TC56 NFL ROOKIE REPORT: WEEK 10

Week 10 brought us a prime example of why the 2020 NFL draft might be considered the best wide receiver draft of all-time. Three of the wide outs went over the century mark and combined to score 4 touchdowns. The depth and quality of this draft is a sign of the times and the evolution of a passing league. Now with that being said, there are 3 running backs on the list this week. Of the 3 running backs, 2 are undrafted further proving you can find running backs anywhere if they fit with your philosophy offensively. After week 11 we are through with the bye weeks and rookies will make their final push for offensive and defensive rookie of the year.

TOP 5 ROOKIE PERFORMANCES WEEK 10

DETROIT LIONS

  1. RB – D’Andre Swift – 5’8” 212 – Georgia – 2nd Round pick (35th overall) vs. Washington (W, 30-27)

Game day Stats: 16 Carries / 81 rushing yards / 5 receptions / 68 receiving yards / 1 receiving touchdown

Swift was the #1 running back in my 2020 NFL mock draft. On film, he was the most complete back. Sunday those skills came to the surface. Swift showed his whole arsenal. He used his elusiveness and his signature stiff leg cut to make defenders miss, caught the ball out of the backfield, and used his power to score his lone touchdown of the day. D’Andre Swift needs more touches in the Lions offense. He is too talented not too.

Performance Rating: 4.10

Next Game: at Carolina Panthers 1:00pm Sunday

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS

2. WR – Michael Pittman Jr. – 6’4” 223 – USC – 2nd Round pick (34th Overall) vs Tennessee Titans (W, 34-17)

Game Day Stats: 7 Receptions / 101 yards / 21 rushing yards

Pittman was extremely efficient on Thursday night for the division leading Colts. The USC product caught 7 passes on 8 targets on his way to his first career 100 yard receiving game. Despite not getting into the end zone, Pittman’s 30 yard reception, 21 yard run, and 40 yard catch and run all led to Colt touchdowns.

Performance Rating: 3.95

Next Game: at Miami Dolphins 4:05 Sunday

MINNESOTA VIKINGS

3. WR – Justin Jefferson – 6’1” 202 – LSU – 1st Round pick (22nd overall) vs. Chicago Bears (W, 19-13)

Game day Stats: 8 receptions / 135 receiving yards / 5 first downs

The Vikings have fought back from a dreadful 1-5 start to win their last 3 games.  Justin Jefferson is a key part to this turn around. In prime time Monday night Jefferson earned his fourth 100 plus yard receiving game of the season. Jefferson’s key moment came on a 3rd and 11 catch in the 3rd quarter down by a field goal. The LSU product pulled in a 54 yard catch and run to set up the game tying field goal. Jefferson’s strong route running and ability to always be open, no matter how tight the coverage, has made him and Adam Thielen a very danger duo.

Performance Rating: 3.90

Next Game: vs. Dallas Cowboys 4:25pm Sunday

MIAMI DOLPHINS

4. RB – Salvon Ahmed – 5’11” 196 – Washington – Undrafted vs. Los Angeles Chargers (W, 29-21)

Game Day Stats: 22 touches / 90 total yards / 1 rushing touchdown

Ahmed got his first start for the Dolphins in week 10. Dolphins gave the undrafted rookie 22 touches and controlled the tempo of the game. Ahmed was explosive hitting the hole and finished his runs falling forward. The Dolphins may found a diamond in the rough when they claimed him off waivers from San Francisco.

Performance Rating: 3.80

Next Game: at Denver Broncos 4:05 Sunday

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS

5. RB – James Robinson – 5’10” 225 – Illinois State – Undrafted – vs. Green Bay Packers (L, 24-20)

Game Day Stats: 23 carries / 109 rushing yards / 5 first downs

The road has been Mr. Robinson’s neighborhood as he recorded his 3rd career 100 yard game for the Jags. Although the Jaguars are now 1-8, Robinson’s productivity has kept them in games and helped their offense develop an identity. The Steelers defense will be a tall order for Robinson and the Jaguars this coming weekend.

Performance Rating: 3.75

Next Game: vs. Pittsburgh Steelers 1:00pm Sunday

SLEEPER 6

WASHINGTON

S – Kamren Curl – Arkansas – 6’1” 206 – 7th Round (216th Overall) vs. Detroit Lions (L, 30-27)

Game day Stats: 8 total tackles / 1 sack / 1 tackle for a loss / 1 QB hit

For the second week in a row Curl is in the Sleeper 6 spot. The 7th round pick again showed what his strengths are replacing the injured Landon Collins at the strong safety spot. He showed excellent tackling skills and got involved in the blitz game. Curl recorded his second sack in as many games showing great effort missing the initial tackle and scrambling to his feet to finish the play. He spent a portion of the day covering talented tight end TJ Hockenson (2 receptions 13 yards) and doing a nice job staying with him.

