ICYMI: 8 Games, 8 NFL Rookies to Watch Out For: Part 1
May 10, 2013; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills wide receiver Robert Woods (10) runs a drill during rookie minicamp at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports
Week 6 – WR Robert Woods, Buffalo Bills
Woods was an ultra-productive player at USC and the Bills grabbed him in the second round. While he isn’t an imposing player physically, he is a polished route runner and hands catcher. He also has the ability to return punts as well. Woods will be the guy who will keep catching those 3 and 8’s for 9 yards. The question in Buffalo will be who’ll throw him the ball?
Week 7 – TE Joesph Fauria, Detroit Lions
Joesph Fauria could be a stretch to have an impact this year for the Lions and may not even make the roster. With that said, he was a productive pass catcher for the Bruins last year, catching 12 touchdowns. We can also bet that teams took note of the Bengals resigning of MLB Rey Malualuga, who how do you say, isn’t so good in coverage. Fauria could be one of those players that has a big game and then fades away.
Jan 7, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide defensive back Dee Milliner (28) breaks up a pass intended for Notre Dame Fighting Irish wide receiver DaVaris Daniels (10) during the second half of the 2013 BCS Championship game at Sun Life Stadium. The pass was intercepted by Alabama defensive back Ha
Week 8 – CB Dee Milliner, New York Jets
Well, the Jets did the ole switch-a-roo, trading away one of the best corners in the NFL and then drafted a corner. They did draft the top rated corner in the draft as a replacement, and by this point in the season, Milliner should have worked out some kinks. Paired with Antonio Cromartie, Millner will make the Bengals number two receivers work for catches and has a knack for causing turnovers.
There it is, the first installment of rookies to watch out for. In my opinion, and I think many fans would agree, it’s frustrating to see a rookie have a big game against your team. The current trend seems to be that rookies take less time to have an impact. Let’s hope that this year all we have to worry about is the veterans.
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