We’re almost a quarter of the way through the NFL season, and rookies have already made their mark. From Carson Wentz’s perfect start to Dak Prescott making some Cowboys fans forget about Tony Romo, there have been some stellar performances by some fresh faces. Here's how they stack up on the offensive side of the ball.
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Jacoby Brissett, QB, Patriots
Tom Brady’s suspension and Jimmy Garoppolo’s injury have thrust Brissett into the starting role, a situation many believed would doom New England. Instead, Brissett helped the Patriots roll past the Texans in Week 3 as he racked up 151 total yards and ran for a touchdown.
Passing stats: 11 of 19, 103 yards, 0 TD
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Tajae Sharpe, WR, Titans
A fifth-round pick, Sharpe led the Titans with seven catches in catches Week 1 but has seen his receptions decrease each week. With Tennessee ranked 24th in passing, Sharpe’s production might not turn around any time soon.
Receiving stats: 14 catches, 157 yards, 0 TD
Corey Coleman, WR, Browns
The injury-riddled Browns lost Coleman to a broken hand last week, an injury he suffered in practice. The first-round pick is expected to miss four to six weeks, derailing the momentum Coleman generated in Week 2, when he caught five passes for 104 yards and two touchdowns.
Receiving stats: 7 catches, 173 yards, 2 TDs
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Jalen Richard, RB, Raiders
It’s impossible not to be impressed by Richard’s 8.6 yards-per-carry average. It’s doubtful he will get enough carries to make a real run for top rookie honors with Latavius Murray on the roster, but Richard has definitely made the most of his opportunities.
Rushing stats: 15 carries, 129 yards, 1 TD
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Michael Thomas, WR, Saints
Thomas took full advantage of Willie Snead’s absence in Week 3, hauling in seven catches for 71 yards and his first career touchdown. If Drew Brees trusts the 6-3, 212-pound wideout, Thomas could be in for a big season.
Fuller topped 100 receiving yards in two of his first three games, giving Brock Osweiler a receiving threat not named DeAndre Hopkins. One cause for concern is that his receptions have decreased each week.
Receiving stats: 12 catches, 242 yards, 1 TD
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Sterling Shepard, Giants
It’s tough for Shepard to get a lot of attention in the Giants’ passing game with Odell Beckham Jr. and Victor Cruz on the roster, but the rookie has found some success. He had eight catches for 117 yards in Week 2 and has caught a touchdown pass in two of the team’s first three games.
Receiving stats: 16 catches, 223 yards, 2 TDs
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Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Cowboys
The favorite for the Offensive Rookie of the Year heading into the season, Elliott started slowly but broke out against the Bears in Week 3, rushing for 140 yards. You know the competition is tough when Elliott, who leads the NFC in rushing, is sitting third on this list.
Rushing stats: 71 carries, 274 yards, 2 TDs
Dak Prescott, QB, Cowboys
Where would the Dallas Cowboys be without Tony Romo? In a pretty good position, thanks to Prescott’s tremendous start. Just like Eagles QB Carson Wentz, Prescott has yet to throw his first interception and has his team in position to battle for the NFC East title.
Passing stats: 66 of 99, 767 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT
Carson Wentz, Eagles
Few expected the Eagles to be undefeated at this point, and Wentz is the main reason they are. He’s shown poise beyond his years, helping turn Philly into a real contender in the NFC East. Wentz’s dismantling of the Steelers in Week 3 solidified his spot at the top of this ranking.