NFL Defensive Rookies Of Week 15: Powered by Panini

Life in the NFL is hard, as rookies everywhere are finding out. While in your typical year rookies have the preseason to be phased into the realm of professional football, the rookie class of 2020 had to endure a baptism by fire. They were playing for keeps right out of the gate and are now major contributors for their respective teams.

Which rookie performers were able to make the most of their action in Week 15? 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 15 of the 2020 NFL season.

AFC DEFENSIVE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK

CB L'Jarius Sneed, Kansas City Chiefs

Is any AFC team getting better return on investment than the Chiefs? Last week it was Tershawn Wharton, this week L'Jarius Sneed. Sneed has been excellent this season for the Chiefs after the team invested a fourth-round draft selection into him this past April; offering strong play from the jump. After an interception drought through the heart of the season (Sneed tagged two in the first two weeks of the season), Sneed got back into the action this past weekend with his third career takeaway while also adding three passes defensed and a sack against the New Orleans Saints. The Chiefs continue to thrive and find ways to win close games and a big reason why is the ability of players like Sneed to step up and make the big play on any given Sunday. This won't be the last time Sneed's number is called, and if Week 15 is any indication, he'll be ready to answer the call.

NFC DEFENSIVE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK

CB Cameron Dantzler, Minnesota Vikings

The Minnesota Vikings did not collect a win in Week 15 against their division rivals from Chicago, but they can at the very least take some solace in the moral victory of yet another great performance from their third-round rookie cornerback, Cameron Dantzler. For the second time in three weeks, Dantzler has logged an interception and appears destined to be the next great cornerback to play under head coach Mike Zimmer. With so many new pieces in the Vikings' secondary, it felt like a matter of time before these youngsters started gelling together. Perhaps the most impressive dynamic of Dantzler's rise has been his confidence—he's clearly built for the position with his demeanor and attitude to the gridiron. Thankfully for Minnesota, that means one less worry this offseason as they look to continue to rebound from the 1-5 start that sunk their 2020 season.

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