Top five rookies from Week 1 of the 2023 NFL season
September 13, 2023
Week one of the 2023 National Football League regular season is now complete. Here are the top five offensive performances by rookies on winning teams.
5) Trey Palmer
The native of Kentwood, Louisiana was the sixth round pick, 191st overall of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 2023 National Football League Draft out of Nebraska. On Sunday, Palmer had two catches for eight yards. However, one of his catches was a touchdown catch. It came with six minutes and one second left in the third quarter on a seven yard pass from Baker Mayfield. It was actually the only score in the third quarter in a 20-17 Buccaneers upset win over the Minnesota Vikings.
4) Tank Bigsby
The native of LaGrange, Georgia was the third round pick, 88th overall of the Jacksonville Jaguars in the 2023 NFL Draft out of Auburn. On Sunday, Bigsby had seven rushes for 13 yards and one touchdown in a 31-21 Jaguars win over the Indianapolis Colts. Bigsby’s touchdown was for one yard, with five minutes and 14 seconds left in the fourth quarter, and gave Jacksonville a 24-21 lead at the time.
3) Zay Flowers
The native of Fort Lauderdale, Florida was the first pick, 22nd overall of the Baltimore Ravens in the 2023 NFL Draft out of Boston College. On Sunday, Flowers had nine catches for 78 yards in a 25-9 win over Houston.
2) Puka Nacua
The native of Las Vegas, Nevada was the fifth round pick, 177th overall of the Los Angeles Rams in the 2023 NFL Draft out of Brigham Young University. On Sunday. Nacua had 10 catches for 119 receiving yards in a 30-13 Rams upset win over the Seattle Seahawks.
1) Bijan Robinson
The native of Tucson, Arizona was the first round pick, eighth overall of the Atlanta Falcons in the 2023 NFL Draft out of Texas. On Sunday, Robinson had 10 rushes for 56 rushing yards and six catches for 27 receiving yards, and one touchdown catch in a 24-10 Falcons win over the Carolina Panthers. The touchdown catch was an 11-yard reception from Desmond Ridder, which started the scoring, six seconds into the second quarter.
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