 yards and added one catch for five yards. Hard to trust any running back in Oakland.
DeAndre Washington – Oakland Raiders – See above. DeAndre had five carries for 30 yards and caught all three balls thrown his way for 16 yards and had a fumble.
Josh Ferguson – Indianapolis Colts – Josh is a non-factor in the running game with three carries for (-2) yards. His only value is thru the passing game and he caught 7 passes for 33 yards on 10 targets with a drop. Ferguson will be really hard to trust unless you are in a PPR league and the Colts look to be in a shootout or look to be trailing a lot in a game.
Wendell Smallwood – Philadelphia Eagles – Philly had a bye in week 4
C.J. Prosise – Seattle Seahawks – C.J. was placed on the Inactive report for week 4
Andy Janovich – Denver Broncos – Nothing to report
Devontae Booker – Denver Broncos – Right now, Booker is only coming in to spell C.J. Anderson some. Booker had seven carries for 30 yards last Sunday and should not be counted on unless C.J. goes down.
Kenyan Drake – Miami Dolphins – Part of a four man rotation with Arian Foster out, the Dolphins running game is really struggling. Drake only had two carries for 15 yards. Miami should give one guy the load to try and establish some balance and routine and not continue to rotate guys in and out.
Paul Perkins – New York Giants – Perkins finally saw some game time and had two carries for eight yards and added 72 yards on two catches. Paul is one to watch because if he can learn pass protection, he may be the lead back before long.
Alex Collins – Seattle Seahawks – One carry for one yard, not much to report.
Rob Kelley – Washington Redskins – See above, one carry for four yards.
Jordan Howard – Chicago Bears – It is a wonder why he wasn’t starting earlier. With Jeremy Langford out, Howard made the best of the opportunity and ran 23 times for 111 yards and added 21 yards on three catches. Jordan showed good vision and power running inside and fits into this offense nicely. I think he starts the rest of the season, even after Langford returns from his injury.
Dwayne Washington – Detroit Lions – It sure sounded like the Lions were going to give Dwayne a big workload last Sunday. It is too bad he suffered an ankle injury that forced him from the game. Before the injury, he had two carries for six yards and had an 8-yard reception.
Kenneth Farrow – San Diego Chargers – Nothing to report