As the 2023 NFL season approaches, rookies across the league are making their mark in training camps. Let’s take a look at some of the standout rookies according to Bleacherreport.com who are turning heads and setting the stage for a promising season.
De’Von Achane, RB, Miami Dolphins
Despite the presence of seasoned running backs Raheem Mostert and Jeff Wilson Jr., third-round pick De’Von Achane is making a strong impression in the Dolphins’ camp. Known for his explosive play and receiving skills, Achane is expected to secure a role in the backfield committee sooner than later.
Jordan Addison, WR, Minnesota Vikings
Stepping into the No. 2 receiver role vacated by Adam Thielen, Jordan Addison is expected to make a significant rookie impact in 2023. With his talent and drive, Addison has already impressed Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins and is “crushing it” in training camp.
Will Anderson Jr., Edge, Houston Texans
No. 3 overall pick and pass-rusher Will Anderson Jr. is setting the defensive tone during the Texans’ training camp. Known for his relentless motor and physical mindset, Anderson is shaping up to be an early leader and a difference-maker for the Texans.
Jakorian Bennett, CB, Las Vegas Raiders
Despite setbacks with their rookie class, the Raiders may have uncovered a gem in fourth-round cornerback Jakorian Bennett. According to reports, the Maryland product could already be heading toward a starting role.
Christian Gonzalez, CB, New England Patriots
Christian Gonzalez, the former Oregon standout, is already penciled in as a Week 1 starter for the Patriots. With his impressive performance in training camp, Gonzalez appears ready to make a significant impact in his rookie season.
Jalin Hyatt, WR, New York Giants
Despite the Giants adding several veterans to improve their receiving corps, rookie third-round pick Jalin Hyatt has been the talk of training camp. Known for his explosiveness, Hyatt is expected to add a new dynamic to New York’s passing attack early.
Bijan Robinson, RB, Atlanta Falcons
Bijan Robinson, the Texas running back picked eighth in April’s draft, is showing glimpses of why Atlanta had to have him. With his ever-expanding skill set, Robinson is expected to contribute in multiple phases and get on the field early and often as a rookie.
Jaxon Smith-Njigba, WR, Seattle Seahawks
Jaxon Smith-Njigba, the first wide receiver off the board in April, is already making a name for himself in the Seahawks’ camp. Known for his ability to create middle-of-the-field mismatches, Smith-Njigba is expected to play a big role in helping the Seahawks’ passing attack to flourish.
Bryce Young, QB, Carolina Panthers
Bryce Young, the No. 1 overall pick, has been so impressive this offseason that the Carolina Panthers have already named him the starting quarterback for the 2023 season. With his command of the offense and physical tools, Young is showing that he has the mental makeup needed to be an early NFL star.
These rookies are already making waves in their respective training camps, and it will be exciting to see how they perform in the upcoming season. Their performances will undoubtedly shape the trajectory of the season and determine which teams emerge as the frontrunners for the Super Bowl.