Rookie Watch: Week 13
Originally Published: December 8, 2009By Jeremy Green | Scouts Inc.
Injuries slowed B.J. Raji's progress early on. But the Packers' defensive tackle has made significant strides of late, becoming an inside force for Green Bay. He makes his debut in this week's Rookie Watch.Preseason | Week 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12
|Ranking||Player, position (draft position)||Status||Last week|
|Percy Harvin, Vikings WR (first round, No. 22)
Had six receptions for 79 yards and a TD in the Vikings' loss to Arizona. He was targeted only seven times and that number has to come up, especially against teams like the Cardinals who bring a lot of pressure. They need to start working him on more option routes in the short to intermediate against teams that can pressure the QB.
|Michael Oher, Ravens RT (first round, No. 23)
As a team, the Ravens gave up three sacks in their Monday night loss to Green Bay. However, none on them were given up by Oher, who did a solid job on the island against the Packers' multiple 3-4 looks. Oher is doing an excellent job at RT and based on his play to this point could slide over to LT to give Baltimore a better option at the position.
|Brian Cushing, Texans OLB (first round, No. 15)
He, like a lot of the Texans, did not show up with his A game in a road loss to Jacksonville. Cushing finished with only three tackles, one of which was for a loss. Jacksonville did a nice job of running right at him. As good as he has been, he can be negated a little if you run right at him.
|Clay Matthews, Packers LB (first round, No. 26)
He was all over the field making plays Monday night. He had six tackles, three tackles for loss and two sacks. He wore out Baltimore LT Jared Gaither on the edge. What we love about Matthews is his ability to play on the other side of the line of scrimmage.
|James Laurinaitis, Rams LB (second round, No. 3)
He led the Rams with 12 tackles in their loss at Chicago. Even though he is piling up big tackle numbers, his impact has not been enough to really change the game or the Rams' fortunes. We are impressed that, despite playing on a bad team, he brings his A game on a weekly basis.
|Knowshon Moreno, Broncos RB (first round, No. 12)
Played a huge role in the Broncos' rout of the Chiefs with 21 carries for 86 yards and two touchdowns. He does not seem to have hit the rookie wall and is getting better down the stretch. We love the way he finishes his runs with pop.
|DeAndre Levy, Lions LB (third round, No. 12)
He had eight tackles, one for a loss, as the Lions fell to the Bengals. He has sideline-to-sideline range and continues to show the ability to make plays outside the numbers.
|Louis Delmas, Lions S (second round, No. 1)
He had 11 tackles against the Bengals, a lot fo them up around the line of scrimmage. He often looks like he is shot out of cannon when he attacks in run support.
|Jairus Byrd, Bills FS (second round, No. 10)
Even though he has not made many plays on the ball over the past four games, we were impressed that he got more involved this past week in run support. The key to taking his game to the next level at safety will be continuing to attack the line of scrimmage and making plays against the run.
|B.J. Raji, Packers NT (first round, No. 9)
Got off to a slow start this season as he fought some injuries in the preseason. You have to look outside his numbers to see how dominant he has been in recent weeks because as a nose tackle he is not going to pile up a lot of tackles. He dominated the line of scrimmage in the Packers' Monday night win, allowing others to fly around and make plays.