The acclimation process is a continuing one for the 2013 NFL rookie class, and it showed in Week 3. Many rookies who made last week’s rookie rankings and/or were early draft picks struggled in their third games of the season.
The week started out with two rookie right tackles and top-four draft picks—Eric Fisher of the Kansas City Chiefs and Lane Johnson of the Philadelphia Eagles—who both struggled mightily on Thursday Night Football. Many rookies had tough weeks, including Buffalo Bills quarterback EJ Manuel, who completed less than 50 percent of his passes in a loss to the New York Jets.
The biggest play of the week by a rookie may have been made by Tennessee Titans wide receiver Justin Hunter, who caught a game-winning 34-yard touchdown pass to beat the San Diego Chargers. Hunter, however, has not yet made his case for our ranking, as that was his first catch of the season.
Which rookies who made big plays had the body of work to move up and establish themselves in higher spots in this week’s Top 25? Check out the slideshow to find out.
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