Rookie Reviews: Week 3

Written by Will Spencer on September 28, 2009



The final scores are in the books and Draft Breakdown is here to update you on how some of the top rookies in the 2009 draft performed in week 3 of the NFL season.


Matthew Stafford – QB – Lions
The stats weren’t phenomenal, but Stafford helped the Lions get a much more important stat; a win. The Lions broke a 19 game losing streak at home vs. the Washington Redskins, and Stafford led the way. The former Georgia signal-caller finished the game 21 of 36 for 241 yards and a touchdown, and added 2 rushes for 23 yards in their first win of the season.


Mark Sanchez – QB – Jets
For the 3rd week in a row, Sanchez makes our list. While he had some struggles in this game (1 int and 2 fumbles), he maintained his cool. Sanchez finished 17 of 30 for 171 yards, 2 TDs and 1 INT, plus a rushing TD. Sanchez also became the first rookie QB in NFL history to win his first three games as a starter.


Mike Wallace – WR – Steelers
Even in the close loss, Wallace became a new favorite target for Ben Roethlisberger. Wallace caught 7 passes for 102 yards, which included a long pass of 51 yards.


Knowshon Moreno – RB – Broncos
The Broncos are now 3-0 and in first place in the AFC West, in part to a strong running game. Today, the Broncos first round pick carried the ball 21 times for 90 yards and a touchdown in their division win over the Raiders.


Percy Harvin – WR – Vikings
The Vikings squeaked out a win on the arm of Brett Favre, but Harvin played a major role. Harvin caught 4 passes for 51 yards, but his main highlight came on a 101 yard kickoff return for a touchdown.


Brian Orakpo – OLB – Redskins
While the Redskins appeared to have troubles on defense, Orakpo recorded his first sack of his career as well as 4 tackles in the loss to the Lions.


LeSean McCoy – RB – Eagles
The former Pitt Panther took advantage of a starting spot while Brian Westbrook was out with injury this week. McCoy ran the ball 20 times for 84 yards and a touchdown, adding a 9 yard catch to his stats as the Eagles rolled over the Chiefs.


Eugene Monroe and Eben Britton – OTs – Jaguars
The Jags took a big risk this season by starting two rookies at both tackle spots. This week, those rookies came up big. The Jags offensive line did not allow a single sack and helped the offense rack up 398 yards of total offense, 184 of which came from rushing plays. The big men up front also plowed the road for 4 rushing touchdowns in the win over Houston.


Aaron Curry – LB – Seahawks
Seattle should be pleased with the performance of former Wake Forest standout Aaron Curry this week. Curry racked up 7 total tackles, a sack and a forced fumble in the loss to the Bears.

Will Spencer

Will is the founder and President of Draft Breakdown & has been scouting draft prospects since 2002. His work has been featured in numerous publications, including the USA Today Draft Preview Magazine, the official website of the Baltimore Ravens, Ravens Insider and The Orange and Brown Report. Will has previous playing experience as a defensive end in the AFA, is currently a member of the Football Writers Association of America and graduated from the SMWW Football Scouting course in 2009. See all posts by Will Spencer.