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NFL Rookie Watch: Week 3

by Robbie Gillies

Matt Ryan (Falcons) – Ryan is now 2-1 as a starter and had his best start yet against the Chiefs. Ryan went 12 for 18 including a 70 yard pass to Roddy White and more importantly he didn’t turn the ball over.

Darren McFadden (Raiders) – McFadden’s play seemed to be effected by his turf toe injury. He had just 42 yards on 14 carries and slipped at least 3 times on what could have been big runs.

Jerod Mayo (Patriots) – Mayo led the Pats with 12 tackles but it wasn’t enough to stop the Dolphins’ running game. The Fins racked up 216 yards and 4 touchdowns on the ground.

Jonathan Stewart (Panthers) – He had just 7 carries for 15 yards but scored his third touchdown in as many games.

Joe Flacco (Ravens)
– Flacco didn’t play particularly well against the Browns. He was 13 of 19 for 129 yards and threw two picks. But the Ravens won and Flacco is 2-0 as a starter.

Felix Jones (Cowboys) – Jones has been the most impressive of the rookie running backs. He’s scored in each of his first three games including a 60-yard TD against the Packers Sunday night. Jones is averaging 8.2 yards per carry through the first three games.

Chris Johnson (Titans)
– Johnson continued to be productive but never broke free for a huge gain. His longest run was 14 yards. Johnson finished with 74 yards on 16 carries and it was LenDale White who got the goal line carries.

Eddie Royal (Broncos) – Royal came back down to Earth against the Saints. Despite the Broncos scoring 34 points, Royal had just 11 receiving yards and 6 rushing yards.

Matt Forte (Bears) – Forte led the Bears in carries and receptions vs. the Bucs. He had 89 yards on the ground and 66 receiving yards but it was not enough as the Bears fell in OT 27-24.

DeSean Jackson (Eagles)
– He never got close enough to drop the ball before crossing the goal line but he did contribute with 5 catches for 40 yards.

Kevin Smith (Lions) – Smith has now been unseated as the Lions primary back. Rudi Johnson has filled that position. Smith had 3 carries (as many as Kitna) for just 14 yards on the day.

Steve Slaton (Texans) – The Titans were giving up just over 60 rushing yards per game but Slaton gained 116 on 18 carries for the Texans. Slaton is adding his name to this extremely deep 2008 RB class.