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The Rookie Report

Welcome everyone to the fifteenth
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 fifteenth regular season week’s
installment of this report.…

RB Marshawn Lynch – Buffalo Bills

Marshawn Lynch appears to
be at full speed following his recovery from an ankle injury; however, Fred
Jackson’s excellent play in Lynch’s absence has carved out a role in the Bills’
offensive game plans. Lynch still
appears to be in line to receive the bulk of carries, but his fantasy owners
need to keep a careful eye on the situation in evaluated his potential for the

QB Troy Smith – Baltimore Ravens

Former Heisman Trophy
winner Troy Smith made his NFL debut in Week 14 with the game out of hand. He turns in an impressive drive going 3 of 5
passing for 33 yards and rushing for a 6 yard touchdown scamper. Smith moved well around the pocket and showed
some poise when the pocket collapsed during this debut. It is still unlikely that Smith will receive
additional playing time in the final games of the 2007 season unless Kyle Boller
goes down with an injury.

QB John Beck – Miami Dolphins

QB John Beck was benched
in favor of Cleo Lemmon in Week 14’s game after Beck started the game with 4
sacks and a turnover. The rookie signal
caller continues to be plagued by inconsistent play, a lack of pocket presence,
holding onto the ball too long and happy feet.
In many ways he reminds me of watching David Carr with his
deer-in-the-headlights look. At least
Beck is a rookie and has the potential to overcome these flaws; however, Beck’s
bust potential is very high as of right now he isn’t adjusting well to the NFL
game after being a product of the high-flying BYU system in college, which
artificially inflates QB passing numbers.

WR Anthony Gonzalez – Indianapolis Colts

WR Anthony Gonzalez
stepped up big in Marvin Harrison’s absence last week totaling 134 yards and 2
touchdowns in Week 14. Both of these
touchdowns were 40+ yards as Gonzalez is a significant deep threat for the
Colts. Heading into Week 15, Gonzalez has turned in two 100+ receiving yard
performances out of the past three games.
Gonzalez scored another touchdown in Week 15 to go along with his 86
yards as he led the Colts in receiving this week. With Marvin Harrison obviously on the
downhill of his career at 36 with injury issues, Gonzalez appears ready to take
over his spot in the starting lineup and contribute as a viable weapon for
Peyton Manning.

RB Garrett Wolfe – Chicago Bears

RB Garrett Wolfe turned in
an impressive performance in the rushing and passing game against the Redskins
in Week 14 as he appeared to have significantly more speed and agility than
Adrian Peterson. Coach Lovie Smith
expects Wolfe to remain in the Bears game plan for the last few weeks of the
season as he clearly provides a spark for this futile offense.

RB Darius Walker – Houston Texans

With Dayne less than 100%
in Week 15, Darius Walker received the start and turned in a nice game sharing
the running load with Dayne. Walker has shown excellent patience and good vision
breaking a few good cut backs out of Houston’s
zone blocking schemes. Despite Dayne’s
injury, he continued to receive the majority of the goal line work over Walker. Walker
failed on his only goal line carry from the one yard line. It is unlikely that Darius Walker will be the
starter in Houston
in 2008; however, he is someone to keep an eye on if the Texans do not look
elsewhere this offseason in the draft or free agency.

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


Texans vs. Denver Broncos

Texans RB Darius Walker
rushed 13 times for 66 yards and caught 1 pass for 2 yards.

Broncos RB Selvin Young rushed 8 times for 34 yards and caught 5
passes for 8 yards.

San Francisco

vs. Cincinnati

There were no notable
rookie performances in this game.


vs. Kansas City

Chiefs RB Kolby Smith
rushed 18 times for 82 yards and caught 3 passes for 23 yards. WR Dwayne Bowe caught 5 passes for 64 yards.

New England Patriots vs. New York Jets

There were no notable
rookie performances in this game.


Bills vs. Cleveland Browns

Bills RB Marshawn Lynch
rushed 21 times for 82 yards.


Panthers vs. Seattle Seahawks

Panthers QB Matt Moore
went 19 for 28 passing for 208 yards. TE
Dante Rosario caught 1 pass for 54 yards.

New Orleans

vs. Arizona

Cardinals TE Ben Patrick
caught 2 passes for 17 yards and a touchdown.
WR Steve Breaston caught 2 passes for 14 yards.

Saints RB Pierre Thomas
rushed 2 times for 20 yards and caught 1 pass for 2 yards.


Falcons vs. Tampa Bay

Falcons WR Laurent
Robinson caught 1 pass for 18 yards.

Green Bay

vs. St. Louis

Packers RB Brandon Jackson
rushed 2 times for no gain. PK Mason
Crosby kicked 4 field goals and 3 extra points.

Rams RB Antonio Pittman
rushed 6 times for 31 yards. RB Brian
Leonard caught 1 pass for 4 yards.


vs. Pittsburgh

There were no notable
rookie performances in this game.


vs. Miami

Ravens QB Troy Smith completed
5 of 11 passes for 49 yards in relief of Kyle Boller who suffered a
concussion. WR Yamon Figurs caught 1
pass for 36 yards.

Dolphins WR Ted Ginn, Jr.
caught 1 pass for 14 yards. RB Lorenzo
Booker rushed 8 times for 17 yards and caught 6 passes for 60 yards.


Cowboys vs. Philadelphia Eagles

Cowboys PK Nick Folk
connected on both of his field goal attempts.

Eagles TE Brent Celek
caught 3 passes for 50 yards.


Lions vs. San Diego Chargers

Lions WR Calvin Johnson
caught 5 passes for 102 yards.

Chargers WR Craig Davis
caught 2 passes for 20 yards.


vs. Oakland

Colts WR Anthony Gonzalez
turned in yet another solid performance with 7 catches for 86 yards and a

Raiders TE Zach Miller
caught 1 pass for 12 yards. QB JaMarcus
Russell completed 2 of 5 passes for 10 yards in limited action.


vs. New York

Giants TE Kevin Boss
caught 2 passes for 31 yards and a touchdown after Jeremy Shockey left with a
broken fibula. Boss figures to start
next week. WR Steve Smith caught 1 pass
for 8 yards. RB Ahmad Bradshaw rushed 1
time for 8 yards and caught 1 pass for 1 yard.

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

**Programming note: Week 16’s rookie report will be
an abbreviated edition due to my travels for the holidays. I hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday.

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