10 NFL Rookies Who Could Make a Huge Impact

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Depending on who you read, or listen to, there are a slew of rookies plying their trade in the NFL to start this season.

The addition of so much new blood makes things interesting for fans and fantasy football poolies alike.

Already there have been some fine performances, with only tonight’s Monday night twin-bill left to see the possible debuts of a guy like wide receiver Josh Doctson of the Redskins, to name a couple. Jared Goff, whose Rams take on the 49ers, is inactive and will have to wait.

Goff, if you’ll remember, was the no. 1 pick in the draft after the Rams traded up to get him. He’ll be backing up incumbents Case Keenum and Sean Mannion, even after signing a lucrative four year, $28 million contract.

The other highly touted QB in the draft, Carson Wentz, had a fine first outing for Philadelphia, which must make Rams’ player personnel types wince.

Here are 10 NFL rookies, then, that we think could have an impact this season.

10. Jalin Marshall, WR – New York Jets

The New York Jets may have found a true diamond in the rough. Jalin Marshall decided to forego his final two years at Ohio State and enter this year’s draft, only to be bypassed in every round by every team. Undaunted, the Jets signed the free agent to a three-year entry level deal for a shade over $1.5 million (with just $12,500 guaranteed). He was good enough in training camp to be named backup to Pro Bowl wide receiver Brandon Marshall. The best part of rookie Marshall’s game, however, is kick and punt returns. And if his early performance is any indication, the Jets have found a keeper. Marshall returned three kickoffs for 110 yards, one of them a 65-yard rumble, as well as two punts for 11 yards in Sunday’s 23-22 loss to Cincinnati. In 2015, all nine (yes, 9) Jets’ kick returners totaled 771 yards on 37 returns. Marshall has already reached one-seventh of that total with 15 games to go.

(AP Photo/Mel Evans)

(AP Photo/Mel Evans)

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