2013 Rookie Watch

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  1. Crumbler81

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    Hey guys,

    Post here with any information you have about this season's draft picks. You can use anything like statistics, whether a rookie is moving up your depth chart, or create a custom story about how their season is going...be creative. This can help us award our own Offensive and Defensive Rookies of the Year regardless of who Madden picks.

    Did you just draft the next Andrew Luck or JaMarcus Russell?
     
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    #22 Bull Griggs - Halfback
    6' 1'' 247 lbs
    UCLA
    3rd Pk, 2nd Rd

    With the 3rd pick of the 2nd round, the Cincinnati Bengals selected this bruising tailback out of UCLA and he has not disappointed so far in 2013. He didn't waste anytime picking up his 1st career rushing TD at the expense of the Pittsburgh Steelers in the season opener. It's still early in the season, but this talented running back looks to be in the running for the NFL Rushing Title with 628 yards and 2 TDs.
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    #23 Rodney Maye - Cornerback
    6' 2'' 204 lbs
    Oklahoma
    8th Pk, 3rd Rd

    In the 3rd round, Cincinnati looked to add some depth to their secondary and selected this playmaker out of Oklahoma. With solid playing time in passing situations, Rodney has made the most of his opportunities with 10 tackles, 1 interception, 1 pass deflection, and 1 fumble recovery in only 7 games. Along with #27 Dre Kirkpatrick, the Bengals hope they can develop one of the best young corner tandems in the league.

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    #24 Dennis Stumph - Cornerback
    6' 0'' 192 lbs
    Oregon
    19th Pk, 6th Rd
    Looking to add even more depth to their secondary, Cincinnati decided to pick for value in the late 6th round and selected this young corner out of Oregon. With limited playing time against 4 and 5 WR sets, Dennis has registered 1 tackle and 1 fumble recovery.
     
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    #30 Darren Lyons HB​
    6'1" 197 lbs​
    East Carolina​
    6th round, 13th pick​
    Lyons said when he chose East Carolina over the likes of Virginia Tech and Clemson that he chose the Pirates because of watching Chris Johnson play on Saturdays. The former Pirate has a similar career to Johnson at East Carolina and now is resembling him in the NFL. Lyons fell to the 6th round due to cpncerns about his size and durability but he has seized his opportunity and jumped ahead of Toby Gerhart on the Vikings depth chart. He has filled in spectacularly for the injured Adrian Peterson and currently ranks 6th in the NFL in rushing yards and leads the league with a staggering 8.1 YPC. With Peterson expected back in Week 10 against the Lions, it will be interesting to see how Lyons is used and what the Vikings will do with him and AD in the future.​
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    #15 Brett Ray QB​
    6'3" 239 lbs​
    West Virginia​
    2nd round, 10th pick​
    Ray was somewhat unheralded coming out of West Virginia but the Vikings gambled on him in the 2nd round. While he hasn't seen much action due to the presence of Kurt Warner, Ray did lead a 4th quarter comeback against the Redskins after Warner was benched. The former Mountaineer has a very powerful arm and has shown the composure to excel in late game situations. The Vikings feel he will be their quarterback of the future and all but forced Christian Ponder out the door.​
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    #81 Reginald Thomas WR​
    5'11" 190 lbs​
    Wisconsin​
    3rd round, 20th pick​
    Thomas was the fast and shifty change of pace receiver in the ball controlled Badger offense in college. The Vikings expect him to play asimilar role with them as well as contribute on special teams. Thomas has already made an impact on special teams returning a punt for a touchdown in the first game of the year against the Saints. While Thomas has not contributed tremendously as a rceiver to this point (11 rec 119 yds 2 td) he ranks 7th in the NFL in punt return average among players with at least 10 returns. The Vikings hope Thomas can take over as the slot receiver when Randy Moss leaves and Percy Harvin returns full time to the #1 receiver role.​
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    #57 Christian Shepherd MLB​
    6'1" 240 lbs​
    Michigan St.​
    2nd round, 20th pick​
    Michigan State has produced a number of quality linebackers and Shepherd is no exception. Shepherd led the Spartans to the Rose Bowl victory over Stanford as a senior and was a two-time all Big 10 performer in East Lansing. The former Spartan nearly beat out fellow newcomer Colin McCarthy for the starting middle linebacker job in training camp after McCarty was acquired in the Jared Allen trade. While McCarthy ultimately won the job, Shepherd ha been a key special teams player on kick coverage and has played well when given an opportunity game situations. The Vikings are going to have an interesting dilemma over the net few years with their current depth at linebacker. ​
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    #54 LaCraig Middlebrook OLB​
    6'2" 237 lbs​
    Syracuse​
    3rd round, 3rd pick​
    Middlebrook was a standout on the Syracuse defense the past two seasons but did not get a lot of the attention his peers in the larger conferences received. However, Middlebrook is every bit as talented as his more highly regarded peers. Were it not for Chad Greenway in front of him, Middlebrook would have easily won the starting strong side linebacker job for the Vikings in training camp. The former Orangeman racked up an NFL high five sacks in the preseason and looked like a young Derrick Thomas. That's not to say Middlebrook will turn out that way but he certainly gives the Vikings a lot of options with his versatility and skills.​
     
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  4. Futuriistiics

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    Bills 2nd Quarter Rookie Watch (Weeks 5-8):



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    Here's the latest from Buffalo's rookie starters for weeks 5-8. With Weeks 1-4 Bills Rookie Watch <- there.

