Life in the NFL is hard, as rookies everywhere are finding out after their first taste of action. While in your typical year rookies have the preseason to be phased into the realm of professional football, the rookie class of 2020 has to endure a baptism by fire. We're playing for keeps right out of the gate.
Which rookie performers were able to make the most of the pro action in Week 10? We, along with our partners at Panini, are recognizing the best of the best each week. Here are the Defensive Rookies of the Week from each conference for Week 10 of the 2020 NFL season.
AFC DEFENSIVE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
NT Raekwon Davis, Miami Dolphins
The Dolphins losing Davon Godchaux to injury may have been a blessing in disguise. While you certainly never want to lose a player to injury, it allowed for Miami to get a few of their younger guys on the field—and that accelerated their development. One of the beneficiaries is Davis. In Miami's game against the Chargers, Davis saw 36 snaps, had three run stops, and tied for the team lead with seven total tackles for the game. This is outstanding production for a nose tackle. Plus, not all of his disruption appeared on the stat sheet. Head coach Brian Flores is doing an outstanding job coaching this Dolphins team as they just won their fifth consecutive game. There’s plenty of reason for optimism in Miami.
NFC DEFENSIVE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
OLB Terrell Lewis, Los Angeles Rams
Lewis’ time on the field thus far has been limited. He came into the league with injury concerns, which is largely what led to him being the 84th pick selected in the 2020 NFL Draft. In fact, this Sunday was only the fifth out of nine possible games he has played in. However, his time on the field has been impactful. On Sunday, he played his highest snap count of the season (28) and they were meaningful. He recorded two sacks, one hurry, and two run stops. Although he has only played in five games, he is just 1.5 sacks behind rookie leader Chase Young. Lewis was the first rookie of 2020 to record two sacks in a game.