Three Potential Second-Year NFL Breakout Players
This past season saw a number of impressive displays from members of the 2022 NFL rookie class; however, it may take a few players a little longer to get familiarized with the speed of the game in the NFL. With that being said, I believe these three second-year guys will break out in 2023.
WR Jameson Williams, Detroit Lions:
The Lions were careful with Williams throughout his rookie season because he was dealing with an ACL injury he tore in the national championship game his final year at Alabama. Despite playing a diminished role, he was still capable of displaying his potential, building excitement for what will likely be his first complete NFL season in 2023.
CB Marcus Jones, New England Patriots
The movement skills which Jones possesses give the DB the tools necessary to mirror anyone in coverage, giving him the ability to lock down opposing receivers, even if they’re positioned in the slot. As a rookie, he gave up only an 83.7 passer rating. Jones has a bright future with the Patriots.
TE Jake Ferguson, Dallas Cowboys
Dalton Schultz is an upcoming free agent who Dallas may opt to let go in order to cut expenses. Ferguson may make the Cowboys feel better about their decision. Ferguson showed off his talent in limited play, catching 20 of the 23 receptions thrown his way for 208 yards and two touchdowns. He played 480 snaps in all, largely as a run blocker, but his effort as a receiver was remarkable. The Cowboys might easily project that into a very successful season in 2023.