One on One's Rookie Report: Week 5
As I mentioned on NFL Friday this past week, Wayne Gallman is a valuable player that the Giants need to give more of a chance to. Gallman scored a receiving touchdown on his birthday this past Sunday and gained 52 rushing yards, almost all coming in the 3rd quarter. Although his stats weren't eye-popping, he was the critical player in the Giants scoring drive of the 3rd quarter. He showed how critical he can be for the Giants, despite not having the draft grade of a star this past spring.
The star rookie of the week in the NFL lead the Texans to a resounding win against the Titans to the tune of five touchdowns and a 73.5% competition percentage. Watson in fact tied the NFL single game touchdown record for rookies. As I mentioned two weeks ago, with Watson under center and thriving, the Texans are super bowl contenders.
Despite the critical plays from ArDarious Stewart, Marcus Maye, and Jamal Adams, McGuire was the most valuable rookie this past week. McGuire’s 69 yard run might be a one hit wonder moment for McGuire, but it did lead the Jets to a shocking win and for this week he is king. It will be interesting to see if McGuire can build off of his 93 yard performance this past week and become yet another bright spot on the Jets 2017 Draft class.
Yet again, Hunt racked up a sizable performance for the Chiefs. This time his performance helped the Chiefs towards a critical win this past Monday night. Currently, Hunt is on pace for a 2,000 yard season and 600 plus receiving yards. In many ways this was Hunt’s lowest point of the season from a statistical perspective by only gaining 101 rushing yards and just 20 receiving yards, but his impact on the field was critical towards the Chiefs winning and despite not having any touchdowns in the game, he put his team in many positions to score.
White is looking more and more like the best secondary player to come out of the 2017 NFL Draft. This past Sunday, White racked up 4 tackles and 1 critical pass deflection that sealed the win for the Bills. White doesn't have to be a stat stuffer, but he can become an intimidating force that opposing quarterbacks will want to avoid in the future.