The second week of the NFL season was a big one for rookies around the National Football League.
Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins put together a game-winning performance with five big catches between the team’s game-tying and winning drives in an overtime victory over the Tennessee Titans.
Buffalo Bills quarterback EJ Manuel also led his team to victory, completing a game-winning touchdown pass with two seconds remaining to beat the Carolina Panthers. Arizona Cardinals defensive back Tyrann Mathieu earned a win against the Detroit Lions with a crucial tackle short of the sticks on a fourth-down reception by wide receiver Nate Burleson.
Hopkins, Manuel and Mathieu are among the rookies who make up our top 25 in this week’s rankings. Many big names did not fare as well as that trio, causing them to slide or drop out of the rankings altogether. However, several others put together strong Week 2 performances and are recognized as such with moves up or into this week’s slideshow.
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