Need to Know

October 01, 2006

KEEPIN' ON

Bears running backThomas Jones has increased his rushing yardage total in each of his six NFLseasons, peaking last year with 1,335. With a healthy Cedric Benson to spellhim, however, Jones will have a hard time making it seven. These players alsohave significant streaks in the balance this season.

ALGE CRUMPLER TEFalcons THE STREAKS Has improved his reception and yardage totals each yearsince entering the league in 2001, culminating with 65 catches and 877 yardslast season. WILL THEY CONTINUE? With the Falcons' running game at full boreand the best Atlanta receiving corps since Michael Vick's arrival, it's notlikely.

SHAYNE GRAHAM KBengals THE STREAK Scored 25 points as a Bills rookie in 2001 and increased histotal each year to an AFC-leading 131 last season with Cincinnati. WILL ITCONTINUE? With 25 points through three games, he's on his way.

RUDI JOHNSON RBBengals THE STREAK After he played two games with no carries in 2001, hisascent to stardom began in '02 with a modest 67 yards. He ran for 1,454 yardsin '04 and 1,458 last year. WILL IT CONTINUE? If he stays healthy, he's likelyto gain between 1,600 and 1,800 yards.

L.J. SMITH TEEagles THE STREAK His reception total has gone up in each of his three years inthe league, peaking at 61 in 2005--more than a twofold increase since he caught27 as a rookie. WILL IT CONTINUE? He's on pace for 85 catches.

Hired Hands

How do tradedwideouts fare?

DEION BRANCH madehis Seahawks debut on Sunday by catching two passes for 23 yards against theGiants. The 27-year-old wide receiver sat out the first two weeks of theseason, the first while holding out on the Patriots and the next while taking acrash course in Seattle coach Mike Holmgren's offense. Having missed his newteam's minicamps, off-season workouts, training camp and preseason games,Branch will find it very difficult to step in and produce. Here's how the otherwide receivers who have been traded since the start of training camp have faredso far this season, and the decidedly mixed results for a comparable group ofreceivers from the previous two years.

TRADED WIDERECEIVERS, 2006


PLAYER OLD TEAM REC/GAME YARDS/GAME NEW TEAM REC/GAME YARDS/GAME
MARTY BOOKER Bears ('03) 4.0 55.0 Dolphins ('04) 3.3 42.5
ANTONIO BRYANT† Cowboys ('04) 3.2 53.2 Browns ('04) 4.2 54.6
KEENAN MCCARDELL†† Bucs ('03) 5.3 73.4 Chargers ('04) 4.4 56.1
QUINCY MORGAN† Browns ('04) 1.5 24.0 Cowboys ('04) 2.4 28.9
JERRY RICE† Raiders ('04) 0.8 11.2 Seahawks ('04) 2.3 32.9
ANDRE DAVIS Browns ('04) 2.3 59.4 Patriots ('05) 1.0 21.1

*2006 statsthrough Week 2 †Traded in midseason ††Held out at start of 2004 season

TELLING NUMBERS

2.19
Percent of Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb's passes that have been pickedoff, the second-lowest career mark in NFL history (minimum 1,500 attempts).Only Neil O'Donnell (2.11 for the Steelers, Bengals, Jets and Titans) waspicked off less frequently.

1

Touchdown passes thrown by Chiefs quarterback DAMONHUARD through two games this season.

0

Touchdown passes thrown by Chiefs quarterback TrentGreen through two games last season, en route to a total of 17.

PHOTOHUNTER MARTIN/WIREIMAGE.COMQUICK STUDY After four years with the Saints, the speedy Stallworth has become quite the catch for Philly. PHOTOKIRBY LEE/WIREIMAGE.COM PHOTODOUGLAS JONES/ICON SMI PHOTOPAUL ABELL/U.S. PRESSWIRE

HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
OUT
HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
IN
Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)