ROOKIE WATCH Week 1-
JaMarcus Russell (Raiders)- Russell had the most productive week out of any of the rookies signing a 6-year $61 million deal with $32 million guaranteed. If Russell had signed earlier, perhaps the Raiders week 3 match-up against the Browns would have been interesting.
Calvin Johnson (Lions)- Wide receivers typically don’t put up numbers in their first season. Wide receivers also don’t typically run a 4.33 forty, have a vertical of 45 inches, and stand 6 feet 5 inches tall. Fabian Washington said “He wasn’t that great to me”. Do you think he was saying that as Johnson beat him in single coverage for a 16-yard touchdown?
Adrian Peterson (Vikings)- 163 all-purpose yards and a 60-yard TD reception AND Chester Taylor gets injured. What was that about Peterson’s collar bone? Peterson will put up monster numbers this year. With his athleticism don’t expect him to wear down either. But, with his frame and hard-nosed running style expect him to wear down after 5 years a la Eddie George.
Patrick Willis (49ers)- Most people’s pick for Defensive Rookie of the Year, Willis lived up to the billing. He recorded 11 tackles and a forced fumble, not to mention constant pressure on Matt Leinart. Willis is going to rack up tackles this season and get a handful of sacks and interceptions on a much improved 49ers defense. Now if only their offense didn't wait until the last minute of the game to produce.
Marshawn Lynch (Bills)- Most people’s pick for Offensive Rookie of the Year…until they saw Adrian Peterson’s first game. But, Willis was also impressive against an always tough Broncos defense. Lynch had 90 yards on 19 carries and also caught two balls. Look for him to be a bigger threat in the passing game in the future, but don’t expect amazing numbers given the Bills brutal schedule (week 2- Steelers, week 3- Patriots, week 4- Jets).
Brady Quinn (Browns)- He better be worth the number one pick in next year’s draft because it looks like that’s what the Browns will have given to the Cowboys in order to draft Quinn. We might just find out this week. Crennel has said he will put Quinn in if the situation dictates. Do you think that situation involves a coin flip?
Anthony Gonzalez (Colts)- The Colts scored 41 points, had 288 passing yards and Anthony Gonzalez…well what did I say about rookie wide receivers? He’ll end up getting his touches this year. Harrison and Wayne can’t have ALL the glory.
Paul Posluszny (Bills)- Recorded 10 tackles in a loss to the Broncos. Posluszny will have plenty more opportunities to record double-digit tackles if the Bills defensive line continues to prove it cannot stop the run.