Welcome everyone to the tenth
regular season installment to the Rookie Report. In case you missed the report during the first
nine weeks of the 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.
During the first eight
weeks, the Rookie Report has focused on trends for offensive rookie
players. Over the past two weeks
(including this week), we will profile some of the rookie individual defensive
players who could make an impact for your fantasy teams. This edition will contain players in the
So sit back, but don’t get
too comfortable because here we go with our ninth regular season week’s
installment of this report on cornerbacks and safeties.…
Revis – New York
Darrell Revis was taken in the middle of the first
round of the 2007 draft, and has provided an instant impact at the cornerback
position as a rookie. Revis has excellent
ball and tackling skills as well as speed, and he has showcased these talents
through the first 9 weeks of the NFL season by recording 57 tackles, an
interception, and 10 passes defended.
Fantasy-wise Revis is already ranked in the top 10 at the cornerback
position, and it appears that he is only going to get better as time goes on.
Wright – Cleveland
Eric Wright was taken in the 2nd round
of the 2007 NFL draft out of UNLV. Much
like Revis, Wright has made an instant impact as a rookie for his team and
fantasy owners. Wright has an excellent
combination of speed, fluid hips, and is excellent in coverage both in
man-to-man and zone coverage schemes. In
the first nine weeks of the NFL season, Wright has recorded 56 tackles, 7 passes
defended and an interception. These
numbers are good enough to put Wright in the top 10 at the cornerback position
Ross – New York
Out of the University of Texas,
Aaron Ross has great speed, athleticism and ball skills. Ross also returns punts part-time, thus
furthering his value both to the Giants as well as fantasy owners who are
rewarded for return yards. Ross started
as the back-up in 2007, but has worked his way into the starting lineup with 4
starts this year. To-date in 2007, Ross
has recorded 23 tackles, 6 passes defended and 3 interceptions, and appears to
be the Giants future at the position.
Despite only receiving two starts this year, Leon
Hall has put up impressive numbers for the Bengals this year. Through the first nine weeks, Hall has
recorded 23 tackles, 1 forced fumble, 6 passes defended, and 3
interceptions.Given the amount of time
the Bengals’ defense spends on the field, Hall should continue putting up solid
numbers in the 2nd half of 2007 and beyond.
Following the demotion of Demarcus Faggins and the
season ending injury of Dunta Robinson, Fred Bennett put up good numbers in his
first start of the season with 3 tackles, 2 passes defended and an
interception. Given Houston’s lack of secondary depth for the
remainder of 2007, Bennett remains someone to watch who could provide a spot
start in 2007 and has excellent potential for dynasty rosters.
Landry – Washington
LaRon Landry was taken as the sixth pick of the
2007 NFL draft due to his excellent speed, great instincts, and big play making
ability. Landry always seems to have a
knack for anticipating where the ball is going to be and making play. To-date in 2007, Landry has been somewhat
inconsistent week-to-week; however, over the past three weeks Landry has turned
into a tackling machine.Landry has
recorded 57 tackles, 1.5 sacks and 2 passes defended which is good enough to
rank him in the top 20 at the safety position thus far, and this is likely to
continue in the long-term as he appears to be getting stronger as the weeks go
Nelson – Jacksonville
Reggie Nelson was rated just a step below Laron
Landry in the 2007 NFL Draft.Nelson has
the ability to both play up at the line and stuff the run as well as dropping
into coverage to defend the pass. He has
great anticipation and has good speed to close out plays. To-date in 2007, Landry has started 7 games
and has put up solid numbers with 39 tackles, 1 forced fumble, 6 passes defended,
2 interceptions, and 1 sack.
The following section of the rookie report will
recap performances by rookies each week for each game.
Panthers vs. Atlanta Falcons
Falcons WR Laurent
Robinson caught 5 passes for 32 yards.
Vikings RB Adrian Peterson
rushed 11 times for 45 yards and caught 3 passes for 14 yards before leaving
the game with a leg injury. WR Aundrae
Allison caught 1 pass for 4 yards.
Packers WR James Jones
caught 3 passes for 62 yards. RB Brandon
Jackson had 4 rushes for 1 yard and caught 2 passes for 14 yards. PK Mason Crosby connected on 2 field goals
and 4 extra points.
Broncos vs. Kansas City Chiefs
Broncos RB Selvin Young
rushed 20 times for 109 yards, had 3 catches for 20 yards and scored a
Chiefs WR Dwayne Bowe
caught 9 passes for 105 yards. RB Kolby
Smith rushed 2 times for 2 yards and caught 2 passes for 7 yards.
Bills vs. Miami Dolphins
Bills’ RB Marshawn Lynch
rushed 19 times for 61 yards and caught 3 passes for 24 yards before leaving
with an injury. RB Dwayne Wright rushed
1 times for 1 yard.
Dolphins WR Ted Ginn, Jr.
caught 1 pass for 12 yards and rushed 1 time for no gain.
vs. St. Louis
Rams RB Antonio Pittman
rushed 7 times for 53 yards and caught 1 pass for no gain. RB Brian Leonard rushed 2 times for 6 yards
and caught 2 passes for 16 yards.
There were no notable
rookie performances in this game.
Titans RB Chris Henry
rushed 3 times for a 2 yard loss and caught 2 passes for 15 yards.
There were no notable
rookie performances in this game.
Ravens WR Le’Ron McClain
caught 1 pass for 4 yards.
Lions vs. Arizona Cardinals
Lions WR Calvin Johnson
caught 3 passes for 37 yards.
Cowboys vs. New York Giants
Cowboys PK Nick Folk hit
his only field goal attempt from 44 yards and connected on all 4 of his extra
Giants TE Kevin Boss
caught 1 pass for 18 yards.
Bears vs. Oakland Raiders
Bears RB Garrett Wolfe
rushed 1 time for a four yard loss.
Raiders TE Zach Miller
caught 4 passes for 43 yards.
vs. San Diego
Chargers WR Legedu Naanee
caught 2 passes for 12 yards.
Due to the timing of this
report, a recap of Monday night games will not be included in the Rookie