Welcome everyone to the eleventh
regular season installment to the Rookie Report. In case you missed the report earlier this
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.
With numerous different
happenings occurring this week, this week’s report will provide a recap of
rookie related news and offer analysis into each situation.
So sit back, but don’t get
too comfortable because here we go with our eleventh regular season week’s
installment of this report.…
RB Adrian Peterson – Minnesota Vikings
Adrian Peterson injured
his knee in last week’s game versus the Packers.According to Dr. Andrews, Peterson suffered a
Grade 2 sprain/tear of his LCL tendon in his knee, and that his status will be
evaluated on a week-to-week basis.
According to reports, this injury typically takes 2-6 weeks to
heal. It is unlikely that Peterson would
be available before Week 13’s match-up versus the Lions at the earliest. Fantasy owners will have to monitor this
situation on a weekly basis for additional news; however, if the Vikings drop
the next couple of days, it would be a surprise if the Vikings organization
does not shut down Peterson for the year with the season lost.
RB Marshawn Lynch – Buffalo Bills
Marshawn Lynch suffered a
sprained ankle in last week’s game, and he missed the Week 11 matchup versus
the Patriots. According to Coach Dick
Jauron, due to the nature of the sprain, Lynch could miss multiple weeks of
action. Rookie Dwayne Wright and Anthony
Thomas are expected to shoulder the running load in Lynch’s absence. Fantasy owners will need to monitor this
situation in the next couple of weeks as of right now, Lynch could be out until
the fantasy playoffs begin.
RB Selvin Young
With the status of Travis
Henry’s drug related one year suspension set to be decided reportedly in the
next week or two after his November 16th hearing, Selvin Young has excellent sleeper potential for the
fantasy playoffs. In his two starts
through Week 10 due to Henry’s injury, Young
averaged 125 combined rushing/receiving yards on 24 touches and scored 1
touchdown. Beyond 2007, it is uncertain
what the Denver Broncos will do with their running back situation in the
offseason if Henry is suspended; however, based on the two games Selvin Young has started this year, he has the potential to
be the starter in 2008 in Henry is out of the picture.
QB John Beck – Miami Dolphins
QB John Beck made his
first start in a Dolphins uniform this Sunday, and is expected to start the
remainder of 2007. Beck will have to
prove that he has what it takes to make it in the NFL and his quality
statistical performances in college were not solely a product of the BYU
pass-happy offensive system. With one of
the worst WR cores in the NFL after the departure of Chambers, Beck is going to
be fighting an uphill battle. Beck’s performance
for the rest of the season should give fantasy owners a good indication of
whether he is roster worthy, or if the Dolphins did in fact reach on draft day
when they surprisingly took him in the second round of the 2007 draft instead
of taking Quinn in the first.
QB Brady Quinn – Cleveland Browns
With Derek Anderson playing
as well as he is in a contract year, news reports out this week indicate that Cleveland is considering slapping the Franchise Tag on Anderson in the 2008
offseason despite his restricted free agent status.With Cleveland appearing to be ready to make
a significant investment in Derek Anderson this offseason, it appears that the
Brady Quinn NFL show will be put on hold unless Quinn or Anderson are moved in
the offseason, which is unlikely.
RBs Antonio Pittman/Brian Leonard – St. Louis Rams
Antonio Pittman was
acquired off waivers earlier this year after a poor performance in the New
Orleans Saints’ training camp. After a
solid Week 10 performance backing up Steven Jackson, Pittman moved ahead of
Brian Leonard on the depth chart at tailback.
Leonard is expected to be used moving forward as a full back and H-back.
RB Chris Henry – Tennessee Titans
After two solid weeks
serving as Lendale White’s backup against the Texans and Raiders, Chris Henry
showed what he was truly made of against the Panthers and Jaguars with a
combined 6 carries for negative 5 yards.
Henry is expected to start his 4-game drug suspension where he should be
eligible to return in Week 15. If Chris
Brown stays healthy, Henry will not see the field again this year more than
The following section of the rookie report will
recap performances by rookies each week for each game.
Lions WR Calvin Johnson
caught 3 passes for 45 yards and a touchdown.
Giants TE Kevin Boss
caught 1 pass for 15 yards.
Dolphins QB John Beck made
his professional debut with mediocre results.
Beck went 9 for 22 for 109 passing yards and lost a fumble. WR Ted Ginn, Jr. had 4 catches for 52
vs. San Diego
Chargers WR Craig Davis
caught 3 passes for 39 yards. WR Legedu
Naanee caught 3 passes for 10 yards.
Raiders vs. Minnesota Vikings
Vikings WR Sidney Rice
completed 2 of 2 passes for 94 passing yards and caught 2 passes for 18
Raiders TE Zach Miller
caught 3 passes for 33 yards.
Cardinals vs. Cincinnati Bengals
There were no notable
rookie performances in this game.
vs. Kansas City
Chiefs WR Dwayne Bowe
caught 7 passes for 64 yards and a touchdown.
RB Kolby Smith rushed 8 times for 17 yards and caught 3 passes for 34
Texans vs. New Orleans Saints
RB Pierre Thomas rushed 1
time for 6 yards.
Packers RB Brandon Jackson
rushed 3 times for 13 yards. WR James
Jones caught 3 passes for 25 yards. PK
Mason Crosby went 1 for 3 on field goal attempts and was perfect on 4 extra
Dwayne Jarrett caught 3
passes for 39 yards.
There were no notable
rookie performances in this game.
Falcons vs. Tampa Bay
Falcons RB Jason Snelling
rushed 2 times for 13 yards. WR Laurent
Robinson caught 2 passes for 43 yards.
Cowboys vs. Washington Redskins
Cowboys PK Nick Folk
missed his only field goal attempt; however, connected on all four of his extra
Seahawks vs. Chicago Bears
Bears TE Greg Olsen caught
7 passes for 43 yards.
vs. St. Louis
Rams RB Brian Leonard
rushed 1 time for 4 yards and caught 2 passes for 6 yards. RB Antonio Pittman rushed 3 times for a 2
vs. New York
Steelers TE Matt Spaeth
caught 1 pass for 6 yards.
New England Patriots vs. Buffalo Bills
Bills RB Dwayne Wright
carried the ball 1 time for 1 yard, caught 1 pass for 5 yards, and lost a
Due to the timing of this
report, a recap of Monday night games will not be included in the Rookie