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    EAST RUTHERFORD, N. Yaya Sanogo Jersey .J. - It has definitely been a disappointing season for the New York Giants, evidenced by their 5-9 record that will have them missing the NFL playoffs for a third straight season. If there is a highlight for 2014, it would have to be the overall play of their rookie class. Most of the players selected in last Mays draft have made a major impact on the team right away. Only sixth-round pick Bennett Jackson, a cornerback out of Notre Dame, has not contributed; hes spent the season on injured reserve with a knee problem. The rest have all been solid performers. I think you have to give the class an A, said rookie running back Andre Williams, who will have to shoulder the load of the rushing attack Sunday in St. Louis. Veteran Rashad Jennings has been declared out with a severely sprained ankle. I think weve contributed both on offence and defence, Williams said. Weve all had a chance to stand out. Williams has rushed for 568 yards and scored six touchdowns as the teams No. 2 back behind Jennings (606 yards, four TDs). The Boston College product and fourth-round selection knows he will get a chance to display his talents even more in the next two weeks because of Jennings absence. Ive had a great mentor in Rashad and Ive learned a lot from him, Williams said. Im really proud of the way things turned out for me. I was able to stay healthy. Im excited to be able to continue to progress. I think theres a transition you have to go through as a rookie. You cant do it on talent alone. You do have to get comfortable with yourself and your ability. Williams pass blocking and pass receiving were questioned when he entered the league. But Williams has made major strides in both areas, according to coach Tom Coughlin. We talked about his role in pass protection and hes doing a nice job with that, Coughlin said after Fridays practice, the last workout before the Giants face the Rams (6-8) on Sunday. Andre has worked very hard in getting better. Hes learned very well. Exactly what Williams wants to hear. I think my goal is to be well-rounded and Im making strides towards that, Williams said. I want to be an every-down back. Of course, Williams isnt the premier member of the Giants rookie class. That would be spectacular receiver Odell Beckham, Jr., a prime contender for the AP NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award. After missing the first four games of the season, Beckham has emerged as the Giants go-to offensive threat. The first-round pick out of LSU has 71 receptions for 972 yards and nine touchdowns. Beckham had 12 receptions for 143 yards and three touchdowns in last Sundays 24-13 win over Washington. In terms of standing out, Odell has gone on and done his own thing right now, Williams said. Hes the best of the bunch. Other rookies have also played their part. Offensive lineman Weston Richburg, the second-round selection out of Colorado State, has been a starter at all three line positions this season. I think there is a sense of pride among the rookies, said Richburg, who will more than likely line up against Larry Donald, a top rookie on the other side of the ball. I think we all wanted to come in and contribute right away. Theres a lot of pride in the whole group. I think any time you get this many young guys playing well, you have to be excited. Jay Bromley, a defensive tackle from Syracuse, has only seen limited action, but fifth-round picks linebacker Devon Kennard and defensive back Nat Berhe have been productive. Kennard has moved into a starting slot at outside linebacker for the last five games, has 39 tackles, 4 1-2 sacks and two forced fumbles, one in each of the last two games. I think Im a better player now than I was when I came to camp, Kennard said. Im trying to progress, trying to improve every week. I think this rookie class came in hungry. We all wanted to play right away. Were all competitors. I just want to be consistent and play well, play fast every Sunday. Berhe, a safety out of San Diego State, is a leader on special teams, even though he never played there before. I just got out there with the special teams and something clicked, Berhe said. Ive been working hard at it ever since. Ive gotten a few chances to get in on a couple of defensive packages. So Im definitely a different player now. Odell is the one who has major successes and we hope that continues, Berhe said. But I think weve gotten to see the entire rookie class come in and make an impact. Everyone has their role. We definitely just have to keep it up. Jack Wilshere Jersey . Not because it was right, but because referees werent allowed to determine it was wrong. Nacho Monreal Jersey . -- Once again, Carlos Santana was a huge hit in Kansas City.ANAHEIM, Calif. -- David Freese is starting to pick up his run production, which is something the Los Angeles Angels have