It can be difficult for rookie receivers to make impacts quickly, but Julio Jones isn't the typical rookie receiver. He stepped in the Falcons' starting lineup on the first snap of camp and has looked comfortable and at ease ever since.
Part of it is Jones' unusual physical skills. Part of it is Jones' blue-collar approach. Part of it is the Falcons' coaching and how they are using him. Part of it is Jones has an elite quarterback throwing to him in
When you add everything together, Jones is positioned to add a dimension to what already was one of the
But if the first half of the preseason is any indication, Buffalo's Marcell Dareus is a front-runner for defensive rookie of the year honors. He has racked up two sacks in two exhibition games, and he has already drawn comparisons to Bills' great
Julio Jones (Falcons),
However, if it's high-end rookie impact you're looking for, fix your gaze on the desert, where the revamped
If not for the odd draft bias against corners, Peterson might have gone first overall instead of fifth. He's that freakishly talented as an athlete, and he'll get a chance to return punts as well.
Much as I like Atlanta's Julio Jones, I think another rookie from the
New Orleans running back Mark Ingram gives the Saints everything
Ingram, who will probably split carries with Pierre Thomas, has already been impressive. He had a smooth 14-yard touchdown run against San Francisco, and scored on the goal line against Houston on consecutive plays. Ingram was the only running back taken in the first round. This season we'll find out why.