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NFL Rookie Watch: Week 10

by Robbie Gillies

Matt Ryan (Falcons) – With Chris Johnson’s horrible day against the Bears, Matt Ryan is definitely the frontrunner for rookie of the year. Ryan is now 6-3 as a starter and had another great day against the Saints. Ryan completed 16 of 23 passes for nearly 250 yards and 2 touchdowns.

Glenn Dorsey (Chiefs) – Dorsey got his first career sack Sunday against Philip Rivers. Although some Chiefs fans expected more sacks out of Dorsey, he’s a defensive tackle and sacking the QB isn’t exactly what they drafted him for.

Joe Flacco (Ravens) – Flacco is now 6-3 as a starter and he’s not simply relying on the Ravens defense to win games. Flacco is playing extremely well as he went 15 for 23 for 185 yards and 2 touchdowns. This is his second straight week with 2 touchdowns. While he’s been overshadowed a bit by Matt Ryan, Flacco is having a great year for a rookie QB.

Chris Johnson (Titans) – Chris Johnson finally came down to Earth Sunday against the Bears. He had a paltry 8 yards on 14 carries but the Titans remain undefeated. Despite the poor performance, Johnson still leads all rookies in rushing yards.

Dustin Keller (Jets) – Brett Favre had 167 passing yards Sunday and Keller had 107 of them. Keller had just 136 yards prior to playing the Rams. He has become a bigger target for the Jets in the past few weeks and is turning into a tight end to watch.

James Hardy (Bills) – Hardy has been a big disappointment this season. He was supposed to be the number two receiver and his size was going to compliment Lee Evans’ speed but Hardy has just 9 receptions for 87 yards so far. He did haul in a 14-yard touchdown pass late in the 4th quarter but the Bills expected much more out of Hardy.

John Carslon (Seahawks) – Carlson has been one of the only consistent things for the Seahawks. He had 5 catches for 54 yards in a loss to the Dolphins. Carlson leads all rookie TE’s with just under 300 receiving yards.

Eddie Royal (Broncos) – Royal has far exceeded all expectations this year. He had his best game of the season statistically on Thursday. Royal had 6 catches for 164 yards and leads all rookies in receptions and receiving yards.

Matt Forte (Bears) – Forte was the Bears offense. He had 126 of the Bears 243 total yards including a 5-yard touchdown pass. Forte is now just 10 yards behind Chris Johnson for the lead in rookie rushing yards.

DeSean Jackson (Eagles) – The Eagles are making use of Jackson’s athleticism. He’s done well returning punts, has been McNabb’s number one receiver, and they’ve used him to run the ball as well. In the first quarter they lined him up in shotgun as he took the snap and ran it in from 9 yards out. Jackson led the Eagles with 4 catches for 61 yards and had 24 rushing yards.

Chevis Jackson (Falcons) – Jackson had his first interception of the season and returned it 95 yards for the score as the surprising Falcons improved to 6-3.

Kevin Smith (Lions) – Smith just fell short of his first 100-yard rushing day. He had 96 yards on 23 carries for the woeful Lions. He scored his 5th touchdown which puts him tied for 2nd among rookie RB’s.

Ryan Torain (Broncos) – Torain has been buzzed about all season long. Once he was healthy he was going to tear things up. With the Broncos injuries at RB he was going to be the number one option. On Thursday Torain looked great. He had 12 carries for 68 yards and a score and then he tore his ACL and is now out for the year. The Broncos will have to wait until next year to see what Torain can bring to their team.

Tim Hightower (Cardinals) – Hightower had his first start last week and topped 100 yards for the first time this year. Well, his encore was not nearly as impressive. He rushed for just 22 yards on 13 carries but the Cardinals still won 29-24 over the 49ers.

BenJarvus Green-Ellis (Patriots) – After this week Green-Ellis will be the hot waiver wire pickup in fantasy leagues if he’s still available. BenJarvus rushed for 105 yards on 26 carries and put the game against the Bills away with a 1-yard touchdown run in the 4th quarter. Green-Ellis now has a touchdown in four straight games.