Jadeveon Clowney is out with injury and Johnny Football has yet to take a snap after week 2 of the NFL. Other than those two, many first-year players have made noise in the opening stages of the 2014 season. Terrence West and Kyle Fuller have been the most impressive, and Derek Carr is the only quarterback to take snaps out of the 2014 NFL draft. Here are the top 5 rookies of the NFL after week two:
1.Terrence West (Running back, Cleveland Browns)
A Browns rookie making noise? No, it’s not Johnny Football. It’s Terrence West. In his first two games, the rookie running back from Towson has racked up 168 yards with one touchdown. He leads all rookies in yards and attempts. West also ranks No. 12 out of all running backs after week 2. West should reach over 1,000 yards if he stays healthy, something a Browns running back hasn’t done since 2010.
2. Kyle Fuller (Cornerback, Chicago Bears)
Fuller was the main catalyst for the Bears’ big win against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday Night Football. The 14th-overall pick out of Virginia Tech snagged two balls from Colin Kaepernick. After settling in after a week 1 loss to the Buffalo Bills, Fuller should be one of the league’s top cornerbacks.
3. Sammy Watkins (Wide receiver, Buffalo Bills)
The fourth-overall pick in 2014 draft, Sammy Watkins has been the Bills’ top receiver in both yards and catches. After his first two games, Watkins has racked in 148 yards in 11 catches. The rookie out of Clemson did injure his ribs against the Miami Dolphins, but the 211-pound receiver should be a go against the San Diego Chargers.
4. Brandin Cooks (Wide receiver, New Orleans Saints)
The rookie out of Oregon State, Brandin Cooks has been Drew Brees’ most targeted wide receiver after the first two games. With 14 targets, Cooks has collected 94 yards receiving with one touchdown. He’s also run for 49 yards in three attempts. The 225-pound running back ranks 56 overall in fantasy. The Saints look to go throw-heavy against the Minnesota Vikings after losing Mark Ingram to injury.
5. Derek Carr (Quarterback, Oakland Raiders)
Derek Carr is the only rookie quarterback to take any snaps in the NFL so far. Unfortunately, he plays for the Raiders. Starting at 0-2 is not ideal but does show talent. He has completed 64 percent of his passes and has a quarterback rating of 80. After playing the New York Jets and Houston Texans in the first two games, Carr has thrown three touchdowns. Raiders face the New England Patriots in week 3. If Carr wins, it will be the first rookie to ever beat Bill Belichek in Foxboro.