Rookie Watch: Sam Bradford on target
In response to his first NFL win as a starting quarterback, I decided to profile No. 1 overall pick Sam Bradford this week.
Against the Redskins, he spread the ball around very effectively and, as he has been all season, was poised beyond his years. He is ridiculously accurate and throws an incredibly catchable ball to all levels of the field.
It won't be this year. It probably will not be next year. But Bradford is going to the Pro Bowl. In fact, he is going to many.
The next test for this young phenom is how he handles the Rams' offense without stud RB Steven Jackson (groin) available to lean on in the running game and out of the backfield. There will be plenty of speed bumps, but I have confidence in Bradford.
|Ranking||Player, position (draft position)||Last week|
|Ndamukong Suh, Lions DT (first round, No. 2)
Suh is a huge reason why the Lions are respectable. He influences everyone around him and remains a huge force in the middle.
|Jahvid Best, Lions RB (first round, No. 30)
He left in the third quarter with a toe injury and didn't return. But while in the game, the Vikings suffocated this explosive young playmaker.
|Sam Bradford, Rams QB (first round, No. 1)
The Rams win! The Rams win! What more do you need to say? That is called progress, folks.
|Dez Bryant, Cowboys WR (first round, No. 24)
Bryant continues his consistent ascent as an NFL player. He wasn't a featured target, but he certainly helped Dallas get its first win.
|Aaron Hernandez, Patriots TE (fourth round, No. 113)
Thanks to his unique skill set, Hernandez has become a fixture of the Patriots' passing game.
|Tony Moeaki, Chiefs TE (third round, No. 93)
He is making plays every week, including the spectacular TD catch he pulled off in Week 3. Moeaki is probably Matt Cassel's most trusted option -- as a rookie tight end!
|Maurkice Pouncey, Steelers C (first round, No. 18)
The Steelers are 3-0, and for the first time this year their offense dominated the opponent. This week is a huge test versus the Ravens.
|Mike Williams, Buccaneers WR (fourth round, No. 101)
The Bucs were overwhelmed against a fantastic Steelers defense, and Williams lost a fumble. He helped the team in the first half but was taken away in the second.
|Gerald McCoy, Buccaneers DT (first round, No. 3)
Like most rookie defensive tackles, McCoy has been up and down thus far. Week 3 wasn't his best game and now he gets a week off to recuperate.
|Demaryius Thomas, Broncos WR (first round, No. 22)
He was a factor in Week 3, but Denver spread the ball around. There are no reasons to temper expectations, but he won't have huge games every week.
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