[Power Rooking] Week 15: Nick Bolton, the electric battery

Every NFL Wednesday, The Rookies Journal honors the most prominent rookies. The best offensive beginner, his defensive alter ego, the action, the confirmation, the revelation of the week… And, finally, the Power Rooking. Everything, you will know everything about the Rookies!

Offensive Rookie of the Week

Amon-Ra St. Brown – WR / Detroit Lions (112th pick)
8 receptions, 90 yards, 1 touchdown

He is perhaps the reflection of his team. For three meetings, Amon-Ra St. Brown is good, very good. On these three outings, the Lions pocketed the first two victories of their season. This one, you had to see it coming all the same. But Detroit dominated its subject against Arizona, with that first touchdown at the start of the 2nd quarter, to really start the machine (yes, the machine). Selected in the 4th round, the 22-year-old receiver seems to be a great promise and breaks records in Michigan. This weekend, he became the rookie with the most receptions (65) in the history of his franchise, in a 3rd game at 8 receptions and 70 yards.

Defensive Rookie of the Week

Nick Bolton – LB / Kansas City Chiefs (58th pick)
11 tackles, 3 defended passes

Willie Gay Jr. in the aerial field, Nick Bolton to stop the ground game. So far, it has been a given for the Chiefs. But the 21-year-old linebacker isn’t just race poison. He can do more things and he’s proven it to the Chargers. A deflected ball for an interception served on a plateau to one of his teammates, a perfect defense on Jared Cook during a 4th attempt, physical interventions but without faults, the former Missouri has everything to become one of the bosses of this squad. He’s no stranger to KC’s progress in this industry and, while not the most high-profile newbie, he’s heading towards the 100 tackles.

Action of the week

Javonte Williams – RB / Denver Broncos (35th pick)
15 runs, 72 yards + 4 receptions, 9 yards

Last week, it was a wrestling by Javonte Williams. This time it’s a race. But whatever happens, the Broncos running back always has what it takes in store to feast us on. On this run, Denver is very close to its end zone, with the ground to go up to hope to silence the Bengals. Angel number 33 is arrested first, but he’s not one to fall for. He gets up, starts again and knocks down his opponents, as if he were taking a tour of the juniors. Yet he is the young one. And the future of his team.

Confirmation of the week

Davis Mills – QB / Houston Texans (67th pick)
19/30, 209 yards, 2 touchdowns, 1 interception

What if Texans gave themselves the right to believe it? What if Davis Mills was Deshaun Watson’s successor? Well, the idea is not to ignite or put the plow before what you want, but all the same. With the help of a good staff (hello Jaguars), the former Stanford quarterback is able to save Houston. Not every time, not against everyone, but it is possible. Against Jacksonville, for example. Throwing twice in the end zone, Trevor Lawrence hasn’t done it since the first game.

Revelation of the week

Brandin Echols – CB / New York Jets (200th pick)
4 tackles, 3 defended, 1 interception, 1 touchdown

For a first interception in the NFL, the timing was right. Brandin Echols reacted quickly, ahead of his opponent and heading towards the end zone of the Dolphins, to bring the Jets up to mid-quarter of the last quarter. The symbol of a full match on his part, ended with a single reception granted when the ball came in his direction. The Kentucky alumnus may not be New York’s future Darrelle Revis, but he has the talent to be a solid start-up, something his team sorely need.

Power Rooking

Are the most promising of this 2021 cuvée holding their rank? Are they supplanted by names called a little later last spring? The answers, in the Power Rooking!

1. Micah Parsons – LB / Dallas Cowboys (12th pick)
71 tackles, 12 sacks, 3 defended passes, 3 forced fumbles

2. Rashawn Slater – OT / Los Angeles Chargers (13th pick)

3. Mac Jones – QB / New England Patriots (15th pick)
296/429, 3,168 yards, 18 touchdowns, 10 interceptions

4. Patrick Surtain II – CB / Denver Broncos (9th choice)
48 tackles, 12 defended passes, 4 interceptions, 1 touchdown

5. Creed Humphrey – C / Kansas City Chiefs (63rd pick)

6. Ja’Marr Chase – WR / Cincinnati Bengals (5th pick)
61 receptions, 1,038 yards, 10 touchdowns

7. Najee Harris – RB / Pittsburgh Steelers (24th pick)
249 runs, 891 yards, 6 touchdowns + 62 receptions, 405 yards, 3 touchdowns

8. Jaelan Phillips – LB / Miami Dolphins (18th pick)
36 tackles, 8.5 sacks, 1 pass defended

9. Kyle Pitts – TE / Atlanta Falcons (4th pick)
58 receptions, 847 yards, 1 touchdown

10. Javonte Williams – RB / Denver Broncos (35th pick)
170 runs, 815 yards, 3 touchdowns + 38 receptions, 288 yards, 3 touchdowns

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