One of the most intriguing aspects of monitoring the rookie class over the course of the NFL season is that even 10 weeks into the year, there are rookies having breakout performances to help lead their team to victories.
The most obvious example of that in Week 10 was St. Louis Rams wide receiver Tavon Austin, who went from a disappointment to a player to watch in the course of just one week. After putting up just 207 receiving yards and scoring just two total touchdowns in his first nine games of the season, Austin led the Rams to a shocking 38-8 victory over the Indianapolis Colts by not only scoring 81- and 57-yard receiving touchdowns, but also returning a punt 98 yards for a score.
Because of his lack of production in the first nine weeks of the season, Austin does not crack the top 25 of Bleacher Report’s NFL Rookie Rankings yet, but he is certainly on the radar as an honorable mention. See who else improved their standing in the following slides, and who Austin and others on the outside looking in are chasing for recognition.
Note: All advanced statistics and snap counts, unless otherwise noted, were found using Pro Football Focus’ premium statistics database (subscription required).