The fans' top 5 rookies in the NFL
1. Knowshon Moreno
The Broncos have eased Knowshone Moreno into the role of their feature back, but as he gains more and more opportunities, his statistics keep rising and rising. Through his first five games, Moreno is averaging 4.2 yards per carry. He only has one touchdown so far, but he's showing he can handle the load of a starting running back. In Week 5 Moreno racked up 88 yards on 21 carries and another 36 receiving yards on four receptions.
2. Brian Cushing
The USC product has been a tackling machine for a Texans team not known for its defense. Through six games, Cushing's lowest tackle output has been six. He tallied a season high 10 tackles in Week 2 and had a monster game in Week 6. Facing the Bengals, Cushing notched nine total tackles, two forced fumbles, two pass deflections and an interception.
3. Mark Sanchez
Mark Sanchez led the Jets to three straight wins to start the season, including a major upset over the New England Patriots in Week 2. The winning streak earned him the nickname of "The Sanchize," but things have started to go downhill since as the Jets have suffered three straight defeats to even out at 3-3. His most recent game against the Bills was his most forgettable, as he threw 5 INTs. One has to wonder, who is the real Mark Sanchez?
4. Rey Maualuga
Last season, the Bengals were one of the laughing stocks of the league. This year, Cincinnati is back on the rise, and a big reason is an improved defense. Rey Maualuga has been an important cog in turning things around. He's had an up and down season, but has racked up 16 solo tackles (28 total tackles), one sack, two forced fumbles and one pass deflection.
5. Johnny Knox
Coming into the season, many wondered who Jay Cutler would be throwing to. Tight end Greg Olsen and WR Devin Hester were givens, but after that, nothing was certain. Johnny Knox has emerged as one of Cutler's new favorite weapons. He's scored three receiving touchdowns and has even added a return touchdown as well. He has hauled in 17 receptions for 224 yards.