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I would be extremely interested to know how everyone would grade the rookies thus far this season.  I know that right now everyone is feeling pretty good about Blackmon.  Personally, I feel that the top 3 picks are all doing well and making progress.  I would rank them like this:

 

Blackmon- PLAYMAKER

Taylor- improving.  He is on track to surpass 1,000 yards this season

Pittman- was progressing nicely and was becoming Rivers go to 3rd down receiver

Eason- I put Eason on the list because even though he isn't playing, you are hearing so much glowing remarks about him from the Colts.

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I'm not going to place labels on the players, but its apparent to me that all four players that are playing so far, including Buckner of course, are legitimate NFL players.  No matter how dynamic they are, which may take some time for them to achieve, not having any wasted picks in the first three rounds is always very helpful in adding talent to the roster.

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I would also point out that for those of you that like to bash on JT, he is a top 15 rusher in the league as of right now and is on pace to have right around 1,000 yards rushing and around 300 yards receiving.  That is pretty darn good for a rookie who was technically supposed to be starting this year.

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12 minutes ago, BleedBlue4Shoe86 said:

I would also point out that for those of you that like to bash on JT, he is a top 15 rusher in the league as of right now and is on pace to have right around 1,000 yards rushing and around 300 yards receiving.  That is pretty darn good for a rookie who was technically supposed to be starting this year.

 

Who's been Bashing JT?,

Most of what I have seen is frustration that he doesn't get the ball more

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Glasgow did what he was drafted to do and Rodgers looked solid.  He had pretty damn good coverage on the completion he gave up.  Not much you could do.

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4 minutes ago, #12. said:

Glasgow did what he was drafted to do and Rodgers looked solid.  He had pretty damn good coverage on the completion he gave up.  Not much you could do.

Felt bad for Rodgers on that play. He was in position, but the Bears receiver just went over his head and made a great play.

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7 minutes ago, Zoltan said:

 

Who's been Bashing JT?,

Most of what I have seen is frustration that he doesn't get the ball more

 

The closest thing to a bash was some of us pointed out that in the first few games he didn't seem to have good vision.  However I think his vision was much better against the bears.  I do remember him running a play designed to go up the middle, seeing that there was no running lanes up the middle he bounced it outside and got like 8 yards.  

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15 minutes ago, #12. said:

Glasgow did what he was drafted to do and Rodgers looked solid.  He had pretty damn good coverage on the completion he gave up.  Not much you could do.

I agree.  Maybe he could have pushed they guy outta bounds, but that was really hard to defend otherwise.  Great coverage regardless.

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34 minutes ago, compuls1v3 said:

I agree.  Maybe he could have pushed they guy outta bounds, but that was really hard to defend otherwise.  Great coverage regardless.

I'm sure that will be a coaching point this week

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Blackmon looks very good.  He makes a couple mistakes per game, but he makes more plays than mistakes. He seems to be improving every week.  He is a solid tackler and there were 2 plays yesterday which were solid pass breakups and he was just 'a second too early' (not something to complain about) or they would've been forced fumbles.  I thought his play of the game was eating up the blocker on a run play to the outside, forcing the runner to turn inside and get eaten up by Walker.  I expect Blackmon to continue to improve.

 

Pittman had a bit of a slow start but was getting more looks each week.  There's no reason why he shouldn't make a full recovery from his injury and continue to improve.  He has also showed a willingness to block, which I really like about him.  I think he's got a bright future in the league.

 

Taylor - he's shown flashes of being a homerun hitter.  He's a tough runner and he has impressed me as a receiver out of the backfield (something which seemed to be a knock on him out of college).  I haven't noticed him screwing up in pass protect at all. I think as he continues to get used to the speed of the NFL and continues building chemistry with his OL, he's going to just keep getting better - his vision seems to be improving every week.  He had a couple times where he slipped yesterday or would've broken off another 2 big runs.  I  tend to think the offensive play calling (especially runs) have been pretty telegraphed/predictable, which is what I attribute several of his short runs for, but overall, he's having a solid year and I expect he'll continue to improve.

 

Patmon has been inactive, which is not overly surprising, though I was kinda shocked they activated Johnson over him yesterday.  We knew as a 6th round pick he was raw with a lot of physical talent/potential.  No reason to give up on him yet.

 

Eason's also been inactive, which again isn't a surprise. Sounds like Ballard and Reich like him, though.

