Running Wild: The 2005 Rookie Running Back Class

Written by Jason Clarke

Running Wild: The 2005 Rookie Running Back Class

Now thatrepparttar dust has settled fromrepparttar 140937 latest NFL draft, it’s time to take a step back and take a look at which players out ofrepparttar 140938 2005 rookie class may makerepparttar 140939 biggest fantasy impact. Rookies, on average, fail to make that big of a splash in their first year. Historically, most players tend to need time to develop and learn before they are big playmakers inrepparttar 140940 NFL and key contributors in a fantasy league. Makingrepparttar 140941 jump fromrepparttar 140942 college game torepparttar 140943 pros can be an adjustment that takes some players a year or two to get used to physically and mentally.

One position that usually bucksrepparttar 140944 trend of players having a longer adjustment torepparttar 140945 game and being productive players fromrepparttar 140946 get go is running back. A few reasons exist forrepparttar 140947 immediate production you may get out of a rookie running back as opposed to a wide receiver or a quarterback.

One reason is that teams usually draft a running back because there is an immediate need atrepparttar 140948 position. Teams rarely draft a running back as experimental or development player. A few scenarios createrepparttar 140949 need to draft a running back such as when a veteran who is approachingrepparttar 140950 downside of his career, an existing player suffers a serious injury or when a star player blatantly abandons his team…cough, Ricky, cough. These situations almost force a team to find a talented replacement quickly who can step in on day one and carryrepparttar 140951 load ofrepparttar 140952 team.

Another reason why rookie running backs produce quicker than other positions isrepparttar 140953 fact that running backs haverepparttar 140954 shortest career span of any position inrepparttar 140955 NFL. An average running back will play under four years inrepparttar 140956 NFL before hanging up their cleats. Teams expect them to come in, make an immediate impact and getrepparttar 140957 most out of them while they are still physically able to produce. The players at this position take such a beating that you generally want a young, physical specimen to carryrepparttar 140958 load instead of a grizzled veteran who may only have a limited number of carries left in his legs.

A small learning curve is yet another reason why a rookie running back can step in on day one and give you a thousand-yard season right away. Other than blocking assignments and short pass patterns, most of a running backs work is instinctive. The best backs inrepparttar 140959 NFL create onrepparttar 140960 fly and have a talent and instincts that cannot be taught inrepparttar 140961 classroom. Other positions such as receiver or quarterback must spend a good deal of their time onrepparttar 140962 practice field and inrepparttar 140963 film room learning complicated schemes and techniques that will help them become a complete pro and future fantasy stud.

If you look at some ofrepparttar 140964 bigger names in fantasy football today and take a peek at their rookie production you’ll see that they many of them were very productive in their first seasons

(Fantasy Points based on 1 pt. Per 10 yds and 6 pts. Per TD) Rookie Yr.PlayerTeamRu. YardsTDsFantasy Pts 2004Kevin JonesDetroit1,1335143.3 2003Domanick DavisHouston1,0318151.1 2002Clinton PortisDenver1,50815240.8 2001LaDainian TomlinsonSan Diego1,23610183.6 2000Jamal LewisBaltimore1,3646172.4 1999Edgerrin JamesIndianapolis1,55313233.3 1998Fred TaylorJacksonville1,22314206.3 1997Corey DillonCincinnati1,12910172.9 1995Curtis MartinNew England1,48714232.7 1994Marshall FaulkIndianapolis1,28211194.2 1993Jerome BettisL.A Rams1,4298190.9 . It didn’t take long for these players to makerepparttar 140965 transition torepparttar 140966 pro game and become significant fantasy producers in their rookie season. There were other rookie running backs that had some pretty good rookie years but faded off intorepparttar 140967 sunset, but we’re not worried about that right now. We are in search of immediate production!

Being A Boston Sports Fan

Written by Jason OConnor

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Being A Boston Sports Fan Author: Jason OConnor Copyright: 2005

Being a Boston sports fan sometimes reminds me of battered-wife syndrome. You get beaten down, but you keep coming back. You’re given just enough to make you feel warm and fuzzy inside, just enough to ensure your devotion, but then you’re inevitably and sorely disappointed. I don’t know why a woman would ever go back to a coward who hits her, and I often don’t know why I remain a Boston sports fan. The Pats, Celts, Sox and Bruins make you want to like them, but it’s sometimes painful to remain a devoted fan throughout all their turmoil.

I grew up in a hockey family and my dad was particularly faithful torepparttar 140914 Bruins. From a very early age I can remember him watching Bobby Orr and Esposito skate circles around other teams. Byrepparttar 140915 time I was old enough to actually understand what was going on,repparttar 140916 Bruins were comprised of some more awesome players like Middleton, O'Reilly, Pederson, and Milbury. I used to love to watch Boston play Montreal with my father, but it seemed like Boston lost a lot more than won.

It was great to see Terry O'Reilly beatrepparttar 140917 heck out of other players, and it was cool to watch all these veterans a few years later skate around without helmets whilerepparttar 140918 rest ofrepparttar 140919 players had to wear them. I guess it was some sort of grandfather clause or something. They just looked tough. When Cam Neely and Ray Bourque started playing I enjoyedrepparttar 140920 Bruins just as much. But after Orr and Esposito were gone, none of these more recent players wonrepparttar 140921 Boston Bruins a Stanley Cup, quite frustrating.

But not to fear, The Celtics around this time were hot. Likerepparttar 140922 Bruins/Canadians,repparttar 140923 Celtics/Lakers rivalry was a blast to experience, especially whenrepparttar 140924 Celts won. And they did. I remember probably one ofrepparttar 140925 greatest NBA teams ever to exist, Bird, McHale, Parish, DJ and Ainge. They weren’trepparttar 140926 prettiest bunch of guys around, Bird being particularly funky looking, but they were so fun to watch. It was wonderful to see them beatrepparttar 140927 L.A. Lakers inrepparttar 140928 1983-84 championship andrepparttar 140929 Houston Rockets in 1985-86 championship.

Unfortunatelyrepparttar 140930 last few Celtics’ seasons lately have been dismal. They don’t even make it torepparttar 140931 playoffs regularly any more. How many more “building years” do we need? Watching Pierce take off his shirt and wave it around his head while being ejected from one ofrepparttar 140932 playoff games againstrepparttar 140933 Pacers this year was sad.

But 1986 wasrepparttar 140934 end of Boston championship teams for a long while. In fact, it was sixteen years untilrepparttar 140935 Patriots finally won Super Bowl XXXVI in 2002. That’s a long wait. That’s a lifetime for crying out loud.

The New England Patriots were another difficult team to watch and remain devoted to. Grogan was a decent quarterback and many would argue Drew Bledsoe was even better, but they never brought a championship home. Watching Drew throw numerous interceptions and trudge offrepparttar 140936 grid iron with hunched shoulders was disturbing. I like to think of Bledsoe as an ‘almost’ kind of player. He was almost awesome, was almost a championship quarterback. He almost wonrepparttar 140937 game. Bledsoe actually drove me crazy. He was New England’s franchise player, but he just didn’t seem to ever do quite enough to win. It was so frustrating to watch him play. All big and gawky, shuffling out ofrepparttar 140938 pocket like my nana.

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