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Impressive rookie Lions: Best, Suh tops this week

Posted on: September 21, 2010 1:43 pm
Each Tuesday I'll list two first year players -- one on offense, one from the defense -- as my official's Rookies of the Week.

Various rookies enjoyed strong performances in Week One. On offense, Denver wideout Demaryius Thomas had a strong first game to his NFL career against the Seahawks with 98 receiving yards and a touchdown. Dallas' Dez Bryant, who I recognized last week in this space as a "honorable mention" Rookie of the Week, enjoyed a strong second game as well, with 52 receiving yards and a 62-yard punt return for a touchdown against the Chicago Bears. I try to look beyond just the "skill" position players for these awards and I was mightily impressed with the drive blocking of San Francisco left guard Mike Iupati last night against the Saints, as well as that of Pittsburgh center Maurkice Pouncey in the Steelers' win over the Titans.

In the end, however, this week's Offensive Rookie of the Week was a no-brainer.  

Though his Detroit Lions lost to the Eagles Sunday, Jahvid Best was absolutely electric. He had 232 total yards from scrimmage (17 attempts for 78 rushing yards and nine receptions for 154 yards) and scored three more touchdowns. His five touchdowns over the first two weeks of the season lead the NFL. Some anticipated that an athletic and aggressive Philadelphia defense would tee off on Best considering the marginal downfield passing of Detroit backup quarterback Shaun Hill. With the Eagles crowding the line of scrimmage against the run, Hill simply found Best as an outlet receiver. Once in the open field, Best's agility and straight-line speed make him a matchup nightmare. Best is the first rookie to score five touchdowns in his first two NFL games since another Lion, Billy Simms, accomplished the feat 30 years ago.

On the defensive side of the ball, there were again several worthy candidates, though in my opinion this week's award was just as much a no-brainer. Sean Weatherspoon (Falcons), Koa Misi (Dolphins) and last week's honoree T.J. Ward (Browns) were impressive again. I was also impressed with the coverage supplied by Denver cornerback Perrish Cox. His coverage helped shut down the Seahawks reclamation project, Mike Williams, and his interception of Matt Hasselbeck ended any chance of a Seahawk comeback.

However, Ndamukong Suh proved to be every bit the dominant player against the Eagles we projected he'd be in the NFL. Suh posted eight tackles -- second most in the league by an interior defensive lineman -- and recorded his second sack in as many games. The Lions featured Suh and Best on the same play twice Sunday, with Suh lining up as Best's fullback.


Since: Sep 4, 2007
Posted on: September 22, 2010 9:56 am

Impressive rookie Lions: Best, Suh tops this week

I find it interesting that both the Defensive Rookie of the Year and the Offensive Rookie of the Year may possibly be won by players on the same team.  Detroit got it right and even though they are 0-2, they are hanging around games and it's just a matter of time before everything clicks.

On the starting of two RB's MJD or Best, look at who they are playing. Best played the Steelers in the pre-season and they contained him, so a good run D to me would be a factor in choosing my RB.  Some of the veteran junkies in Fantasy Football started Chris Johnson, they gambled and lost this week.  Study the D and look for trends with players and his opponent, some teams have another guys number and some guys have another teams number.

Since: Sep 21, 2010
Posted on: September 21, 2010 10:56 pm

Impressive rookie Lions: Best, Suh tops this week

Jahvid had an incredible week 2 and Maurice Jones-Drew continues to struggle. Who would you start I have to choose 2 from Jahvid Best, Piere Thomas, and Maurice Jones-Drew. Please help!!

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