Performance Rating: 3.6

Next Game: vs. Cincinnati Bengals 1:00pm Sunday

Week 10 2020 Draft Class Match up Results:

Miami Dolphins QB – Tua Tagovailoa vs. LA Chargers QB – Justin Herbert

  • The duel of first round quarterbacks saw solid performances out of both signal callers. Herbert threw 2 touchdowns and ran another 1 in but, was not as explosive as he has been in past weeks. Tua had another clean performance with 0 turnovers and pair of touchdown passes. This first round goes to the winner: Tua Tagovailoa.

Cincinnati Bengals WR Tee Higgins – vs. Pittsburgh Steeler WR – Chase Claypool

  • These talented second round receivers once again showed the incredible depth at the position in the 2020 draft. Higgins played well and recorded his second 100 yard game however; he did lose a fumble in the first half. Claypool continues to be a scoring machine with 2 more receiving touchdowns. Claypool had less catches and yards but made his 4 catches count with 2 first downs to go with his 2 touchdowns. Winner: Chase Claypool.

Week 11 2020 Draft Class Match ups:

Pittsburgh Steelers WR – Chase Claypool vs. Jacksonville Jaguars CB – CJ Henderson

  • It’s not 100% Henderson will be covering Claypool during the course of the game but I am sure we will get a sample of what will be a physical match up.

Washington DE – Chase Young vs. Cincinnati Bengals QB – Joe Burrow

  • Chase Young has been solid this season but has yet to have a break out game. Chase will be “chasing” around Burrow for 4 quarters Sunday and will be a match up to watch closely.

Carolina Panther S – Jeremy Chinn vs. Detroit Lions RB – D’Andre Swift

  • Physical safety meets physical running back. Expect to see some collisions at about 1:05pm on Sunday. I can hear the shoulder pads smacking in my head. Got to love this game!

Week 11 Throwback Draft Class Battle:

#1 Picks Battle it out:

Cincinnati Bengals QB – Joe Burrow vs. Washington – Alex Smith

  • Burrow had a tremendous senior year and sky rocketed to the number 1 pick in the 2020 draft. Alex Smith also came out of nowhere to become the #1 pick in the 2005 draft. Burrow is having a solid rookie season and Smith is enjoying an incredible comeback story after missing nearly 2 years of football with a horrific leg injury.  Both of these players you can’t help but root for.

2011 Draft Class:

Houston Texans – DE JJ Watt vs. New England Patriots QB – Cam Newton

  • These 10 year vets have had similar career trajectories. Both players have been pro bowlers, MVP’s, and 2 of the more entertaining players in the league. On the other side both players have had injury issues and production drop in the last couple of seasons. Cam is 2-0 in his career against Watt and Watt is 0-6 lifetime against the Patriots. The Patriots had a different QB back then. Wonder what ever happened to that guy?

TC56 Free Sauce Contest:

Week 10 College touchdown results:

Clemson : 4

Tennessee: 4

Winner: Jay Nielsen who took Clemson.

College Conference TD passes Battle:

This week’s contest is which NCAA Conference will throw the most touchdown passes in week 11. Take into account it is the conference that school is currently in. Example: Matt Ryan’s (Boston College) TD passes go towards the ACC total. Make sure you email me your selection me a conference and a number. Good Luck!

Breakdown of how many quarterbacks from each conference in week 11:

ACC: 6

PAC 12: 6

SEC: 6

Big Ten: 3

Big 12: 3

American: 1

FBS: 1

Mountain West: 1

MAC: 1

Rookie Play of the Weekend:

Notes:

  • Tampa Bay’s acquisition of Antonio Brown gives them 4 players from the 2010 draft that have all made a major impact in the league. Brown leads the draft class in receptions and yards (850-11,363). Rob Gronkowski leads the draft class in touchdown catches (83). Jason Pierre–Paul tops the draft class in sacks (87) and Ndamukong Suh is 5th (62.5). This is impressive feat for these 4 considering this is one of the best drafts top to bottom in the last 20 years

Rookie League Leaders:

TD Passes: Chargers – Justin Herbert – 19

Passing Yards: Bengals – Joe Burrow – 2485

Rushing TD: Washington – Antonio Gibson – 7  

Rushing Yards: Chiefs – Clyde Edwards-Helaire – 586

Receiving TD: Steelers – Chase Claypool: 7

Receiving Yards: Vikings Justin Jefferson: 762

Receptions: CowboysCee Dee Lamb – 44

Total Touchdowns: Steelers – Chase Claypool – 9

Total Tackles: Panthers – Jeremy Chinn – 70

Tackles for a Loss: Panthers – Derrick Brown – 6

Sacks: Washington – Chase Young – 3.5

Interceptions: Cowboys – Travon Diggs & 3 others tied with – 2

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s