2024 NFL Rookies Updates After Minicamp

2024 NFL Rookies Updates After Minicamp

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It has been mandatory for all 32 NFL clubs to hold minicamps during the last two weeks. A few prominent absences, movement on position battles, and veterans wearing new jerseys were among the heavily scrutinized aspects from June’s camps.

Observing the next generation of players in the league work through their early practice sessions at this time of year is always thrilling. As summer approaches, a close examination of the record six quarterbacks selected among the top 12 picks in the 2024 NFL draft will take place. We have shared our initial impressions on all 32 first-rounders, with entries categorized based on how Round 1 played out:

1. 2024 NFL Rookies, Chicago Bears: Caleb Williams

1st on our list of the 2024 NFL Rookies updates, we have Caleb Williams, for the Chicago Bears.

The Bears did not withhold anything from the rookie quarterback as he began to grasp the offense, and head coach Matt Eberflus was pleased with his capacity to “chunk information, put it into buckets and operate” in the spring. During OTAs and minicamp, coaches urged Williams to test out different passes to see what windows he could hit and to make sure his footwork matched when he delivered the ball. Against an experienced defense that tested the rookie quarterback with movement and disguises, the 22-year-old quarterback was bound to have ups and downs during practices, yet Williams would sometimes surpass his teammates. Linebacker T.J. Edwards remarked, “He moved us a few times with his eyes.” “On the first day, Tremaine Edmunds and I became quite enthused about it, but he’s incredibly impressive.

2. 2024 NFL Rookies, Washington Commanders: Jayden Daniels

2nd on our list of the 2024 NFL Rookies updates, we have Jayden Daniels, for the Washington Commanders.

Daniels never seemed overwhelmed or confused during spring exercises, which is one of the main reasons the Commanders put him in charge of the first group for the mandatory minicamp. Daniels arrived each day at 5:45 a.m. for his own walk-through session and video work, demonstrating to coaches and teammates his degree of preparedness. But he seemed good at anticipating the ball’s flight and at following through with his progressions. He is precisely the player they thought they had drafted up to this point. Coach Dan Quinn commented, “He just radiates confidence.” “He plays with the humility of a young player, realizing that he still has a lot to learn, even though he does have a solid understanding of what we’re doing.

3. 2024 NFL Rookies, New England Patriots: Drake Maye

3rd, on our list of the 2024 NFL Rookies, we have Drake Maye, for the New England Patriots.

After starting spring practices as the third option behind Bailey Zappe and Jacoby Brissett, Maye finished second in the mandatory minicamp. He relaxed more and more with each practice, and to cap off his spring, he scored a touchdown pass to fellow rookie Ja’Lynn Polk in a situation where there were only a few seconds left, the ball was on the 5-yard line, and bragging rights were up for grabs until training camp opened. “Every day he’s gotten better,” Brissett said of Maye. He’s constantly searching for ways to get better, and you can see that manifest in the amazing throws he produces.

4. 2024 NFL Rookies, Arizona Cardinals: Marvin Harrison Jr.

4th on our list of the 2024 NFL Rookies, we have Marvin Harrison Jr, for the Arizona Cardinals.

Harrison showed how quickly he established himself as the Cardinals’ top receiver by leading the way in exercises during the open portion of minicamp. He has made the challenging look easy, even as he has simplified the usual plays. Harrison’s transition to the NFL has been “pretty seamless,” according to coach Jonathan Gannon, and teammates have been praising the fourth overall pick on both sides of the ball. Michael Wilson, a fellow receiver, described Harrison as “special,” while cornerback Garrett Williams said Harrison meets all of his expectations.

5. 2024 NFL Rookies, Los Angeles Chargers: Joe Alt

5th on our list of the 2024 NFL Rookies updates, we have Joe Alt, for the Los Angeles Chargers.

Since there are no pads and players are moving at half speed during minicamp and OTAs, it is challenging to assess line play. However, head coach Jim Harbaugh has already named Alt a starter on the offensive line, indicating that he has left a sufficient impression on the team before actual football plays begin. Although Alt has lined up largely at right tackle and will probably play there this season, Harbaugh did not specify positions. At training camp the next month, OLB Joey Bosa expressed excitement about “laying a helmet” on Alt to make sure he’s prepared.

