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September 18, 2007 6:20 PM

NFL Rookie Watch: Week 2

-Calvin Johnson (Lions)- Johnson had another good game catching 4 balls for 61 yards including a 7-yard touchdown. Although, the 7-yard touchdown should have been pass interference. Has Johnson already reached the status to where he’s able to get away with those kinds of things? We all know Mike Martz like to spread the ball around to multiple targets, but who knew he’d get Jon Kitna involved in the receiving game?

-Adrian Peterson (Vikings)- Peterson had 118 total yards, but just 3.3 yards per rush. He continues to run hard and has shown both his speed and strength. He takes linebackers head on and wins…the Vikings better talk to him about that if they want him to remain healthy. Peterson has led the Vikings in both receiving and rushing yards in each of his first 2 games- that’s gotta be a first in NFL history. This kid is unbelievable.

-Amobi Okoye (Texans)- The most intriguing rookie from this year has to be Amobi Okoye. He graduated high school at age 15 and started playing for Louisville at 16. He started playing football as a sophomore in high school and part of his training for learning football was playing Madden. He’s the youngest player ever to be drafted in the first round and in his second game with the Texans he recorded 4 tackles, 2 sacks, and forced a fumble verse the Panthers.

-Patrick Willis (49ers)- Led the team in tackles for the second week in a row. He had 5 solo tackles and 8 total tackles. Looks like coaching from Mike Singletary is paying off. Willis can cover a lot of ground and makes tackles all over the field. With Lynch back there it will be difficult for offenses to break off big chunks of yardage against the 49ers.

-Marshawn Lynch (Bills)- Lynch had 18 carries for 64 yards and 21 receiving yards. The Bills went down early and had to abandon the run (could become a trend for the Bills). Lynch accounted for 85 of the Bills 223 yards of offense.

-Brady Quinn (Browns)- Well, looks like Derek Anderson’s performance against the Bengals will keep Quinn sidelined for at least 2 more games. Let’s hope he’s sidelined for 3 games against 3 tough defenses (Raiders, Ravens, Patriots) then is named the starter in week 6 when the Browns host the team that passed on Quinn; the Miami Dolphins.

-Anthony Gonzalez (Colts)- He finally got his first action against the Tennessee Titans. Gonzalez had 3 catches for 49 yards. This is what the Colts want out of Gonzalez. He probably won’t have a 100-yard game, but 2-5 receptions for around 50 yards per game would be a productive season for Gonzalez.

-Paul Posluszny (Bills)- Posluszny had plenty of chances to make tackles with Willie Parker constantly breaking it through the Bills undersized defensive line. He led the team with 12 tackles and has a team high 22 tackles on the year. It’s not a good sign for the Bills that their best offensive and defensive player are rookies.

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