Top Rookie Breakouts in 2021

Ja’Marr Chase | Bengals, WR

We will start with the obvious. Chase was by far the most polished and well-rounded receiver in this deep class and comes into the league with an already established deep connection with QB Joe Burrow. We expect a dominant rookie season for the record books similar to former teammate Justin Jefferson last season. A 1,400 yard season would not be out of the picture for Ja’Marr Chase, especially with the lengthened 17 game season and Joe Burrow now expected to be full go in week 1.

Terrace Marshall Jr. | Panthers, WR

The second LSU WR off the board landed in a favorable spot and is reunited with former coach Joe Brady, who was able to get 670 yards and 13 TDs out of Marshall as a WR3 in 2019. Marshall comes into Carolina presumably at the WR3 spot behind veterans D.J. Moore and Robby Anderson and will likely spend most of his time in the slot. He is an unpolished prospect but will fit nicely as the fourth option in the Carolina offense and gives Sam Darnold much needed depth for the first time in his career. In addition to Marshall, don’t sleep on fellow Panthers rookie WR Shi Smith.

Javonte Williams | Broncos, RB

Javonte Williams was our top rated RB in the 2021 class and landed in the best situation of all the rookies. Etienne will likely have to endure a rebuild in Jacksonville while splitting time with James Robinson while Najee Harris will be running behind one of the weakest offensive lines in the league. The Broncos are also still a few pieces away from being a big time contender but Teddy Bridgewater should be a stepping stone in the right direction while Williams looks to eventually take over the RB1 job from aging veteran Melvin Gordon, who is an UFA following the 2021 season.

p.s. – the answer to the tweet above is absolutely not…that is the worst sports take of the year. IDK who that guy is but with takes like that you may as well block him. That being said, the Broncos offensive is much improved and could turn them into a 8 or 9 win team.

Kadarius Toney | Giants, WR

NFL Fans love to be overly critical over Dave Gettleman’s offseason moves but it appears that he has finally assembled a talented squad in New York. Despite some early rumors that Toney hasn’t been fully healthy or present in Giant’s OTAs, it is still very early and this could likely just be overblown by the media. Veteran’s Saquon Barkley, Kenny Golladay and Sterling Sheppard should ease the pressure off of Toney from expectations surrounding his early production and the Giants got a true YAC machine in this pick. Toney will likely fill the slot role and don’t be surprised if he crosses the 700 yard mark as a rookie.

Elijah Moore | Jets, WR

The Jets may be a 5 win team at the end of the year but the offensive weapons are much improved compared to last year. Corey Davis and Denzel Mims will likely emerge as the top two outside receivers but Elijah Moore very well could transition into the starting slot and take over Jamison Crowder’s role. Crowder was a target hog last year but may be phasing out as a Jet, which leaves the door wide open for Elijah Moore.

Dyami Brown | WFT, WR

The Football Team got a steal in the third with our 6th rated receiver overall, Dyami Brown. He offers the complete set to play on the outside in the NFL and will pair nicely opposite of Terry McLaurin. The WFT also signed gadget/slot specialist Curtis Samuel, who will open up the field nicely. Expect Dyami Brown to be an early season acquisition on your leagues waiver wire.

Amari Rodgers | Packers, WR

All the talk this offseason has revolved around Aaron Rodgers leaving town but how often does a team let a reigning MVP walk? Never, literally it has actually never happened. Aaron Rodgers will be playing for the Packers week 1 and throwing bombs to the gem they snagged in the third round, Amari Rodgers. Get used to hearing Rodgers to Rodgers all season long.

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