Bijan Robinson, C.J. Stroud and several other rookies have hit the ground running as first-year players.
Football is a game of constant evolution. Every new season comes a fresh batch of talent eager to make their mark. The 2023 campaign is no different, with rookies stepping into the limelight and impressively showcasing their skills. As the second week of the NFL season wraps up, we’re diving into the rookies who made the biggest splash.
The rookies are already making their mark in the NFL; from quarterbacks to wide receivers, running backs to defensive players, these first-year players are showing their worth, and we’re here to put them in the spotlight.
So, who are these promising newcomers? Let’s delve into NFLMocks’ top rookies of Week 2, starting with the quarterbacks.
Top Rookie Quarterback: C.J. Stroud (Texans)
The Houston Texans’ new play-caller, C.J. Stroud, kicks off our list. Despite a relentless onslaught from the Colts, Stroud showed resilience and tenacity, qualities that make a great leader. With 30 out of 47 pass attempts completed for 384 yards, including two touchdown passes, the Ohio State product was nothing short of promising.
Stroud’s display of poised pocket capabilities gives the Texans a glimmer of hope for a season that’s already proving challenging. His performance outshone Anthony Richardson of the Colts and Bryce Young of the Panthers, making him the standout quarterback of Week 2. With 626 passing yards (4th) on the season, is he the best passer in the AFC South? We will find out as he goes head-to-head with Trevor Lawrence and the Jags in Week 3.