Rookie quarterbacks Josh Allen and Josh Rosen delivered impressive performances while multiple receivers rebounded with strong showings in the second full week of the NFL preseason. Bradley Chubb also made an impact for the Broncos on the defensive side of the ball.
Here we take a look at how some of the top rookies performed this week as the regular season draws closer.
Bradley Chubb, DE, Broncos
Stat line: Four total tackles, one quarterback hit
The No. 5 overall pick in this year’s draft jumped out to a fast start against the Bears on Saturday. Chubb burst through the line of scrimmage and sacked Chicago quarterback Mitchell Trubisky in the end zone for a safety in the first quarter. He finished the game with four tackles.
Welcome to the @NFL, @astronaut. ?#CHIvsDEN pic.twitter.com/L8SppZAXWZ
— Denver Broncos (@Broncos) August 19, 2018
Mike Boone, RB, Vikings
Stat line: 13 carries, 91 rushing yards and one touchdown
Boone, an undrafted free agent out of Cincinnati, had a standout performance for the Vikings on Saturday. The 23-year-old tallied 91 rushing yards on 13 carries. He also registered a 1-yard touchdown run in the third quarter to boost his chances of making Minnesota’s regular-season roster.
. @_lococinco broke free for a 26-yard run to set up the #Vikings score. pic.twitter.com/LtZzlq78jI
— Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) August 18, 2018
Ronald Jones, RB, Buccaneers
Stat line: Four carries, two yards and no touchdowns
Jones, a second-round pick out of USC, underwhelmed against the Titans on Saturday. He received four carries and rushed for just two yards in Tampa Bay’s 30-14 win. He had just nine yards on eight carries in his preseason debut last week.
Josh Allen, QB, Bills
Stat line: 9 of 13 passing, 60 yards and one touchdown
Allen was solid in his second preseason game. He threw for 60 yards and connected with Rod Streater for a touchdown pass in the second quarter. Allen’s role, however, could expand regardless of how he plays in the final two preseason tune-ups. Bills projected starting quarterback AJ McCarron reportedly suffered a fractured collarbone and could miss significant time.
17 to 81 for 6! #BUFvsCLE #GoBills pic.twitter.com/tKvsJgLCHW
— Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) August 18, 2018
Josh Rosen, QB, Cardinals
Stat line: 10 of 16 passing, 106 yards and one touchdown
Rosen rebounded from an up-and-down performance last week with a strong showing against the Saints. He threw for 106 yards and a touchdown. Arizona came away with a 20-16 victory over New Orleans.
How did the No. 10 overall pick look in New Orleans?
Every throw from @AZCardinals rookie QB @josh3rosen in #NFLPreseason Week 2! #AZvsNO pic.twitter.com/EwYuVflDb6
— NFL (@NFL) August 18, 2018
Christian Kirk, WR, Cardinals
Stat line: Four receptions, 49 yards and one touchdown
The second-round pick led the Cardinals with four receptions for 49 yards in their 20-15 win in New Orleans. He also hauled in a 13-yard touchdown pass from fellow rookie Rosen in the second quarter. Kirk totaled just nine yards last week.
First of many. @Josh3Rosen to @ChristianDavon2 for the TD!
Welcome to the @NFL , rookies! pic.twitter.com/3Rtik3JVFM
— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) August 18, 2018
Nick Chubb, RB, Browns
Stat line: 11 carries, 53 yards, one touchdown
The second round pick out of Georgia made his case for more handoffs against the Bills on Friday. Chubb averaged 4.8 yards on 11 carries and scored a 1-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. He tallied just 11 rushing yards on 15 carries in his preseason debut.
We ? you, @nickchubb21 !
Touchdown, #Browns ! pic.twitter.com/6T5wD6sdKc
— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) August 18, 2018
Baker Mayfield, QB, Browns
Stat line: 7 of 13 passing, 75 yards and no touchdowns
Mayfield’s stat line was not as eye catching as the one he delivered in his preseason debut. But, he still showed promise. The No. 1 overall pick completed seven of his 13 passes for 75 yards. He also added eight yards on the ground in the Browns’ 19-17 loss to the Bills. Mayfield threw for two touchdowns and 212 yards in his first preseason game.
. @ bakermayfield ‘s BEST PLAYS from #NFLPreseason Week 2! #BUFvsCLE pic.twitter.com/WIgNZjlovV
— NFL (@NFL) August 18, 2018
Saquon Barkley, RB, Giants
Stat line: Did not play
Barkley was held out of the Giants second preseason game against the Lions after he suffered a hamstring injury in practice Monday. New York coach Pat Shurmur told reporters Tuesday that Barkley is “day-to-day.”
Ian Thomas, TE, Panthers
Stat line: Two receptions, 35 yards, one touchdown
Thomas was an unheralded fourth-round draft pick out of the University of Texas at San Antonio. But, he impressed in Carolina’s second preseason game. He hauled in two passes for 35 yards, including a 27-yard touchdown catch in the second quarter.
FIRST TOUCHDOWN FOR THE ROOK!
(Cam showed him the ropes on the TD giveaway) pic.twitter.com/l9qJit6cqp
— Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) August 18, 2018
Calvin Ridley, WR, Falcons
Stat line: Three receptions, 49 yards and one touchdown
Ridley had a breakout game Friday. After struggling in his preseason debut, Ridley caught three passes for 49 yards and a touchdown in Atlanta’s 28-14 loss to the Chiefs. He also returned two kicks for 52 yards. Ridley tallied just one catch and lost two yards against the Jets last week.
? @CalvinRidley1 gets his first TD! ? pic.twitter.com/ofTIf6gEak
— Atlanta Falcons (@AtlantaFalcons) August 18, 2018
Sam Darnold, QB, Jets
Stat line: 8 of 11 passing, 62 yards and one interception
Darnold has impressed at practice and earned the start to lead the New York’s offense against Washington. After an early three-and-out, Darnold settled in a bit, but he couldn’t find much success lining up behind his center.
In the first half against the Redskins, Darnold went 6 for 6 for 42 yards when in the shotgun. However, when under center, he was just 2 for 5 for 20 yards and an interception. Darnold left plenty of room for improvement, but he also gave Jets fans hope for the future.
The accuracy on this Sam Darnold pass ? #NYJvsWAS pic.twitter.com/T9mKogkaWw
— NFL (@NFL) August 17, 2018
James Washington, WR, Steelers
Stat line: Five receptions, 114 yards and two touchdowns
It appears the Steelers may have found a gem with the 60th pick in the draft. Washington, an explosive talent out of Oklahoma State, torched the Packers secondary, averaging 22.8 yards per catch.
More importantly for Steelers coaches, Washington, who is known more as a deep threat, displayed toughness and fight going up for the rock. If Washington can continue to expand his route tree, Pittsburgh may not miss Martavis Bryant this season.
??? @JamesWashington pic.twitter.com/x5bNdp3PSm
— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) August 17, 2018
Dallas Goedert, TE, Eagles
Stat line: Three receptions, 57 yards and zero touchdowns
Goedert may not get the same level of buzz as some of the other rookie pass catchers (mainly because the Eagles still have veteran Zach Ertz), but the small-school rook oozes NFL potential.
Selected in the second round out of South Dakota State, Goedert has shown the same big-play ability that caught the defending Super Bowl champions’ eye. His stat line may seem underwhelming, but Goedert hauled in two long receptions. He could be a major third-down and goal-line threat this season.