Monday, November 9, 2009

NFL Rookie Battle Royale: Week 9

This week had a lot of byes or Monday night games for the top rookies, but we definitely have some newcomers to the list. We also see that more and more late rounders are coming out of the woodwork to become productive for their teams, so be sure to dig through your commons before tossing them in a shoebox for eternity.

Josh Freeman

Its rare that Aaron Rodgers is out performed. Its even rarer that a rookie does it. The odds in vegas may not have even fathomed that a rookie QB on a winless team would beat him. Freeman played the game of his life in his first game, and it is ridiculous to think that he did it against a surging team like the Packers. 3TDs 200 yards passing, and 20 yards rushing. Thats pretty damn good. He WILL NOT play this well every week, but he looks like he could at least have some potential, which the Bucs must be loving.

Matt Stafford

Stafford had a pretty bad week this week, throwing 5 interceptions against the Seahawks. People on the boards have already started calling him a bust, but we have to remember that he is still a first year fucking QB in the toughest game to play well in. He had a bad game, on one of the worst teams in the league. Im not saying anything yet, but I will continue to say that holding his cards from the beginning was stupid.

LeSean McCoy

McCoy put up 100 total yards this week against a very good team, and I am thinking he is turning out to be one of the best non-first round picks of the year. He didnt get into the end zone, but he played very well. The problem is, once Westbrook comes back, its back to normal bench work.

Brandon Pettigrew

Welcome to week 9 Brandon Pettigrew! Holy crap, took you long enough. He caught 7 passes for 70 yards with a TD, though he was the only bright spot for his team. Pettigrew still has a REALLY long way to go, but its interesting that it took him this long to get involved. I think he will continue to come around, but its going to take a while when you have as many problems as the Lions do. Of course, I pulled one of his cards too this weekend, just my luck.

Johnny Knox

Knox has been relatively silent since the Bears decided to take a swan dive into the shitter. He caught 4-30, and really did nothing for the second game in a row. Another passenger on the NFL rookie roller coaster I guess. I think if you are holding his cards, you should have sold a few weeks ago.

Hakeem Nicks

Same as Knox, Nicks was silent again this week with 3 for 39 yards. The Giants in general didnt do much against the Chargers, so when you are the number three guy, its tough to get involved. I am still in the house that thinks Nicks is still one of the top rookie receivers of the year, but he needs to do better to keep that designation.

Beanie Wells

Wells had a pretty good game with 13 rushes for 72 yards, though he still has yet to really impress anyone. The focus of the Cardinals offense may be to blame for his lack of success, but he also hasnt done much with what he has been given. At least this game shows his YPC avg has potential to improve.

The Rookie Graveyard

Darrius Heyward-Bey - Bye week

Brandon Pettigrew - May come out next week if he has another good game

Matthew Stafford - Has done little since his injury, so I have to put him here because of the body of work

Michael Crabtree - 3 for 30 isnt going to cut it when you hold out for as long as he did

Beanie Wells - Still not much for a guy who had the hype he did.


  1. Fans need to remember Troy Aikman started and played for a bad Cowboys team that went 1-15 in his rookie season. He went on to win three Super Bowls and made the Hall of Fame.

    It's a possibility Matt Stafford could mirror close to Aikman in the future as the Lions rebuild. It will take time and this is NOT Joey Harrington.

  2. Seattle's probably the toughest place to play in the entire league -- I give Stafford a pass.

    As for Freeman, Green Bay was handing him touchdowns on a fucking platter. It's a lot easier being an NFL quarterback when you're starting drives already in field goal territory.

  3. Guess you should have waited for Wallace to play ;) 4 for 69 17.5 avg and a td Leading in avg and yards still