New Talent: Rookie of the Year Race

The upcoming NFL season has a good crop of young talent going for the NFL Rookie of the Year. Last year we all saw Adrian Peterson run away with it – and this year it may be another running back. There is a solid class of rookies that could compete for the title. The odds-makers are dubbing Darren McFadden as the front runner.

In the theater, there is also a new crop of talent making their way to the screens. There are a number of great – and awful – looking movies coming out this fall. We’ve done the leg work for you and found the truly important information on these new films – the actresses with true ‘talent’ that you might not have seen before.

We could have looked at these two topics separately – but that’s just not the 8 Donkeys way. So here is a look at the top NFL Rookies with a shot at the NFL ROTY and the new talent in the fall movie lineup.

Match Up #1:

Darren McFadden (OAK): The favorite according to the odds makers. If Oakland gets him the ball enough he could be the man – but don’t expect Justin Fargas to disappear. Competing with a true #1 back in Fargas could seriously limit his touches – especially early in the season.

Gillian Jacobs (“Choke”): A strong contender with a part in the new Sam Rockwell movie “Choke“. If you have not checked out the trailer for this one – it’s based on a novel by the same guy that wrote “Fight Club” – give it a look.

Match Up #2:

Felix Jones (DAL): The Cowboys passed on Mendenhall for Jones – to pair him with their bruiser Marion Barber. He’s looked good in pre-season so far – and his break away speed could give him some high-light reel material for his ROTY campaign.

Jennifer Sipes (“W.“): The movie looks like another awful Oliver Stone fantasy world interpretation of reality – but we’re willing to forget that to scout this new actress.

Match Up #3:

Glenn Dorsey (KC): A D-tackle is going to have to dominate games and rack up sacks to win this award – and on that awful Kansas City team I just can’t see that happening.

Gemma Arterton (“Quantum of Solace“): Bond flicks always bring the talent – and the new Quantum of Solace is no different.

Match Up #4:

Chris Long (STL): Long faces the same test as the other rookie D-lineman in garnering the big plays he will need to be considered. But more then that I’m still not sold his speed will translate to the pro-game in the dominating fashion the Rams are hoping for. He will be a distant never-really-in-it for the ROTY in ’08.

Michelle Monaghan (“Eagle Eye“): Another in the seemingly never-ending parade of Shia LaBeouf movies – damned if I know if Eagle Eye will be any good – but I’m willing to go out on a limb a say Michelle has serious talent. Ok so its not like its a small limb.

Match Up #5:

Jonathan Stewart (CAR) : DeAngelo Williams, Jonathan Stewart, Nick Goings, and LaBrandon Toefield – who are you gonna bet on emerging from that backfield? I give this guy a serious shot. And for once – Carolina is flying kind of under the radar – they could be better then expected and help his chances.

Haley Bennett (“Marley & Me“): This may be Aniston‘s movie – but this talented young player will be seriously challenging for playing time in our book with the Hall of Fame veteran.

Match Up #6:

Matt Ryan (ATL): A new quarterback era begins in Hotlanta. Ryan certainly looks like he has the goods. But the only two rookie QB’s to take ROTY Roethlisberger and Young – were special situations – one on an already great team and the other a running stud. I can’t see Atlanta being good enough to help him in his ROTY campaign.

Teresa Palmer (“Bedtime Stories“): Sandler in a family comedy? No thanks. But we will spend a draft pick on Teresa. A high draft pick. Who are we kidding…we’ll pull a Ditka and give you all of ’em.

Match Up #7:

Kevin Smith (DET): This is our long shot pick. Smith is very very good. His speed on that Detroit turf will be something to watch. If the Lions can find any kind of passing game to stretch the field – this guy could go nuts.

Ashley Green (“Twilight“): The movie looks, uh lets be kind, okay. But the talent this player brings to it could make it worth sitting through.


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