BIG HONOR FOR McMICHAEL

Randy McMichael's NFL debut went about as well as he could have anticipated, and the icing on the cake came on Thursday.

McMichael was honored as the Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week for the games of Week 1.

The fourth-round pick from Georgia was selected in a vote on NFL.com that attracted more than 30,000 responses.

McMichael beat out four other finalists selected by the league — New England wide receiver Deion Branch, Houston quarterback David Carr, Tennessee defensive end Carlos Hall and Oakland linebacker Napoleon Harris.

To refresh your memory, McMichael had four catches for 73 yards in Miami's 49-21 rout of Detroit on Sunday.

McMichael leads all AFC tight ends with a per-reception average of 18.3 yards.

Coach Dave Wannstedt obviously was impressed by McMichael's acrobatic one-handed catch over the middle, but was equally impressed by the way McMichael handled the little things.

"He went in there and didn't have a mental mistake," Wannstedt said. "He was probably doing as much on the field as anyone. We went two tight ends. We had him moving. We had him in the backfield. We kept him in there on third downs. That was a great pick there."

That much has become obvious.

But a reporter went a little too far after Sunday's game when he asked Wannstedt if McMichael was the greatest tight end he had ever coached.

McMichael is good. Very good.

But the kid has only played one game. Give it some time, dude.

Said Wannstedt: "It is one game. There is best or most yet. For a rookie, and I have said this all along, he is as mature and ready to play. He made some great plays today. I think that for people that have been out to practice you have seen him make those catches consistently since minicamp. A little like Chambers did a year ago. So, as exciting as it was, he has been doing that the whole time."


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