NFC East Rookie Players to Watch
The NFL Draft was a month ago and now OTA’s are wrapping up this week around the league. Each team has a bunch of rookie players on its roster and they are looking to make an impact in their first year in the league. For the Dallas Cowboys, they are looking to get back in the playoff hunt after losing Tony Romo for majority of the season last year and want to make Dallas a contender again. The New York Giants had the worst defense in football last year, they added some big names to help fix that as they try to get back to what they once were. The Philadelphia Eagles have a new quarterback and coach after letting Chip Kelly go, so will it turn into instant success or will it take time? Finally, the Washington Redskins have been freed from the RG3 drama and Kirk Cousins seems to be the next guy and they made the playoffs last season, they are looking to reload and improve in the playoffs after getting embarrassed last year. Let’s see which rookie on each team you need to watch out for in the upcoming season.
Dallas Cowboys Rookie to Watch: Jaylon Smith – LB
One of the biggest risks in this draft class was taken by the Cowboys in the second round. Smith is a first round talent no doubt, but with a torn ACL and MCL, teams were skeptical on drafting Smith and if he would return at 100 percent. He is most likely going to miss the season, so 2017 will be the year he plays, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t watch him this year. If he can recover quicker, then the Cowboys could have an instant upgrade at the position. Smith had 284 tackles, 23.5 for a loss, four and a half sacks, 10 pass deflections, three forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries while at Notre Dame. If Dallas makes the playoffs, Smith could end up getting some playing time in.
New York Giants Rookie to Watch: Sterling Shepard – WR
The Giants addressed defense during free agency, but decided to help the offense out a bit with their second round pick in Sterling Shepard. The Giants already have two good receivers in Odell Beckham Jr. and Victor Cruz, now they have a good number three option that gives Manning another threat for opposing defenses. Shepard had 233 catches for 3,482 yards and 26 touchdowns during his time at Oklahoma. Shepard ran a 4.48 40 yard dash time, so he has speed and quickness on the field and with only eight drops in his career, Shepard is a for sure target for the Giants in 2016.
Philadelphia Eagles Rookie to Watch: Carson Wentz – QB
The Eagles drafted their future quarterback in Carson Wentz. The organization has said that Bradford will be the starter, but once week one comes, that could be a different story. Wentz had a good career at North Dakota State, ending with 5,115 yards, 45 touchdowns and 14 interceptions, along with 216 carries for 1,028 yards and 13 touchdowns. Wentz is obviously going to replace Bradford, but the question isn’t if, it is when. Wentz is further along than expected according to his QB coach. We won’t see him play a snap until the pre-season, and that will be his true test to see if he can be the starter now, or he will have to learn the ropes some more and sit behind Bradford.
Washington Redskins Rookie to Watch: Kendall Fuller – CB
Another Fuller in the NFL with Corey in Detroit and Kyle in Chicago, Vincent was in San Diego and now, brother Kendall is heading to Washington. Kendall is going to compete for time in Washington at the corner position, which got a huge upgrade this off-season with the addition of Josh Norman. Fuller has a chance to be the number two guy because behind Norman, there aren’t any other real shutdown corners on this team. Fuller had 119 tackles, eight for loss, three and a half sacks, eight interceptions, 25 pass deflections and two forced fumbles and fumble recoveries. Fuller is six feet tall so he has the height to cover some of the taller receivers he will go up against. He tore his right meniscus in preseason camp last year and played three games through it before realizing he should rest it and he played with a fractured wrist during the 2014 season, so injuries are something that the Redskins will need to watch with him. If he can stay healthy and play like he did in 2014, Fuller can be like his brother Kyle and be a contributor on defense.https://www.myfantasysportstalk.com/nfc-east-rookie-players-to-watch/https://i0.wp.com/www.myfantasysportstalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/34c078d6bfd1434443c33295faf0c3373073fc1d597fd59913989337d5129768.jpg?fit=750%2C421&ssl=1https://i0.wp.com/www.myfantasysportstalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/34c078d6bfd1434443c33295faf0c3373073fc1d597fd59913989337d5129768.jpg?resize=150%2C150&ssl=1Dallas CowboysFootballNew York GiantsNFC EastNFLPhiladelphia EaglesRecent PostsWashington RedskinsDallas Cowboys,New York Giants,NFL,Philadelphia Eagles,rookie,Washington RedskinsThe NFL Draft was a month ago and now OTA’s are wrapping up this week around the league. Each team has a bunch of rookie players on its roster and they are looking to make an impact in their first year in the league. For the Dallas Cowboys, they...Brandon KnappBrandon KnappKnappmb@outlook.comEditorBrandon is a senior at Central Michigan University majoring in Journalism and minoring in Sports Management. He loves the Michigan Wolverines, Detroit Red Wings, Lions, Tigers and Pistons, UFC, WWE and Video Games. Follow him at @BKnappBlogs on Twitter.MyFantasySportsTalk