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NFL Week 2 rookie grades & snaps report for all 32 teams

Joejuan Williams of the Patriots hits Jets quarterback Zach Wilson in the second half as the New England Patriots defeated the NY Jets 25-6 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ on September 19, 2021. The New England Patriots Came To Play The Ny Jets At Metlife Stadium In East Rutherford Nj On September 19 2021

Week 2 brought us a plethora of rookie performances, as 73 total rookies played at least 20 snaps this past weekend while 45 played at least 40 snaps.

Some were outstanding. Others were…well…rookies. Let’s dive into it.

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No Rookies At All

Only two teams said to hell with their rookie class this week: the Seattle Seahawks and Minnesota Vikings.

Seattle is to be expected, as it only had three draft picks in 2021 while 56 overall was their first and only top-100 selection (D’Wayne Eskridge). The Vikings, on the other hand, had 11 picks. While rookie first-round tackle Christian Darrisaw is still nursing an injury, not having one other rookie contributor in the class is still a tad surprising.

Developing Youngsters

As a fan, if you know your team is going to be bad, it’s nice to see it try to develop its youngsters. Therefore, seeing the New York Jets (336) and Detroit Lions (200) finish first and fourth respectively in rookie snaps played last week should give those fan bases some reasons for hope. 

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