View Full Version : DJ still getting some recognition.

09-30-2005, 10:39 AM
Rookie of the year meter.


09-30-2005, 10:48 AM
Has anyone posted a thread/link to NFL.com's Rookie of the Month selections for September?

09-30-2005, 11:00 AM
Damn! I didn't realize Cadillac carried the ball 37 times last week.

09-30-2005, 11:23 AM
The Denver game REALLY hurt DJ. He didn't look good at all...

09-30-2005, 11:42 AM
yes but who looked good in this Game !!! Nobody on the Chiefs side.

09-30-2005, 11:47 AM
Post the ****ing article if you're gonna bring it up.

Week Three Rookie of the Year meter

Rookie linemen shine in tough situations

By Eric Edholm
Sept. 28, 2005

It’s easy to overlooks the grunts up front, especially rookies, as loyal reader Roy Reiss reminds us weekly, but this year’s rookie OL class appears to be pretty solid through three weeks of play. There are six rookie linemen currently starting around the league — a decent figure but not an outrageously high number — and it’s one that could be on the rise.

Consider Sunday in Pittsburgh when Patriots OLT Matt Light went down with a broken bone in his leg and could miss significant time. In stepped third-round pick Nick Kazcur, who was blitzed hard on his first play but held up quite well as the Patriots rallied to win against a Steelers team that hadn’t lost a regular-season game in a long time (18 games). So with Kazcur and Logan Mankins, the Patriots had two rookies protecting Tom Brady’s backside. It’s amazing to see that team do what it does.

Other rookie linemen, such as Saints ORT Jammal Brown and Buccaneers OG Dan Buenning, have started all three games so far and been impressive. It might not be the Year of the Rookie Linemen, but this group is off to a decent start.

1. Buccaneers RB Cadillac Williams
Season stats (three games): 88 rushes, 434 yards (4.9 avg.), two TDs
Week Three stats: 37 rushes, 159 yards
Last week’s ranking: 1

It might have been Williams’ most impressive outing to date on Sunday. Though he did not break off any home-run rushes, Williams ground out 115 second-half yards, running the ball on 21 of the Bucs’ 36 offensive plays. On 3rd-and-14 in the third quarter, with the momentum shifting slightly toward the Packers, Williams ran the ball 16 hard yards, breaking three tackles along the way, for a huge first down. One warning though: This pace might not work for too long. In college, Williams twice carried for 40 or more times in a game and was hurt following each.

2. Bengals LB Odell Thurman
Season stats (three games): 16 tackles, interception, pass defended, two forced fumbles, fumble recovery
Week Three stats: five tackles, fumble recovery
Last week’s ranking: 3

Though Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis would prefer that Thurman keep his mouth shut following wins and not talk about his — or the team’s — good performance to date, the rookie has been a revelation so far, leading the team in tackles. According to the coaches, Thurman has been in on 26 tackles this season — 10 more than the NFL has credited him with. Thurman blasted Bears RB Thomas Jones hard out of bounds on a key stop in the first half and also picked up a fumble and ran 23 yards with it as the Bears turned the ball over six times.

3. Patriots OG Logan Mankins
Last week’s ranking: 7

The only knock was his untimely false-start penalty, but Mankins was very impressive Sunday, managing to block the Steelers’ front three (he usually was matched up with NT Casey Hampton or DRE Kimo von Oelhoffen, not to mention LBs Joey Porter and Larry Foote) and get out to the second level, as well as protect against the frequent — and we mean virtually every play — blitzing from the back eight, especially SS Troy Polamalu.

4. Chiefs LB Derrick Johnson
Season stats (three games): 21 tackles, sack, fumble recovery, forced fumble
Week Three stats: four tackles
Last week’s ranking: 2

It wasn’t a good game for Johnson — just a learning experience. After two impact games, Johnson was taken out of the game by the Broncos’ linemen more than once on running plays and rendered ineffective for the most part in the passing game. He appeared lost at times and simply didn’t make his presence felt … of course, the rest of the Chiefs’ defense didn’t help. Two out of three (games), though, isn’t bad, so we’ll keep Johnson high on the list.

Mr. Krab
09-30-2005, 11:50 AM
If the chiefs defense doesn't improve, i don't see him having much of a chance. The only thing that usually will save a good player on a bad team is big stats. So Johnson will have to start racking up sacks to have any real chance unless the entire defense really improves.

09-30-2005, 11:59 AM
yes but who looked good in this Game !!! Nobody on the Chiefs side.

The problem is that the way Denver ran the bootleg at will really calls out the DE's and the OLB's.

Since DJ is an OLB, he'll bear the brunt of the blame.

09-30-2005, 12:01 PM
Post the ****ing article if you're gonna bring it up.

Why? So that you can fill up the database with characters that could be read just as easily by clicking on a one-line link?

09-30-2005, 12:20 PM
Why? So that you can fill up the database with characters that could be read just as easily by clicking on a one-line link?

No because it's easier to read when it's all on one page.
Notice I didn't post the entire article.

09-30-2005, 12:50 PM
Post the ****ing article if you're gonna bring it up.

Some places don't like it when you cut and paste their articles and end up threatening the site with legal action.