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November 6, 2007 1:31 AM

NFL Rookie Watch: Week 9

Adrian Peterson (Vikings)- Time to move him out of rookie watch and into MVP watch and Hall Of Fame watch. Getting a little ahead of myself? We’ll see…but doubt it.

Calvin Johnson (Lions)- Johnson had 3 catches for 47 yards in the Lions 44-7 drubbing of the Broncos. Johnson is 3rd amongst rookies with 320 receiving yards.

Patrick Willis (49ers)- Double-digit tackles again, leads team in tackles again. Typical stat line of 10 tackles, but turning into typical loss for 49ers. Willis is on pace for 166 tackles on the season. Demeco Ryan, last year’s Defensive Rookie of the Year, finished with 156.

Marshawn Lynch (Bills)- Marshawn had been poised for a breakout game and he finally got it Sunday. He topped 100 rushing yards for the first time and finished with 153 yards on 29 carries, a rushing TD and a passing TD. Lynch became the first non-QB to throw a pass for the Bills since 1981. Lynch sealed the win with a 56-yard TD run with just over 2 minutes remaining.

Jon Beason (Panthers)- Beason led the Panthers with 11 tackles against the Titans. Beason had plenty of opportunities against the Titans who ran the ball 43 times. Beason has been able to become a big contributor for the Panthers as opposed to their first round pick Dwayne Jarrett.

Sidney Rice (Vikings)- Adrian Peterson’s not the only Vikings rookie making contributions. 2nd-round pick, Sidney Rice had 4 catches for 66 yards and 1 TD. If only he had a decent QB to get him the ball...I hear Jeff George is available.

David Harris (Jets)- Harris recorded a ridiculous 24 tackles (20 solo) in an Overtime loss to the Redskins. Harris has started in place of injured LB Jonathan Vilma and has 41 tackles in his first two starts.

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