Scout NFL Rookie Rankings, Week 2

A handful of NFL rookies had a big second week of the season. Matt Jones and Marcus Peters led the way. Who were some of the other first year standouts? Check in out in this week's Scout Rookie Rankings.

1) Matt Jones (RB) Washington Redskins 

Good for Matt Jones. This is a player I first saw going into his sophomore year at Armwood high school outside of Tampa. He was a man about boys then and I am glad to see him have a breakout game in the second week of his professional career in the NFL. Lets face it, the Redskins need him and his production. Jones gave this offense a spark when it needed it against a good Rams defense. Jones finished with 123 yards on 19 carries, scoring twice. He also caught three passes for 23 yards.


2) Marcus Peters (CB) Kansas City Chiefs

Peters did it again and this time against future Hall of Famer Peyton Manning, returning an interception for a pick-six. Peters finished with five tackles and four passes defended. According to, he was thrown at 14 times and only six of those were completed for 55 yards. PFF says that no cornerback has seen as many targets as Peters in the first two weeks of the season since 2007. He has allowed 14 of those 27 targets to be completed.


3) Jameis Winston (QB) Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Winston had a much better game in Tampa Bay’s week two win in New Orleans finishing 14/21 for 207 yards and one touchdown pass. He also had one rushing score. There’s no question that this rookie needs reps and time to develop but he showed some big time arm talent and made a handful of big league throws against the Saints, especially on his throwing score to Vincent Jackson. I am anxious to see how he plays for four quarters against J.J. Watt and the Texans this Sunday. It could be a much different story in week three.


4) David Johnson (RB) Arizona Cardinals

In week one Johnson scored through the air (55-yarder) versus the Saints. Last week in Chicago this third round pick from Northern Iowa returned the opening kickoff 108-yards for a touchdown. He also rushed the ball five times for 42 yards and scored from 13 yards out. He’s been a big play monster for Bruce Arians and the Cardinals.


5) Marcus Mariota (QB) Tennessee Titans

The Browns really got after Mariota in week two, really beating him up after sacking him seven times. Still, the No. 2 overall pick finished 21/37 passes for 257 yards and two touchdowns. Mariota also put together two second half scoring drives and had the football with a chance to take a lead late. One of his touchdown throws was to fellow rookie, Dorial Green-Beckham, his first of his career. These two will have a chance to become a deadly pass-catch combination in the future for Tennessee.


6) Amari Cooper (WR) Oakland Raiders

I am somewhat stunned that Cooper had more drops in game two of the season but once he settles in there will be no stopping him. After two first series drops he turned a short pass into a 68-yard touchdown, his first of what will be many for the silver and black. Cooper finished with seven receptions for 109 yards and a score.


7) Ronald Darby (CB) Buffalo Bills

For the second week in a row Darby made this list. This time it was against the Patriots and their loss to New England. According to, Darby was targeted nine times and only gave up three receptions for 48 yards.


8) Henry Anderson (DE) Indianapolis Colts

For the second consecutive game Henry Anderson had a nice game for the Indy defense. He finished with five tackles, one sack and two tackles for a loss. This kid from Stanford is playing so well after two weeks. So too is his former teammate in Palo Alto and defensive tackle David Parry. Parry had three tackles and a tackle for a loss in their loss to the Jets.


9) Jordan Hicks (LB) Philadelphia Eagles

Because of injuries to players in front of him Hicks saw more time than ever in the Eagles loss to the Cowboys on Sunday. He finished with seven tackles and a sack/fumble against Dallas. He was the one that sacked and injured Cowboy star quarterback Tony Romo and his collarbone.


10) Vic Beasley (DE) Atlanta Falcons

The Falcons top pick in the first round flashed a lot against the Giants and tackle Ereck Flowers. He posted five tackles and a sack. If Dan Quinn can consistently get this out of this former Clemson star then he will provide a major boost to the Atlanta defense.



Kwon Alexander (LB) Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Stephone Anthony (LB) New Orleans Saints, Arik Armstead (DE) San Francisco 49ers, Bud Dupree (OLB) Pittsburgh Steelers, Melvin Gordon (RB) San Diego Chargers, Kevin Johnson (CB) Houston TexansByron Jones (CB) Dallas Cowboys,  Eric Kendricks (LB) Minnesota Vikings , Hau'oli Kikaha (OLB) New Orleans Saints, Ali Marpet (OG) Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Ty Montgomery (WR) Green Bay Packers, Mitch Morse (C) Kansas City Chiefs,  Denzel Perryman (LB) San Diego Chargers, Brandon Scherff (OG) Washington RedskinsDanny Shelton (DT) Cleveland Browns , Shaq Thompson, Leonard Williams (DL) NY JetsT.J. Yeldon (RB) Jacksonville Jaguars

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