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 4? We, along with our partners at Panini, are recognizing the best of the best each week. Here are the offensive Rookies of the Week from each conference for Week 5 of the 2020 NFL season.
AFC OFFENSIVE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
WR Chase Claypool, Pittsburgh Steelers
How good was Chase Claypool's Sunday afternoon against the Philadelphia Eagles? The man openly meme'd the GOAT (Tom Brady) not knowing what down it was from Tampa Bay's TNF loss to Chicago and it was at least the fifth-most spectacular thing Claypool did on the day.
Because Claypool scored four touchdowns against the Eagles on Sunday afternoon. Claypool became just the second Pittsburgh Steelers rookie to log a rushing and receiving touchdown in the same game; joining Hall of Famer Franco Harris. He's only the fourth rookie ever to achieve that mark. And then he logged two more touchdowns through the air, including the deciding score that helped push a two-point Pittsburgh lead back up to nine. The Steelers have a thing for drafting mid-round wide receivers and turning them into stars, and it seems as though they're well on their way to landing the next one in Claypool, who Pittsburgh drafted with the No. 49 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.
Look for more big days from Claypool ahead this fall; although expecting him to match 131 receiving yards and four scores might be a touch unrealistic. This was the best rookie performance of the year to date, bar none.
NFC OFFENSIVE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
WR CeeDee Lamb, Dallas Cowboys
Sometimes less is more. One of our best colleagues in the draft community, NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah, said it best about CeeDee Lamb.
Indeed. Lamb was a monster once more for the Cowboys in Week 5 and was essential to the team scratching out a win over the New York Giants without their star quarterback, Dak Prescott. Whether it was the tough catch over the middle of the field just before the half or becoming the first rookie wide receiver since 1950 to log five-plus receptions in each of his team's first five games, Lamb continues to prove that the rest of the league was probably a little silly for letting him drop to pick No. 18.
Lamb will have plenty of opportunities to continue to churn out yards, too. The Cowboys defense is in a bad way this season and Dallas will need to sling the ball around to win. Which means there will be plenty more eight-reception, 124-yard performances in store for the rookie.