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Cold, Hard Football Facts for Dec 25, 2009



The following information comes from the NFL:
 
YOUNG NFL TALENT SHINES BRIGHT
The future looks promising for a young cast of star-studded NFL players around the league.
 
"The talent pool for young NFL players is incredible," says NFL.com senior analyst GIL BRANDT, the former Dallas Cowboys vice president of player personnel.  "I think we have a good group of young players come into the league every year, because of the good things that they do in high school and college.  The guy that comes into the league today is so much stronger than ever before and so much better prepared than ever before."
 
With two games remaining in the 2009 regular-season, seven players who were 25 years old or younger on Kickoff Weekend lead or are tied for first in several key statistical categories through Week 15.
 
"The NFL's young players have a very bright future," says NFL Network analyst CHARLES DAVIS.  "If you're talking about SANTONIO HOLMES of Pittsburgh, look what he's already done in the Super Bowl.  Look at AARON RODGERS how, after waiting his turn in Green Bay, he has done very well.  You're also looking at young players like CHRIS JOHNSON and what he's doing in Tennessee.  I just talked about the skill players – I hadn't even gotten to the meat and potatoes, the big guys.  I think overall the young talent is really good."
 
Following are the players age 25 and younger on Kickoff Weekend in 2009 that lead the NFL in various statistical categories through Week 15:
 

PLAYER

BRANDT'S ANALYSIS

WR Miles Austin, Cowboys
Tied for NFL lead in TD receptions (11)
"He has the chance to be an All-Pro player for many years to come.  He is that good.  He has very strong hands.  He can just physically take the ball from defenders."
S Jairus Byrd, Bills
Leads NFL in interceptions (9)
"Jairus has terrific ball skills.  He's very instinctive.  He has an advanced understanding of the game.  He is very active in defending the pass and he immediately knows where the ball is going."
TE Vernon Davis, 49ers
Tied for NFL lead in TD receptions (11)
"He's the fastest tight end I've ever seen.  It's amazing, especially at that weight.  And he runs with short, choppy steps, almost like a running back.  With his ability to block, he is a complete tight end."
LB Elvis Dumervil, Broncos
Leads NFL in sacks (15)
"He has unbelievable first-step quickness.  He can rush the passer and moves well in all directions.  He is hard to block and never quits trying to make the play.  If you think you have him blocked, don't stop blocking him because he gets off blocks."
RB Chris Johnson, Titans
Leads NFL in rushing (1,730)
"He has track speed on a football field.  He has amazing patience when he is running the ball.  He has great vision to go along with the great speed that he possesses.  He is the league's best all-around back in my opinion."
RB Maurice Jones-Drew, Jaguars
Tied for NFL lead in rush TDs (15)
"Jones-Drew is a short, but strong, back with natural running skills. He has outstanding strength and balance, is very quick to the hole and is a good receiver.  He is having an outstanding season."
RB Adrian Peterson, Vikings
Tied for NFL lead in rush TDs (15)
"He has great acceleration when he runs.  Nobody ever catches him from behind.  He is also a strong runner between the tackles and can get outside.  You can't say enough about his ability."
 
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The leaders among players 25-years old and younger on Kickoff Weekend in 2009 in various statistical categories through Week 15:  
 
PASSING YARDS AND PASSING TOUCHDOWNS
PLAYER, TEAM 
 
PASSING YARDS 
 
  PLAYER, TEAM
PASSING TDs 
Aaron Rodgers, Packers
 
3,962
 
  Aaron Rodgers, Packers
28
Joe Flacco, Ravens
 
3,345
 
  Joe Flacco, Ravens
19
Matt Ryan, Falcons
 
2,443
 
  Matt Ryan, Falcons
17
Chad Henne, Dolphins
 
2,416
 
  Alex Smith, 49ers
16
Mark Sanchez, Jets
 
2,275
 
  Matthew Stafford, Lions
13
 
 
RUSHING YARDS AND RUSHING TOUCHDOWNS
PLAYER, TEAM 
RUSHING YARDS 
 
  PLAYER, TEAM
RUSHING TDs 
Chris Johnson, Titans 
1,730* 
 
  Adrian Peterson, Vikings 
15* 
Maurice Jones-Drew, Jaguars
1,246
 
  Maurice Jones-Drew, Jaguars 
15* 
Adrian Peterson, Vikings
1,235
 
  Chris Johnson, Titans
11
Ray Rice, Ravens
1,128
 
  Laurence Maroney, Patriots
9
Rashard Mendenhall, Steelers
978
 
  Jonathan Stewart, Panthers
8
 
 
RECEIVING YARDS AND TOUCHDOWN RECEPTIONS
PLAYER, TEAM 
RECEIVING YARDS 
 
  PLAYER, TEAM
TD RECEPTIONS 
Santonio Holmes, Steelers
1,157
 
  Miles Austin, Cowboys 
11* 
Sidney Rice, Vikings
1,144
 
  Vernon Davis, 49ers 
11* 
Miles Austin, Cowboys
1,138
 
  Brandon Marshall, Broncos
10
Steve Smith, Giants
1,093
 
  Robert Meachem, Saints
8
DeSean Jackson, Eagles
1,087
 
  DeSean Jackson, Eagles
8
 
 
INTERCEPTIONS AND SACKS
PLAYER, TEAM 
INTs 
 
  PLAYER, TEAM
SACKS 
Jairus Byrd, Bills 
9* 
 
  Elvis Dumervil, Broncos 
15* 
Johnathan Joseph, Bengals
6
 
  Brian Orakpo, Redskins
11
Darrelle Revis, Jets
6
 
  Clay Matthews, Packers
10
Many tied
5
 
  LaMarr Woodley, Steelers
9.5
   
 
  Mario Williams, Texans
8
                            *NFL leader through Week 15 (Rookies are underlined)
 

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