Recruits who stand out

Rookies who stand out


Before the last draft, it was clear that the crop of quarterbacks available was not going to shake the columns of the temple. This is the case since very few first-year pivots have seen the field in a substantial way, but that does not prevent seeing rookies shine in several other positions.

Talent among young receivers comes to mind first. If the pace holds, three of them are on track to end the season with over 1,000 yards: Chris Olave with the Saints, Garrett Wilson with the Jets and Drake London with the Falcons.


Olave has 335 yards to date and an impressive 16 yards per catch average. Another receiver who stands out is Jahan Dotson of the Commanders, who leads his peers with four touchdowns.

We must not overlook Romeo Doubs in Green Bay, he who, unlike the other players mentioned, was not a first-round choice. Aaron Rodgers traditionally takes a while to fully trust young wide ends, but the fourth-round pick is starting to take hold, having already caught 19 passes despite only being targeted 24 times . His teammate Christian Watson is taking a little longer to assert himself.

Let's add among the candidates to watch George Pickens (Steelers), Alec Pierce (Colts) and Treylon Burks (Titans), who is recovering from a wound. Not to mention another first-round pick, Jameson Williams, who will join the Lions' already explosive offense sometime in November, still nursing a knee injury.

Other Offensive Weapons

On offense, Texans carrier Dameon Pierce looks like a steal. He is off to a great start with 313 yards rushing. What impresses in his case is that he creates his own gains with an impressive average of 4.4 yards after first contact.

Breece Hall of the Jets is contributing both on the ground (178 yards) and air (113 yards). Despite limited playing time, Isiah Pacheco (Chiefs) and Tyler Allgeier (Falcons) could muddy the waters.

On the offensive line, the best hits are center Tyler Linderbaum (Ravens), guard Zion Johnson (Chargers) as well as tackle Tyler Smith (Cowboys) and the Seahawks duo of Charles Cross and Abraham Lucas. Patriots guard Cole Strange is also having a good time.

On defense

The Jets probably claim the crop of rookies with the most impact right now. In addition to Wilson and Hall on offense, they seem to have hit the jackpot with cornerback Sauce Gardner on defense. So far, he has to be considered the favorite player for the Most Outstanding Defensive Rookie award. That's not to mention their third pick in the first round, Jermaine Johnson, who looks pretty good up front.

The Jaguars could also have had an excellent double hit with their very first choice, outside linebacker Travon Walker, as well as linebacker Devin Lloyd, who shines even more.

In the secondary, the other cornerbacks Getting the most attention are Tariq Woolen, another Seahawks steal in the fifth round, as well as Jack Jones of the Patriots. Among the Marauders, Jalen Pitre (Texans) looks like a future star player. 

5 points to watch 

< strong>1. Clash of Titans

In the anticipated game between the Cowboys and the Rams, it will be interesting to watch the duel between two league luminaries at their respective positions, guard Zack Martin and tackle Aaron Donald. Both arrived in the NFL at the same time, as Donald was selected by the Rams in the 2014 draft and Martin was selected three spots later by the Cowboys. Since then, Martin has been named to the All-Star team seven times, as has Donald, who has racked up 100 quarterback sacks.

2. First since 1921?

Football history buffs will appreciate this little note, reported by ESPN Stats & Info. To date, the Bears and Packers each claim 785 lifetime wins. This week, the Packers take on the Giants, while the Bears take on the Vikings. If the Packers win and the Bears lose, it will be the first time since 1921 that the Bears are not the winningest franchise of all time.

3. Bengals vs. Ravens

The clashes in the AFC North Division are rarely boring. Today's one between Ravens and Bengals should live up to expectations. The Bengals defense has conceded just one touchdown in the opponents' last 31 offensive drives this season. For their part, the Ravens are running at full speed offensively with an average of 29.8 points per game, which earns them third place.

4. Early Pickett

After seeing some second-half action last Sunday, Kenny Pickett enters his first game in the NFL against the Bills. He becomes only the third quarterback selected in the first round by the Steelers to start a game as a rookie (after Terry Bradshaw and Ben Roethlisberger). For the occasion, the Steelers are neglected by 14 points. They are the only team since the merger in 1970 to have never been neglected by at least 14 points.

5. Mahomes against the Raiders

In the history of the NFL, there are always quarterbacks who take pleasure in torturing particular teams. In the case of Patrick Mahomes with the Chiefs, it is the Raiders who are the scapegoats of his prowess. It is precisely the adversary, tomorrow evening. The Chiefs have averaged 37.1 points against the Raiders when Mahomes is the starter. In eight games against them, he had 2,546 yards (318.3 per game) and 22 touchdowns.