Rookie playing time: A snapshot

With the seventh week of the NFL season now concluded (though some teams have played only six games), DRAFTMETRICS compiled a listing of the rookies who have seen the most playing time so far. The data used was the weekly player participation information provided by the NFL.

Following are the top 50 rookies in terms of average plays per scrimmage per game (special teams plays excluded). This is strictly, of course, a reporting of the QUANTITY of plays and not QUALITY, so it should be taken in that context.

A few interesting sidebars to the above table:

• Only the Broncos, Dolphins and Steelers do not have a player on the top 50 list
• The Bills have the most players on the list (four) followed by the Bucs, Cowboys, Jaguars and Patriots (all with three)
• A breakdown of the 50 by round is as follows:
Round 1 - 22 players
Round 2 - Nine players
Round 3 - Six players
Round 4 - Three players
Round 5 - Two players
Round 6 - Two players
Round 7 - One player
Free Agents - Five players

• A breakdown by playing position is as follows:
Defensive Backs - 14
Offensive Linemen - 12
Wide Receivers - 8
Defensive Line - 6
Linebackers - 4
Quarterbacks - 3
Tight Ends - 2
Running Backs - 1

Tony is the founder of DRAFTMETRICS.COM can be e-mailed at and followed on Twitter @draftmetrics

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