Welcome everyone to the second
post-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.
In this week’s edition we
will analyze the week’s happenings for rookie news.
So sit back, but don’t get
too comfortable because here we go with our second post-season week’s installment
of this report.…
DE Gaines Adams – Tampa Bay
Gaines Adams had a slow
start in his 2007 rookie campaign; however, he came on strong down the stretch
for the Buccaneers. In the second half
of the season, Adams registered 5 sacks. In the opening week of the playoffs, Adams had 1 sack and 5 tackles for the Bucs in a losing
cause. With a full offseason in Tampa Bay’s
program, Adams should see dramatic improvement
in his game and potentially live up to his high first round draft status.
Landry – Baltimore Ravens
Word out of Washington indicates
that Laron Landry is likely to switch to the free safety position in 2008 after
spending his rookie year at strong safety.Landry still has the playmaking ability to put up big numbers; however,
the switch of positions is likely to lead to a drop-off in tackle numbers for
Landry.This is a situation to monitor
throughout the offseason as Landry is a stud in the making at the safety
position with more potential on the strong side.
RB Ahmad Bradshaw – New York Giants
Ahmad Bradshaw came to the
rescue of the Giants in their opening playoff week match up against the Bucs by
putting up 66 yards after Brandon Jacobs was hindered by leg cramps. What is most notable is that Bradshaw was
first off the bench in a crucial playoff game indicating that he has surpassed
Droughns on the depth chart for the Giants.
QB John Beck – Miami Dolphins
John Beck looked like a
deer in headlights for most of the 2007 season being bench late in the season
in favor of journeyman Cleo Lemon to protect him from being crushed by the lack
of success Beck experienced on the field.
There was good news out last week regarding Beck as Bill Parcells and
Jeff Ireland brought in Ole Miss offensive coordinator David Lee to be Beck’s
quarterback coach. Lee was a guiding
force in the development of other young talent as none other than Tony
Romo. The presence of Lee should help
develop Beck in the future; however, Beck will have to demonstrate extreme
mental toughness with the Big Tuna looking over his shoulder.
QB Drew Stanton – Detroit Lions
Drew Stanton appears to be
in line to start the season as the Lions backup quarterback in 2008 after
red-shirting his rookie year on the Injured Reserve list. Stanton
appears to be the quarterback of the future for the Lions and will likely see
the field in some capacity in 2008 after the departure of Mike Martz.
LB Paul Posluszny – Buffalo Bills
Posluszny appears to be on
track to return to full strength by mini-camps after breaking his forearm early
ILB Lawrence Timmons
After receiving limited
playing time as a rookie, Timmons is expected to battle with Larry Foote this
offseason for the starting ILB spot opposite of James Farrior. This position in the Steelers defense is
typically responsible for pass rushing duties, so it is likely that even if
Timmons wins the starting job over Foote, his tackle opportunities will be
restricted by these responsibilities.
The following section of
the Rookie Report summarizes notable rookie performances in this week’s playoff
Packers RB Brandon Jackson
rushed 8 times for 34 yards and caught a 13 yard pass for a touchdown. PK Mason Crosby kicked 6 extra points.
vs. New England Patriots
Jaguars FS Reggie Nelson
had 4 solo tackles and 2 assists. LB
Justin Durant had 3 solo tackles and 4 assists.
Giants RB Ahmad Bradshaw
had 6 carries for 34 yards and 1 catch for 6 yards.TE Kevin Boss had 1 catch for 19 yards. WR Steve Smith had 4 catches for 48 yards. CB Aaron Ross had 4 solo tackles and 2
assists before leaving the game with a shoulder injury.
Cowboys PK Nick Folk was 1
for 1 on field goal attempts and hit both of his extra point opportunities.
vs. San Diego
Colts WR Anthony Gonzalez
caught 4 passes for 79 yards and a touchdown.
DT Ed Johnson registered 7 solo tackles and 2 assists.
Chargers WR Craig Davis
caught 1 pass for 18 yards. S Eric
Weddle recorded 2 solo tackles, 3 assists and an interception.