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The Rookie Report

Welcome everyone to the fifth regular season installment to the Rookie Report. In case you missed the report during the first few weeks and preseason, each week, the report will cover topics, trends and a game by game analysis of notable performances by the NFL’s 2007 Rookie Class to assist in your pursuit of dynasty championship gold.

This week we will analyze the potential impact of Vikings head coach Brad Childress on rookie running back Adrian Peterson.

So sit back, but don’t get too comfortable because here we go with our fifth regular season week’s installment of this report on the idiot head coach…

Brad Childress, You are an IDIOT…

Vikings rookie running back Adrian Peterson exploded out of the gates of the early NFL season after starting RB Chester Taylor went down in week 1 with an injury. In Peterson’s first three games as the primary ball carrier, he totaled 271 rushing yards on 64 carries (4.2 YPC); 160 receiving yards on 8 catches; and 2 touchdowns.

So any reasonable person who witnessed the emerging greatness of Adrian Peterson would assume that he keep the starting job when Chester Taylor returned from injury, right?

Wrong! Brad Childress comes out before week 4, and pronounces Chester Taylor as his starter. Meanwhile, everyone is still in disbelief from the news, and thinks this is just coach-speak with Peterson receiving the majority of the carries.

Games 4 arrives against the Packers, and guess who is returning the opening kickoff? That’s right, Adrian Peterson is the Vikings kick returner and has to rest a few plays after each return. Chester Taylor starts the game, and ends up with 8 carries for 40 yards for the day.

Meanwhile in the first half of the game alone, Peterson rushes 10 times for 108 yards (10.8 YPC) displaying his greatness as he imposes his will against Green Bay’s supposedly tough run defense. Fantasy owners everywhere are drooling at the prospect of Peterson pounding the ball down Green Bay’s throat on his way to his first 200+ yard rushing game. This is about the point where Brad Childress in his infinite wisdom steps in and decides in the second half that his future star rookie running back should only be given 2 carries for 4 yards, and be on the field a total of less than 40% of the Vikings’ snaps for the game.

Peterson owners everywhere can only hope that Childress realizes his mistakes for not anointing his rookie as the starting running back and assign kick return duties to another player on the roster; however, Childress has demonstrated time and time again over his coaching tenure that he is inept.

So, Adrian Peterson is likely the second coming of the great Eric Dickerson, and will be terrorizing opposing run defenses for the next 10 years. Fantasy owners can only hope that Childress wakes up and realizes the potential of his offense with Adrian Peterson as the main runner in Minnesota. However, until the head coach wakes up from his delusions of Chester Taylor, this is all fantasy owners everywhere can say: “BRAD CHILDRESS YOU ARE A BIG IDIOT…”

The following section of the rookie report will recap performances by rookies each week for each game.

Miami

Dolphins vs. Houston Texans

Dolphins WR Ted Ginn, Jr. had 1 catch for 36 yards, a nice 53 yard kick off return, and a 20 yard rushing loss in which Trent Green was injured on the play throwing a block for Ginn.

Atlanta

Falcons vs. Tennessee Titans

Falcons WR Laurent Robinson caught 4 balls for 27 yards.

Titans WR Chris Davis rushed 1 time for 14 yards and lost the ball on a fumble.

Washington

Redskins vs. Detroit Lions

Lions WR Calvin Johnson caught 1 pass for 3 yards.

St. Louis

Rams vs. Arizona Cardinals

Rams RB Brian Leonard rebounded in Week 5 rushing the ball 18 times for 102 yards and catching 5 passes for 33 yards.

Cardinals WR/PR Steve Breaston returned 4 punts for an average of 9 yards.

Pittsburgh

Steelers vs. Seattle Seahawks

There were no notable rookie performances in this game.

New York

Giants vs. New York Jets

Giants TE Michael Matthews caught 1 pass for 6 yards.

Carolina

Panthers vs. New Orleans Saints

Saints RB Pierre Thomas rushed the ball 1 time for 3 yards and had 4 kick returns for 100 yards.

Panthers QB Matt Moore completed 1 of 2 passes for 43 yards.

Kansas City

Chiefs vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

Chiefs WR Dwayne Bowe caught 4 passes for 70 yards.

New England Patriots vs. Cleveland Browns

There were no notable rookie performances in this game.

Tampa

Bay Buccaneers vs. Indianapolis Colts

Colts WR Anthony Gonzalez caught 7 passes for 71 yards. RB Clifton Dawson rushed 8 times for 24 yards.

Baltimore

Ravens vs. San Francisco 49ers

Ravens WR/KR Yamon Figurs rushed 1 time for a 1 yard loss.

San Diego

Chargers vs. Denver Broncos

Broncos RB Selvin Young caught 4 passes for 20 yards and rushed once for no gain as speculation swirled this week around him taking over the starting running back position with Travis Henry’s potential suspension for a year.

Chicago

Bears vs. Green Bay Packers

Packers WR James Jones caught 5 passes for 61 yards and lost 2 fumbles. RB Deshawn Wynn rushed 13 times for 78 yards; caught 1 pass for 13 yards; and scored a touchdown. PK Mason Crosby went 2 for 2 on field goals and was perfect on extra point attempts. RB Brandon Jackson was inactive for the game.

Bears TE Greg Olsen caught 4 passes for 57 yards and a touchdown. RB Garrett Wolfe rushed 1 time for 2 yards.

Due to the timing of this report, a recap of Monday night games will not be included in the Rookie Report.

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