Every week, Withthefirstpick.com will be selecting a weekly All-Rookie team, featuring the stars of the previous weekends games. In addition to the Weekly All-Rookie team, keep an eye out for the Mid-season All-Rookie team and the regular season All-Rookie team later in the year.
Week 2 brought some interesting performances out of the 2013 rookie class, including a huge day for the Buffalo Bills rookies featuring a last minute game winning touchdown by the top quarterback selected. Some of the draft’s top offensive lineman struggled mightily with penalties and sacks allowed, while there were a couple 2 touchdown games from some of the higher profile skill players in the class, and a dynamic toe tapping sideline touchdown catch to seal an overtime victory. 15 first rounders made our list, 3 second rounders, and 2 third rounders. As always, the Rookies of the week are pictured.
E.J. Manuel – Quarterback, Buffalo Bills
Manuel had a couple of rocky moments with turnovers, but was able to lead an 80 yard game winning drive which was capped by a Stevie Johnson2 yard touchdown pass with 2 seconds left. Manuel nearly threw for 300 yards and completed 27 of 39 attempts in his first victory as a professional.
Giovani Bernard – Running Back, Cincinnati Bengals
Bernard proved that he does not need many touches to make an impact after scoring a rushing and receiving touchdown and accumulating 65 yards despite only getting the football 9 times.
Tavon Austin – WR, St. Louis Rams
Was not able to break the big one this week, but did an excellent job of settling in the soft spots of the defense on two touchdown passes from Sam Bradford while hauling in 6 catches for 47 yards.
DeAndre Hopkins – WR, Houston Texans
Thought real hard about making Hopkins my ORoW after his 7 catch, 117 yards and game winning touchdown catch. Looks like the best rookie pass catcher in the early stages of 2013.
Robert Woods – WR, Buffalo Bills
Woods is becoming more and more a part of the teams game plan, 4 catches for 68 yards in the win over Carolina, Wood’s arrow is pointing up.
Tyler Eifert – TE, Cincinnati Bengals
Continues to cause problems in 2 tight end sets and ripped off a 61 yards reception in Monday nights game against the Steelers.
David Bakhtiari – LT, Green Bay Packers
Flagged for a penalty and he did give up one sack, but the 4th rounder from Colorado held his own against Brian Orakpo and allowed Aaron Rodgers to throw for 480 yards and helped clear the way for James Starks to rush for over 100 yards.
Eric Fisher – RT, Kansas City Chiefs
An up and down performance and had some issues with the Cowboys pass rush, but helped stabilize the methodical Kansas City offense and lead the Chiefs to a 2-0 start.
Kyle Long – RG, Chicago Bears
Continued to thrive as the Bears starting right guard, helping Jay Cutler throw for 290 yards and 2 touchdowns while Matt Forte ran for 90 yards in the Bears victory over the Vikings.
Larry Warford – RG, Detroit Lions
One of the bright spots for the Lions, Warford has been physical and steady at right guard since winning the job. Helped keep Matt Stafford clean and throw for 278 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Ezekial Ansah – DE, Detroit Lions
Continues to flash once he gets onto the field, strong against the run and a disruptive edge rusher. Ansah had a quiet day statistically, but made his presence felt on the field against the Cardinals.
Sheldon Richardson – DL, New York Jets
Richardson continued to be a jack of all trades for the Jets and moved all over the defensive line creating mis-matches. Excellent motor.
Star Lotulelei – DT, Carolina Panthers
The big defensive tackle out of Utah has been damn near impossible to move in the trenches and continues to keep middle linebacker Luke Kuechly clean and making plays.
Jarvis Jones – LB, Pittsburgh Steelers
Active and aggressive player, notched 6 solo tackles in the Steelers Monday night loss to the Bengals.
Barkevious Mingo – LB, Cleveland Browns
In a limited role, Mingo made a splash with a sack on his first defensive snap, caused a holding penalty, and batted a down a Joe Flacco pass in the Browns 14-6 loss to the Ravens.
Kiko Alonso – LB, Buffalo Bills
All over the field for the 2nd week in a row, 9 tackles, the game ending sack, and an interception. Great day for the 2nd rounder out of Oregon.
Alec Ogletree – LB, St. Louis Rams
Ogletree’s speed was evident on Sunday and the linebacker paced the Rams with 8 tackles and helped limit Tony Gonzalez to 4 catches for just 33 yards.
D.J. Hayden – CB, Oakland Raiders
Gaining more and more confidence with each rep and is becoming harder and harder to keep off of the field. Helped keep the lowly Jaguars offense from doing much of anything.
Dee Milliner – CB, New York Jets
The Patriots communication issues aside, the Jets and Milliner should be proud of limiting Tom Brady and the Patriots passing game to a paltry 185 yards through the air.
Eric Reid – S, San Francisco 49ers
Reid snagged an interception for the 2nd week in a row and helped the 49ers defense keep Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson from taking over the game.
Tyrann Mathieu – S, Arizona Cardinals
The “Honey Badger” just knows where the football is going and was credited with 6 tackles in the victory against the Lions.
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