NFL Scouting Report: Players Stepping Up

Minnesota Vikings RB Matt Asiata

Filling in for Adrian Peterson isn’t easy, neither is trying to corral this guy near the goal line as he scored all three rushing touchdowns in week 4’s big win. He’s finding creases catching out of the backfield as well.

Kansas City Chiefs RB Knile Davis

Back-to-back games over the century mark, he even split time with Jamaal Charles who returned from injury and still eclipsed that mark. Davis has earned a permanent role with the ability to run and catch, all while keeping Charles as fresh as possible too.

Miami Dolphins RB Lamar Miller

Knowshon Moreno went down and he picked up the slack as the feature back. Miller is the only capable option in the backfield and he’s played well averaging 5.7 yards per carry, and scoring a pair of touchdowns in week 4 after a 100-yard performance in week 3.

Baltimore Ravens RB Justin Forsett

Comfortable in the zone-blocking scheme, Forsett has a couple of scores and nearly picks up 6 yards per carry. The dual-threat was a speedy change-of-pace option before being featured in week 4.

New York Jets RB Chris Ivory

Outplaying Chris Johnson so far but this timeshare appears to be the best thing going for the both of them. It’s keeping them both healthy, and Ivory is rocking it with 5.5 yards per play and 2 touchdowns.

San Diego Chargers WR Eddie Royal

Getting burn from the slot where he has succeeded before under Coach Mike McCoy. He’s got the trust of his quarterback and he’s coming off a 100-yard day. Royal is finding the seams to finish drives in the endzone with 4 so far.

Carolina Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin

The rookie garners at least 8 targets each week, averaging 82 yards per game with 3 TDs as the instant #1 receiver. Benjamin has a triple-digit effort under his belt in week 3 and just missed the mark in the opener.

Atlanta Falcons WR Devin Hester

The guy is making plays all over the field, and of course, returning kicks and punts are included. Hester is making plays in the slot as a receiver, and took a reverse for a touchdown. He has a pair of good games as a receiver with 3 total scores.

Jacksonville Jaguars WR Allen Hurns

This undrafted rookie has had to start due to injuries, resulting in a trio of scores. He has shown that he is a deep threat by making plays for 44, 46, and 63 yards. He could be consistent with the insertion of fellow rookie, QB Blake Bortles.

Houston Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins

Flourishing opposite of Andre Johnson, with three scores and a triple-digit performance already. Hopkins is picking up 16 yards per play and getting a handful of looks each week.

Detroit Lions WR Golden Tate

He shined when Calvin Johnson was hobbled and used as a decoy by taking 8 receptions for 116 yards. Tate has done a great job with a handful of passes thrown his way each week, posting 13 yards per catch and 80 yards each week.

St. Louis Rams WR Brian Quick

Making the most of his opportunities as the #1 receiver, grabbing 7 balls in weeks 1 and 2 before hauling in a TD in week 3. Quick is gaining separation from cornerbacks and making plays down the field. He’s clicking with rookie starting QB, Austin Davis.

Cleveland Browns WR Andrew Hawkins

Another slot receiver that’s winning his battles and has become the most consistent target with Jordan Cameron in and out of the lineup. He’s good for about 7 catches and 80 yards on average, picking up a first down with each grab on average.

New York Giants TE Larry Donnell

Leading the G-Men through the air in receptions and first downs. After that 3-touchdown performance in week 4, he has 4 scores in as many games as Eli Manning’s new go-to guy.

Philadelphia Eagles TE Zach Ertz

A third NFC East tight end on this list is breaking out. This is the one some expected to in 2014, using his big body to draw mismatches and shield defenders as a vertical threat. He’s got a score and is racking up 17 yards per grab.

Washington Redskins TE Niles Paul

Tough to keep him off the list with an 80 yard average. He’s got one score on the year filling in for Jordan Reed, but may miss week 5 with a concussion. Paul is picking up 15 yards per catch and should be somewhat involved when Reed returns.

Kansas City Chiefs TE Travis Kelce

Getting used more in each game, Kelce shined on prime time in week 4 going for 8 receptions, 93 yards, and reaching the endzone. He’s got a pair of TD grabs on the season with an average of 14 yards per play.