Three impressive rookies from Week 1

The Packers, Cowboys and Seahawks all had rookies put up impressive performances in their preseason debuts.

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(AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

(AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Three impressive rookies from Week 1

The preseason is always a great chance to get a first look at the rookie class, with the obvious caveat that 20 snaps in a preseason game does not a career make. Here’s a look at three who really impressed this weekend:

Frank Clark, DE, Seattle Seahawks

Off-field issues aside, Clark can play, and he showed up in all facets of Seattle’s game versus Denver to produce a +6.9 grade overall. He defeated every type of block thrown at him in the running game to grade at +5.6, to go with a hit and two hurries. He even tracked down a screen from behind.

La’el Collins, G, Dallas Cowboys

We’ve all seen “the block” by now, as Collins drove a second-level linebacker from San Diego to the Dallas/Fort Worth area, but it was an impressive debut beyond just that one play. He did his best work in space, and while he wasn’t perfect in pass protection (two hurries), it was a nice start in his quest to help one of the league’s best offensive lines.

Quinten Rollins, CB, Green Bay Packers

Tied for the league lead in targets with 10, Rollins handled everything that was thrown at him against the Patriots. He finished at +3.0 in coverage, allowing five catches into his coverage for only 26 yards, defending two passes, and keeping plays in front of him for the most part.

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  • Dr__P

    everybody likes to see pancake blocks, but it is no more effective than any other good block

    • Mattfig

      I thought Cann in jax was impressive. I would like to see more against the Giants for week two.
      Also It would be nice to see a sophomore article on progression from the previous and if that given player has built on areas of weakness/ strength from the previous season.

  • Mike Designo

    uh Tyler Lockett? Guy had like 185 yards returning and a TD? Guess there can’t be 2 Seahawks?

    • Ross Lambert

      Loved Tyler Lockett’s quick start, but in fairness this is a list of rookies who graded well in PFF’s system, and as good as Lockett clearly is on returns, he didn’t record a catch or target on offense.

    • Ben Stockwell

      Highest graded return man this week, but tough list to crack when we’ve whittled it down to three names. Doesn’t mean we weren’t impressed with Lockett’s performance.

    • sgunderson17

      This is for people who watch more than sports center highlights.

  • Andrea Hoogendoorn Bouwkamp

    It’s looking like another great draft for Seattle!!! GoHawks!

  • MoneyM

    Rollins just has to haul in those passes, get some picks to go along with that coverage.