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NFL Rookies: Top 15 highest-graded players in Week 11

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Saints wide receiver Chris Olave (12) celebrates his third quarter touchdown against the Los Angeles Rams with Rashid Shaheed at the Caesars Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

•  Chris Olave‘s dominance continues: Another week, another class performance from Olave — five catches on six targets for 102 yards and a score.

• A perfect day for Tre Avery: Avery was targeted four times and forced incompletions on three of them. The one completion he allowed resulted in a gain of -1 yard.

• Bittersweet end to Wan'Dale Robinson‘s season: The Giants rookie wideout put together his best game of the season (78.3 grade) but tore his ACL in the process.

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Mounting injuries are forcing more NFL rookies into action who would have never seen the field otherwise. Multiple of the highest-graded first-year players from Week 11 finished with career-high snap counts and showed out on their newfound opportunities.

15. C Tyler Linderbaum, Baltimore Ravens (69.3)

Linderbaum has been nothing short of spectacular in the run game over the past few weeks. From Week 6 on, he has been the fifth-highest-graded run-blocking center in the NFL. Against the Panthers in Week 11, Linderbaum earned a 74.1 grade in that regard.

14. LB Quay Walker, Green Bay Packers (73.6)

Walker is in the midst of the best two-game stretch of his rookie season. Against the Titans in Week 11, he notched 10 tackles — including five stops — and allowed only two catches on three targets for six yards.

13. CB Cordale Flott, New York Giants (73.9)

Flott saw his first action since Week 3 and picked up where he left off. He broke up one of his two targets on the day and also forced a fumble in coverage.

12. RB Kyren Williams, Los Angeles Rams (74.1)

Williams notched career highs in snaps (eight), carries (seven) and yards (36) against the Saints in Week 11. He saw the rock on all eight snaps he played, hauling in a pass for eight yards to boot.

11. S Jaquan Brisker, Chicago Bears (77.3)

Brisker was a one-man show for the Bears' defense against the Falcons. He made two stops in the run game and two more in coverage. Brisker also got home for pressures on both of his snaps as a blitzer. 

10. WR Wan'Dale Robinson, New York Giants (78.3)

It’s a bittersweet inclusion for Robinson. He had easily his best game as a pro, with nine catches on 13 targets for 100 yards. It ended, unfortunately, with a torn ACL after Robinson came down awkwardly on the Giants' sideline as he was being tackled.

9. LB Jake Hansen, Houston Texans (78.4)

Hansen saw the most snaps of his young career in Week 11 against the Commanders and gave the Texans' coaching staff something to think about. He notched two defensive stops on 27 snaps and didn’t allow a catch all day.

8. WR Treylon Burks, Tennessee Titans (80.6)

Burks provided an explosive element on Thursday night in Week 11 that the Titans' receiving corps has been missing. He caught seven of eight targets — including two deep targets — for 111 yards.

7. Edge Kingsley Enagbare, Green Bay Packers (80.8)

Over the past two weeks, Enagbare has had to take over from injured starter Rashan Gary. He hasn’t disappointed. He registered three hurries and two run stops on 36 snaps in Week 11, earning his second straight above-average game grade.

6. WR Skyy Moore, Kansas City Chiefs (82.2)

This is the game Chiefs fans have been waiting for since Moore's glistening training camp performance all those months ago. He caught five of his six targets for 63 yards on only 16 routes. If he keeps playing as he did in Week 11, he’ll be seeing a lot more targets his way with Mecole Hardman and JuJu Smith-Schuster sidelined.

5. Edge Aidan Hutchinson, Detroit Lions (85.6)

Hutchinson is still struggling to make a consistent impact as a pass-rusher, so the Lions rookie made his presence felt in coverage. He picked off a pass for the second time in three games and also notched two run stops in an all-around performance.

4. RB Brian Robinson Jr., Washington Commanders (86.0)

Robinson had to fight for his 57 rushing yards on Sunday. He racked up 45 of those yards after contact to earn an 84.7 rushing grade. It was his highest single-game grade as a runner this season.

3. WR Chris Olave, New Orleans Saints (87.7)

Another week, another class performance from Olave: Five catches on six targets for 102 yards and a score. And all of it came in a game where the Saints barely passed the ball. They dropped back to pass only 32 times, with Olave on the field for 20 of those. The rookie pass-catcher's 760 receiving yards now ranks ninth in the NFL.

2. S Kyle Hamilton, Baltimore Ravens (91.3)

Hamilton has officially found his niche as the screen-eraser in the slot for the Ravens defense. Since taking over there in Week 8, he’s earned a 90.8 overall grade on 95 snaps. He racked up three coverage stops this past weekend against the Panthers, as his four targets resulted in only two yards.

1. CB Tre Avery, Tennessee Titans (91.9)

The Rutgers UDFA has been thrust into action in recent weeks because of injuries to the Titans' secondary and delivered in a big way. Against the Packers, Avery was targeted four times and forced incompletions on three of them. The one completion he allowed resulted in a gain of -1 yard. You can’t do much better than that at the corner position.

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