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It was a quiet and quite frankly, an ugly weekend for the NFL’s 2013 draft class. The Buffalo Bills continued to get a huge contribution from their top 3 picks, while the rest of the AFC East draft class was nearly invisible. A few really nice receiving days by the rookie wideouts, and an impressive debut for an AFC North running back. A down week for defensive rookies, a few familiar faces continue to shine and we have an early leader for defensive rookie of the year.
E.J. Manuel – Quarterback, Buffalo Bills
It was ugly, 3 turnovers ugly. but it was the best of the bunch for the rookies. Highlighted by a 42 yard touchdown to Robert Woods, Manuel led the Bills to a surprise victory against the Baltimore Ravens.
Le’Veon Bell – Running Back, Pittsburgh Steelers
Scored 2 rushing touchdowns in his regular season debut, the hard running Bell offers a new dimension to a struggling Steelers offense.
Kenbrell Thompkins – Wide Receiver, New England Patriots
Stepped up big for quarterback Tom Brady and the Patriots offense, providing 6 catches for 127 yards and a score.
Robert Woods – Wide Receiver, Buffalo Bills
The lone big play threat for Buffalo through the air, 4 catches for 80 yards and a touchdown. Woods is developing into a go to guy for E.J. Manuel.
Keenan Allen – Wide Receiver, San Diego Chargers
After injuries have thrust him into a more prominent role, Allen responded by catching 5 passes for 80 yards from Philip Rivers in the Chargers win over the Dallas Cowboys.
Mychal Rivera – Tight End, Oakland Raiders
Scored the first touchdown of his NFL career after he got loose down the seam for an 18 yarder from Matt Flynn. Finished with just two catches for 44 yards.
D.J. Fluker – Right Tackle, San Diego Chargers
Strong up front and helped protect Philip Rivers on his way to a 400 yard passing day. Fluker has been the most consistent of the 4 top 11 tackles.
Larry Warford – Right Guard, Detroit Lions
Detroit ran Reggie Bush ragged behind the dominant run blocking of Larry Warford. He has been rock solid for Detroit and played a key role in Bush’s big day.
Eric Fisher – Right Tackle, Kansas City Chiefs
Rebounded well from a rough outing a week ago against Philadelphia. Helped keep Alex Smith clean and lead the Chiefs to a 31-7 victory over the Giants.
Travis Frederick – Center, Dallas Cowboys
Continued his strong play against San Diego, cleared running lanes for a 5.8 yard per carry average and keep Tony Romo upright.
Chance Warmack – Right Guard, Tennessee Titans
Quiet day in the box score for Tennessee, but Warmack and the offensive line did a solid job of keeping the aggressive Jets front 7 at bay.
Sharrif Floyd – Defensive Tackle, Minnesota Vikings
Relatively quiet day for the Vikings first rounder, but did notch the first .5 sack of his career. Slowly but surely Floyd is becoming a more prominent member of the defensive line rotation.
John Jenkins – Nose Tackle, New Orleans Saints
Drew the start against the Dolphins and helped the New Orleans front set the tone for the game. A mountain of a man who is very tough to move.
Ezekial Ansah – Defensive End, Detroit Lions
Not much of a box score this week, but Ansah was active and flew around the field disrupting plays against Jay Cutler and the Bears offense.
Barkevious Mingo – Outside Linebacker, Cleveland Browns
Recorded a sack in a 3rd straight and was a disruptive force in the first start of his career. Also batted down a couple Andy Dalton passes on the day.
Kiko Alonso – Inside Linebacker Buffalo Bills
Picked off Joe Flacco twice and continued to make plays for the Bills defense. Leads the league with 4 interceptions on the season. Looks to be running away with Defensive Rookie of the Year honors.
Manti Te’o – Inside Linebacker, San Diego Chargers
The embattled Notre Dame star finally made his debut for the Chargers against the Cowboys. He recorded 3 tackles and was noticeably rusty, but his nose for the ball is clear.
Alec Ogletree – Outside Linebacker, St. Louis Rams
Continued to track down ball carriers with another 9 tackle performance and forced a fumble. Has shown better than advertised instincts and his speed is obvious.
David Amerson – Cornerback, Washington Redskins
Chipped in a tackle and the first interception of his career in the Redskins 24-14 victory of the Oakland Raiders. Amerson’s week by week improvement is paying off.
Jonathan Banks – Cornerback, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Notched the first interception of his career in an ugly, ugly game against the Cardinals. Continues to press for more playing time.
Kenny Vaccaro – Safety, New Orleans Saints
The versatile and active Vaccaro is one of defensive coordinator Rob Ryan’s secret weapons. Vaccaro moved all over the secondary against the Dolphins and registered 4 tackles.
Tyrann Mathieu – Safety, Arizona Cardinals
The “honey badger” made 6 tackles and helped the Arizona Cardinals hold Mike Glennon and the Buccaneers offense to just 10 points.
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