Rookie Watch: Week 2

This week I am glad to say I will not be starting this article with the highly discussed rookie quarterbacks as in week 2 quarterbacks weren’t make all the headlines. It was kickers. Daniel Carlson was drafted in the 5th round of this year’s draft by the Minnesota Vikings only to be cut this week after missing one field goal in regular time and 2 in overtime leading to a draw game. Carlson was released on Monday. It was a good week for undrafted rookie Greg Joseph who was picked up after they decided to part ways Zane Gonzalez who missed two field goals and two extra points on Sunday.

Antonio Callaway very nearly helped the Cleveland Browns to a first win in two seasons with a massive 47 yard touchdown play in the die minutes of their match up with the New Orleans Saints. With Josh Gordon no longer there, it looks that Callaway will become the number 2 wide receiver in Cleveland. Both Calvin Ridley and DJ Moore scored their first touchdowns this week with both becoming bigger pieces of their respective offenses. Josh Allen has offered the Bill’s Mafia a glimpse of hope with his massive arm while Sam Darnold looked a lot more average this week compared to week 1. Jet’s fans might regret announcing him as their savoir yet.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, Will Hernandez was expected to lead the New York Giants new look offensive line. Instead, he has struggled through the first two weeks all with the entire line allowing Eli Manning to be sacked 6 times on Sunday. Giants really need this line to pull together if they are to have any hope of making the playoffs. 

The stand out performance on offence to me was from undrafted rookie Philip Lindsey. I love how no one seen this coming. He has muscled his way into the lead running back in Denver when he had no right. In people’s eyes, all Royce Freeman had to do was show up. But this man has been outstanding running for 107 yards this week compared to Freeman’s 28 yards. Looking at the defensive side, I am going to go with Shaquill Griffin. It was his brother that was making headlines for starting week 1 but Shaquill came up with two interceptions against the Bears and made four tackles. It was a stand out performance from the cornerback who will look to build a new legion of boom along side his brother Shaquem.