How I See It: NFC West Stock Watch
September, 29, 2009
By Mike Sando | ESPN.com
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Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando
1. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, CB, Cardinals. The 2008 first-round draft choice possesses rare speed and athleticism for a tall cornerback. He's also struggling. The Colts' Peyton Manning exploited Rodgers-Cromartie in deep coverage more than once Sunday night. "DRC" seemed to peak in the NFC Championship Game. He was less stellar in the Super Bowl and gave up big plays during the exhibition season. Raw talent isn't enough. Rodgers-Cromartie must play smarter.
2. Olindo Mare, K, Seahawks. Coach Jim Mora backed off his postgame comments after Mare missed twice in six field goal tries during a 25-19 defeat to the Bears. Still, it's never good when the head coach repeatedly uses the phrase "not acceptable" to describe your performance.
2. Nate Burleson, WR, Seahawks. T.J. Houshmandzadeh and Deion Branch are making most of the money among Seattle receivers, but Burleson could join them if he produces anywhere near the way he did in Week 3. With nine catches for 109 yards against the Bears, Burleson put himself on pace after three games for 106 catches and 1,221 yards over a full season.