Every week we have been recapping the best rookie performances of the week and showcasing some sweet trading cards you can find on the market of that player. Except for last week, who would of thought a kicker would have been the best rookie of the week? Only the “Legatron”.
This week, no kickers or punters. We had two performances in the NFL that stood out above the rest from first year players. Alfred Morris of the Washington Redskins ran all over the field in his game. But that just wasn’t enough to beat the man who passed and drove his team to victory in the final minutes of the game.
Andrew Luck is our Week 5 NFL Rookie of the Week. The first pick of the 2012 NFL Draft beat the Green Bay Packers 30-27 in a real shootout towards the end. With his team down by 5 with under a minute to go, he was able to drive his team down for a score to win the game. 362 yards and 2 TDs against the Packers is no easy feat, and the victory sealed a signature moment in Luck’s young career.
With no Darelle Revis on the Jets, can Luck duplicate that performance this week?
His rookie cards took a turn up for the first time in awhile, but with already high prices, he needs more performances like that to take it to another level.
Week 4 is in the books and the rookies continue to shine in the league. With some fantastic quarterback play this week from the likes of Robert Griffin III and Ryan Tannehill, you would expect that a quarterback would win this one easily. Not so fast. There was also some great running backs on display as well. But we aren’t going with one of them either. Receivers? Nope. Okay, so maybe you picked someone on defense. Chandler Jones has been outstanding this year for the Patriots, it has to be him. Sorry, it’s not Chandler Jones.
The NFL Week 4 SCB Rookie of the Week is a kicker.
Greg Zuerlein of the St. Louis Rams did things that a rookie kicker has never done in a game. He also did things that any kicker in the history of the game has never done in a game. He was that good against the Seahawks this week as he went 4 for 4 in field goals hitting one from 58 and one from 60 in the same game. The 60 yarder was a franchise record (as was the 58 yarder earlier in the game) and he is the first kicker in history to hit one from both 60+ and 50+ in the same game. Not bad for a first year kicker.
While I don’t think Greg Zuerlein has ANY football cards, I’d imagine he would be a great addition to any Rams or kicker collector. Let’s try and get Greg his first NFL football trading card, eh?
With a wild week 3 of games, some for better reasons than others, there were a ton of standouts on both offense and defense this week. With solid play from a ton of rookies, it was a difficult pick for our NFL Rookie of the Week.
Our pick had to be T.Y. Hilton of the Indianapolis Colts. The wide receiver had a great performance in the loss to the Jaguars. He was able to haul in four passes for 113 yards and a touchdown. Despite the team not being able to pull out a victory, he stepped up with the loss of Austin Collie and should be getting more targets the rest of the season.
This is his 2012 Topps Platinum autographed rookie card. After a big game like that, his card prices have jumped a bit, and there should be a little more ceiling in his cards if he puts up another big week. The Austin Collie situation also gives this more room to move up, so grab them up now in case he has another big week.