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Rookie Report Week 9

A quarter of the league played rookie quarterbacks in Week 9 - and it wasn't a great QB class. Here's the breakdown of the rookies from the 2023 Draft and how they made an impact last week!

Week nine saw fresh faces at quarterback but was light at performances by running backs and tight ends. Overall, the numbers weren’t great outside of two Texans.


Eight rookie Quarterbacks played in week nine. That’s a quarter of the league. CJ Stroud continues his fantastic season, but what might be most interesting is Aidan O’Connell and Will Levis are taking over as starters for potentially the rest of the season. Tommy Devito is going to get a chance to do the same.

Something is going to have to change in the league. There is a mix of overvaluing mediocre QB play (Daniel Jones, Kyler Murray, David Carr) and undervaluing the need for quality backups. Teams can’t just give up and hope for a top draft pick to save them, and they can’t go all in on average quarterbacks.

CJ Stroud, Texans

Week 9: 30-42, 470 yards, 5 TDs | 10 yards rushing

Season: 173-279, 2270 yards, 14 TDs, 1 INT | 78 yards, 1 TD

Stroud had three receivers with over 100 yards. His WR room is a bit messy, but there is long-term talent with Tank Dell, Nico Collins, John Metchie, and Xavier Hutchinson. Stroud looks like he is going to settle in as a top ten QB.

Will Levis, Titans

Week 9: 22-39, 262 yards, 1 INT| 2 yards

Season: 41-68, 500 yards, 4 TDs, 1 INT| 13 yards

Levis is going to be starting going forward in Tennessee. He will get every chance to be the long-term starter there. Game two wasn’t nearly as good as his first game, but Levis still had over 250 yards and completed passes to eight different receivers.

Tyson Bagent, Bears

Week 9: 18-30, 220 yards, 2 TDs, 3Ints | 70 yards

2023: 74-110, 697 yards, 3 TDs, 6 Ints | 97 yards, 2 TDs

Justin Fields might be back this week, sending Bagent back to the bench. The surprising undrafted free agent who won the backup job in the offseason turned into a surprisingly somewhat capable starter. He has likely earned his way into being the Bears’ backup QB for years to come.

The Rest of Week 9

  • Aidan O’Connell, Raiders – 16-25, 209 yards
  • Tommy Devito, Giants – 15-20, 175 yards, 1 TD, 2 Ints | 17 yards
  • Bryce Young, Texans – 24-39, 173 yards, 1 TD, 3 Ints | 41 yards
  • Jaren Hall, Vikings – 5-6, 78 yards | 11 yards
  • Clayton Tune, Cardinals – 11-20, 58 yards, 2 Ints | 28 yards


The running back class remains unpredictable. Keaton Mitchell was healthy and running well as the number two back in Baltimore. Bijan Robinson was solid again, but the rest of the rookie running backs were silent.

Keaton Mitchell, Ravens

Week 9: 9 carries, 138 yards, 1 TD | 1 catch, -4 yards

Mitchell shined bright in his first real snaps. Baltimore will continue to focus on the run, and Mitchell should find a spot as a nice change of pace to Gus Edwards.

Bijan Robinson, Falcons

Week 9: 11 carries, 51 yards | 2 catches, 8 yards

2023: 100 carries, 517 yards, 1 TD | 28 catches, 197 yards, 2 TDs

Bijan is solid without any breakout plays. He was actually out carried by Tyler Allgeier 12-11. Fans and pundits are questioning his usage, and Arthur Smith might be on the hot seat.

Emanuel Wilson, Packers

Week 9: 4 carries, 43 yards

2023: 11 carries, 73 yards| 3 catches, 14 yards

Wilson is hanging around as the third back on a deep running back team. He can’t be counted on for much this year, but he could have a solid rotational role next year if AJ Dillon isn’t back.

