NFL: 10 Rookies Not Named Tebow Or Bradford Making Noise in Preseason

Philip DodsonCorrespondent IAugust 16, 2010

NFL: 10 Rookies Not Named Tebow Or Bradford Making Noise in Preseason

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    ATLANTA - AUGUST 13:  Javier Arenas #30 of the Kansas City Chiefs against the Atlanta Falcons at Georgia Dome on August 13, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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    The scheduled slate of preseason games are now in full swing.  With the exception of tonight's Monday night game, the second week is complete.  Quarterbacks Sam Bradford, and Tim Tebow continue to receive headlines, while late draftees and free agents scramble for roster spots.  It is still early, but here are 10 NFL rookies making some noise early in the preseason. 

Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers

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    PITTSBURGH - AUGUST 14: Antonio Brown #84 of the Pittsburgh Steelers crosses the goal line on a 64 yard touchdown catch against the Detroit Lions during the preseason game on August 14, 2010 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wick
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    Perhaps a late-round steal, the Steelers selected Brown in the sixth round of the 2010 NFL draft.  A versatile receiver and return threat, Brown left Central Michigan after his junior season.  With the departure of Santonio Holmes, and the aging of Hines Ward their is a legitimate chance for the 5'10", 186 pound Florida native to immediately contribute.  Against the Lions on August 14th, the rookie impressed with three receptions for 84 yards and one touchdown. 

Pat Angerer, Indianapolis Colts

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    INDIANAPOLIS, IN - AUGUST 15: David Carr #5 of the San Francisco 49ers is sacked by Pat Angerer #51 the Indianapolis Colts during the preseason game at Lucas Oil Stadium on August 15, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)
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    A second round selection out of Iowa, Angerer was stellar against San Francisco on August 15th. The 6"0', 235-pound linebacker recorded a team-high eight tackles including two sacks in a loss to the 49ers. Currently, Angerer is listed behind veteran Gary Brackett on the depth chart.  With continued strong play, look for the Colts to find ways to get him on the field.  

T.J. Ward, Cleveland Browns

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    BEREA, OH - AUGUST 04:  T.J. Ward #43 of the Cleveland Browns flips the ball after a drill during training camp at the Cleveland Browns Training and Administrative Complex on August 4, 2010 in Berea, Ohio.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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    Many shook their heads in confusion when Mike Holmgren selected Ward early in the second round of this years draft.  A 5'10", 205-pound safety from Oregon, Ward has been solid in training camp and led the squad with 9 tackles against the Packers on August 14th.  Along with fellow rookie Joe Haden, the Browns are slowly building a very young and respected secondary.  Ward is currently listed behind free safety Mike Adams on the depth chart, but don't be surprised to see a lot of him on the field in 2010. 

Riley Cooper, Philadelphia Eagles

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    PHILADELPHIA - AUGUST 13: Riley Cooper #14 of the Philadelphia Eagles is tackled by William Middleton #29 of the Jacksonville Jaguars during their preseason game at Lincoln Financial Field on August 13, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Nick
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    A fifth-round selection in the 2010 NFL draft, the size of Cooper (6'3" 222 pounds) provides the Eagle offense a great compliment to the athleticism of DeSean Jackson, and Jeremy Maclin.  The rookie from Florida caught three of four passes thrown his way for 61 yards against Jacksonville on August 13th. Cooper is fighting with Jason Avant and Hank Baskett to become Kevin Kolb's third target. 

Greg Hardy, Carolina Panthers

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    A sixth-round selection out of Mississippi, the defensive end certainly made an impression during the Panthers first preseason game.  The 6'4", 277 pound rookie disrupted the Ravens offensive line with two sacks on five tackles with four being behind the line of scrimmage.  Hardy is looking to solidify a spot on the Panthers roster, and could prove valuable with the current defensive ends in Carolina. 

Josh Hull, St. Louis Rams

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    The former Penn State Nittany Lion is looking to continue the recent trend of steady linebackers from the program to contribute in the NFL.  Selected in the seventh round, the 6'3", 239-pound rookie paced the Rams with eight tackles and one for loss in defeat to the Vikings on August 14th.  Currently, Hull is third on the Rams depth chart at middle linebacker behind James Laurinaitis, and Dominic Douglas.

Jordan Shipley, Cincinnati Bengals

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    CANTON, OH - AUGUST 8: Jordan Shipley #11 of the Cincinnati Bengals tries to break a tackle after catching a pass against the Dallas Cowboys during the 2010 Pro Football Hall of Fame Game at the Pro Football Hall of Fame Field at Fawcett Stadium on August
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    A favorite target for Colt McCoy in college, the former Texas standout is quickly showing his ability to run crisp routes and consistently catch the ball.  Against Denver on August 15th, Shipley caught five of six passes intended for him for 50 yards.  During the Hall of Fame game against Dallas, he hauled in two of three passes thrown his way for 17 yards.  A third-round pick in this years draft, Shipley is in a great position to learn from Terrell Owens, Chad Ochocinco, and Carson Palmer. 

Brandon Spikes, New England Patriots

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    The talents of Brandon Spikes have never been in question. The Patriots may have picked up a steal when they selected the former Gator in the second round of the 2010 NFL draft.  The 6'2", 250-pound linebacker led the defense with eight tackles against New Orleans on August 12th.  Spikes is currently listed behind middle linebacker Jerod Mayo on the depth chart.  If the the rookie can continue his strong play it is difficult to imagine him on the sideline. 

Anthony Dixon, San Francisco 49ers

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    INDIANAPOLIS, IN - AUGUST 15: Anthony Dixon #33 of the San Francisco 49ers runs against the Indianapolis Colts during the preseason game at Lucas Oil Stadium on August 15, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)
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    The 49ers certainly didn't hold back in giving the rookie plenty of opportunities against Indianapolis on August 15th.  A sixth-round selection from Mississippi State, Dixon has great size at 6'1", 233 pounds to compliment the abilities of Glen Coffee and Frank Gore.  The rookie carried the ball 21 times for 100 yards with one touchdown, as well as catching three passes for 22 yards against the Colts.  

Daryl Washington, Arizona Cardinals

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    FLAGSTAFF, AZ - AUGUST 02:  Linebacker Daryl Washington #58 of the Arizona Cardinals practices in the team training camp at Northern Arizona University Walkup Skydome on August 2, 2010 in Flagstaff, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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    An underrated linebacker in college, Washington didn't take his time in impressing his new team.  A second-round selection, the rookie from Texas Christian was a tackling machine against Houston on August 14th.  Washington recorded 13 total tackles and also recovered a Steve Slaton fumble.  With continued strong play don't be surprised to find Washington starting for the Cardinals early in the regular season.