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Rookie Review – Week 6

Now that the byes have started, I will have a little less to write about with teams not playing. That being said, we still need to review who does play each week. Onto the review.


Quarterback

Geno Smith –
I have to admit it,
Geno Smith

played a really good game. He has now led the New York Jets to three last-minute game winning touchdowns in this young season. Smith was nearly flawless going 16-of-20 for 199 yards with three touchdowns. This all happened with his top two wide receivers hurt or out of this game. Smith also had three rushes for 21 yards. He has definitely opened up my eyes. When both Santonio Holmes and
Stephen Hill

are healthy, he should have your attention.

E.J. Manuel –
Manual had his Week 5 end early with a knee injury. He went 11-of-20 for 129 yards and had one rush for 14 yards. It sounds like he will be out multiple weeks. The whole Bills team seems to be hurt right now. Stay far away.

Jeff Tuel –
As mentioned above, Manuel got hurt in the game.
Jeff Tuel

came in to take over at quarterback, but it was pretty ugly. Tuel went 8-of-20 for 80 yards with one interception that was returned for a touchdown. Tuel has already been demoted back to the bench.

Running Back

Giovani Bernard –
I don’t know if it was because the Cincinnati Bengals were playing the New England Patriots, but Bernard actually played a little less the BenJarvus Green-Ellis this week. Bernard still showed his speed with 13 carries for 62 yards and he also caught two balls for seven yards. I expect it was kind of a “payback” for Green-Ellis and that Bernard will once again take control of the running back duties.

Eddie Lacy –
Coming back from injury and a bye, Lacy once again controlled the running back duties and had 23 rushes for 99 yards against a very good Detroit defense. He should be ready to roll going forward.

Andre Ellington –
The winds of change are brewing out in Arizona. Ellington and
Rashard Mendenhall

both played 30 snaps with Ellington rushing seven times for 52 yards in addition to four catches for 31 yards. Ellington is quicker and has better hands then Mendenhall and should see more game action and take over as the lead running back very soon.

Khiry Robinson –
Not much playing time this week with three carries for nine yards. What happens now that
Mark Ingram

is returning?

Zac Stacy –
In another switch for the St. Louis Rams, Stacy was announced the starter and actually looked pretty good with 14 carries for 78 yards. This was the best performance of the year for any Rams running back. Stacy was taken out late in the game, but it sounds like he should be good to go. How will the Rams running back situation play out?

Benny Cunningham –
As stated above, Stacy took over the lead duties this week and looked pretty good. Cunningham only had four carries for 13 yards with a fumble. This backfield is way too crowded for Cunningham to get many touches.

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