Throughout the season, the Rookie Report Card has covered some of the biggest rookies and not only looked at their performance to date – but also their long term upside. Now that the season has wrapped up and fantasy owners are looking towards the future, we have an opportunity to take one last look at the 2016 season and assess the rookies – A final report card if you will.
We covered 33 rookies throughout the season, including 13 receivers. Let’s put a bow on the season by taking one more look at those pass catchers’ first shot at make plays on Sundays, as well as a quick glimpse into their futures.
Yesterday, I covered ten receivers. Let’s finish off the rookie class today.
Ricardo Louis, WR CLE
Season Stats: 18 receptions, 205 yards
Louis looks the part of a playmaking receiver at 6’-2”, 215 pounds but lacks a killer instinct to go get the ball and be a great downfield threat. If he has a future, he’ll have to do it as a short to intermediate pass catcher. He got on the field some as a rookie due to the lack of depth at receiver in Cleveland but failed to make a splash, although that could at least be partially due to dismal quarterback play.
Louis could get another opportunity at playing time in 2017 but I have a hard time seeing him as more than a part time player. I’d rather roster a receiver with more upside and in a better situation.
Jalin Marshall, WR NYJ
Season Stats: 14 receptions, 162 yards, two touchdowns
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