2016 NFL Rookie and Key Player Watch - Week #12016 NFL Rookie and Key Player Watch – Week #1 – The start of every new NFL season brings with it opportunities for collectors to invest, speculate and cash-in on a player’s NFL licensed football cards. This year will be no different. Several high-profile rookies from the 2016 NFL Draft will look to make an immediate impact for their teams. Sophomore sensations will prove whether they are the real deal or not. Even better, is some drama unfolding with players who have been patiently waiting for their time to shine.

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 collectibility.

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 future.)


Trevor Siemian, 2015 RC (Northwestern – 7th Round, 250th Pick) Denver Broncos
Week 1 Stats: 18-of-26, 178 yards, 69.2%, 1 TD, 2 INT – Passer Rating 69.1%
Carolina Panthers 20 vs Denver Broncos 21
Key Rookie Card(s): 2015 Panini Contenders Rookie Ticket Autograph

Carson Wentz, 2016 RC (North Dakota State – 1st Round, 2nd Pick) Philadelphia Eagles
Week 1 Stats: 22-of-37, 278 yards, 58.5%, 2 TDs, 0 INT – Passer Rating 101%
Cleveland Browns 10 vs Philadelphia Eagles 29

Dak Prescott, 2016 RC (Mississippi State 4th Round, 135th Pick) Dallas Cowboys
Week 1 Stats: 24-of-43, 213 yards, 55.8%, 0 TD, 0 INT, – Passer Rating 69.2%
New York Giants 20 vs Dallas Cowboys 19

Marcus Mariotta, 2015 RC (Oregon – 1st Round, 2nd Pick) Tennessee Titans
Week 1 Stats: 25-of-41, 271 yards, 61%, 2 TDs, 1 INT – Passer Rating 86.5%
Minnesota Vikings 25 vs Tennessee Titans 16

Jameis Winston, 2015 RC (Florida State – 1st Round, 1st Pick) Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Week 1 Stats: 23-of-33, 281 yards, 69.7 %, 4 TDs, 1 INT – Passer Rating 122.6
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 31 vs Atlanta Falcons 24

Jimmy Garoppolo, 2014 Rookie (Eastern Illinois – 2nd Round, 62nd Pick) New England Patriots
Week 1 Stats: 24-of-33, 264 yards, 72.7%, 1 TD, 0 INT – Passer Rating 106.1
New England Patriots 23 vs Arizona Cardinals 21
Key Rookie Card(s): 2014 Topps Chrome Rookie Auto, 2014 Panini Contenders Rookie Ticket Autograph

Running Backs

Ezekiel Elliott, 2016 Rookie (Ohio State – 1st Round, 4th Pick) Dallas Cowboys
Week 1 Stats: 20 carries, 51 yards, 2.6 average, 1 TD
New York Giants 20 vs Dallas Cowboys 19

Melvin Gordon, 2015 Rookie (Wisconsin – 1st Round, 15th Pick) San Diego Chargers
Week 1 Stats: 14 carries, 57 yards, 4.1 average, 2 TDs
San Diego Chargers 27 vs Kansas City Chiefs 33

Jeremy Langford, 2015 Rookie (Michigan State – 4th Round, 106th Pick) Chicago Bears
Week 1 Stats: 17 carries, 57 yards, 3.4 average, 1 TD
Chicago Bears 14 vs Houston Texans 23

Wide Receivers/Tight Ends

Corey Coleman, 2016 Rookie (Baylor – 1st Round, 15th Pick) Cleveland Browns
Week 1 Stats: 2 receptions, 69 yards, 34.5 yard average
Cleveland Browns 10 vs Philadelphia Eagles 29

Will Fuller, 2016 Rookie (Notre Dame – 1st Round, 21st Pick) Houston Texans
Week 1 Stats: 5 receptions, 107 yards, 21.4 yard average, 1 TD
Chicago Bears 14 vs Houston Texans 23

Kevin White, 2015 Rookie (West Virginia – 1st Round, 7th Pick) Chicago Bears
Week 1 Stats: 3 receptions, 34 yards, 11.3 yard average
Chicago Bears 14 vs Houston Texans 23

2016 Panini NFL Football Card Products

The following is a comprehensive list of all currently released NFL trading card products from Panini America. The company is the exclusive trading card manufacturer of the NFL and NFLPA. Each product links to its dedicated page with complete details and checklist.

Please refer to the Release Calendar for future NFL trading card sets to be released by Panini.

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