Week one of the preseason is over, and the rookies got their first taste of NFL football. The rookies did not have as much prep as rookies from the past have had due to the shortened offseason, but some rookies showed that prep is not always necessary to succeed.
The most impressive performance was from rookie running back Stevan Ridley of the Patriots. He had 16 carries for 64 yards and two touchdowns.
The most impressive part is his seven catches for 47 yards and a score. In college Ridley was known as a bruising running back. If he can show the Patriots he can do more that just run between the tackles, he has a great chance at contributing for the Patriots.
Tight end Lance Kendricks had a solid debut for the Rams. His five catches for 47 yards and a score is just what the Rams will need from him his rookie year forward.
Atlanta’s rookie receiver Julio Jones had two catches for 42 yards, showing his big-play ability with a 21-yards-per-catch average.
The performance of Carolina’s rookie quarterback Cam Newton was inconsistent, but he must have shown his coaches something because they named him the starter for their week two game on Friday.