Each week throughout the season, I’ll cover at least two rookies in the Rookie Report Card and try to always include the biggest performers from that particular week. On top of reviewing my expectations for each player coming into the league and how well he’s lived up to those expectations at the NFL level to this point, I’ll grade the player in three categories. Those categories are performance to date, 2019 potential and long term upside.
Andy Isabella, WR ARI
Week Nine Stats: one reception, 88 receiving yards, one touchdown (one target)
One of the most productive college receivers in the 2019 NFL Draft, Isabella had a bit of a cult following in the dynasty community. Catching 229 passes for 3,519 yards and 30 touchdowns in his final three seasons at Massachusetts, he entered the draft as a productive though smallish (5’-9”, 188 pounds) receiver that was known for short area quickness as much as he was for his long speed.
When he proved his speed at the scouting combine by running a 4.31 second 40-yard dash, his stock began to soar. That blazing speed – along with an arsenal of head fakes and the ability to make sharp cuts at the top of his routes – made him one of the best separators in the draft. Despite his small stature and lack of experience against quality defenders, he appeared to be a big play waiting to happen at the next level.