The first two weeks of the NFL have been surprising with various injuries and upsets. Every year, stars emerge due to injuries, or absenses. Let’s take a took at some of the surprise stars from the first two weeks of the season.

Travis Benjamin WR Cleveland Browns

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The 4th year wideout sure helped lead his team to victory last week with three total touchdowns (two receiving, one punt return). He also scored once in week one. After tearing his ACL in 2013, Benjamin has seen the Browns go through seven different quarterbacks since he entered the league. Cleveland desperately needs someone on offense to make some noise. The one quarterback that has thrown him all three of his receiving touchdowns this season is getting benched for this upcoming game. Johnny Manziel seems to give Benjamin the best chances to make plays. We will have to stay patient to see if Josh McCown can help Benjamin emerge as a legit receiver.

Matt Jones RB Washington Redskins

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As a true freshman at the University of Miami (Florida), Jones appeared in 12 games and racked up 275 yards on 52 carries with three touchdowns. He only totaled six carries in his first NFL game two weeks ago, but the following week he managed to get in the end zone twice on 19 carries and finished with 123 yards in a win against the St. Louis Rams. This comes as a surprise for as the Rams are thought of to have one of the best defensive lines in football. Although he had a great game on the ground, a few rookie mistakes were made on the punt protection team last week that he must fix. Jones currently sits second on the depth chart behind Alfred Morris, but hopefully the Redskins can find a role for this productive rookie.

 

David Johnson RB Arizona Cardinals

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The Arizona Cardinals are 2-0 on the year and David Johnson surely is helping in his rookie year. After catching a touchdown in week one, he scored twice in week two (opening kickoff return for 108 yards and the other on the ground). This third round pick is the first player in NFL history to score a rushing, receiving, and a kick return touchdown in his first two games. He has scored a total of three touchdowns on his first five touches of his professional career. The knee injury to Andre Ellington has given this rookie a chance to shine in his first NFL season and his role is “only increasing” according to head coach Bruce Arians.

Crockett Gillmore TE Baltimore Ravens

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In just his second season, Gillmore is beginning to show the Ravens he can be a key contributor to their offense (which desperately needs one). Baltimore draft tight end Maxx Williams in this past draft thinking he could contribute right away but Williams has struggled early with learning the offensive scheme. With starting tight end Dennis Pitta out the first six weeks of the season with a hip injury, it has become clear that this offense needs another weapon besides Steve Smith Sr. Last week Gillmore hauled in five catches for 88 and two of them being for touchdowns. The Ravens offense has struggled early in this season and only time will tell if Gillmore can continue to produce.

Brandon Hammons

Spark Sports NFL Analyst

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