Rookie Review

First thing is first, today is the 10th anniversary of Mark McGwire’s 62nd home run. I was sitting at my kitchen table with my entire family when he homered off the Cubs’ Steve Trachsel. The summer of 1998 was a magical one and Mark McGwire deserves to be in the Hall of Fame for bringing baseball back from the 1994 work stoppage.

Now, on to Week 1 of the NFL Season. I believe Weller was going to give some sort of write up since pro football is pretty much all the boy thinks about, but the Chicago Bears had other plans. I have spoken to him, so he hasn’t pulled the trigger just yet. He went from the ultimate high to the ultimate low in couple of hours. In any case, he may still do it tomorrow after the Monday night games.

Instead of recapping the games, I’m going to recap the first round of the NFL draft, plus two specially selected 2nd rounders. I realize it’s one game in, but drafts of any kind are resident favorites around here, so I’m going to check in on the rookies.

Jake Long – OT – MIA – I don’t really know how to quantify a Left Tackle, but the Jets’ starting Right D End had one tackle and a forced fumble. Not bad? I guess?

Chris Long – DE – STL – The Rams are terrible. I’ve said it before, but they shocked me with how bad they were in a 38-3 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. Long had 2 solo tackles. I’m not expecting a huge year from Mr. Long, but if he has one, it will be our lone bright spot.

Matt Ryan – QB – ATL – The only thing that could have overshadowed Matt Ryan’s day would be a 220 yard rushing day from his running back…which is exactly what happened. Ryan became the first player since Peyton Manning to throw a touchdown on his first pass attempt and ended the day 9-13 for 161 yards and that TD.

Darren McFadden – RB – OAK – Plays in a few hours against the Denver Broncos. I’ll be interested to see how he does.

Glenn Dorsey – DT – KC – Dorsey assisted on two tackles and not much else.

Vernon Gholston – DE – NYJ – Gholston is listed as the backup LOLB, which I did not know until just now. He wasn’t listed as having any stats, however this picture suggests otherwise to me.

Sedrick Ellis – DT – NO – Ellis had one tackle, one assist, and one pass defense. Not bad for your first game.

Derrick Harvey – DE – JAX – Harvey had a pass defense and an interception. That’s a decent way to silence people who said you were the biggest reach in the first round.

Keith Rivers – LB – CIN – Rivers had a monsterous 9 tackles and one assist against the Baltimore Ravens.

Jerod Mayo – LB – NE – Tennessee boy Mayo had a decent day with 6 tackles against the Chiefs. Now if only he could play Quarterback.

Leodis McKelvin – CB – BUF – As far as I know, he did not play.

Ryan Clady – OT – DEN – Clady plays tonight.

Jonathan Stewart – RB – CAR – Stewart carried the ball 10 times for 53 yards and returned 4 kickoffs for 84 yards, giving him 137 all-purpose yards.

Chris Williams – OT – CHI – Not sure if he played. I kept falling asleep during this game. Don’t tell Weller.  Ed’s note: I was just told that Williams had back surgery and will miss at least half the season.

Branden Albert – OG – KC – Albert is listed as the starting Left Tackle for the Chiefs, so we’ll judge him the same way we did Jake Long. Richard Seymour had two tackles and an assist for the Patriots…now if only he could play Quarterback.

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie – CB – ATL – Rodgers recorded a tackle in his debut.

Gosder Cherilous – OT – DET – As far as I know, he didn’t play.

Joe Flacco – QB – BAL – Quite a debut for rookie QBs yesterday. Flacco went 15-29 for 129 yards and had 2 rushes for 27 yards including the eventual game winning touchdown. Well done, Joe Flacco.

Jeff Otah – OT – CAR – Otah is listed as the starting Right Tackle for the Panthers. Chargers’ LDE Igor Olshansky had 3 tackles and a sack. Not a great debut.

Aqib Talib – CB – TB – Talib had a tackle. No word on whether or not he fought his teammates after the game.

Sam Baker – OT – ATL – The much less heralded Falcons rookie started at Left Tackle. DeWayne White had a tackle, assist and sack.

Felix Jones – RB – DAL – The former Razorback has 9 rushes, 62 yards and scored a touchdown on his first first carry. He was mostly used to backup Marion Barber.

Rashard Mendenhall – RB – PIT – Mendenhall had 10 carries for 28 yards and added 2 kickoff returns for 46 yards, all while backing up Willie Parker.

Chris Johnson – RB – TEN – Seemed like an odd pick at the time since they needed a big WR, but Johnson made an early case to silence the doubters with 93 yards on 15 carries and 34 more recieving plus a touchdown.

Mike Jenkins – CB – DAL – I don’t believe he played.

Duane Brown – OT – HOU – Brown held Steelers RDE to 3 tackles and 2 assists with no sacks.

Antoine Cason – CB – SD – Cason made 5 tackles, had one assist, one pass defense, and forced a fumble. Quite a busy day for the former Arizona Wildcat.

Lawrence Jackson – DE – SEA – Jackson had a tackle and an assist for the disappointing Seahawks.

Kentwan Balmer – DT – SF – All Kentwan Balmer did was return a kick for 6 yards. Bet you didn’t see that coming.

Dustin Keller – TE – NYJ – Keller is listed 3rd on the Jets’ depth chart. I don’t believe he played.

No pick – NE – Think they may have wanted to take a QB here?

Kenny Phillips – S – NYG – The only safety taken in the first round had 4 tackles in his debut.

There you have it, every first round rookie’s first game. There were several impressive ones, but I’ll have to go with Joe Flacco as the best. I thought he was kind of a wasted pick, and obviously it’s early, but after one week, he’s proved me wrong and you have to start somewhere. Honorable mention goes to Matt Ryan, Chris Johnson, and Keith Rivers. I won’t do this every week, but I may do it periodically, because it interests me.

Now, I promised you 2 bonus debuts so here they are:

DeSean Jackson – WR – PHI – I want this to be clear, I wanted DeSean Jackson to be a Ram. The man who the Rams passed on in the second round torched the aforementioned team for 6 receptions and 106 yards. He also had eight (8!) punt returns for 97 yards. The Rams offense gained a total of 166 yards.

Donnie Avery – WR- STL – The man the Rams actually took with the second pick in the second round. He didn’t play. THIS IS WHY YOU SUCK, RAMS, YOU DO STUFF LIKE THIS ALL THE TIME.

3 Responses

  1. […] Review #2 Posted on October 23, 2008 by classic17 I did this after the first week of the season and it was met with some interest and some criticism.  So, in the spirit of the interested ones, I […]

  2. Nice blog! The word is Aqib Talib fought the law and the law one!

  3. […] on September 14, 2009 by classic17 Alright, we’ve got one week in the books, so you know what that means.  It’s time to review the rookies in their first NFL game.  I’ll do this three times […]

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