Robertson, Bailey poised for stardom

There are several rookies who finished the season strong and are primed to be big contributors in 2004.

Updated: January 30, 2004, 11:51 AM ET
By By Darrell Trimble | NFL Insider
There were many notable storylines this season, from the return of Bill Parcells to the disintegration of the Oakland Raiders, but one of the more interesting angles was how many rookies played so well so quickly.

Arizona's Anquan Boldin set a rookie record with 101 receptions and came within 96 yards of breaking the 43-year old yardage mark. Houston's Domanick Davis and Andre Johnson gave the Texans instant credibility on offense. Had Johnson gained 24 more receiving yards on the season, he and Davis would have been the first rookie running back and receiver on the same team to gain 1,000 yards apiece.

Defensively, Baltimore's Terrell Suggs lived up to his reputation as a pass-rushing terror by notching 12.5 sacks. Minnesota had its own defensive stud in first-year lineman Kevin Williams, who had 10.5 sacks and seems destined for superstardom.