been waiting half a season to see. Freese hit a two-run double, Matt Shoemaker pitched in and out of trouble for six innings, and the Angels beat the Houston Astros 5-2 Thursday night in the opener of a four-game series. Freese has six RBIs in his last five games, two more than he had in the previous 27 games in which he had an at-bat. "Weve been talking about David for a while, and we need him," said manager Mike Scioscia, who has kept Freese in the bottom third of the batting order since June 17. "Hes a guy that potentially deepens the middle of your lineup. He hasnt gotten off to a good start, and were at the halfway point. "Hopefully hes finding a comfort level. I think the last 30 or so at-bats hes been driving the ball a little bit better." Shoemaker (6-2) allowed two runs, seven hits and three walks, and worked with runners on base in every inning. The right-hander, who began the season in the bullpen, gave up eight runs and 11 hits in four innings on Friday in a loss at Kansas City. He had been 5-0 with a 3.00 ERA in his seven previous starts this season. "It was a successful outing, but a little bit of a struggle," Shoemaker said. "I had to make some big pitches to get out of some jams, and the defence picked me up huge, making some big plays. It was a positive thing to bounce back from that outing to this one." Shoemaker had seven strikeouts against the Astros, giving him 57 through his first 10 big league starts. That broke the franchise record of 56 set by Bo Belinsky in 1962. "He has it in his game, thats for sure," Scioscia said. "If you look at his career in the minor leagues, he has struck out his share of guys. But you never know how a guys stuff is going to play in the major leagues until he gets an opportunity. "Shoe definitely has some out pitches and some pitches that he can get strikeouts with. But the best games hes going to throw are going to be the ones where hes in the zone early with good stuff and changing speeds and maybe getting some easier outs. He had to work hard to get through six innings." Jason Grilli, obtained from Pittsburgh on Friday, pitched a scoreless eighth in his home debut, and Joe Smith worked a hitless ninth for his 10th save. The Angels have won seven straight at home, their longest streak since another seven-game stretch in August 2006. Brett Oberrholtzer (2-7) gave up five runs, nine hits and three walks over 6 1-3 innings in his third start since getting recalled from Triple-A on June 28. Ainsley Maitland-Niles Jersey. He was 0-6 with a 5.68 ERA in his first seven starts before back-to-back victories over Seattle and Baltimore. After the game, he was optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City. Oberholtzer was bailed out by inning-ending double plays in the second and third innings, after giving up Howie Kendricks RBI single in the first. Mike Trout was doubled off second base in the third after rookie left fielder Enrique Hernandez made a diving catch of Albert Pujols sinking liner, but the Angels scored four runs in the fourth to grab a 5-2 lead. C.J. Cron tied it with an RBI single, and Freese doubled to right-centre, the fourth straight one-out hit. Freese scored on Chris Iannettas sac fly. Houston took a 2-1 lead in the third. Jose Altuve doubled after a leadoff walk to No. 9 hitter Marwin Gonzalez, Jason Castro singled off the glove of first baseman Pujols to drive in the Astros first run, and Altuve scored on a grounder by Springer. Shoemaker retired Dominguez on a double-play grounder after a walk to Singleton. "Its just tough, not scoring runs when you have situations with men on base early in the game where you can jump on a team," designated hitter Chris Carter said. "Were in a little rough patch now, but I think well be better the rest of the series." Altuve, who had three hits, leads the AL in batting (.347) and stolen bases (37). The only players who finished a season atop the league in both categories were Ty Cobb (1909, 1911 and 1917), George Sisler (1922), Snuffy Stirnweiss (1945) and Ichiro Suzuki (2001). "Hes definitely a phenomenal hitter and hes tough to get out, so you have to mess up his timing and make good pitches," Shoemaker said. NOTES: Scioscia earned his 1,281st regular-season victory, tying Whitey Herzog for 34th place on baseballs career list. Scioscia reached the mark in 57 fewer games. ... RHP Josh Fields will be reinstated from the disabled list on Friday to fill Oberholtzers roster spot. ... It was the 44th anniversary of the first no-hitter at the "Big A," thrown by Clyde Wright against Oakland. ... The Astros are tied with the Arizona Diamondbacks for the majors worst record (36-51). ... Houston is 0 for 44 when trailing after eight innings. ... The Astros became the final team this season to draw one million spectators on the road. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys AuthenticWholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '