The 2021 NFL preseason has wrapped up and groups are actually making ready for his or her Week 1 matchups subsequent week. Most groups rested their veteran starters and the rookies got loads of alternatives to showcase their expertise.
5 rookies stood out over the remaining through the NFL preseason and will all develop into starters within the 2021 season sooner or later. Let’s take a look at who they’re.
#1 – Pat Freiermuth, Pittsburgh Steelers TE
Former Pittsburgh Steelers QB Charlie Batch loves that his group was in a position to seize Penn State TE Pat Freiermuth within the draft. He is a superb blocker and is already on the identical stage as starter Eric Ebron as a pass-catcher and endzone risk. He was praised for by no means dropping a go within the red-zone in school and translated to the NFL with two nice TD passes within the endzone. QB Ben Roethlisberger has additionally been impressed with the younger TE and he ought to develop into an enormous TD goal all through the season.
#2 – Kwity Paye, Indianapolis Colts EDGE
Thought of to be a “uncooked expertise” coming into the NFL, it was unclear how lengthy it could take Kwity Paye to rise up to hurry. The reply: three preseason video games with restricted motion. He has two sacks (one strip sack), 4 QB hits and 16 hurries whereas having the sixth-best rookie PFF grade of 94.2 (second amongst LB/DEs). Paye is a fluid defender in run-stopping and pass-rushing. The Colts have to strain the QB extra this 12 months and he may very well be the important thing to the protection wrecking havoc.
#3 – Rhamondre Stevenson, New England RB
Stevenson scored an NFL-high 5 speeding TDs through the preseason as a fourth-round rookie. He was top-of-the-line RBs by three NFL preseason video games with 217 yards and his longest run was 91 yards.
His success led to Sony Michel being traded and Stevenson might now see carries behind New England’s lead rusher Damien Harris. He was the second-highest graded non-1st-round rookie by PFF (85.5). The New England Patriots are usually not recognized for having nice RBs these days, however fairly an ideal committee of specialised gamers. This 12 months, they’ve two or three nice RBs in Harris, Stevenson and rookie JJ Taylor.
#4 – Justin Fields, Chicago Bears QB
Justin Fields has performed effectively within the NFL preseason regardless of nonetheless being higher suited because the Week 1 backup. He made a number of tight window passes that any of the opposite QBs on the roster would battle with.
His stats by three video games have been: 30-of-49, 174 yards, 3 TDs and 92 speeding yards. Chicago held him again from going all-out as a dual-threat in meaningless video games. Till he is able to be unleashed within the NFL, he can act because the scout QB in practices. He’ll begin sooner or later within the season, although. The OL is not the best proper now and you do not wish to put your prized rookie behind a wall that may’t shield him.
#5 – Royce Newman, Inexperienced Bay Packers OG
Royce Newman was the PFF’s highest graded non-1st-round rookie (91.8) as a fourth-round choice. He was additionally the highest-graded rookie guard by the primary two NFL preseason video games. He is proven explosiveness off the snap and is a brute in run-blocking.
He thrived on being the principle blocker on a display go and his consciousness is already elite in processing what to do when there is not a pass-rusher maintaining him occupied. Newman has been working with the first-team offense and it would not be a shock if he gained the beginning job over Lucas Patrick. The OL for Inexperienced Bay has extra youth nowadays, which is nice information for Jordan Love.