    #18 QB Johnathan Shuman:

    Johnathan's had a bit of a rocky stretch as of late. In the past 4 games he's completed 83/128 passes for 1,124 yards, 5 TD, 5 INT, and has been sacked 13 times. While these numbers by themselves aren't bad, they haven't really inspired confidence in him from his coaches. For the most part, he's done just enough to get by, but has yet to show that he can be counted on when the game is put in his hands. He'll likely need a good showing in Week 10 after returning from the Bye, otherwise Coach Atkins could consider giving some of the other QBs on the roster reps in practice.

    1st Quarter Stats (weeks 1-4): 76.7 QB Rating, 63/100 (63%) for 873 Yards, 7 TDs, 9 INTs, 218.3 YPG, 6 Sacks
    2nd Quarter Stats (weeks 5-8): 85.54 QB Rating, 77/128 (60%) for 1,124 yards, 5 TD, 5 INT, 281.0 YPG, 13 sacks
    Season Total Stats (weeks 1-8): 79.8 QB Rating, 140/228 (61%) for 1,997 Yards, 12 TDs, 15 INTs, 249.6 YPG, 19 Sacks

    #20 HB Khalek Hall (No Longer Starting):

    Khalek looked promising early on in this quarter, with 113 yards on 22 attempts and 2 rushing TDs in week 5 against the Colts. However, the next week against the Patriots he lost 2 costly fumbles on just 4 carries and was pulled from the game. He's had problems with fumbles earlier in the season and had been on a short leash. When he'll earn another shot on the field is unknown, but he'll have to improve his Carrying ability in practice if he wants to get a second chance to start.

    1st Quarter Stats (weeks 1-4): 40 Attempts, 194 Yards, 0 TD, 5 FUM, 4.8 YPC, 48.5 YPG
    2nd Quarter Stats (weeks 5-6): 26 Attempts, 112 yards, 2 TD, 2 FUM, 4.3 YPC, 56.0 YPG
    Season Total Stats (weeks 1-6): 66 Attempts, 306 yards, 2 TD, 7 FUM, 4.6 YPC, 51.0 YPG

    #88 WR Sean Oduh:

    Oduh has improved slightly, but still isn't living up to his potential as a 9th overall draft pick. Through 4 games this quarter, he's only played a significant factor in one against the Colts. While veteran receivers Stevie Jackson and Anquan Boldin naturally receive the most targets from Johnathan Shuman, Oduh's done nothing to stand out or improve his spot with the team. Being 4th in receiving yards and 5th in receptions on the team is not what the Bills had in mind when they picked him.

    1st Quarter Stats (weeks 1-4): 8 Receptions, 104 yards, 1 TD, 13.0 YPC, 26.0 YPG
    2nd Quarter Stats (weeks 5-8): 11 Receptions, 211 yards, 1 TD, 19.1 YPC, 52.7 YPG
    Season Total Stats (weeks 1-8): 19 Receptions, 315 yards, 2 TD, 16.6 YPC, 39.4 YPG

    #80 TE Mike Dunn:

    Mike Dunn has done everything the Bills has asked of him in the run-blocking game and continues to improve. He's yet to be utilized in the pass game, but Coach Atkins has been thinking of giving him some looks in the red-zone offense.


    Non-starting Rookies:

    #5 QB Bryan Woods: Drafted Round 2, Pick 9, he hasn't started a regular season game in 2013. He'd been pegged as Shuman's backup, but recent poor showings in practice has his readiness to lead the team if needed in doubt. If he makes it in a game, he'll likely get the one shot to do a good job, or could see himself moved to 3rd string

    #82 WR Bo Grimble: An un-drafted rookie free agent, Grimble was hurt in week 2 but returned in week 6. He's done okay on Special Teams so far, but nothing that assures him a roster spot in 2014. A Kick Return for a touchdown or two before the season's over could go a long way towards accomplishing that.

    1st Quarter Stats (weeks 1-2): 5 KR, 116 yards, 23.2 Avg, 26 Long
    2nd Quarter Stats (weeks 6-8): 6 KR, 143 yards, 23.8 Avg, 37 Long
    Season Total Stats (wees 1-2, 6-8): 11 KR, 259 yards, 23.5 Avg, 37 Long
     
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  5. majesty95

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    I like the quarterly stats. Very cool
     
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    With the 7th pick in the 3rd round of the 2013 draft the Arizona Cardinals selected 20 yr old 6ft 5in, 256lb Tight End Luke Vinal. Luke Vinal quickly became the premier TE for the Cardinals in the pre-season after beating out Rob Housler who had a career season last year. Luke's ability to create space and catch the football this year is remarkable. Luke Vinal among the other TE's in the league ranks fifth in receptions with 40, second in receiving yards with 621, third in receiving ypg with 88, and tied for second in TD's with 5. Depending on how he finishes out the year I think Luke will prove to be a proven asset for coach Crunk_Ness and a nice security blanket for J. Skelty.
     
  7. MarkyMark67

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    Nice draft pick!!
     
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