The first quarter of the season is in the books for the latest crop of NFL rookies. With three-quarters of the season left to go, we’ve already seen many notable performances. If the trend continues, this is going to be a class that we talk about as one of the premier groups in recent memory.
It all starts with one of the most improbable debuts by an NFL rookie in recent memory. The Jacksonville Jaguars had been mired in mediocrity at the quarterback position for years. They selected Blake Bortles with the third pick in the 2014 NFL Draft to be their franchise quarterback, and he turned out to be anything but. The Jags went back to the drawing board in the off-season and signed former NFL Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles to take the reins.
Yet, in the first quarter of the NFL season, it’s their rookie fifth-round pick Gardner Minshew that has stolen the headlines. Few NFL rookies have been able to dominate the headlines as “Minshew Mania” has. It’s a full-blown phenomenon at this point, and it doesn’t seem to be stopping, even with a sub-par performance to start the second quarter of the season.
With the mania burning up the headlines, there are quite a few NFL rookies you may have missed. I know there are a few that I’ve missed. With that in mind, you’re going to see some new names in this week’s edition of Stock Up and Stock Down. Not all of them are new, but it’s high time to get some fresh blood into this column. With that in mind, let’s take a look at which NFL rookies impressed to start the second quarter, and who came out and laid an egg.