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The Rookie Report

Welcome everyone to the seventh regular season installment to the Rookie Report. In case you missed the report during the first six weeks of the season, 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 departure of Chris Chambers from the Dolphins and what it means for Ted Ginn, Jr.

So sit back, but don’t get too comfortable because here we go with our second regular season week’s installment of this report on Ted Ginn, Jr.…

Chambers is out, but who takes his place….

On the final day of the trade deadline, the Miami Dolphins decided to throw in the towel and build to the future by trading away starting wide receiver Chris Chambers to the San Diego Chargers for a second round draft pick. Wide receiver Marty Booker takes over the starting split end position leaving rookie Ted Ginn, Jr. and 2nd year player Derek Hagan to battle for the starting flanker position.

Early reports heading into the Dolphins’ Week 7 match-up against the Patriots, Derek Hagan was announced as the starting flanker; however, Ginn received the start.

Hagan was the Dolphins third round draft pick in 2006, and only has limited experience playing as the fourth wide-out on the depth chart in 2006 behind Chambers, Booker and Wes Welker. In 2006, Hagan registered 21 catches for 221 receiving yards and 1 touchdown. To-date in 2007, Hagan has remained quiet with only 6 catches for 72 yards and a touchdown. Hardly any type of numbers to cement his position as the starter.

Ted Ginn, Jr. was surprisingly drafted with the 9th pick of the 2007 NFL Draft by the Miami Dolphins over Brady Quinn. Ginn possesses blazing speed and is an excellent return specialist; however, his skills as a WR are unpolished in terms of route running and blocking. Ginn relied strictly on his blazing speed to excel in the college game; however, the defensive schemes and faster/more skilled defensive backfields will mitigate this advantage unless his route running improves.

Ginn has received limited looks as a wide receiver to-date in 2007 while spending most of his time on the field returning kicks; however, he has shown flashes of this deep threat play making ability with his 3 catches for 83 yards.He also had 4 catches for 38 yards in the preseason.

Neither one of these wide-outs is likely to have any fantasy relevance in 2007; however, their play for the rest of the year could open the door for fantasy significance in 2008.

Marty Booker is likely to be a cap casualty in 2008 with his large contract and lack of consistent production. Booker’s likely departure leaves the Dolphins with Ginn and Hagan as their starting wide receivers in 2008. The Dolphins appear to be progressing through a youth movement on the offensive side of the ball at their skill positions, and it appears that Ginn will get the every opportunity to establish himself as the starter.

Ginn is an interesting project that will start off as a return specialist for the Dolphins. If his route running improves during his career then watch out as this guy could be a top WR in the league. However, if it does not improve, Ginn will be forever talked about an early 1st round bust especially if Brady Quinn succeeds at the NFL level.

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

Houston

Texans vs. Tennessee Titans

Titans workout warrior RB Chris Henry gained 57 yards on 11 carries, caught 2 passes for 12 yards and scored a touchdown as most of the damage was done in the 3rd quarter when the Texans defense was gassed. WR Chris Davis caught one pass for 13 yards.

Texans WR Jacoby Jones caught 3 passes for 11 yards.

Tampa

Bay Buccaneers vs. Detroit Lions

Detroit WR Calvin Johnson caught 2 passes for 37 yards and scored a touchdown on a 32 yard rush.

New England Patriots vs. Miami Dolphins

Dolphins WR Ted Ginn, Jr. caught 3 passes for 37 yards.

New York

Giants vs. San Francisco 49ers

There were no notable rookie performances in this game.

Arizona

Cardinals vs. Washington Redskins

There were no notable rookie performances in this game.

Atlanta

Falcons vs. New Orleans Saints

Saints RB Pierre Thomas rushed 2 times for 28 yards and a touchdown.

Falcons WR Laurent Robinson caught 3 passes for 53 yards.

Buffalo

Bills vs. Baltimore Ravens

Bills RB Marshawn Lynch rushed 27 times for 84 yards, caught 3 passes for 14 yards and scored a touchdown. RB Dewayne Wright rushed 3 times for 10 yards. QB Trent Edwards went 11 for 21 for 153 passing yards and an interception.

Kansas City

Chiefs vs. Oakland Raiders

Chiefs WR Dwayne Bowe caught 3 passes for 84 yards.

Raiders TE Zach Miller caught 4 passes for 48 yards.

Dallas

Cowboys vs. Minnesota Vikings

Vikings RB Adrian Peterson rushed 12 times for 63 yards, caught 1 pass for 12 yards and scored a touchdown.

Cowboys PK Nick Folk went 1 for 2 on field goals and was perfect on extra points.

New York

Jets vs. Cincinati Bengals

There were no notable rookie performances in this game.

Seattle

Seahawks vs. St. Louis Rams

Rams RB Brian Leonard rushed 12 times for 44 yards. RB Antonio Pittman rushed 4 times for 8 yards.

Chicago

Bears vs. Philadelphia Eagles

Bears TE Greg Olsen caught 4 passes for 48 yards.

Eagles RB Tony Hunt rushed 1 time for 1 yard. TE Brent Celek caught 1 pass for 8 yards.

Pittsburgh

Steelers vs. Denver Broncos

Broncos RB Selvin Young rushed 2 times for 1 yard and caught a pass for 16 yards.

Steelers TE Matt Spaeth caught 1 pass for 13 yards and a touchdown.

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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