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Rookie Watch: Week 12

by Robbie Gillies

Calvin Johnson (Lions) - Johnson had a season-high 7 catches for 83 yards and 1 TD, but it wasn't enough as the Lions lost their third in a row

Patrick Willis (49ers) - Continues to show he's definitely the Defensive Rookie of the Year. Willis had 18 tackles and none as big as when he caught WR Sean Morey from behind in OT. That tackle saved the game for the 49ers, as Neil Rackers missed a 32-yard FG. 49ers would win by recovering a fumble in the endzone.

Dwayne Bowe (Chiefs) - Led the team with 4 catches for 63 yards. Bowe leads all rookies in yards (731), catches (49), and is tied for the lead in touchdowns (4).

Jon Beason (Panthers) - The Panthers have issues. When they have to turn to Matt Moore at QB, you know it's bad. Does he even exist? But, the one bright spot has been Beason. He's averaging just under double-digits in tackles in his last 8 games. He had 10 on Sunday against the Saints.

Anthony Gonzalez (Colts) - 6 catches for 105 yards. They need him to produce like that with Harrison out.

Sidney Rice (Vikings) - Rice led the Vikings with 3 catches for 83 yards and 1 TD. Yeah, you heard me 3 catches. Vikings completed just 10 passes, but luckily Eli completed three to the Vikings for touchdowns. Rice's first catch was a 60-yard touchdown on the second play of the game beating rookie CB Aaron Ross.

Kolby Smith (Chiefs) - Larry who? Smith carried the ball 31 times for 150 yards and 2 touchdowns. The most rushing yards LJ had in a game this season was 123 yards against the Chargers. BUT, the Chiefs won the game against the Chargers and lost this past week to the Raiders.

James Jones (Packers) - Had 5 catches for 75 yards. It seems like any wide receiver could catch 5 catches for 75 yards with Favre throwing to them this year.