By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor
Football is back. That also means Monday Morning Collector is back.
This season, we’re going to do something a little different. Rather than have one veteran or rookie per week, we’ll pick two or three players for each category (as long as it necessary).
There are players who have tremendous games, but don’t get the recognition because someone had a slightly better game.
Let’s kick off the first Monday Morning Collector.
Veterans of the Week
Peyton Manning, QB, Denver Broncos
Manning took hold of this category on Thursday. He led the Denver Broncos to a 49-27 win over the reigning Super Bowl champions. Manning tied an NFL record with seven passing touchdowns. He finished 27-for-42 for 462 yards against the Baltimore Ravens.
Anquan Boldin, WR, San Francisco 49ers
In Boldin’s debut with the 49ers, he torched the Green Bay Packers for 208 receiving yards and a touchdown on 13 catches in a 34-28 win. Adding Boldin to San Francisco has given Colin Kaepernick a good target.
Rookies of the Week
E.J. Manuel, QB, Buffalo Bills
Manuel had a solid game in his debut, but fell to the New England Patriots 23-21. Manuel completed 18-of-27 passes for 150 yards and two touchdowns. If it wasn’t for early miscues by the Bills, Manuel could have gotten a win in his first start.
Geno Smith, QB, New York Jets
It wasn’t the prettiest game, but the best stat of all was the New York Jets adding a win. Smith completed 24-of-38 passes for 256 yards and a touchdown. He also threw an interception and fumbled.
Breakout players of the week
Terrelle Pryor, QB, Oakland Raiders
Pryor got his second career start and impressed many in a 21-17 loss to the Indianapolis Colts. He completed 19-of-29 passes for 217 yards and a touchdown. He also threw two interceptions. But Pryor led all players in rushing yards this weekend with 112 on 13 carries. New England running back Shane Vereen was closest with 101 yards.
Julius Thomas, TE, Denver Broncos
A good quarterback can make stars out his receivers. Thomas, a 2011 fourth round draft pick, had the best game of his career when he caught five passes for 110 yards and two touchdowns on Thursday. In 24 hours following the game, more than 100 of his cards were listed on eBay when only about 70 were listed before the start of the game.