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2014 ROOKIE REPORT

Week II

More than a few eyebrows were raised when Chicago selected former Virginia Tech Kyle Fuller with the 14th pick at the 2014 darft. Not that Fuller wasn't a good prospect; indeed, he was regularly mentioned as one of the rising prospects in last year's draft. However, no one, at least in the national media or draft guru community had him rated quite that highly. Shows what we know. Fuller opened the season as the Bears' nickle back, but he really came into full prominence on Sunday night when he was called on to replace an injured Charles Tillman in Chicago's base defense in San Francisco against the 49ers. Fuller responded by picking off two second-half passes to help the Bears rally from an early 17-0 deficit to record a 28-20 win over one of the NFC's top teams. And that was more than enough to earn the nod for this week's GBN ‘Rookie of the Week Award‘ making it two weeks in row that a CB takes the award after Denver's Bradley Roby got the nod last weekend.

Meanwhile, other rookie highlites from this past weekend’s action in no particular order:
  • The suddenly, and surpisingly, 2-0 Buffalo gets the nod for the team rookie award this week. WR Sammy Watkins, whom the Bills traded up in this year's opening round with the 4th pick overall, had a breakout week against Miami as he had 8 pass receptions for 117 yards, including a 12-yard TD reception. Meanwhile, LB Preston Brown, a 3rd round pick this past May, led the defense with 13 tackles. The big story for the Bills, though, has been the emergence of Seantrel Henderson as a quality NFL starter at RT. Henderson, of course, was once the #1 prep recruit in the country when signed with Miami, but had a very uneven college career marred by injuries and off-field issues. As a result, Henderson lasted deep into this year's 7th round before the Bills finally opted to roll the dice.
  • Speaking of Cleveland, the Browns got another solid week from its two-headed rookie monster at RB in Terrence West and Isaiah Crowell in their stunning last-second upset of New Orlaens. West, a 3rd round pick this past May, had 90 yards from scrimmage, including 68 on the groundand and 22 more on 2 receptions, and scored a T, while Crowell, an undrafted rookie free agent, had 54 yards of his own on just 11 carries. Meanwhile, QB Johnny Manziel, whom the Browns selected with the 22nd pick this year, got his initial playing time as he got in to the game in a special package and threw his first pass as a pro, but it was incomplete.
  • Cincinnati RB Jeremy Hill, a second round pick from LSU, had 96 yards from scrimmage in the Bengals 24-10 win over Atlanta including 74 yards on the ground - and a score - as weel as 22 yards on a couple of receptions. Elsewhere, Jacksonville second-round WR Allen Robinson was one of the few Jags to show up against in a dismanl 41-10 loss to Washington as he caught 4 passes for 75 yards, while LB Telvin Smith, a 5th rounder, chipped in 5 tackles and a sack. Meanwhile, other than Buffalo's Preston Smith the leading rookie tacklers this week were in Baltimore's 26-6 win over division-rival Pittsburgh as Steelers' first rounder Ryan Shazier had 11 stops, while Ravens C.J. Mosely, another first rounder had 9.
Previous Weekly Winners:

Week I:   Denver CB Bradley Roby
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