Week XII

It was a bounce-back week of sorts for members of the 2013 NFL rookie class after last week's somewhat lackluster week, although there still wasn't that one killer performance by a rookie this past week. However, there were a number of solid outings by first-year players that at least merited a nomination for this week's GBN Rookie of the Week award. In no particular order the nominations for this week's rookie award include:

  • Tampa Bay QB Mike Glennon was very efficient this past weekend as the 2013 3rd rounder led the Buccaneers to a third straight win, this time a upset 24-21 road decision over Detroit. Glennon completed 14 of 21 passes for 247 yards and 2 scores in the win; even more importantly, Glennon did not turn the ballover as he outduelled the Lions Matt Stafford, one of the NFL's top passers, who had 4 interceptions on the day. And while the Buccaneers are still expeted to be loking for another top QB prospect at the upcoming draft, Glennon may give them some pause as he has put up solid numbers this fall as he has a 63% completion rate and has thrown 13 TD passes against just 4 picks. Glennon also got some help from his fellow rookies with the Buccaneers as undrafted rookie free agent WR Tim Wright had 8 receptions for 75 yards, while  CBN Johnthan Banks, whom Tampa Bay took in this year's second round, had an interception, as well as another pass breakup. Meanwhile, Detriot, which is in a tight three-way battle for the NFC North crown and may very well rue the day they lost at home to the lowly Bucs, but dd get a modicum of consolation from the fact that DE Ziggy Ansah, the 5th player selected overall at the 2013 draft, had a couple of sacks.
  • Its been a struggle for Green Bay since star QB Aaron Rodgers was injured a month ago to precipate a rare three-game losing streak for the franschise. However, the Packers were able to sort of stem the bleeding this past weekend, when the Packers were able to escape a tough match with Minnesota with an even rarer 26-26 tie. And with real issues at QB, the Packers were able to fall back on an emerging running game keyed by rookie RB Eddie Lacy, the team's second round pick this past April, who ground out 110 yards on 23 carries, including a TD, against the Vikings while he also chipped in another 48 yards on 6 receptions.
  • San Diego WR Keenan Allen, another 3rd round pick this past April, had 9 receptions for 124 yards in the Chargers big 41-38 last-minute upset win over Kansas City.
  • St. Louis rookie RB Zac Stacy, a somewhat obscure 6th round pick this year, has been one of the top diamond in the rough first round players this year had 13 carries for 87 yards and a TD in the first half of the Rams' almost shocking 42-21 romp over Chicago. However, Stacy was injured early in the second when he suffered a concussion; no problem, though, for the Rams who inserted undrafted rookie free agent Bennie Cunningham into the backfield and the unheralded former Middle Tennessee State product responded by running for another 109 yards and a TD on just 13 carries. Indeed, throw in WR Tavon Austin's electric 65-yard TD run on a reverse on the third play of the game and the Rams rookie trio had 261 yard and three TDs to pace the St. Louis offense.Meanwhile, on the side of the ball, LB Alec Ogletree, the 30th player selected in this year's opening round, led all rookie defenders this week with 11 tackles. At the same time, Chicago DE David Bass, who was actually originally a 7th round pick by Oakland, had one of the few bright spots for the Bears when he regsieterd a sack.
  • Tennessee has been looking for go-to receiver and may have found something to hang their collective hats on in former Tennessee Volunteer WR Justin Hunter who had 6 catches for 109 yards, including a big 54-yard TD reception to help the Titans to acome-from-behind 23-19 win over Oakland that would have the Titans in the playoffs in the final AFC wild card slot were the post-season to start this week despite a 5-6 record.
It was a tough call, but this week's award goes to St. Louis RB Bennie Cunningham who edged out Green Bay RB Eddie Lacy and Tampa Bay QB Mike Glennon for the award. And that makes it three out of 4 weeks that a Rams' rookie gets the nod as RB Stacy and WR Austin also got nods earlier this month.

Meanwhile, a couple of other notes from this past week. New England, for example, got some nice contributions from thier rookie class in that big overtime win over Denver on Sunday night as CB Logan Ryan,one of two  third round picks by the Patriots, had an interception, while safety Duron Harmon, the  team's other 3rd rounder had 11 tackles. For good measure, DT Chris Jones, who was originally a 6th round pick by Houston, had 9 tackles. Meanwhile, New York Jets DT Sheldon Richardson, the 13th player picked this year, continued his fine play as he rang up 9 tackles, including a half sack and 2 other tackles for loss, but it wasn't nearly enough in a dismal 19-3 loss to Baltimore. And the most dismal of the Jets may have been rookie QB Geno Smith who was only able to complete 9 of 22 passes for amealy 127 yards against the Ravens, while he was picked off a couple of times and also lost a fumble.    

Weekly winners in 2013

Week I:
New York Jets QB Geno Smith
Week II: Buffalo QB E.J. Manuel
Week III: Detroit DE Ziggy Ansah
Week IV: Buffalo LB Kiko Alonso
Week V: New York Jets QB Geno Smith
Week VI: San Diego WR Keenan Allen
Week VII: Washington TE Jordan Reed
Week VIII: Arizona RB Andre Ellington
Week IX: St. Louis RB Zac Stacy
Week X: St. Louis WR/KR Tavon Austin
Week XI: Buffalo QB EJ Manuel


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