Monday Morning Collector, NFL Week 2

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Update: The rookie stats for the quarterbacks were corrected to reflect just Week 2 statistics.

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

The second week of football season has already seen some interesting storylines: the Philadelphia Eagles are somehow undefeated, the New Orleans Saints are winless and the rookie quarterbacks shined on Sunday.

The Monday Morning Collector is here to take a look at some of the performances and who collectors might want to check out on cards.

Rookie of the Week
Brandon Weeden, Cleveland Browns (Online price guide and player checklist): The 28-year-old rookie shocked the football world with his performance on Sunday, especially considering his abysmal debut. Weeden completed 26-of-37 yards for 322 yards and two touchdowns, but never hit any long passes. His longest pass against the Cincinnati Bengals was 27 yards.

Weeden’s card value took a dip after last week, but he a player to monitor. He’s probably a player in between these two starts. Better than a four-interception game and he’s not going to throw for 440 yards every game.

Here’s a look at the other rookie QBs this week, who all had very good games.

Robert Griffin III: 20-for-29, 206yards, 1 TD, 1 INT, 82 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns.
Andrew Luck: 20-for-31, 224 yards, 2 TD
Ryan Tannehill: 18-for-30, 200 yards, 1 TD, 14 rushing yards and one rushing touchdown.
Russell Wilson: 15-for-20, 151 yards, 1 TD.

Veteran of the Week
Reggie Bush, Miami Dolphins (OPG and checklist): Bush is one of the few offensive threats for the Dolphins until Ryan Tannehill gets more acquainted with the NFL. Bush had 172 yards and two touchdowns on 26 carries. The USC graduate was highly touted out of college, but things didn’t work out in New Orleans. His best season was 2007 when he rushed for 581 yards. The Dolphins will continue to use Bush as much as they can as they wait for Tannehill to adjust to the NFL.

Some of Bush’s best Rookie Cards include
2006 Ultimate #206
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– 2006 Leaf Rookies and Stars #273
jersey/auto /99
2006 Topps Chrome #221

Honorable mentions: There were some impressive performances this week from some of the NFL’s veterans who deserve to be noticed. Eli Manning could have gotten the honor with his career-best 510 passing yards, but three interceptions hurt him. The beneficiaries of Manning’s arm were Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz with 199 and 179 yards, respectively.

Breakout Performance of the Week
Dante Rosario, San Diego Chargers (OPG and checklist): Rosario didn’t have the most yards in San Diego’s 38-10 win over Tennessee, but the tight end hauled in three touchdowns on four catches. Rosario had five career touchdowns since 2007 coming into the game.

Rosario has just 93 cards and seven Rookie Cards. His Rookie Cards are all attainable with collectors being able to pick up most of them for just a few bucks. His highest valued RC is 2007 Playoff National Treasures autograph, which has a high book value of $20.

Honorable mention: In his third year in the league, C.J. Spiller had one of his best performances with the Buffalo Bills with 123 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries in a 35-17 win over Kansas City.

Susan Lulgjuraj is the editor of Beckett Football magazine. You can email Susan here with ideas, comments and questions. Follow her on Twitter here.


  1. Kevin
    Posted September 17, 2012 at 9:56 am | Permalink

    If RG3 keeps it up it’s going to be crazy! I think I may reserve a few chrome boxes now, they are sure to hit last years prices if not higher!

  2. bill johnson
    Posted September 17, 2012 at 11:01 am | Permalink

    stephen hill and the jets couldnt get anything againt the steelers.

  3. Mojojojo
    Posted September 17, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Permalink

    Hmmm… those rookie stats seem just a bit off

  4. Sport Card Collectors
    Posted September 17, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Permalink

    Gotta love when NYG wins! What a comeback!

  5. Bryan Holbrook
    Posted September 17, 2012 at 3:43 pm | Permalink

    I’m surprised that Trent Richardson wasn’t among the ‘Honorable Mention’ category. He had a monster day yesterday with 109 yards on 19 carries with a TD and 4 receptions for 36 yards and a TD. And Weeden was actually 26 of 37 for 322 yards and 2 TD and no INT’s. As a Browns fan I think Weeden can be a decent player, and with his performance he looked more like the guy at Oklahoma St from last season than the Tim Couch clone from Week 1. I’m still skeptical on him due to his age and the possibility that the Browns draft #1 overall next year, and the probable regime change with the change in ownership. I’m thrilled however with T-Rich and the future of the team with the way he and other rookie WR’s Travis Benjamin and Josh Gordon have played, as well as 2nd year WR Greg Little. It’s going to take a lot of lumps, but the foundation they’re building with skill-position players is they best they’ve had since re-entering the league. Go Browns!

  6. Alex GRRRRiffen
    Posted September 18, 2012 at 9:05 am | Permalink

    I still don’t see the browns winning more than 5 games. The bengals defense is terrible, the Ravens put up 40+ points in just 3 quarters. Not to mention Michael Vick did everything he could to hand the browns a win in week 1. The browns run defense sucks and you can’t win on any level with that kind of a weakness.

  7. Kevin
    Posted September 18, 2012 at 9:28 am | Permalink

    I really want to know what Brandon is looking at in the picture up top.

  8. CakeOrDeath
    Posted September 18, 2012 at 11:17 am | Permalink

    Yeah, those stats are WA::::Y off. Using this system, Eli Manning threw for a little less than 800 yards Sunday.

  9. Susan Lulgjuraj
    Posted September 18, 2012 at 7:09 pm | Permalink

    I apologize about that. The stats I transcribed were cumulative this season. I changed the information to reflect just Week 2.

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