Every Wednesday, the Rookies Journal honors the most prominent novices. The best offensive beginner, his defensive alter ego, the action, the confirmation, the revelation of the week… And, finally, the Power Rooking.
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Offensive Rookie of the Week
CeeDee Lamb – WR / Dallas Cowboys (17ème choix)
3 réceptions, 65 yards, 1 touchdown + 1 course, 19 yards, 1 touchdown
He had therefore heard 16 names being called before him. Good for the Cowboys, they were able to set their sights on a high-class receiver, capable of changing the destiny of a game at any moment. Even if Dak Prescott has joined the infirmary, CeeDee Lamb continues to evolve steadily, to support Andy Dalton and his teammates in their playoff mission. Hopes were slim midway through, but Dallas is still in the race. And the former Oklahoma star is 111 yards from the franchise record for a newbie, set by Bob Hayes in 1965. The defining moment comes this weekend, on the Giants field and the number 88 has the opportunity to extend his adventure. That’s what great players do.
???? @_CeeDeeThree FOR THE TD
— Dallas Cowboys (@dallascowboys) December 27, 2020
Defensive Rookie of the Week
Kamren Curl – S / Washington Football Team (216ème choix)
9 tackles, 1 deflected pass, 1 interception
A story of communicating vessels. By week 7, Landon Collins’ campaign came to an end. Since that date, Kamren Curl has established himself as a boss in the middle of Washington’s defense, with quite exceptional success. His name could have been mentioned each time, as his impact is important. The last time his team conceded more than 20 points was in mid-November against Detroit. And it’s no coincidence: Number 31 solidifies the whole squad, with strength and a veteran character in this league. Yet he is only 21 years old and his greatest achievements are yet to come. If the attack started to work in the future, the Football Team could see far. Especially since he is not alone in this wall …
Chase Young with another big impact play, knocks Bridgewater’s hand as he throws, forces ball to loop up to Kam Curl for the INT pic.twitter.com/78Vq3KvSg0
– Mark Bullock (@MarkBullockNFL) December 27, 2020
Action of the week
Tee Higgins – WR / Cincinnati Bengals (33ème choix)
6 réceptions, 99 yards, 1 touchdown
He too has lost his conductor. Since Joe Burrow’s injury, Tee Higgins’ production had declined somewhat. But in Houston, the Bengals receiver has again shown why his coaching staff can rely on him. His meeting had started well with some approximations, but the native of Tennessee then regaled the fans of Cincinnati. On several high-end receptions and of course, on that fabulous touchdown. The layout, the precision, the Brandon Allen pass and the control… Has AJ Green’s successor arrived?
— The Checkdown (@thecheckdown) December 27, 2020
Confirmation of the week
Chase Young – DE / Washington Football Team (2ème choix)
4 tackles, 1 sack, 1 deflected pass, 1 forced fumble
No, Kamren Curl is not alone. In the trenches, his friend Chase Young causes carnage. Before the game, the defensive end trained at Ohio State called his mother to tell her he was one of the captains. This role, he took on with all his talent. Far from the errors of his attack, far from a Dwayne Haskins fired by his leaders, the number 99 haunted Teddy Bridgewater, being at the origin of his two lost balloons. On the interception of his friend safety, as on this fumble forced and covered in the second half, his fourth among the pros.
Revelation of the week
AJ Dillon – RB / Green Bay Packers (62nd pick)
21 courses, 124 yards, 2 touchdowns + 1 réception, 5 yards
No, these statistics are not Derrick Henry’s. Not even those of Aaron Jones. In this duel between Packers and Titans, on snowy terrain, we imagined a battle between these two tractors. But AJ Dillon had decided otherwise. Behind a scintillating Aaron Rodgers, the 22-year-old took off his best clothes to push down Tennessee defenders. Before the game, he had totaled 115 yards on the ground with Green Bay. With Jamaal Williams away there was therefore an opportunity and the Boston College alumnus didn’t shake at all.
— Green Bay Packers (@packers) December 28, 2020
Le Power Rooking
Are the most promising of this 2020 cuvée holding their rank? Are they supplanted by names called a little later last spring? The answers, in the Power Rooking!
1. Justin Jefferson – WR / Minnesota Vikings (22nd pick)
79 réceptions, 1267 yards, 7 touchdowns
2. Justin Herbert – QB / Los Angeles Chargers (6th pick)
374/564, 4034 yards, 28 touchdowns, 10 interceptions + 49 courses, 225 yards, 4 touchdowns
3. Jeremy Chinn – LB / Carolina Panthers (64ème choix)
109 tackles, 1 sack, 5 deflected passes, 1 interception, 2 forced fumbles, 2 touchdowns
4. Antoine Winfield Jr – S / Tampa Bay Buccaneers (45ème choix)
85 tackles, 3 sacks, 5 deflected passes, 1 interception, 2 forced fumbles
5. James Robinson – RB / Jacksonville Jaguars (undrafted)
240 courses, 1070 yards, 7 touchdowns + 49 réceptions, 344 yards, 3 touchdowns
6. Patrick Queen – LB / Baltimore Ravens (28th pick)
99 tackles, 3 sacks, 2 deflected passes, 1 interception, 2 forced fumbles, 1 touchdown
7. Chase Claypool – WR / Pittsburgh Steelers (49ème choix)
57 réceptions, 772 yards, 8 touchdowns + 10 courses, 16 yards, 2 touchdowns
8. Chase Young – DE / Washington Football Team (2ème choix)
40 tackles, 6.5 sacks, 4 deflected passes, 4 forced fumbles, 1 touchdown
9. CeeDee Lamb – WR / Dallas Cowboys (17ème choix)
69 réceptions, 892 yards, 5 touchdowns + 9 courses, 79 yards, 1 touchdown
10. Mike Onwenu – OL / New England Patriots (182ème choix)