 

Pinter has been getting 5-10 snaps on offense per game and has looked just fine (IMO).  He's mostly in hybrid packages and lined up as a TE or extra OT.  Wasn't expecting him to start this year given we returned our entire OL from last year, but he's shown he's versatile and coaches seemed high on him coming out of camp.

 

Windsor's on the practice squad.  He was a 6th round pick, and we have a pretty solid DL, so that's also no surprise... but can't really grade him.

 

Glasgow has looked the part on STs so far, he had the blocked kick and an excellent tackle on Patterson yesterday and he is obviously what he was drafted to be, a ST specialist.  So far, he seems well worth the pick.

 

Rodgers has shown explosiveness as a KR and I think he'll be just fine in the defensive backfield.  He had good D on the TD yesterday, he was close to breaking that up, and was in solid coverage - the WR just made a nice play on a very well-placed throw.  I like this guy on the team and think he'll be around for a while contributing on STs and D.

 

Blankenship had a solid game yesterday and for the most part he's been solid.  He's over 80% FG and 100% XP (better than last year).  He's had 2 misses which clanked off the uprights, but he has shown he's got plenty of leg and he doesn't seem to dwell on the misses, too much.  He's definitely an improvement at the position compared to last season so far to date.  

 

Then Togiai did OK as a TE in a pinch situation (I expect he'll get sent to the PS or sent packing now that we've got Burton and Doyle back healthy), and who knows what we'll get from Ron'Dell Carter.

 

If we're counting Buckner as part of our rookie class (he was kinda our #1 pick) I am very pleased with him as well and think he's been well worth the trade deal.

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2 hours ago, Zoltan said:

 

Who's been Bashing JT?,

Most of what I have seen is frustration that he doesn't get the ball more

*raises hand*  I was giving him some grief for stopping himself, looking for big play opportunities.

I like how he performed this week.  With a good avg yards per rush as well.

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18 minutes ago, CurBeatElite said:

He has also showed a willingness to block, which I really like about him.

Great write up, thanks CBE. As to Pittman, it goes way beyond 'willingness' - I think it's a lot more accurate to say he has a passion to be one of the best blocking WRs in the game. 

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30 minutes ago, John Hammonds said:

*raises hand*  I was giving him some grief for stopping himself, looking for big play opportunities.

I like how he performed this week.  With a good avg yards per rush as well.

Haha well at least you admitted it

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I noticed Glasgow for the first time yesterday.  He is lighting it up on ST.  I'm sure he's probably been good in the other games too I just hadn't noticed until yesterday.

 

I won't comment on the guys who aren't playing, but the guys who are.......I have no complaints.

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The only one I have any real worry about is Pittman. I stood on a podium for the guy and was ecstatic when he was drafted and thought he was one of the most pro ready WR of the class after Jeudy. I know he got injured but I guess I was expecting a little bit more from him and that's likely due to my own high expectations of him. I hope he comes off this injury strong. I will also eat crow here with JT. Going into the draft i thought it was dumb for us to even think about a RB before the 4th round but I was definitely wrong on that one.

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1 hour ago, twfish said:

The only one I have any real worry about is Pittman. I stood on a podium for the guy and was ecstatic when he was drafted and thought he was one of the most pro ready WR of the class after Jeudy. I know he got injured but I guess I was expecting a little bit more from him and that's likely due to my own high expectations of him. I hope he comes off this injury strong. I will also eat crow here with JT. Going into the draft i thought it was dumb for us to even think about a RB before the 4th round but I was definitely wrong on that one.


I think it all depends on one’s expectations with Pittman. I saw a big dependable possession type...and he was certainly filling that role. When he comes back...hopefully the offense has opened up a bit more...and maybe we can some splash play attempts.

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2 hours ago, twfish said:

The only one I have any real worry about is Pittman. I stood on a podium for the guy and was ecstatic when he was drafted and thought he was one of the most pro ready WR of the class after Jeudy. I know he got injured but I guess I was expecting a little bit more from him and that's likely due to my own high expectations of him. I hope he comes off this injury strong. I will also eat crow here with JT. Going into the draft i thought it was dumb for us to even think about a RB before the 4th round but I was definitely wrong on that one.

 

People expect way too much out of rookie receivers.  While it's certainly good to get them out there some their rookie year, ideally you don't want to be relying on them too heavily.  

 

Even though Pittman was "pro-ready" he still needs time to learn.  

 

He hasn't done anything bad when he was thrown the ball, he just didn't get the ball thrown his way all that often.  Again he's a rookie and you don't really want to lean on them heavy at the WR position.  

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