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Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Have at It: Rookie pass-catchers

By Kevin Seifert

Adam of Winnipeg spurred an interesting thought during Tuesday's SportsNation chat:

Adam (Winnipeg)

I have to say, After Randall Cobb's week 1, I was reaaaally hoping that Titus Young would be good after the Lions chose him over Cobb. Now I feel good, Titus' hands are exceptional. What do you think?

Kevin Seifert (2:45 PM)

Very different players and being used in different ways. We did a Have at It on that during the offseason, and I think we concluded that Young would get a lot more chances on offense than Cobb. So far, it's gone that way.

Dane Sanzenbacher
Dane Sanzenbacher has recorded touchdowns in each of the Bears' past two games.
Yes, in May we debated whether Young or Cobb would have a more productive rookie season. As it turns out, we could have expanded that question to a rookie pass-catcher for each NFC North team, three of whom were drafted in a span of 20 picks in the second round this past April. The fourth wasn't drafted at all.

The Minnesota Vikings selected tight end Kyle Rudolph with the No. 43 overall pick. The Detroit Lions followed by taking Young at No. 44 overall. Cobb went to the Green Bay Packers at No. 64, and Dane Sanzenbacher signed with the Chicago Bears as an undrafted free agent.

Each of the four has demonstrated at least the potential of a rookie impact. None of their statistics jump out at you, but through three games you've probably seen enough to start forming an opinion. So we'll put it this way: Which rookie pass-catcher has most impressed you early on?

A few thoughts and notes:
Tell me your thoughts in the comments section below. As always, I'll publish a representative sample, along with my own thoughts, by the end of the week. Have at It.