2016 NFLPA Rookie and Key Player Watch – NFL Week #8

2016 NFLPA Rookie and Key Player Watch - NFL Week #82016 NFLPA Rookie and Key Player Watch – NFL Week #8 – Here we take a look at 2016 NFL rookies and other key players’ week-by-week performances. On-field play relates directly to player collectibility. Here you will get a snapshot of top players collectors are watching in the NFL football card market and how they performed. They are players that are ready to take that next step in terms of collectible value.

2016 NFL rookies will have numerous NFL licensed trading cards in products from Panini America. To see the complete list of products, you can browse the product release calendar. For players drafted prior to 2016, we have listed some of those player’s key rookie cards, if applicable.

In addition, players listed below with a link in their name, have a Future Watch Player Profile with more information about that player and their pre-draft and NFL rookie football cards. (Look for additional player profiles to be published in the coming weeks.)

Quarterbacks – 2016 NFLPA Rookie and Key Player Watch – NFL Week #8

Trevor Siemian, 2015 RC (Northwestern – 7th Round, 250th Pick) Denver Broncos
Week 8 Stats: 20-of-38, 276 yards, 52.6%, 0 TD, 1 INT – Passer Rating 65.2
San Diego Chargers 19 vs Denver Broncos 27
Key Rookie Card(s): 2015 Panini Contenders Rookie Ticket Autograph

Carson Wentz, 2016 RC (North Dakota State – 1st Round, 2nd Pick) Philadelphia Eagles
Week 8 Stats: 32-of-43, 202 yards, 74.4%, 1 TD, 0 INT – Passer Rating 91.4
Philadelphia Eagles 23 vs Dallas Cowboys 29

Dak Prescott, 2016 RC (Mississippi State 4th Round, 135th Pick) Dallas Cowboys
Week 8 Stats: 19-of-39, 287 yards, 48.7%, 2 TD, 1 INT – Passer Rating 79.8 – 7 carries, 38 yards, 1 TD
Philadelphia Eagles 23 vs Dallas Cowboys 29

Marcus Mariotta, 2015 RC (Oregon – 1st Round, 2nd Pick) Tennessee Titans
Week 8 Stats: 18-of-22, 270 yards, 81.8%, 2 TDs, 0 INT – Passer Rating 148.1
Jacksonville Jaguars 22 vs Tennessee Titans 36

Jameis Winston, 2015 RC (Florida State – 1st Round, 1st Pick) Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Week 8 Stats: 16-of-32, 180 yards, 50%, 2 TDs, 0 INT – Passer Rating 88.0
Oakland Raiders 30 vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers 24

Running Backs – 2016 NFLPA Rookie and Key Player Watch – NFL Week #8

Jay Ajayi, 2015 Rookie (Boise State – 5th Round, 149th Overall) Miami Dolphins 
Week 8 Stats: Did Not Play
Bye Week

Ezekiel Elliott, 2016 Rookie (Ohio State – 1st Round, 4th Pick) Dallas Cowboys
Week 8 Stats: 22 carries, 96 yards, 4.4 average – 4 receptions, 52 yards, 13 yard average
Philadelphia Eagles 23 vs Dallas Cowboys 29

Derrick Henry, 2016 Rookie (Alabama, 2nd Round, 45th Pick) Tennessee Titans
Week 8 Stats: 16 carries, 60 yards, 3.8 average, 1 TD – 4 receptions, 37 yards, 9.3 yard average
Jacksonville Jaguars 22 vs Tennessee Titans 36

Jordan Howard, 2016 Rookie (Indiana – 5th Round, 150th Pick) Chicago Bears
Week 8 Stats: 26 carries, 153 yards, 5.9 average, 1 TD – 4 receptions, 49 yards, 12.3 yard average
Minnesota Vikings 10 vs Chicago Bears 20

Melvin Gordon, 2015 Rookie (Wisconsin – 1st Round, 15th Pick) San Diego Chargers
Week 8 Stats: 23 carries, 111 yards, 4.8 average, 0 TDs – 4 reception, 44  yards, 11 yard average
San Diego Chargers 19 vs Denver Broncos 27

David Johnson, 2015 Rookie (Northern Iowa – 3rd Round, 86th Overall) – Arizona Cardinals
Week 8 Stats: 10 carries, 24 yards, 2.4 average – 7 receptions, 84 yards,12 yard average
Arizona Cardinals 20 vs Carolina Panthers 30

Wide Receivers/Tight Ends – 2016 NFLPA Rookie and Key Player Watch – NFL Week #8

Michael Thomas, 2016 Rookie (Ohio State – 2nd Round, 47th Pick) New Orleans Saints
Week 8 Stats:6 receptions, 63 yards, 10.5 yard average
Seattle Seahawks 20 vs New Orleans Saints 25

Cameron Meredith, 2015 Rookie (Illinois State – Undrafted) Chicago Bears 
Week 8 Stats: 1 reception, 24 yards
Minnesota Vikings 10 vs Chicago Bears 20

Sterling Shepard, 2016 Rookie (Oklahoma – 2nd Round, 40th Pick) New York Giants
Week 8 Stats: Did Not Play
Bye Week

Will Fuller, 2016 Rookie (Notre Dame – 1st Round, 21st Pick) Houston Texans
Week 8 Stats: 1 receptions, 23 yards
Detroit Lions 13 vs Houston Texans 2

Sammie Coates, 2015 Rookie (Pitt – 3rd Round, 87th Overall) Pittsburgh Steeler
Week 8 Stats: Did Not Play
Bye Week

On the Radar – 2016 NFLPA Rookie and Key Player Watch – NFL Week #8

C.J. Prosise, 2016 Rookie (Notre Dame – 3rd Round, 90th Overall) Seattle Seahawks
Week 8 Stats: 4 carries, 23 yards, 5.8 average – 4 receptions, 80 yards, 20 yard average
Seattle Seahawks 20 vs New Orleans Saints 25

Theo Riddick, 2013 Rookie (Notre Dame – 6th Round, 199th Overall) Detroit Lions 
Week 8 Stats: 11 carries, 56 yards, 5.1 average – 8 receptions, 77 yards, 9.6 yard average, 1 TD
Detroit Lions 13 vs Houston Texans 20

Devonta Freeman, 2014 Rookie (Florida State – 4th Round, 103rd Overall) Atlanta Falcons
Week 8 Stats: 11 carries, 35 yards, 3.2 average, 1 TD – 4 reception, 23 yards, 5.8 yard average, 1 TD
Green Bay Packers 32  vs Atlanta Falcons 33

Tevin Coleman, 2015 Rookie (Indiana – 3rd Round, 73rd Overall) Atlanta Falcons
Week 8 Stats: Did not play, IR
Green Bay Packers 32  vs Atlanta Falcons 33