The first five weeks of the NFL season are in the books, and the pool of rookie players around the NFC North now have a little more than a quarter of the season under their belts. Experience counts for a lot in the NFL, so the more the rookies get, the better.
Who from this rookie class has stood out for each of the four teams in the division? What have been some of the surprises?
This week’s NFC North column takes a look at how the rookies are doing five weeks into their first season:
Last week: Green Bay 34, Dallas 24
Up next: vs. Detroit (2-1-1)
Best rookie so far: Safety Darnell Savage Jr.
The second of the Packers’ two first-round picks has had a really good start to his rookie campaign.
Savage has allowed just a 10.7 passer rating on throws into his coverage this season, according to Pro Football Focus, which is the third lowest among all safeties. He’s allowed just three receptions in five games, and also has defended three passes, with an interception and a forced fumble.
Green Bay’s starting strong safety has shown to have the full package, and is making an immediate impact.
Biggest surprise: G Elgton Jenkins
Green Bay’s second-round pick stepped into the starting left guard spot due to injury Week 3 and has been solid since. He made a number of key blocks to spring big runs for Aaron Jones’ four-touchdown performance in Dallas last week.
As a pass protector, Jenkins hasn’t allowed a sack or quarterback hit yet this year, and is credited with allowing just four quarterback hurries. He played tackle, guard and center at Mississippi State, and that versatility has been on display early in his NFL career.
Published at Fri, 11 Oct 2019 14:17:17 +0000