The Rest of Week 9

  • Kendre Miller, Saints – 1 carry, 0 yards | 1 catch, 31 yards
  • Tyjae Spears, Titans – 5 carries, 18 yards | 4 catches, 4 yards
  • Roschon Johnson, Bears – 2 carries, 6 yards | 1 catch, 9 yards
  • Zach Charbonnet, Seahawks – 2 carries, 4 yards | 1 catch, 5 yards


Eighteen wide receivers had catches in week nine, led by a two-score performance from Tank Dell.

Tank Dell, Texans

Week 9: 6 catches, 114 yards, 2 TDs

2023: 28 catches, 454 yards, 4 TDs

Dell leads the great group of rookie wide receivers in week nine. He wasn’t efficient, catching six balls on 11 targets, but those 11 targets show he is a centerpiece of the offense. There will always be questions about his size, but the Texans will find ways to get him open in space.

Jaxon Smith-Ngiba, Seahawks

Week 9: 6 catches, 63 yards

2023: 29 catches, 272 yards, 3 TDs

After a slow start, Smith-Ngiba has been solid since the bye. His targets have been steady. From weeks six to week nine, he has been WR33. The future is a bit cloudy with DJ Metcalf and Tyler Lockett, but it’s bright.

Demario Douglas, Patriots

Week 9: 5 catches, 55 yards

2023: 24 catches, 268 yards

The Patriots are struggling, but Douglas has been a bright spot the last three weeks. His role is growing. He has led the WR group in snaps the last two weeks.

Jordan Addison, Vikings

Week 9: 5 catches, 52 yards

2023: 41 catches, 534 yards, 7 TDs

Addison is solid, no matter who is playing QB. Addison led all Vikings wideouts in targets, catches, and yards. That should continue until Justin Jefferson returns, sooner than later.  

Tre Tucker, Raiders

Week 9: 2 catches, 52 yards

2023: 6 catches, 125 yards

Tucker is just starting to warm up. He went without a catch for the first five weeks but has caught two passes in three of the last four games. Tucker isn’t getting many targets but has been efficient over that time, with six catches on eight targets. The Raiders being unable to trade Hunter Renfrow didn’t help his cause.

The Rest of Week 9

  • Trey Palmer, Bucs – 3 catches, 51 yards
  • Dontayvion Wicks, Packers – 4 catches 49 yards
  • Puka Nacua, Rams – 3 catches, 32 yards
  • Xavier Gipson, Jets – 2 catches, 32 yards
  • Jayden Reed, Packers – 3 catches, 19 yards
  • Rashee Rice, Chiefs – 2 catches, 17 yards
  • Quentin Johnston, Chargers – 2 catches, 14 yards
  • Zay Flowers, Ravens – 1 catch, 11 yards
  • Josh Downs, Colts – 1 catch, 10 yards
  • Andrei Iosivas, Bengals – 1 catch, 9 yards
  • Jonathan Mingo, Panthers – 1 catch, 5 yards
  • Cedric Tillman, Browns – 1 catch, 3 yards
  • Darius Davis, Chargers – 1 catch (PR for TD)


Dalton Kincaid and Luke Musgrave were the only tight ends with decent numbers in week nine. Michael Mayer hangs around while Sam LaPorta is on bye.

Dalton Kincaid, Bills

Week 9: 10 catches, 81 yards

2023: 40 catches, 339 yards, 1 TD

Kincaid had ten catches on 11 targets. He led the Bills in targets and catches. The Bengals are pretty terrible against tight ends, and Kincaid is on pace for 80 catches.

Luke Musgrave, Packers

Week 9: 3 catches, 51 yards, 1 TD

2023: 27 catches, 249 yards, 1 TD

I would bet pretty heavily on Musgrave in the long term. He seems to be the most consistent of the young pass catchers in Green Bay and is standing out early, which is rare for tight ends.

The Rest of Week 9

  • Michael Mayer, Raiders – 2 catches, 11 yards
  • Darnell Washington, Steelers – 1 catch, 7 yards
  • Luke Schoonmaker, Cowboys – 1 catch

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