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October 2, 2007 3:02 PM

NFL Rookie Watch: Week 4

Adrian Peterson (Vikings)- Peterson had his 3rd game rushing over 100 yards in a loss to the Packers. He rushed for 112 yards on just 12 carries, which begs the question: Why did he only rush 12 times? Maybe the Vikings were saving him for next week…oh wait they have a bye. Peterson also had a 51-yard kick-off return. Just give this guy the Offensive Rookie of The Year already.

Patrick Willis (49ers)- Against the Seahawks, Willis led the 49ers with 12 total tackles (10 solo). He’s led the team in tackles in 3 of their first 4 games. Willis looks like the obvious choice for Defensive Rookie of the Year.

Marshawn Lynch (Bills)- Lynch had 23 carries for 79 yards, including a 10-yard rushing touchdown. Lynch already has 3 rushing touchdowns. Last year Willis McGahee had just 6 for the year. Lynch is averaging just 3.8 yards per carry, but that’s because of the Bills lack of passing offense. Lynch will often turn 2-yard runs into 4-5 yards.

Leon Hall (Bengals)- Hall became the 2nd player this season to intercept Tom Brady. This interception forgives Hall for getting burned by Randy Moss for his second touchdown of the day. Hall also had an interception the previous week against the Seahawks.

Dwayne Bowe (Chiefs)- The Chiefs have a rare type of receiver in Dwayne Bowe. Bowe is a big time target at 6’2 and 221 pounds. He had 8 catches and accounted for 164 of the Chiefs 284 receiving yards in their stunning victory over the Chargers. Bowe had a 51-yard touchdown reception at the beginning of the 4th quarter to put the Chiefs up for good. He has 3 receiving touchdowns in his 3 starts and has become the Chiefs #1 option.

Jon Beason (Panthers)- Beason had a team-high 10 tackles, whereas he had had just 13 the previous 3 games.

Sidney Rice (Vikings)- The Vikings also have a rookie in the receiving game in Sydney Rice. Rice caught 6 balls for 75 yards, including a 15-yard touchdown over Charles Woodson in the 4th quarter to keep the game close against the Packers.

Brian Leonard (Rams)- Leonard couldn’t fare much better than Steven Jackson had. Leonard had 16 carries for 58 yards in the Rams loss to the Cowboys.

Trent Edwards (Bills)- The biggest rookie surprise this week was Trent Edwards. Not only is he the first rookie QB to play and start, but now he’s the first to win. He’s won more games this year than Marc Bulger, Drew Brees, and Trent Green combined. Edwards went 22 for 28 for 234 yards with 1 touchdown and 1 interception. His touchdown pass came on a 4th and 1 play-action fake where he rolled out and found Michael Gaines for the score. Bills get their first win of the season.

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