6. 2024 NFL Rookies, New York Giants: Malik Nabers

6th on our list of the 2024 NFL Rookies, we have Malik Nabers, for the New York Giants.

The number one choice by the Giants made an immediate impact. “He can do everything, really,” said quarterback Daniel Jones. With the first team offense, Nabers spent the spring showing off his unique talent and producing plays all over the field, which the Giants are hoping is a harbinger of things to come.

7. 2024 NFL Rookies, Tennessee Titans: JC Latham

7th on our list of the 2024 NFL Rookies updates, we have JC Latham, for the Tennessee Titans.

Latham took over as the starting left tackle early on and participated in all first-team drills and OTAs. Latham is frequently spotted encouraging his teammates and even offering advice to some of the other rookies when he isn’t playing. His willingness to put in more time beyond practice has really impressed the coaching staff, as has his work ethic. Offensive coordinator Nick Holz remarked, “JC has maybe the best energy of anyone on this team.” “His enthusiasm spreads easily. He’s executed his footwork quite well. He’s got better and is controlling his game. He is enormously powerful.

8. 2024 NFL Rookies, Atlanta Falcons: Michael Penix Jr.

8th on our list of the 2024 NFL Rookies updates, we have Michael Penix Jr, for the Atlanta Falcons.

Taking him at No. 8, after the Falcons had already signed Kirk Cousins, Penix became the draft’s talk of the town. This spring, Penix has displayed moments of brilliance, particularly on the deep ball. However, he has also struggled with consistency, failing to make several touch passes. Not shockingly so for a rookie quarterback. Penix has primarily used the team’s substitutes; now, veteran Taylor Heinicke appears to be Cousins’ backup. The Falcons are cool with that and hope Penix is learning a lot. Coach Raheem Morris described Penix as having “a humility that shows every time he speaks with you guys, every time he walks in the building, every time in the meeting room.”

9. 2024 NFL Rookies, Chicago Bears: Rome Odunze

9th on our list of the 2024 NFL Rookies updates, we have Rome Odunze, for the Chicago Bears.

Odunze missed three weeks of play in May due to a minor hamstring injury, but it did not stop him from improving as he picked up knowledge from seasoned wide receivers DJ Moore and Keenan Allen. In order to take advantage of the No. 9 pick’s versatility and create mismatches that will help the offense, the Bears have lined him up at all three receiver spots (X, Z, and slot). They’ve even tried Odunze on punt returns, where he made three returns for 87 yards and one touchdown in limited play vs Washington. It has impressed coaches that Odunze has started to pick up the Chicago offense; he can run a play on his own and recite the playcall when he goes onto the field for a particular play. “I think that’s a really good way for him, and I think that was really mature on his part to be able to actually discern and understand how he learns best,” Matt Eberflus, the coach, said.

10. 2024 NFL Rookies, Minnesota Vikings: J.J. McCarthy

10th on our list of the 2024 NFL Rookies updates, we have JJ McCarthy, for the Minnesota Vikings.

In summary, McCarthy appeared to be a quarterback possessing the skill level of a top-10 selection, but lacking the maturity of a 21-year-old. Put differently: Precisely what one would have anticipated. Against aggressive coverage, he occasionally managed to fit darts into tight windows. He also bounced throws to receivers in the exercise who had no defenders in sight on other occasions. McCarthy maintained the right viewpoint at all times. “Failure is inevitable in sports,” he stated. Simply put, you must grow from them and those brief setbacks without becoming emotionally invested in them.

11. 2024 NFL Rookies, New York Jets: Olu Fashanu

11th on our list of the 2024 NFL Rookies updates, we have Olu Fashanu, for the New York Jets.

The Jets choose Fashanu to be their long-term left tackle replacement, and he is supporting former Cowboys standout Tyron Smith. “For now,” that is the strategy, according to coach Robert Saleh. To put it another way, if they believe he would improve another position, a temporary swap is not out of the question. The coaches singled out Fashanu during a minicamp team meeting for demonstrating growth in a particular skill. “A great mover,” according to Saleh. Fashanu can succeed in a zone-based plan because of his mobility. When the pads are on, they’ll be able to feel his physicality more clearly.

12. 2024 NFL Rookies, Denver Broncos: Bo Nix

Twelfth on our list of the 2024 NFL Rookies, we have Bo Nix, for the Denver Broncos.

