Scouting Rookie WRs: Kenny Britt and Mike Wallace
Being in a dynasty football league, I really watch the rookies on the field. Especially against tough opponents. You need these guys to make splashes and step up.
Looking at Kenny Britt, I passed on him in the rookie draft, and he made me wish I didn't. Although Kerry Collins doesn't have the confidence in him like Justin Gage, Britt is learning. Watching the game, Britt showed pretty good straight line speed.
His hands seemed pretty reliable, and he really looked the ball in. His biggest weaknesses are route running and ball adjustment. He even said it after the game, referring to the Polamalu interception: "It was a great catch by him. A rookie mistake. You learn, if I can’t get it, nobody gets it."
His route running got better during the game. On an out in the second half, Ike Taylor nearly jumped it, as Britt didn't come back to the ball. If Britt wasn't so big, it may have been a pick six.
Later in the drive, they went right back to it. Britt came back hard, and had a nice completion. If Britt can consistently come back to the ball, make those catches, and not allow his QB to get intercepted deep, he will be an elite receiver in this league.
He already does a great job blocking. Right now, he's as good as Roy Williams (Dallas), just not as consistent—yet. Last night's line: 6 targets, 4 catches, 85 yards.
Mike Wallace reminded me of DeSean Jackson and Eddie Royal.
He's fast. He's open. He has ridiculous speed; he plays with that 4.3 speed he showed at the combine.
If he had been drafted by the Colts, he may have been a lock for 6-9 TDs, what Stokley did a few years ago. I'm glad I traded for him in my dynasty league. When he learns to block better, he'll get much more playing time.
It appeared that he is much more comfortable than Sweed in Pittsburgh's offense. It seems that Big Ben feels pretty confident in him. Last night's line: 6 targets, 3 catches, 36 yards. One of those targets was a pass to Ward that Wallace almost got to from across the field.
If you're in a dynasty league, and either of these are available, you may want to stick them on your roster if you have the space. There is a lot of upside here. Good picks by both the Titans and Steelers. Nicks, Harvin, and Maclin have some more pressure put on them by the performances of these two.
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