NFC West: Rosevelt Colvin
Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando
Greg from Redondo Beach writes: Mike, What I'd really like to read is an updated list of draft grades for the rookies this season in the NFC West. I'd like to know how my Seahawks fared against other teams in their division.
Mike Sando: Fair enough. I assigned an impact grade of high, medium or low for every player NFC West teams chose in the 2008 draft.
The Cardinals have two rookie draft choices starting on a division-winning team, with a third rookie draft choice, Calais Campbell, contributing regularly as part of a rotation. We can debate whether some of these choices should be high-impact or medium-impact players, but I think Arizona claims the title given that these rookies are contributing to victories.
I identified five high-impact rookies. Two are playing for the Cardinals (Tim Hightower and Dominque Rodgers-Cromartie). Two are playing for the Rams (Chris Long and Donnie Avery). One is playing for the Seahawks (John Carlson). Zero are playing for the 49ers, thanks in part to the groin injury Josh Morgan suffered.
I identified five medium-impact rookies. Two play for the 49ers (Morgan and the newly starting Chilo Rachal). One plays for the Cardinals (Campbell). One plays for the Rams (Keenan Burton, who is arguably a low-impact rookie). One plays for Seattle (Lawrence Jackson).
I identified 18 low-impact rookies. Five play for the Seahawks (Red Bryant, Owen Schmitt, Tyler Schmitt, Justin Forsett and Braydon Coutu). Five play for the Rams (John Greco, Justin King, Roy Schuening, Chris Chamberlain and David Vobora). Four were 49ers choices (Kentwan Balmer, Reggie Smith, Cody Wallace and Larry Grant, who is now with the Rams). Four were Cardinals choices (Early Doucet, Kenny Iwebema, Chris Harrington and Brandon Keith).
This is a conversation I'd like to continue. I'm sure some would differ with a few of my characterizations, but probably en route to the same overall conclusion.
Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando
Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee says Thomas Clayton could get playing time in Week 15 if Frank Gore's ankle injury remains a problem. DeShaun Foster would start even though coach Mike Singletary says he's concerned about Foster's fumbling.
Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times says the Seahawks could be without linebacker Leroy Hill, who is struggling to regain strength in his shoulder. The team won't make a decision on Matt Hasselbeck or Walter Jones in the immediate term.
Steve Korte of the Belleville News-Democrat says Rams kicker Josh Brown is suffering from a groin injury. Cornerback Fakhir Brown twisted an ankle. Linebacker Gary Stills, a key player on special teams, will undergo tests an a knee injury.
Mike Reiss of the Boston Globe says Junior Seau and Rosevelt Colvin each played 49 percent of the Patriots' defensive snaps against Seattle less than a week after signing with the team. Nose tackle Vince Wilfork played only six snaps. Linebacker Tedy Bruschi played 18 snaps. With Seattle's injury situation, their Week 14 game was a battle of backups. A cameo from Billy McMullen was all the Seahawks were missing. I think they'll settle for Deion Branch's contributions.
Unrelated to injuries:
Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat quotes Singletary as calling Vernon Davis the best blocking tight end he's ever seen. Singletary has seen some good ones. Davis' skills as a pass blocker are indeed very good, as noted.
Frank Hughes of the Tacoma News Tribune spoke with Mike Holmgren, Lofa Tatupu, Walter Jones and Matt Hasselbeck. Tatupu expects Holmgren to coach again at some point after this season. Hasselbeck has considered sitting out the remainder of the season, but a decision has not yet been made.
Mike Tulumello of the East Valley Tribune says the Cardinals are 11-3 at home under coach Ken Whisenhunt. That includes 5-1 this season.