Nix, Zach Wilson, and Jarrett Stidham are vying for the starting position. Over the course of the offseason program, which concluded on Wednesday with the second minicamp practice, Coach Sean Payton distributed the work equally among the three players. Nix has demonstrated accuracy and at least a modicum of comfort with the playbook, especially when it comes to the short and intermediate routes. So far, Payton has continuously praised Nix’s maturity. There was a lot of install in a short amount of time. We provided [the quarterbacks] a lot, we gave all three of these guys. All things considered, though, it’s what we observed and assessed about him prior to the draft, and that’s positive.” Nix and the other three quarterbacks will likely practice one-on-one with the majority of the team’s pass catchers in early July in order to gain experience prior to training camp.

13. Las Vegas Raiders: Brock Bowers

13th on our list of the 2024 NFL Rookies updates, we have Brock Bowers, for the Las Vegas Raiders.

When Bowers runs, his gait is more like that of a fluid wideout than the traditional lumbering tight end. Additionally, three-time All-Pro receiver Davante Adams has taken an interest in Bowers when he isn’t hauling in passes during practice. Adams is so impressed with Bowers’ no-nonsense demeanor off the field that he gave him a moniker. That’s “BM,” dude,” Adams remarked. That person is the ‘Business Man.’ He is only concerned about focusing on football and nothing else. Speaking to the newbies, I attempted to make him laugh by telling a joke. He just sat there, nonchalant, not laughing. That’s exactly who BM is. I get his point of view.

14. New Orleans Saints: Taliese Fuaga

14th on our list of the 2024 NFL Rookies updates, we have Taliese Fuaga, for the New Orleans Saints.

Fuaga joined the first team right away as a left tackle. According to Saints offensive coordinator Klint Kubiak, Fuaga has made every effort to increase his chances of playing time, and his skill set has already shown in the early going of the summer. “It all changes when the pads go on, but he’s made of the right stuff so I’m not worried about him,” Kubiak stated. Trevor Penning, a 2022 first-round selection, was a left tackle before converting to the right side this season, so Fuaga and Penning, a right tackle in college, have relied on one another.

15. Indianapolis Colts: Laiatu Latu

15th on our list of the 2024 NFL Rookies updates, we have Laiatu Latu, for the Indianapolis Colts.

The Colts are confident in Latu’s prospects of success since they have already witnessed some of the traits that they saw in Latu while he was at UCLA transfer to the NFL. Defensive coordinator Gus Bradley stated, “He’s pretty polished, which is something we noticed during the draft process.” Latu has demonstrated his versatility as a pass-rush player, but he still needs to work on his countermoves, which are essential when facing proficient pass-protectors during the regular season. Latu should be playing in clear-cut pass-rush scenarios, which will position him for future high sack totals.

16. Seattle Seahawks: Byron Murphy II

16th on our list of the 2024 NFL Rookies updates, we have Byron Murphy II, for the Seattle Seahawks.

How he has performed thus far: When he stated that Murphy needed to improve his physical condition at the conclusion of rookie minicamp, coach Mike Macdonald raised an eyebrow. Although the real test of a lineman won’t be known until training camp when the pads are on, Murphy has already garnered positive feedback, such as this one from Leonard Williams: “It’s great to see that he already understands the game.” Many times, you’ll see rookies and first-round picks who possess all the physical qualities but still need to get some football knowledge. In contrast, he seemed to have that somewhat under control already. Thus, they did a fantastic job teaching him football over there in Texas. He just works really hard, too. The greatest compliment I can bestow upon someone is that they put in a lot of work.

17. Minnesota Vikings: Dallas Turner

Turner has, as much as anyone can before pads come on, looked the part of an edge rusher and all-field playmaker that pre-draft evaluations anticipated. The most noteworthy incident occurred during a press-only session, which left tackle Christian Darrisaw described. Four-time Pro Bowl pass-rusher Danielle Hunter, who had 87.5 sacks in eight seasons with the Vikings before signing a free agent contract with the Texans this spring, was another offensive lineman who Turner put through a spin move that was faster than any of them had seen, according to Darrisaw.

18. Cincinnati Bengals: Amarius Mims

Mims made the most of RT Trent Brown’s first-team reps, who was absent from all save the required minicamp. As a predicted backup, Mims will have time to establish himself in the league. However, he has fulfilled every requirement for coach Zac Taylor thus far. “Consistently doing it over training camp and blocking people and being able to react very quickly,” Taylor stated. That’s the portion I’m interested in watching to see how he manages everything.

