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October 30, 2007 1:16 PM

NFL Rookie Watch: Week 8

Adrian Peterson (Vikings)- Peterson was held to 70 yards on 20 carries. It’s just his 3rd game he’s been held under 100 rushing yards. He still leads the league in rushing, but Willie Parker is just 14 yards behind. Chester Taylor was given just 6 carries and it looks like Peterson might be finally given the starting job.

LaRon Landry (Redskins)- He had 15 tackles against the Patriots, but the Patriots dropped 52 on the Skins and passed for 334 yards. A Safety should not lead the team in tackles.

Ted Ginn Jr. (Dolphins)- Ginn was supposed to be this year’s Hester, but so far he’s been disappointing in his returning duties. He ranks 32nd in kick return average. But, he has become a bigger threat as a receiver. He was responsible for the Dolphins only touchdown on Sunday. The 21-yard touchdown was Ginn’s first in the NFL.

Patrick Willis (49ers)- The 49ers have lost 5 in a row and the only bright spot seems to be Patrick Willis. He recorded double digit tackles for the 5th straight week. The way the 49ers are playing, they will be able to draft a player of similar talent in next year’s draft.

Marshawn Lynch (Bills)- Lynch is the only rookie RB that has been the starter from game one and he has been given a big workload. He averages 21.1 rushes per game (3rd in the NFL). This week he carried 21 times for 80 yards. He has yet to break 100 rushing yards, but has been a consistent force for the Bills.

Darelle Revis (Jets)- 1 interception and 6 tackles, but he couldn’t make the big play on Lee Evans that resulted in the Bills only touchdown.

Reggie Nelson (Jaguars)- Nelson became one of just four rookies with more than one interception in the Jaguars victory over the Buccaneers. He became only the third player to intercept Jeff Garcia this season…he was also the third Jaguar. Nelson also led the Jags in tackles with 8 and has been a pivotal part of the Jaguars defensive success this season.

Greg Olsen (Bears)- Olsen is emerging as one of the best tight ends in the league and the Bears biggest offensive threat. In the Bears loss to the Lions, Olsen had 6 catches for 59 yards and the Bears only touchdown. After just 2 receptions in the first 4 games, Olsen has 19 receptions in the last 4 games.

James Jones (Packers)
- Jones is second to Dwayne Bowe in receptions and receiving yards by a rookie. In Monday night’s game against the Broncos, Jones had 3 receptions for 107 yards. His biggest catch came in the first quarter when he beat Champ Bailey deep for a 79-yard touchdown.

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