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The Rookie Report

Welcome everyone to the second regular season installment to the Rookie Report. In case you missed the report during the first week and preseason, each week during the preseason and regular 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 Cleveland quarterback situation, specifically as it pertains to the fantasy value of Brady Quinn.

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 the Cleveland quarterback situation…

Cleveland

QB Situation

With the departure of former starting quarterback Charlie Frye after being traded to Seattle earlier this week, this brings up the question: When do the Cleveland Browns start
Brady Quinn?

The Browns promoted backup
Derek Anderson to start in Week 2 after relieving Charlie Frye at halftime against the Steelers last week. Quinn was subsequently promoted to the backup job with Frye’s departure. Anderson finished the second half with 184 passing yards, a touchdown and an interception. In five games in 2006, Derek Anderson completed 56.4% of his passes for 793 yards, 5 touchdowns and 8 interceptions.

Before this week, it was obvious based on watching Anderson that he was only keeping the seat warm for Quinn to step in and take over. Derek Anderson’s 5 touchdown performance leading Cleveland to the home victory over the Bengals.

Romeo Crennel’s job security is another factor playing into the delay in Brady Quinn taking over as the starting quarterback. In Coach Crennel’s first two seasons, he has a combined record of 10-22 and appears to be on the hot seat and will likely lose his job if the Browns finish with another losing record. Based on Anderson taking over the starting job, Crennel is thinking win-now to preserve his coaching job.

Brady Quinn’s delayed arrival to training camp also is a significant factor in Anderson taking over as the starting quarterback. Quinn missed valuable practice time in training camp to familiarize himself with the offense and develop timing/chemistry with his receivers. If Quinn signed before training camp, he would have likely won the starting job in week 1. In the preseason, Quinn completed 64.0% of his passes for 145 passing yards, 1 touchdown, and 1 interception in two games. Quinn’s experience with Charlie Weiss at Notre Dame and a similar playbook will allow this rookie quarterback to be better prepared to play this season than most rookie QBs in their first seasons.

The Browns opened up the season with a lopsided loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. In Week 2 Derek Anderson led them to a 51-45 shootout victory over the Bengals. Their schedule through the next five weeks of the season to their bye appears to be tough against some of the better defenses in the league: Oakland, Baltimore, New England, and Miami. If QB Derek Anderson and the Browns struggle heading into their bye week, the front office will begin looking to the future with the idea of playoffs as only a figment of the imagination in 2007.

So here is where I predict when Brady Quinn takes over the starting job…

It is the Rookie Reports official prediction that Brady Quinn will be starting in Week 8 after the bye against St. Louis. This will give Quinn two weeks to prepare for the game against a below average defense. In 10 starts in 2007 I predict Quinn will finish the season with 2,100 passing yards, 12 touchdowns, and 13 interceptions leading the Browns to a 4-12 season.

Better things are to come for the Quinn and the Browns beyond 2007 as Quinn develops into a solid franchise quarterback.

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

Houston

Texans vs. Carolina Panthers

Houston Texans WR Jacoby Jones broke a 33 yard punt return as the Texans rolled on the road.

Cincinnati

Bengals vs. Cleveland Browns

There were no notable rookie performances in this game.

Indianapolis

Colts vs. Tennessee Titans

Colts WR Anthony Gonzalez caught 3 passes for 49 yards.

Titans WR Chris Davis caught 3 passes for 13 yards and rushed once for 5 yards.

New Orleans

Saints vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

There were no notable rookie performances in this game.

St. Louis

Rams vs. San Francisco 49ers

Rams RB Brian Leonard caught 2 passes for 23 yards.

Pittsburgh

Steelers vs. Buffalo Bills

Bills RB Marshawn Lynch rushed 18 times for 64 yards and caught 1 pass for 21 yards.

Green Bay

Packers vs. New York Giants

Green Bay Packers RB DeShawn Wynn rushed for 2 touchdowns, rushed for 50 yards on 10 carries and caught 2 balls for 18 yards. RB Brandon Jackson finished the game with 17 carries for 25 yards and 4 catches for 24 yards. WR James Jones caught 4 passes for 75 yards. PK Mason Crosby missed his only field goal attempt and was 5 for 5 on extra points.

Giants RB Ahmad Bradshaw caught 1 ball for 11 yards.

Atlanta

Falcons vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

There were no notable rookie performances in this game.

Detroit

Lions vs. Minnesota Vikings

Vikings RB Adrian Peterson rushed for 66 yards on 20 carries and caught 4 passes for 52 yards.

Lions WR Calvin Johnson caught 4 passes for 61 yards and a touchdown, and also rushed 1 time for 7 yards.

Kansas City

Chiefs vs. Chicago Bears

Chiefs WR Dewayne Bowe caught 2 passes for 22 yards and a touchdown.

Seattle

Seahawks vs. Arizona Cardinals

Cardinals WR Steve Breaston returned two punts for 16 yards.

Seahawks WR Courtney Taylor caught one pass for 6 yards.

Miami

Dolphins vs. Dallas Cowboys

Cowboys PK Nick Folk connected on all three of his field goal attempts with a long of 47 yards and was 4 for 4 on extra points.

Dolphins WR Ted Ginn, Jr. returned 6 kickoffs for an average of 20 yards and rushed once for a 3 yard loss.

New York

Jets vs. Baltimore Ravens

There were no notable rookie performances in this game.

Oakland

Raiders vs. Denver Broncos

Raiders WR Johnnie Lee Higgins returned 1 punt for 6 yards. TE Zach Miller caught 3 passes for 18 yards.

Broncos RB Selvin Young rushed 3 times for 43 yards and caught 1 pass for 1 yard.

San Diego

Chargers vs. New England Patriots

There were no notable rookie performances in this game.

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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