Rookie Reviews: Week 7
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 7 of the NFL season.
Michael Crabtree – WR – 49ers
In his first career game, Crabtree actually made an impact for the 49ers. The 2nd WR taken in the 2009 draft ended the game with 5 catches for 56 yards in the loss to Houston. Part of the reason Crabtree held out was because he felt he was better than Darrius Heyward-Bey, who was drafted a few spots before him. Interestingly enough, Crabtree had more receptions in this game than Heyward-Bey has for the entire season (4).
Patrick Chung – S – Patriots
The former Oregon Duck continued his strong play this week in London vs. Tampa Bay. Chung recorded 4 tackles in the win, and also made his first career sack.
Darius Butler – CB – Patriots
New England continues to show why they are considered to be one of the best drafting teams in the NFL. Second round pick Darius Butler grabbed his second interception of the season, and also recorded a tackle in the overseas victory.
Percy Harvin – WR – Vikings
Even though the Vikings couldn’t pull out a win, Harvin continued making a case for Offensive Rookie of the Year. The former Gator got plenty of touches against the Steelers, catching 3 passes for 42 yards, rushing once for 7 yards, and returned a kickoff 88 yards for a touchdown.
Asher Allen – CB – Vikings
With some injuries in the Minnesota secondary, Allen has been forced to grow up fast. Against Pittsburgh, Allen started to show his potential. The third round pick out of Georgia finished the game with 2 tackles, 1 sack and a forced fumble.
Mike Wallace – WR – Steelers
Wallace is continuing to become a favorite of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger as defenses are forced to focus on Santonio Holmes, Hines Ward and Heath Miller. Wallace took advantage of the defense this week, catching 3 passes for 72 yards and a touchdown, his second of the season.
Jairus Byrd – S – Bills
Byrd has come out of nowhere in the past few weeks and now has to be considered a top candidate for Defensive Rookie of the Year. Byrd had his second straight game with two interceptions and now has five for the season. The second round pick out of Oregon also added 2 tackles in the win over Carolina.
Shonn Greene – RB – Jets
The Jets only had three draft picks in 2009 after spending several to move up and grab QB Mark Sanchez. This week, RB Leon Washington suffered a season ending injury and the third round pick out of Iowa took advantage. Greene rushed all over the Raiders, carrying the ball 19 times for 144 yards and 2 touchdowns in the blowout. With Washington done for the year, Greene is bound to continue to have an increased workload for the remainder of the season.
Chris Wells – RB – Cardinals
Arizona fans hoped that Ohio State running back Chris “Beanie” Wells would be the answer to their running game problems in 2009. Up until this week, Wells has been almost non-existent. Against the Giants, Wells had a career day and hopes to continue this level of play. Wells scored his first career touchdown in New York and rushed the ball 14 times for 67 yards, while still sharing carries with Tim Hightower.
Hakeem Nicks – WR – Giants
While Nicks’ biggest play came off a fluke tipped ball, it’s hard to ignore his production so far this season. Nicks has now scored touchdowns in each of the last four games and is being mentioned in the Offensive Rookie of the Year discussion. The former Tarheel ended the game with 4 catches for 80 yards, including the touchdown off the tipped pass.