Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Hernandez, Spiller climb on 'Rookie Watch'
New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez is soaring up the "Rookie Watch" list.
Scouts Inc. analyst Matt Williamson moved Hernandez up eight spots to No. 5 after another strong performance Sunday. He had six receptions for 65 yards -- both team-highs -- in a 38-30 triumph over the Buffalo Bills.
Hernandez has been a favorite target for Tom Brady, and that should continue Monday night against the Miami Dolphins, who have had trouble stopping tight ends. Dustin Keller tore up the Dolphins with six catches for 98 yards and two touchdowns last week for the New York Jets.
Surprisingly not even listed among the honorable mentions is New England's other rookie tight end. Rob Gronkowski caught his second touchdown Sunday. Only Randy Moss and Wes Welker have more TD receptions for the Patriots with three.
Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller moved back up the chart after scoring his first two NFL touchdowns. Spiller had a 5-yard TD reception and returned a punt 95 yards.
Williamson ranked Spiller fourth heading into the season, but dropped him to 23rd after two miserable games. He's now 11th.