Rookie Watch: Week 3
Originally Published: September 29, 2009By Jeremy Green | Scouts Inc.
Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez is still on top, but several new faces made their way onto the list after strong performances in Week 3.
|Ranking||Player, Position (Draft position)||Team||Last Week|
|Mark Sanchez, QB (First round, No. 5)
Every week, the Jets give the young rookie quarterback more and more to work with out of the playbook, and every single week he responds. Against the Titans, he showed his versatility to make plays with his feet and his arm. He is a sponge in terms of picking things up mentally, so offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer will keep giving him more and more to work with.
|Percy Harvin, WR/RB (First, No. 22)
He gave us a great glimpse this past week of just how outstanding he is on his kickoff return TD that swung momentum in the direction of the Vikings. He is great to break down on tape because even when he does not have the ball in his hands, he opens up the field for everyone else. He has become more than just a role player for this football team.
|Michael Oher, RT (First, No. 23)
From breaking down tape of Oher, it is becoming apparent that not only is he one of the better rookies in the NFL, he is quickly developing as one of the better tackles in the NFL. He is technically very sound, understands blocking angles and is a little more physical than I thought he would be at this point of his development.
|Aaron Curry, LB (First, No. 4)
Curry moves back into the top LB position on the rookie watch because we're starting to see some of the big-play ability we expected to see from him. This past week he had seven total tackles, two of which went for losses, a sack and a QB hit. Curry is best when attacking and Seattle used him more in that role Sunday.
|Rey Maualuga, ILB (Second, No. 6)
He was injured late in the Pittsburgh game but still played a big role in the Bengals' upset win. Maualuga finished with five tackles, one of which was for a loss, and a pass deflection. He is still a more effective player getting up the field and attacking, but he is getting better in coverage every week.
|Louis Delmas, S (Second, No. 1)
He has been an integral part of the defense, and it was good to see his solid play pay dividends in the Lions' win in Week 3. He had five tackles and a pass deflection. What did not show up in the stats was that he was matched up more than a few times with Washington TE Chris Cooley and did a nice job of coverage.
|Donald Brown, RB (First, No. 27)
You can really see the shift in the Colts' backfield right now and that means more touches for Brown in coming weeks. Brown played a nice supporting role in the Colts' win on the road with 40 rushing and 72 receiving yards. He is more physical and explosive than Joseph Addairight now.
|James Laurinaitis, LB (Second, No. 3)
He had only three tackles this past week and the Rams' defense was on the field quite a bit. He still has some issues in coverage, and even though he had piled up some quality tackle numbers the first three weeks, we are not seeing explosive plays out of him or the Rams' defense.
|Eric Wood, G (First, No. 28)
The Bills have three first-time starters along the offensive line and none has played better than Wood. He is a physical presence in the run game and does a nice job of blocking one-on-one or helping double-team in pass protection. He has a very good understanding of the game.
|Kenny Britt, WR (First, No. 30)
He is making a return to the top 10 after a solid four-reception, 59-yard performance versus the New York Jets. Britt is a big target who is getting better every week as a route runner. He should get more targets in coming weeks as he is the only receiver on their roster who can really change a game down the field or with the ball in his hands.
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