[Power Rooking] Week 7: Pitts and love


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

Ja’Marr Chase – WR / Cincinnati Bengals (5th pick)
8 receptions, 201 yards, 1 touchdown

The beginning of this column has become very simple: Ja’Marr Chase, his exploits of the weekend, a small statistic to highlight to show that he is the most beautiful of the strongest on Earth, a comparison with a legend of his sport. This time, we start with its 201 yards, against a Baltimore team in great shape. Ravens crushed by the former LSU. The stat: if he continues at this pace, he will achieve one of the five best campaigns in the history of the NFL at his post (more than 1,800 yards, in 17 matches of course). The legend: can he be the first receiver since Randy Moss (that was in 1998) to join the first All-Pro team upon his arrival?

Defensive Rookie of the Week

Azeez Ojulari – LB / New York Giants (50th pick)
5 tackles, 2.5 sacks

First three outings with a sack each time, then three more discreet. Azeez Ojulari was looking for his cruising speed, he has undoubtedly found his speeder rhythm against the Panthers. He said it himself, the game is starting to slow down in front of his eyes, a sign that the 21-year-old defender is adjusting a little more with the rehearsals. He and Leonard Williams form a rather complementary hunting duo, and when they manage to hit their mark with regularity, the Giants gain physical and psychological ascendancy. Sam Darnold isn’t Lamar Jackson either, but it took a hell of a night to turn Carolina’s panther into a domestic cat.

Action of the week

Kyle Pitts – TE / Atlanta Falcons (4th pick)
7 receptions, 163 yards

We hadn’t forgotten him, but he still came to ring the bells for us. First by this fabulous reception with one hand, as if it were nothing more than an action at the height of his immense talent. By this score played to perfection then, Kyle Pitts being the youngest tight end in history to more than 150 yards in the air. After two games at over 100 yards, the machine is on and it is difficult to know who will be able to stop it on such a good path. We saw him generational, he sees the same thing.

Confirmation of the week

Mac Jones – QB / New England Patriots (15th pick)
24/36, 307 yards, 2 touchdowns + 3 runs, 19 yards

Is Mac Jones better than Zach Wilson? Well, we’re not going to say after two months in the NFL, but one thing is certain, the Patriots pitcher is in a better situation than the Jets. The 300-yard bar passed for the first time, an increasingly present success on long-distance passes, a connection in real progress with Hunter Henry, the 23-year-old quarterback is on the upward slope and has just passed 50 pawns to the green enemy. On this point, nothing changes in New England.

The (re) revelation of the week

Elijah Mitchell – RB / San Francisco 49ers (194th pick)
18 runs, 107 yards, 1 touchdown

He had found the light in the first week of the season, before falling into line. During a disputed meeting in dire weather conditions, the 49ers needed a top runner, Elijah Mitchell responded. If he could not prevent the setback against his side against the Colts, the former Louisiana running back is one of the most effective novices in his post and, after having had to fight during the camp to have his place, this n is not nothing. On the 6th turn, I ask for a good pickaxe.

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. Ja’Marr Chase – WR / Cincinnati Bengals (5th choice)
35 receptions, 754 yards, 6 touchdowns

2. Asante Samuel Jr. – CB / Los Angeles Chargers (47th pick)
19 tackles, 5 defended passes, 2 interceptions

3. Najee Harris – RB / Pittsburgh Steelers (24th pick)
102 runs, 388 yards, 2 touchdowns + 34 receptions, 244 yards, 2 touchdowns

4. Micah Parsons – LB / Dallas Cowboys (12th pick)
30 tackles, 2.5 sacks, 2 defended passes

5. Mac Jones – QB / New England Patriots (15th pick)
174/247, 1,779 yards, 9 touchdowns, 6 interceptions

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

7. Kyle Pitts – TE / Atlanta Falcons (4th pick)
31 receptions, 471 yards, 1 touchdown

8. Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah – LB / Cleveland Browns (52nd pick)
26 tackles, 0.5 sack, 4 defended passes, 1 forced fumble

9. Azeez Ojulari – LB / New York Giants (50th pick)
21 tackles, 5.5 sacks, 1 forced fumble

10. DeVonta Smith – WR / Philadelphia Eagles (10th pick)
32 receptions, 406 yards, 1 touchdown



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