Welcome everyone to the final
2007 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.
The Week 17 Rookie Report
will highlight both offensive and defensive rookie standouts in 2007.
So sit back, but don’t get
too comfortable because here we go with our seventeenth and final regular
season week’s installment of this report.…
QB Trent Edwards – Buffalo Bills
Trent Edwards was one of
the few rookie quarterbacks this season to receive significant times as the
starter. In the first 16 weeks, Edwards
totaled close to 1,500 passing yards, 7 touchdowns, and 8 interceptions in 8
starts. Edwards will likely be back as
the starting quarterback for the Bills in Week 1 of 2008.
RB Adrian Peterson – Minnesota Vikings
Despite missing a couple
of games and splitting time with Chester Taylor, Adrian Peterson has been
outstanding in 2007, and shown why he drew so many comparisons to Eric
Dickerson heading into the NFL season.
Peterson amassed over 1,500 total yards and scored 13 touchdowns in 13
games headed into Week 17. He will
likely be the run-away candidate for the Offensive Rookie of the Year award,
and has an even brighter future ahead in the NFL.
RB Marshawn Lynch – Buffalo Bills
Much like Peterson,
Marshawn Lynch has enjoyed a phenomenal rookie season totaling close to 1,200
total yards and 7 touchdowns for a Buffalo
offense that experienced struggles this season.
Lynch has shown in 2007 that he will be a force to reckon with in the
future with his speed, athleticism, and ability to read the field.
WR Dwayne Bowe – Kansas City Chiefs
Dwayne Bowe proved in 2007
as a rookie that even in Herm Edwards run oriented offense with Brodie Croyle
and Damon Huard as quarterbacks, that he has the talent to overcome these
obstacles and produce solid fantasy numbers.Bowe is an exceptional athlete with great size and hands. Through 15 games in 2007, Bowe has totaled 69
catches for 982 yards and 5 touchdowns, and the future looks even brighter for
TE Zach Miller – Oakland Raiders
Zach Miller showed
potential in 2007 with his size, route running and great hands. He totaled 36 receptions for 360 yards and 3
touchdowns through the first 15 games, and these numbers are likely to continue
upward in 2008 as the Oakland
offense becomes more established.
TE Greg Olsen – Chicago Bears
Greg Olsen had a solid
rookie year in 2007 despite splitting significant snaps with Desmond
Clark. He caught 37 passes for 374 yards
and 2 touchdowns headed into Week 17.
Olsen’s size, speed, and athleticism make him a perfect candidate to be
a fantasy contributor in the future at the tight-end position whenever he takes
over the majority of the snaps.
LB Patrick Willis – San Francisco 49ers
Patrick Willis is 2007’s
version of Demeco Ryans. Willis leads
the league in tackles by a very healthy margin.
Through the 16th week of the season, Willis has 162 total
tackles, 3 sacks, 2 forced fumbles and 4 passes defended. He will win the Defensive Rookie of the Year
Award and is already an IDP stud, and he will only get better.
LB Jonathan Beason – Carolina Panthers
Beason is already a stud
as a rookie in 2007. He totaled 130
tackles, 1 interception and 6 passes defended.
Beason has been a beast after being moved to the middle and this will
continue in 2008 as he is one of the emerging stars at the position.
DT Amobi Okoye – Houston Texans
The youngest rookie in
2007 turned in a solid season in the middle of the Texans defense. Okoye still needs to develop his run
defensive skills; however, he is already one of the best pass rushing defensive
tackles in the league.Okoye registered
32 tackles and 5.5 sacks in 2007 headed into Week 17, and his ceiling is still
incredibly high as he is still so young.
If you are forced to start a defensive tackle in your league, Okoye is
someone you want on your dynasty roster for now and the future.
CB Eric Wright – Cleveland Browns
Despite missing a few
games due to injury, Eric Wright was highly productive in the Cleveland secondary in IDP leagues. Wright totaled 73 tackles, 1 sack, 1
interception, and 11 passes defended headed into Week 17.
CB Darrelle Reavis – New York Jets
Revis had an incredibly
solid IDP season as a rookie in 2007. In
many IDP formats, he was in the top 10 at the cornerback position. Through the first 16 weeks, Revis registered
82 tackles, 1 forced fumble, 3 interceptions, and 16 passes defended. Much like most of these rookies mentioned,
Revis has the potential to be a stud well into the future at his position.
CB Leon Hall – Cincinnati Bengals
Leon Hall had a good
rookie campaign in 2007 emerging as the starting cornerback for the Bengals’
weak secondary. Hall totaled 64 tackles,
12 passes defended, 1 forced fumble and 5 interceptions through the first 16
weeks.These numbers are primarily a
result of only 9 games started in 2007, and will likely increase in 2008 as he
starts the first game of the season in the Bengals’ secondary.
