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The Best Rookies From Week 1

Week 1 was the first meaningful look for a lot of NFL Rookies. These were the players who outperformed all of the rest. 


Ja’Marr Chase WR Bengals 

I thought he couldn’t catch well Ja’Marr Chase proved Mike Florio and Pro Football Talk wrong. Chase had 5 receptions for 101 yards for 1 TD and averaging a tremendous 20.2 yards per catch. Chase helped the Bengals upset the Vikings at home all while breaking the Bengal’s rookie record for receiving yards in a season opener. 


DeVonta Smith WR Eagles 

The Heisman winner came out wanting to prove his doubters wrong on Sunday and he did just that against the Falcons as Smith led his team with 6 catches and 71 yards. Smith’s first NFL catch and Touchdown came in almost the same exact spot where he caught his Touchdown versus Georgia in the 2018 National Championship. 


Jaylen Waddle WR Dolphins

It was a big day for  Wide Receivers as yet another wideout makes the list. Waddle didn’t look like he missed a step on Sunday as Waddle had 4 catches for 61 yards and a TD from the 3-yard line. 


Mac Jones QB Patriots 

Mac Jones really, yup not Trevor Lawrence, not Zach Wilson, no the last quarterback taken in the first round had the best first week. Jones just proved what most thought and that’s that he was the most NFL-ready QB. Jones went 29/39 putting up 281 yards in an impressive rookie debut. The patriots have to be feeling good about their pick so far. 


No need to panic about Trevor Lawrence, Zach Wilson, or Kyle Pitts, it’s only week 1. Guys like Josh Allen and Baker Mayfield didn’t bloom until their 2nd year. Patience is key with all rookies, not everybody is Justin Herbert. 


  1. Great Article. I wasn’t sure of Chase after his terrible performance in the pre-season but the chemistry between him and Burrow was clear. I still think picking Sewell would have been better for that team, but Chase being a weapon on that team is just fine. Great article