Breakdowns

Week 16 Rookie Report: Davis Mills Continues To Shine

Stock Up Offensive Players

QB: Davis Mills – Mills continued his impressive string of performances over the past few weeks with another on Sunday. In an upset victory, he was 21/27, 254 yards, 2/0, with a passer rating of 130.6, and a grade of 76.3. 

RB: Michael Carter – On Sunday, Carter returned to his pre-injury form. He ran the ball really well, as he carried the ball 16 times for 118 yards, good for a grade of 66.4. 

WR: Amon-Ra St. Brown – St. Brown has been very consistent of late and put together another solid game. In Week 16, he had 9/91/1, as he earned a grade of 80.5.

WR: Ja’Marr Chase – In Week 16, Chase finally makes his return to the stock-up portion of the list after his impressive performance. In a dominating Bengals win, Chase had 7/125 and a grade of 82.3.

WR: Jaylen Waddle – Waddle has been great all season and shined on Monday night. He had 10 catches for 92 yards and a TD, finishing with a grade of 85.4.

TE: Kyle Pitts – Pitts has been solid all year, but showed why he is special on Sunday. He caught all 6 of his targets for 102 yards and finished with a grade of 92.9.

OL: Creed Humphrey – Humphrey has been arguably the best rookie all season and showed that off on Sunday. He blocked well in the run game and allowed 0 pressures in pass protection, as he earned a grade of 90.9.

Stock Down Offensive Players 

QB: Mac Jones – Jones, who has played well all season, has really struggled of late. In a key game against Buffalo, he was 14/32, 145, 0/2, had a passer rating of 31.4, and finished with a grade of 50.5. 

WR: Terrace Marshall – Marshall has not been able to get it going all season long, as the QB situation certainty has not helped. On Sunday, he was targeted just twice and had one catch. He finished with a grade of just 50.4.

TE: Kyle Granson – The fourth-round pick has played well over the past few weeks but did not get involved on Sunday. He finished with just one catch and had a grade of 48.4.

OL: Dillon Radunz – Radunz has been in and out of the lineup all season, and on Sunday, he did not play very well. In pass protection, he allowed 5 pressures and a sack, as he earned a grade of just 45.6.

OL: Kendrick Green – Green, who has played pretty well the majority of the season, did not perform well in a brutal loss to the Chiefs. He had a penalty, allowed 3 pressures, and a sack in pass protection. He finished with a grade of 41.4.  

Stock Up Defensive Players

DL: Odafe Oweh – Oweh had a tough week last week, but returned to his dominance, as he had 8 pressures and 2 QBHs. He finished with a grade of 64.4.

DL: Kwity Paye – When in the lineup, Paye has played really well. On Christmas night, he created havoc in the pass game, as he had 5 pressures. He earned a grade of 73.0.

LB: Micah Parsons – Parsons appears on this list every week and for good reason. The new DPOY favorite had another great game, as he had 3 tackles, a sack, TFL, and 2 additional QBHs. He earned a grade of 83.1.

DB: Jason Pinnock – Pinnock struggled last week at corner, but played safety on Sunday for a Covid-ridden team. He played really well in his first performance, as he had a big-time pass breakup and 4 tackles, earning a grade of 80.1.

DB: Richie Grant – Grant, who was a high pick by the Falcons has not been able to break into the lineup consistently. On Sunday, he got a chance and played well, as had 6 tackles, and allowed 3 catches for just 20 yards, including 1 PD. He finished with a grade of 80.9.

Stock Down Defensive Players

DL: Levi Onwuzurike – Onwuzurike has not played very well in the last few weeks, as he has just been quiet. He was not very productive on Sunday either, as finished with a grade of just 28.0. 

DL: Joe Tryon-Shoyinka – Tryon-Shoyinka had a good week last week but could not keep it up during Week 16. He was very quiet, as he had just one pressure and finished with a grade of just 51.9.

LB: Garret Wallow – Wallow has been inconsistent in getting on the field, and has not played very well when he has been in the lineup. Wallow struggled in coverage on Sunday, as he allowed 5 catches for 69 yards, and finished with a grade of just 29.8.

DB: Brandin Echols – Echols was the Pepsi rookie of the week last week, after a great performance. However, on Sunday, he did not have the same success, as he had a DPI and allowed 4 catches for 55 yards. He finished with a grade of just 40.4.

DB: Brandon Stephens – The third-round pick safety had been red hot over the last few weeks going into Week 16. However, on Sunday he struggled. He allowed 3 catches for 98 yards and a TD, as he finished with a grade of just 24.3.

Week 17 Matchups

Going into Week 17, there are some noteworthy matchups of rookies that will be worth keeping an eye on. 

Alex Leatherwood VS Kwity Paye – Leatherwood has played better since being moved to guard but has still struggled in pass protection. Paye has been consistently disruptive and will look to build off his solid performance during Week 16. 

Mac Jones VS Trevor Lawrence – Jones is coming off back-to-back tough weeks, but has been the best rookie QB thus far. Lawrence has not played his best ball throughout the season, but threw the ball well on Sunday, and will look to continue improving.