Impressive and Promising Rookie Players from Preseason Week 1 Games

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 13: Quarterback Dak Prescott #4 of the Dallas Cowboys throws a pass against the Los Angeles Rams at the Los Angeles Coliseum during preseason on August 13, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

The worst periods of the NFL preseason always comes in Week 1 and Week 4 outside the Pro Bowl. Excitement usually take root in Week 1, obviously because another season has resumed and especially to watch the rookies play for the first time. Quarterback Dak Prescott was one of the most exciting rookies when playing for the Dallas Cowboys. The NFL betting odds seemed to favor the ex-Heisman contender after having a rough draft process to slip him to the fourth round of NFL Draft in April.

As soon as Jerry Jones signed Dak and allowed him to play his rookie completed an incredible 10 out of 12 throws and two touchdowns for 139 yards even though they lost to the Los Angeles Rams, 28-24. The best thing about Dak is his exciting calmness and the way he looks like he has played there before. He has a special way of showing that he is good, says Bryant of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. 

It is a wait-and-see situation for the NFL fans, as they anticipate that Prescott will either be special or just appear special playing against mediocre teams. People seem to have already forgotten the impressive preseason newcomers for the Jacksonville Jaguars when they lost to the New York Jets. Myles Jack, the Linebacker that Jacksonville seized in the second round pick, raised the physicality levels in their opener even with his inadequate snaps. 

Gus Bradley, the Jaguars coach, expressed his impression of Jack’s speed and physicality during that game. He said Jack created some penalties and flash plays to prove that he did not only have a composed behavior in the field, but also excellent field plays in the defense. Even though he only managed two tackles in the game, everyone felt his presence. The Thursday night match also brought out the A-game of Yannick Ngakoue, the Jaguars rookie defensive end. He weighs 245 pounds, stands at 6-foot-2, but his small size helped him beat Ryan Clady, the Pro Bowl left tackle on Ryan Fitzpatrick’s sack to end their efforts.

Even though the New Orleans Saints lost their preseason opening game to the New England Patriots, Michael Thomas, the rookie wide receiver, played tremendously. In the first half, Thomas intercepted four passes for 67 yards, and caught a volley from Garrett Grayson in the midst of interference to impress his teammates. On Tuesday, Luke McCown said that Thomas has a size advantage, he dashes fast, and is fearless. His tentative attitude to reach for the ball in mid-air will keep take his willingness to play well as a rookie to newer heights.

Grayson added that fans will see similar plays this season because of the exceptional skills displayed by Thomas. The Saints has never drafted such an aggressive player in a long time, added Zach Strief, the right tackle. Strief applauded Thomas’ runs, describing them as the most impressive way to pursue the ball, which many players usually lack. Since Thomas has already displayed some of his power plays in a short period, almost everyone is anticipating that he has a long way to go. Currently, he ranks number 4 on the Saints depth chart, but he could climb the ladder as one of the most talented receivers for the New Orleans due to his size, speed, and capacity to pursue the football.

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