There were a good amount of rookies with solid performances this last week. On the list is a mix of the same names we have all gotten used to and some new players. The new additions were either hurt or not given enough of an opportunity throughout the season up until this point. Skill position players take up most of the spots for this week’s rookie rankings. Let’s take a look at the 10 best rookies heading into Week 15.
Be sure to catch up on our Week 14 Rookie Rankings.
10. Aaron Robinson, CB, New York Giants
Robinson is one of the new names finally getting a chance after injury. He was a talented prospect. Since Robinson has been healthy the last few weeks, he has been contributing to the Giants’ defense. In the game Sunday, he recorded an impressive nine tackles. He is capable in coverage and has done a good job of proving himself as a physical tackler the last few games. Look for Robinson to continue to build on his successful recent play as the season finishes.
9. Josh Palmer, WR, Los Angeles Chargers
Without star wide receiver, Keenan Allen in the lineup, Palmer had to step up in a pivotal game for the Chargers. He did just that. The rookie was targeted seven times, catching five of them for 66 yards and a touchdown. Palmer contributed to a 37 point performance for the Chargers’ offense. Hopefully, after filling in as well as he did, Palmer continues to have a role in the Chargers’ prolific offense.
8. Amon-Ra St. Brown, WR, Detroit Lions
St. Brown was featured in a big way for the Lions passing attack this past game. He saw 12 passes come his way, St. Brown caught eight of them for 73 yards. St. Brown led the Lions in receiving and accounted for a good chunk of their yards in the air. On a bad football team, St. Brown has had a solid rookie season. The last two games have arguably been his best two.
7. Ja’Marr Chase, WR, Cincinnati Bengals
Chase had another great game for the Bengals enough though they lost a tough one. He caught five of his eight targets for 77 yards and had two touchdowns. He eclipsed 1,000 receiving yards on the season and his two touchdown receptions put him at an impressive 10 on the year. Chase has had a special rookie year in the league. As the Bengals compete for a playoff spot, the same level of execution from Chase will be necessary.
6. Najee Harris, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers
The Steelers lost a bad game, but Harris did his part Thursday night. He had 20 carries for 94 yards and a touchdown. In the passing game, Harris caught all three of his targets for 10 yards and a touchdown. In total, he finished with 104 yards and two touchdowns. Harris continues to be successful as a dual-threat for the Steelers. They will continue to rely on him down the stretch.
5. Ernest Jones, LB, Los Angeles Rams
In a big game on the road, Jones delivered for the Rams. He made one of the most impactful plays of the game. With the Cardinals on the verge of scoring to drastically change the game, he picked off Kyler Murray. Jones also recorded a pass deflection in Monday night’s key win. He finished the game with a total of seven tackles. Jones has shown good enough things to be encouraged about his future.
4. Javonte Williams, RB, Denver Broncos
Williams had yet another fantastic week helping the Broncos take care of business. In the running game, he had 15 carries go for 73 yards and a touchdown. As a receiver, he caught one pass for 10 yards that went for a touchdown. In total, Williams recorded 83 yards and two touchdowns. He helped the Broncos offense have a big day scoring 38 points. Williams has had a great first year.
3. Rashod Bateman, WR, Baltimore Ravens
Bateman got a big opportunity Sunday and showed his ability. Even though the Ravens lost a disappointing game, Bateman produced catching seven of his eight targets for 103 yards. He propelled a late Ravens comeback that almost led to victory. This was the best game he has had yet after working through injury to start the season. Bateman should continue to improve going forward.
2. Micah Parsons, LB, Dallas Cowboys
Parsons was dominant for the Cowboys again in their crucial division matchup on the road. He concluded the game Sunday with three tackles, two sacks, one tackle for loss, and one forced fumble. As usual, he filled out the stat sheet in a big way. He has been huge to the drastic improvement of the Cowboys’ defense. Parsons has by all accounts wrapped up Defensive Rookie of the Year.
1. Penei Sewell, OT, Detroit Lions
Sewell had another great game for the Lions Sunday as he continues to build week after week. The rookie continues to not just be one of the best right tackles in the league, but one of the best tackles overall. In pass protection, he continues to shut pass rushers out in terms of sacks. He was only accounted with two hurries in Sunday’s game. Without the Lions’ top two running backs, they still attained success on the ground, which Sewell contributed to. Sewell has been one of the best rookies this season.
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