JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The stats weren't particularly impressive, but Jacksonville Jaguars receiver Rashad Greene and running back T.J. Yeldon were among the offensive rookies who were used heavily in Week 1.
Greene led all rookie receivers in targets, while Yeldon was third among rookie running backs in carries and total offensive touches. Greene was targeted 13 times, which was tied for the second-most among all receivers, and caught seven passes for 28 yards. Greene was also the only rookie receiver to catch a touchdown pass last week, and the early take on this year's crop of rookie receivers is that they're not close to the record-breaking group of 2014.
That group featured three players whoed surpass 1,000 receiving yards (Odell Beckham Jr., Mike Evans, and Kelvin Benjamin), the first time that has happened, and eight caught 50 or more passes. The group accounted for five touchdown catches on opening week in 2014.
Yeldon's 12 carries and 15 total touches were second to Atlanta's Tevin Coleman (20 touches) and tied San Diego's Melvin Gordon (15 touches). His rushing-receiving total of 67 yards was tied with Gordon and more than every rookie running back except Coleman, Ameer Abdullah and Karlos Williams.
Here's an early look at how the rookie backs and receivers fared in Week 1:
Receivers (listed by targets)
Rashad Greene (Jacksonville): Though he was targeted 13 times and caught seven passes, he only averaged 4 yards per catch.
Amari Cooper (Oakland): Five catches for 47 yards on nine targets but in the news more for Pacman Jones slamming his head into his helmet.
Adam Humphries (Tampa Bay): Two catches for 14 yards on four targets.
J.J. Nelson (Arizona): He was targeted three times but didn't have a catch.
Keith Mumphery (Houston): The fifth-round pick caught two passes for 23 yards (three targets).
Willie Snead (New Orleans): He was targeted three times and had just one catch, but it went for 63 yards.
Running backs (listed by carries)
Tevin Coleman (Atlanta): Led all rookies with 20 carries for 80 yards.
Melvin Gordon (San Diego): He ran 14 times for 51 yards and caught three passes for 16 yards.
T.J. Yeldon (Jacksonville): He ran 12 times for 51 yards and caught three passes for 16 yards. He did a solid job in pass protection, too, which is unusual for rookie backs.
Ameer Abdullah (Detroit): The Lions are using him the way they used to use Reggie Bush. He had seven carries for 50 yards and a TD and caught four passes for 44 yards. His speed makes him dangerous.
Duke Johnson Jr. (Cleveland) -- He gained 22 yards on seven carries and it's going to be tough to find much success in that offense.
Karlos Williams (Buffalo): He was the only other rookie to rush for a touchdown and had 55 yards on six carries.
Six other rookie backs had four or fewer carries.