NFL Players Who Can Make a Big Impact in Year 2 After Subpar Rookie Campaigns

June 12, 2016   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Every NFL player develops at his own rate. Not every rookie is destined to make an instant impact; very few will. Yet too many give up on young players before they receive a legitimate chance to realize their potential.
In today's instant-gratification world, development can be a dirty word, but it does take time for young men to acclimate to the professional game for a multitude of reasons.
An understanding of a new system or role must factor into a young player's evaluation. Injuries tend to get in the way as well.
An old rule of thumb used to exist in the NFL: A first-round pick should start at some point in his first year. A second-round player should start in his second year. A third-round pick should be a starter by his third year. Anything after that point is a bonus.
However, some players need more time to fully integrate themselves into a different world. The leap from college to professional football is immense. Thus, players who underwhelmed as rookies st...

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