As the NFL season started hitting its stretch run in Week 11, many of the league’s first-year players seemed to hit the “rookie wall,” but the cream of the crop continued to stand out.
Many of the players who have been staples of Bleacher Report’s NFL Rookie Rankings this season had down weeks in Week 11, but there weren’t many prime candidates to move up and take their spots.
Some of the week’s best rookie performances came from rookie quarterbacks who have only played partial seasons: Mike Glennon (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), EJ Manuel (Buffalo Bills) and Matt McGloin (Oakland Raiders) all led their teams to somewhat-surprising victories this week.
Some of the best, however, continued to come from players like New York Jets defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson, San Francisco 49ers free safety Eric Reid and Detroit Lions guard Larry Warford, all of whom have been standouts week in and week out this season.
Note: All advanced statistics and snap counts, unless otherwise noted, were found using Pro Football Focus’ premium statistics database (subscription required).