Every week a rookie receiver makes a big impact to help his team win. The impact receivers have been key contributors to their respective offenses. Out of this rookie class, the receivers have been outstanding while the running backs haven’t had immediate success. Here’s a glance at each position. Not one running back was drafted in the first round by the way, nor the fifth for that matter. Since you hear about the rookie receivers every week and I just wrote about them last week, they are simply listed while the backs have a line or two to describe their season so far.
Sammy Watkins, Mike Evans, Odell Beckham, Brandin Cooks, Kelvin Benjamin, Jordan Matthews, Allen Robinson, Jarvis Landry, Martavis Bryant, Devante Adams, John Brown, Allen Hurns
Marquise Lee, Donte Moncrief, Josh Huff, Paul Richardson, Cody Latimer, Michael Campanaro
Jalen Saunders, Bruce Ellington, Shaq Evans, Kevin Norwood, Ryan Grant, Devin Street, Jared Abbrederis, Robert Herron, T.J. Jones, Matt Hazel, Walt Powell, Quincy Enunwa, Jeff Janis, James Wright, Tevin Reese, Jeremy Gallon
2nd Round Running Backs
Bishop Sankey started off with limited snaps and is now the starter, not the best offense but he has just been so-so.
Jeremy Hill was doing well getting the lower end of a 65-35 split with Giovani Bernard, he popped off for triple digits in his first start then had a whatever performance the following week.
Carlos Hyde has garnered a handful of carries from time to time, but has not been featured in a gameplan.
Charles Sims has just appeared in one game due to a preseason injury, where he split the load with Bobby Rainey.
Tre Mason wasn’t involved in the first month of the season, he’s had good moments with the timeshare bulk but doesn’t have a great offense to produce consistently.
Terrence West went from second on the depth chart to third, and most recently earned the starter gig in a three-man committee and has been good.
Jerick McKinnon got the nod after Matt Asiata showed his limitations, flashing his footwork and speed in the absence of A.P. who may return soon.
Dri Archer lost his kick return duties and has struggled to hang onto the ball, he’s not involved in the offense.
Devonta Freeman has played sparingly in a four-man rotation in the backfield, for what it’s worth, he’s probably been the second most productive.
Andre Williams fit comfortable as the second back behind Rashad Jenning, which he will go back to this week, but as the fill-in starter he just wasn’t ready.
Ka’Deem Carey is Matt Forte’s backup and that’s about it for him so far.
De’Anthony Thomas was injured early on, now he’s a return man that will step in as the third back behind a strong 1-2 punch.
James White has been on the practice squad despite a nice preseason.
Lorenzo Taliaferro played well in a spot start and is doing great for the Ravens as the short-yardage and goal-line back.
Alfred Blue did OK when he filled in for Arian Foster that one game, he’s been a spell guy for the most part.
Lache Seastrunk bounced off the Redskins and Panthers practice squads and has landed on the Titans practice squad.
Marion Grice was placed o the Chargers practice squad before signing with the Cardinals after they suffered some injuries, he is the number two back until Stepfan Taylor returns.
Tyler Gaffney injured his knee and was waived by the Panthers, he was then claimed by the Patriots and placed on injured reserve.
Storm Johnson got a crack at the starting gig between Toby Gerhart and Denard Robinson, the results weren’t great and he’s been relegated to third string.
Branden Oliver was let go by the Colts before getting signed to the Chargers practice squad. Injuries forced them to start him and he popped off a couple 100-yard performances before getting bottled up the following two games. Ryan Mathews and Donald Brown are back and he will play now spell them.
Isaiah Crowell started third on the depth chart where is he is now, but he did dabble with first and second fiddle when Ben Tate was hurt. He might be their best runner but has literally fumbled his snaps away, he will get more chances to prove himself in a three-headed monster.