With a few weeks now to look back on the regular season, we’ve gotten a chance to look back at the best rookies in the NFL this year. These awards are based on the regular season only, as several players on this list didn’t get to play in the NFL playoffs.
With that said, here are our picks for which rookies were the best rookies on offense, defense and special teams.
Quarterback – Mike Glennon, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Glennon completed 59.4 percent of his passes for 2,608 yards with 19 touchdowns and nine interceptions after taking over for Josh Freeman.
His 83.9 passer rating was the 11th-best all-time rating for a rookie for QBs who threw 200 or more passes. His QB rating is also the fifth-highest for a QB not selected in the first round of the NFL draft.
But the team record with Glennon as starter was only 4-9 and offense failed to score more than 17 points in season-ending losses to San Francisco, St. Louis and New Orleans.
With a new head coach and a new general manager, there’s a tendency in the NFL for new coaches and GMs to quickly make personnel changes at the key positions, but Glennon showed enough promise for at least one more season to showcase his abilities.