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Five Rookies Lighting Up Training Camp

As training camp ramps up, five rookies are already lighting it up at camp.

Zay Flowers, WR BAL

Flowers has been lighting it up in Ravens’ training camp. The 5’10” first-round receiver seems entirely in line with the ones in the offense. Flowers has flashed with YAC ability using his quickness and footwork. Flowers is making catches all over the field, showing some eye-opening plays on seven vs. seven drills. The Ravens have been raving about Flowers’ ability to be used all over the field as a dual-threat weapon is what he can do. He is performing and practicing like a seasoned veteran for the team.

Compared to his other first-round picks, Flowers has a strong shot to be the team’s number one receiver among the wide receivers. While his stock is rising in dynasty, he is worth buying into before the season. Flowers showed us in college elite traits of being a dynamic playmaker and using space to create yardage. We should be getting ready to see Flowers thrive in year one.

Luke Musgrave, TE GBP

Musgrave has been proving doubters wrong during training camp so far. Many experts believe Tucker Kraft could be the TE1 or better tight end in terms of value in rookie drafts. Musgrave wasn’t highly regarded in drafts like fellow tight ends Dalton Kincaid, Michael Mayer, and Sam LaPorta. He has been showing off speed, as head coach Matt LaFleur said he was the biggest fast guy he’d ever seen. Musgrave has seen plenty of targets from Jordan Love during camp so far. He can be a safety blanket for Jordan Love’s inexperience as he starts his first season. Musgrave seems to have the lead on the passing catch tight end position for 2023.

DeMario Douglas, WR NEP

It looks like we have a late-round rookie stepping up in a big way during training camp so far. Sixth-round pick Douglas has dominated as a receiver in the Patriots’ camp. He has shown some elite route running and faking out defenders all camp. Mac Jones has had days where Douglas has been “his guy” during practice. Douglas has ample opportunity to make the team or even hit the starting lineup since he has played with the ones at multiple positions. Douglas’s short frame of 5’8″ is a disadvantage to him, but he has the elite speed to make the team. Douglas likely wasn’t drafted on many rookie drafts, so he is free to pick up and stash on taxi squads.

Michael Wilson, WR ARZ

Wilson has been an overlooked rookie all offseason as a third-round pick in the NFL Draft. Wilson has been making catches all over camp. He has been producing with the deep ball and crossing routes over the middle. Many Cardinals players like Kylar Murray have been raving over the young receiver. Wilson wasn’t overly productive in college but had the size and frame to be a WR1 in the NFL. He has a perfect opportunity to see a heavy workload since outside of Hollywood Brown may be the only safe receiver that should start day one. Dynasty owners should be looking to buy low on the young receiver because he shouldn’t cost too much to acquire. The offense is not great, but if Kylar Murray returned sooner than later, this passing unit could be very underrated.

Tank Bigsby, RB JAX

My final player with the biggest hype is rookie running back Bigsby. I haven’t seen a day that the Jaguars’ coaching staff isn’t raving about Bigsby’s talent in the offense. Bigsby has shown fantastic ability as a pass catcher in the offense. He seems unable to miss any catches coming his way and showed great ability as a route runner. Bigsby was a machine in the red zone in college, and it seems to be showing in practice so far, running plenty of red zone plays. He is a player I have been drafting and trading for everywhere this off-season. He will make an impact at the NFL level and challenge to be the Jaguars starting running back at some point.

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