NFL News & Analysis

Premium Content Sign Up

NFL Week 8 Rookie Grades & Snaps Report for all 32 teams

Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs center Creed Humphrey (52) prepares to snap the ball against the Los Angeles Chargers during the game at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

The offensive domination of the 2021 NFL rookie class continues. Those who got off to hot starts were generally offensive players, and they have progressed the most to this point as well. Let’s take a look at some standouts ahead of Week 9.

Click here for more PFF tools:

Rankings & ProjectionsWR/CB Matchup ChartNFL & NCAA Betting DashboardsNFL Player Props toolNFL & NCAA Power Rankings

Key Takeaways

Kansas City Chiefs‘ Interior Combo

The Chiefs' offensive line has been much maligned in its overhaul, but it’s been their tackles that have struggled — not the rookies on the interior. In fact, the first-year players have both been nothing short of outstanding of late. Creed Humphrey is now the highest-graded center in the NFL after a monster performance against the Giants on Monday night. Trey Smith isn’t too far behind as the sixth-highest-graded guard. To get two players of that quality in the second and sixth rounds, respectively, is quite the feat for general manager Brett Veach.

More and More Rookies Coming on Strong

Everyone adjusts to the NFL game at their own pace. That is abundantly clear when watching this rookie class. New York Jets left guard Alijah Vera-Tucker, Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Pat Freiermuth, Detroit Lions left tackle Penei Sewell, Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Nick Bolton and Buffalo Bills defensive end Gregory Rousseau were all high draft picks who have flashed in recent weeks. Here’s a look at what they did in the first quarter of this season vs. the second quarter.

Player Grade Week 1-4 Grade Week 5-8
Penei Sewell 56.8 76.7
Alijah Vera-Tucker 63.2 86.4
Gregory Rousseau 60.9 76.0
Pat Freiermuth 69.6 78.6
Nick Bolton 46.9 73.0

Deep RB Class

Running back is decidedly a young man’s position. Of the 24 backs who saw more than 10 carries in Week 8, seven of them were rookies. This wasn’t even billed as a particularly special running back class, yet a number of late-rounders are making their presence felt.

Najee Harris (26), Chuba Hubbard (24), Khalil Herbert (23), Elijah Mitchell (18), Michael Carter (15), Kenneth Gainwell (13) and Jaret Patterson (11) all got major run over the weekend. Carter was probably the biggest standout of the bunch, with nine catches for 95 yards and five broken tackles through the air along with 15 carries for 77 yards and five broken tackles on the ground.

Rookie Snaps and PFF Grades

Green Bay Packers (24) at Arizona Cardinals (21)

Player Team Position Snaps Grade
Royce Newman Packers G 73 66.1
Eric Stokes Packers CB 59 49.6
Amari Rodgers Packers WR 16 60.6
Tedarrell Slaton Packers DI 6 60.8
Player Team Position Snaps Grade
Marco Wilson Cardinals CB 70 52.5
Rondale Moore Cardinals WR 36 68.7
Zaven Collins Cardinals LB 3 62.6

Carolina Panthers (19) at Atlanta Falcons (13)

Subscribe to PFF Edge to continue reading

Already have a subscription? Sign In

You've got the first pick with your finances. Western Southern Financial Group.

NFL Featured Tools

  • Live picks, grades and reaction to the 2022 NFL Draft.

  • PFF's Big Board for the 2023 NFL Draft offers three-year player grades, combine measurables, position rankings, and in-depth player analysis for all of the top draft prospects.

    Available with

  • 250+ three-page scouting profiles - advanced stats, 3-year grades, player comps, combine data and Senior Bowl grades - for the 2022 draft class.

    Available with

  • PFF's exclusive metrics provide matchup previews, position rankings, grades, and snap counts.

    Available with

  • Our exclusive database, featuring the most in-depth collection of NFL player performance data.

    Available with

Pro Subscriptions

Unlock NFL Player Grades, Fantasy & NFL Draft

$9.99 / mo
$39.99 / yr

Unlock Premium Stats, PFF Greenline & DFS

$34.99 / mo
$199.99 / yr