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Week seven saw the last unbeaten team lose, a surprise retirement, and some more injuries.  I cannot remember a season with this many injuries.  But, the games must still go on.  Lets see how the rookies performed in Week 7.


Dak Prescott – Dallas – Bye week.

Carson Wentz – Philadelphia – I expected Wentz to have a difficult time against the stout Minnesota defense on Sunday, and that turned out to be the case.  Carson completed 16 of 28 passes for only 138 yards and a touchdown.  Wentz also threw two interceptions and had a fumble.  Let us see how he performs this coming week in what promises to be a very physical game Sunday night at Dallas.

Cody Kessler – Cleveland – The injuries continue to mount at the quarterback position for the Browns as Cody was knocked out of the game against Cincinnati with a concussion.  Kessler had completed 9 of 11 passes for 82 yards up to that point.  If Kessler cannot play this week, fellow rookie Kevin Hogan will get the start.

Kevin Hogan – Cleveland –


See above.  Hogan struggled in his first game action against a good Bengals defense.  Kevin was 12-24 for 100 yards and two interceptions.  Hogan led a “read-option” offense and looked good running with seven rushes for 104 yards and a touchdown.  I expect Cody to be back and cleared for the game against the Jets on Sunday.


Running Back

Ezekiel Elliott – Dallas – Bye week.

Derrick Henry – Tennessee – DeMarco Murray continues to surprise and run well, and also stay healthy, so Henry is seeing very little of the field.  Derrick only had one carry for three yards.  Will he get more carries on a short week against Jacksonville on Thursday?

Tyler Ervin – Houston – Only one catch for nine yards, not a factor on offense.

Jalen Richard –  Oakland – Latavius Murray was back, and so was the dreaded 3-man committee at running back for the Raiders.  Jalen only had one rush for one yard and added a catch for no-gain.  Stay away from this situation.

DeAndre Washington – Oakland – See above.  Washington had five carries for 16 yards and added a six yard catch.

Josh Ferguson – Indianapolis – Nothing to report.

Wendell Smallwood – Philadelphia – Ryan Mathews is firmly in control of the running back job for the Eagles.  Smallwood only had four carries for 13 yards.

C.J. Prosise – Seattle – Christine Micheal continues to get the bulk of the workload for Seattle, not leaving much for the other running backs in Seattle.  C.J. had one carry for no-gain and had two catches for 17 yards.

Alex Collins – Seattle – See above.  Alex had one carry for two yards.

Andy Janovich – Denver – Andy is primarily used as a blocking fullback, so usually does not touch the ball much.  His blocking however helped Denver to a huge output at running back this week.  Andy only had one carry for one yard and added a 12 yard catch.

Daniel Lasco – New Orleans – Inactive.

Don Jackson – Green Bay – Forced into action because of injuries to Eddie Lacy and James Starks, Don got the rock and had two carries for six yards, that is before he was injured himself with a hand injury. Sorry Don, those are the breaks sometimes.

Peyton Barber – Tampa Bay – With Doug Martin and Charles Sims still out, Barber was given more chances this week and both he and Jacquizz Rodgers performed well.  Barber had 12 carries for 84 yards and a 44-yard touchdown run.  Rodgers has performed really well and look for him to get the start if the injuries are still present for Martin and Sims.

Jonathan Williams – Buffalo – Inactive.

Kenneth Dixon – Baltimore – Not seeing enough playing time yet.  Dixon only had one carry for no gain and one catch.  Kenneth needs to be on the field more and be able to get into the flow on the NFL.

Paul Perkins – Giants – I keep saying it and will continue, his time is coming. Paul was only given four carries and gained 12 yards and caught a four-yard pass.  Starter Rashad Jennings really struggled only gaining 25 yards on 13 carries.  Keep your eyes on him and if you can, stash him.  He might get the start after the Week 8 bye.

Rob Kelley – Washington – Will Rob get more playing time after starter Matt Jones had three fumbles last week?  Kelly only had four carries for 15 yards and added a one-yard touchdown catch.  Chris Thompson received a lot of the work last week, but will that continue?  Will Matt Jones stay benched?

Jordan Howard – Chicago – The mystery at running back continues in Chicago.  Earlier in the season, Howard played really well and looked like the back of the future. Lately though, it has been Ka’Deem Carey performing better on the field.  Howard only had 22 yards on 7 carries and seems to be losing the fight for lead back.

Dwayne Washington – Detroit – Inactive.

Kenneth Farrow – San Diego – Farrow only had two carries for thirteen yards.  Melvin Gordon is playing well right now and looks to stay on the field more and more.

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