NFL Rookie Watch
Last Week: Unranked<br><br>The No. 3 overall pick out of Texas leads the way in our weekly look at how the NFL's rookies are faring. Young's numbers haven't been gaudy, but he's breathed new life into the Titans and led them to their first win last Sunday despite spraining an ankle during the game. Young completed 13 of 25 passes for 161 yards with a touchdown and no interceptions. He's shown a lot of the intangibles that will make him a very good quarterback some day.
Last Week: Unranked<br><br>Hester returned a punt 83 yards for a touchdown with 2:58 remaining in the Bears' come-from-behind 24-23 win over the Cardinals on Monday night. That was Hester's second return for a touchdown this season. The risk-taking rookie out of Miami scares his coaching staff at times and has made mistakes, but overall he's made a one-time problem area a strength for this team.
Last week: 4<br><br>Maroney is coming off a tough week against the Dolphins. He ran for just 38 yards on 18 carries and failed to get a reception out of the backfield. We'll give Maroney a pass since Miami actually has a strong run defense, but if the former Minnesota Gopher continues to struggle, there are several rookies who could take his place on this list.
Last week: 5<br><br>Jones-Drew is coming off a bye and will likely be even more dangerous in the latter part of the season as the Jaguars continue to figure out how to use him. His biggest impact will still be as a returner, but Jacksonville will likely use him more to spell starting running back Fred Taylor as the season progresses.
Last week: 8<br><br>The Chargers held another team sack-less last Sunday. OK, it was only the 49ers. But give McNeill a lot of credit for Philip Rivers' sudden emergence as a Pro Bowl-caliber quarterback. The rookie out of Auburn has had some mistakes this year, but overall he's done a great job in the critical left-tackle spot.
Last week: 2<br><br>Jennings is poised to become the main big-play threat for the Packers as quarterback Brett Favre continues to get more comfortable with his rookie receiver. And if the Packers keep falling behind, that could mean more big numbers for the speedy rookie out of Western Michigan.
Last week: 10<br><br>Anderson forced a key fumble in the Bears' win over the Cardinals and increased his sack total to 6 1/2 sacks (second in the NFL.) He has a nose for the quarterback and is making a huge impact in a situational role.
Last week: 3<br><br>Colston is tied for second in the NFL with four touchdown catches and ranks 13th with 414 receiving yards. Several teams are wondering why they let the Hofstra product last until the seventh round.
Last week: 6<br><br>Leinart showed a national television audience there's no way he should have dropped to the No. 10 overall pick in last April's draft. He led the Cardinals to a 20-0 lead over the Bears before Arizona's epic collapse. Leinart completed 24 of 42 passes with two touchdowns and no picks against the ferocious Chicago defense. He looks very comfortable in the pocket and Arizona's offense should take off in the next few weeks.
Last week: 1<br><br>After finally breaking out with a big play -- his game-winning punt return for a touchdown in Week 5 -- Bush came back to earth with a less-than-spectacular effort against the Eagles last Sunday. But even when his numbers aren't big, Bush has a big impact by spreading the field and allowing Deuce McAllister to run inside.