Hello, and welcome to the first edition of the 2012 NFL Rookie of the Week! Every week I will be analyzing the play of all of the rookies around the NFL and spotlight the top performer.
The first rookie to receive the honorary rookie of the week crown is (drumroll) Washington Redskins’ quarterback Robert Griffin III.
The Redskins entered Week 1 to face the New Orleans Saints. The Saints have been dealing with their off the field issues during their offseason with bounty suspensions and not having their head coach Sean Peyton around. However, no one expected them to let the Redskins put 40 points on the board and Washington defeated New Orleans 40-32.
A lot of the great play came from the rookie RG3. He ended his day with 320 passing yards, 42 rushing yards, and two TD’s. He took advantage of a Saints defense that was either very weak or just playing very poorly.
RG3 looked very poised and accurate in his game against the Saints. He moved well in the pocket and didn’t hesitate to run the football when he saw an open area. He was able to read the Saints’ defense with ease and directed his receivers on where their spots should be.
The Redskins’ defense also played superbly agianst Drew Brees’ offense, but anyone that can put 40 points on the board against New Orleans is impressive.
So congratulations to Robert Griffin III, our first Rookie of the Week this 2012 season.
Some rookie honorable mentions from Week 1:
Stephen Hill – New York Jets
The wide receiver made five catches for 89 yards and scored two touchdowns
Coby Fleener – Indianapolis Colts
The tight end caught six passes for 82 yards, but no touchdowns
Andrew Luck – Indianapolis Colts
The quarterback threw for 309 passing yards and had one touchdown, however he did throw three interceptions against the Chicago Bears