19. Los Angeles Rams: Jared Verse

The Rams observed Verse’s work ethic and enthusiasm for football on tape during the pre-draft process, and defensive coordinator Chris Shula stated that Verse has “been as advertised” thus far this spring. Even though it can be challenging to assess a player without pads, head coach Sean McVay expressed his “great admiration” for the first-round selection. “He’s done a great job of really imposing his will [and] continuing to learn,” McVay stated.

20. Pittsburgh Steelers: Troy Fautanu

Although Fautanu played left tackle most of his career at Washington, he spent much of the offseason program working at right tackle. When the team returns to training camp in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, next month, he hopes to compete at right tackle. Troy has picked up a lot of the various techniques fairly fast, according to offensive line coach Pat Meyer. Since the game moves at a different pace and we don’t have pads on yet, it will be difficult to judge him until we get to camp. However, his timing has improved significantly in terms of his get-off and run game, sets, aggressive hand gestures, and other aspects of the game. He has come a long way since rookie minicamp.

21. Miami Dolphins: Chop Robinson

How he has performed thus far: Considering that Bradley Chubb and Jaylan Phillips are ahead of him, Robinson is not anticipated to start if the Dolphins are healthy. Nevertheless, Miami will need its first-round pick to be able to contribute to its pass-rush rotation as soon as possible, since Phillips and Chubb are still recuperating from injuries that ended their seasons. As Chubb and Phillips make their way back, he’s learning a lot during spring practice, but he’s still developing. After working out throughout the offseason, Robinson stated he has “100%” improved and now has the requisite muscle memory. Robinson stated on draft night that he needs to improve his hand placement during his pass rushes.

22. Philadelphia Eagles: Quinyon Mitchell

He has been playing outside cornerback for the second team most of the time, although he has also occasionally run dime packages for the first team. Despite coming up from the Mid-American Conference, he looked like he belonged and was ubiquitous in coverage throughout the spring. The usually reserved Mitchell shocked A.J. Brown during a rare rep by calling the route he ran “trash.” Brown remarked, “It was funny to hear from him.” “Okay, I’d like to see that,’ I informed him. You need to step up because he won’t be playing against me but rather against other guys, and I want to see him be able to compete. I then remarked, “All right, you made the initial move; now you need to support it.” It will be necessary for you to walk that walk.

23. Jacksonville Jaguars: Brian Thomas Jr.

Offensive coordinator Press Taylor concurred with quarterback Trevor Lawrence that he was happy with how fast Thomas had adapted to the offense, but he also mentioned that he would like to hear from the former LSU standout more. “He doesn’t talk a lot. Therefore, you’re looking for input because you’re not always sure,” Taylor added. Do you understand what we’re saying? So far it’s always translated over the field very effectively. In other words, he’s grasping it in some capacity. To get a better understanding of his thoughts, we would like to hear from him more frequently. Do you think this makes sense? How would you explain this? He kind of nods and stares at you most of the time, then goes out on the field and does the job correctly. That’s optimistic, then.

24. Detroit Lions: Terrion Arnold

Arnold is fighting for a starting position and has started his first NFL offseason cycle with the assurance of a seasoned veteran, which he has bolstered with his early play. During team exercises at mandatory minicamp, Arnold showed off his keen sense of direction as he matched up with Lions All-Pro receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown. On Day 2, he even broke up a pass. During OTAs, Arnold also intercepted Jared Goff in a late-game scenario. He already has a moniker from his teammate Derrick Barnes of the Lions, which references to both his jersey number and his capacity to freeze out receivers. Barnes remarked of Arnold, “You see it now, call him ‘Sub Zero,’ out there doing what he do.”

25. Green Bay Packers: Jordan Morgan

Morgan’s desire to play left tackle is hardly a secret. The Packers haven’t decided on a slot for him yet, though. He filled in at every offensive line position this summer but center. The Packers would rather train all of their offensive lineman as specialists. “We’ve done that with most of our players, and once we get closer to settling in on who those five guys will be, I think you’ll see him at that position more and more often,” Matt LaFleur, the Packers coach, said.

26. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Graham Barton

Barton last played center in 2020 when a freshman at Duke University. He played left tackle for the previous three seasons. Given his close proximity to defensive tackles and the fact that he touches the ball on every snap, there is a learning curve associated with entering the NFL and advancing inside. In reference to Barton’s “heavy load,” head coach Todd Bowles stated that “this will be a good baptism, as far as getting ready for the season.” He seems to have gained a lot of knowledge, and he is anxious to put on pads and demonstrate his athletic prowess. He is an intelligent man.” Along with Robert Hainsey, the starting quarterback from the previous season, Barton has been practicing with the first squad. Quarterback Baker Mayfield remarked, “I guess Duke’s academic program is pretty good,” after Barton indicated he’s been working hard to gain his trust.

27. Arizona Cardinals: Darius Robinson

Robinson’s football instincts have left an early impression on teammates and coaches. Robinson is “doing a pretty good job of where he needs to get aligned, what’s he doing with each call and then moving around a couple different positions,” according to coach Jonathan Gannon. He’s managing that quite well.” Echoing Gannon’s sentiments, veteran defensive lineman Justin Jones stated that he believes Robinson’s strength and intelligence will allow him to play in the NFL for as long as he wants.

28. Kansas City Chiefs: Xavier Worthy

Due to a strained hamstring, Worthy missed a significant portion of the offseason’s practices, which prevented the Chiefs from getting a close look at him. Barring a setback, the Chiefs stated they were being careful and he should be ready for training camp. Not long after his draft selection, Worthy had a mixed performance during the team’s rookie camp. On the first practice day, he made some poor passes, but on the next day, he made some huge plays. Backup quarterback Chris Oladokun remarked, “People were dogging him for the first day.” That merely serves as a league greeting. However, Xavier will perform admirably in this offensive scheme. He has all of us giddy with anticipation. You witnessed his explosiveness, his capacity to spin [defenders] at the top of routes, and his ability to stretch the field and get yards after the catch.

29. Dallas Cowboys: Tyler Guyton

It is nearly impossible to evaluate any offensive lineman in an offseason program. Despite not engaging in any one-on-one drills or 11-on-11 work beyond a walk-through pace, the Cowboys have received favorable comments on Guyton’s eagerness to work hard and acquire new skills. Right guard Zack Martin remarked, “He can really move,” and added that Guyton questions the veterans intelligently. In the spring, Guyton did not play a single snap with the starting squad; nevertheless, it’s possible that the coaches wanted him to spend more time with the backups. When the pads go on at training camp and the coaches decide when to start him with the starting lineup, that’s when the real assessment of Guyton begins.

30. Baltimore Ravens: Nate Wiggins

Wiggins is a very, very good runner. In addition to being the quickest defensive player at the NFL combine, he shown a burst in direction-changing ability during spring training as the fastest defensive player for the Ravens. Nate Wiggins is too strong for anyone to go past, according to Ravens defender Trenton Simpson. “I know that for a fact.” Wiggins’s age has been a topic of jokes among teammates. His 21st birthday isn’t until August. According to safety Kyle Hamilton, “He can’t even drink yet.” “You have to keep in mind that he cannot have a Mike’s Hard Lemonade if he gives up a terrible play.

31. San Francisco 49ers: Ricky Pearsall

Pearsall has lived up to expectations. He has seen action as a punt returner for the Niners, who have utilized him at several receiving positions in the scheme. This is likely his greatest chance to touch the ball early in his rookie campaign. Coach Kyle Shanahan says that the team wants Pearsall to be able to fill in anywhere in the event of an injury, and he has shown himself to be quite adaptable thus far. “We’re getting him a lot of reps, getting a lot of different routes, trying all the positions and we’ve been really impressed with how he’s started off.” stated Shanahan.

32. Carolina Panthers: Xavier Legette

The 6-foot-3 Legette reminded the Panthers of the large receivers (DK Metcalf, Mike Evans) who were key players in head coach Dave Canales’s previous systems, thus Carolina traded into the first round to acquire him. Additionally, they were looking for a receiver who could open deep and generate separation. Legette has been everything and will start straight away, even though a hamstring ailment has hampered him down. Quarterback Bryce Young stated, “That combination of size, speed, how explosive he is, the way he comes out of routes, it’s definitely something that I gotta get used to.” We’re still fine-tuning that timing, but I’m quite enthusiastic.


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