CB Fred Bennett – Houston Texans
Following the injury of
Dunta Robinson, Fred Bennett has emerged as a solid starting cornerback for the
Houston Texans. Over the past 6 weeks of
the season, Bennett has been top 5 at the cornerback position IDP wise. His combination of size, speed, and instincts
will likely keep him in the starting lineup for the future. It is uncertain whether Robinson will ever be
able to return to the cornerback position for the Texans, and Bennett is likely
to remain the number 1 corner in 2008.
S Laron Landry – Washington Redskins
Laron Landry has been
great in his rookie season as a productive strong safety for the Redskins. He totaled 90 tackles, 1.5 sacks, and 6
passes defended through first 16 weeks of the season. Landry’s combination of speed, instinct and
hard hitting will make him an elite safety in the future in the NFL.
S Reggie Nelson – Jacksonville Jaguars
Reggie Nelson has put up
good numbers in 2007 as the Jaguars’ free safety.Nelson has been good at reading the
quarterback and anticipating routes in 2007 as evidenced by his 5 interceptions
and 11 passes defended. He also
registered 61 tackles and 1 sack.
The following section of the rookie report will
recap performances by rookies each week for each game.
New England Patriots vs. New York Giants
Giants TE Kevin Boss
caught 4 passes for 50 yards and a touchdown filling in for Jeremy
Shockey. WR Steve Smith caught 3 passes for
Seahawks vs. Atlanta Falcons
Falcons WR Laurent
Robinson caught 1 pass for 11 yards.
Bears RB Garrett Wolfe
rushed 4 times for 7 yards and caught 1 pass for 32 yards. TE Greg Olsen caught 2 passes for 17 yards.
Saints RB Pierre Thomas
was a beast on Sunday rushing 20 times for 105 yards, catching 12 balls for 121
yards, and scoring a touchdown.
Dolphins WR Ted Ginn, Jr.
caught 7 passes for 53 yards and a touchdown.
QB John Beck fumbled his first snap of the game away to a Bengals’
defender who returned it for a touchdown as Bill Parcells looked on with
extreme disapproval.Beck recovered with
13 for 21 passing for 135 yards and a touchdown as well as scoring a rushing
Lions vs. Green Bay Packers
Packers RB Brandon Jackson
rushed 20 times for 113 yards and caught 2 passes for 22 yards. PK Mason Crosby hit both of his field goal
attempts and was perfect on 4 extra point attempts. WR James Jones caught 2 passes for 14 yards.
Lions WR Calvin Johnson
caught 4 passes for 54 yards.
Texans vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
Texans RB Darius Walker
scored his first career touchdown and rushed for 86 yards on 10 carries. WR Jacoby Jones caught 1 pass for 14 yards.
Panthers vs. Tampa Bay
Panthers’ QB Matt Moore
went 15 of 24 passing for 174 yards, 2 touchdowns and an interception. WR Dwayne Jarrett rushed 1 time for 11
yards. TE Dante Rosario caught 3 passes
for 36 yards and a touchdown.
Buccaneers RB Kenneth
Darby rushed 2 times for 9 yards and caught 2 passes for 16 yards.
Bills vs. Philadelphia Eagles
Bills’ RB Marshawn Lynch
rushed 22 times for 105 yards and caught 1 pass for 22 yards.
Eagles TE Brent Celek
caught 3 passes for 18 yards and a touchdown.
Browns’ QB Brady Quinn
went 3 for 8 passing for 45 yards in relief of Derek Anderson.
Ravens’ QB Troy Smith
completed 16 of 27 passes for 171 yards and a touchdown.
Steelers’ RB Gary Russell
rushed 6 times for 20 yards.
JaMarcus Russell completed
23 of 31 passes for 224 yards, a touchdown and an interception in his NFL
starting debut. TE Zach Miller caught 8
passes for 84 yards. WR Johnnie Lee
Higgins caught 1 pass for 7 yards.
Chargers’ WR Craig Davis
caught 1 pass for 12 yards.
Cowboys vs. Washington Redskins
Cowboys PK Nick Folk connected
on 2 of 3 field goals with a long of 37 yards.
Rams RB Brian Leonard
rushed 5 times for 15 yards and caught 1 pass for 3 yards.
Broncos RB Selvin Young
rushed 22 times for 87 yards and caught 3 passes for 12 yards.
Vikings RB Adrian Peterson
rushed 11 times for 36 yards. WR Aundrae
Allison caught 1 pass for 9 yards.
vs. New York
Chiefs’ WR Dwayne Bowe
caught 1 pass for 13 yards. RB Kolby
Smith rushed 2 times for 1 yards and caught 1 pass for 7 yards before leaving
with an injury.RB Jackie Battle rushed
13 times for 44 yards and caught 1 pass for 4 yards.
Titans RB Chris Henry rushed
9 times for 15 yards and caught 1 pass for 8 yards.