We took a break from doing the recap on Monday, so we will simply cover the three biggest stars among the rookie class from week seven:

wat– We start with the first wide receiver taken in April’s draft, Sammy Watkins of the Buffalo Bills, who had his biggest day as a pro in the Bills 17-16 victory over the Minnesota Vikings. Watkins, drafted out of Clemson with the fourth overall pick via a trade with the Browns, caught nine passes for 122 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winner as time expired. Thus far, Watkins has lived up to the hype that led the Bills to give up two first round picks for him, as he has been the Bills most potent offensive weapon with the injuries to CJ Spiller and Fred Jackson. He leads all rookies with 35 receptions, and is second to Kelvin Benjamin with 433 receiving yards and four touchdowns, and is also tops among his fellow rookies with two 100-yard receiving games through week seven. With the developing chemistry between him and veteran quarterback Kyle Orton improving every week, he will be a one of the top contenders for Offensive Rookie of the Year.

beck– Another possible candidate who could emerge in the second half could be Odell Beckham, Jr., who only played his first professional game three weeks ago, but can be expected to be thrust into a large role with Victor Cruz now out for the season for the New York Giants, who drafted the receiver out of LSU with the 13th overall pick, due to his big-play reputation. This far he hasn’t disappointed, with a modest ten catches for 106 yards and three touchdowns over his first three games, including two in Sunday’s loss to the Cowboys. He was expected to be eased back into action upon return from his hamstring injury, but Cruz’s devastating injury has altered that plan, as he started Sunday’s game opposite Reuben Randle at receiver. The Giants now need him to be involved in big plays, and make the downfield receptions Cruz was able to make with ease. It was common knowledge coming into this season that the majority of competition for offensive rookie honors would come from receivers, with so many taken in April’s draft; whether it be Watkins, Mike Evans, Bradin Cooks, or Kel Benjamin. Well, when the Giants return from their bye for week nine, expect Beckham to put his name back on the map in a huge way, and be in the discussion for the rest of the season.

mas– Five games into last season, then-rookie Zac Stacy emerged as the lead running back for the St. Louis Rams, after incumbent Daryl Richardson and Isaiah Pead proved ineffective. But after he barely averaged four yards a carry and generally proved to be a plodding back without a lot of explosiveness, St. Louis chose to draft Auburn’s Tre Mason in the third round as insurance at the position, after an impressive collegiate career. After four relatively bland showings by Stacy to start the season, Mason got his first chance to show what he could do last week, with 52 total yards on a mere six touches. This week against the Seahawks, Stacy didn’t receive one carry, and only played in one snap as Mason split the teams’ snaps with Benny Cunningham, with the rookie playing on 27 of 51 snaps, carrying the ball 18 times for 85 yards and a touchdown in the victory. While he offers little in the passing game, which could cause him to lose snaps to Cunningham in games where the Rams get blown out, as a ball-carrier he has quickly established himself as the top rookie back in an, admittedly weak class for running backs. One thing is for sure; if his 5.4 yard per carry mark through his first 23 carries is to be believed, Mason could be the Rams answer in their long search for a reliable running back since they parted ways with Stephen Jackson.

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