Younger players are often secret weapons for teams on offense and defense. Unlikely to draw attention from opposing coordinators, these guys make a big difference for their teams before they become full-blown stars at the NFL level.
Offense: Kyler Murray, QB, Cardinals
OK. So, Murray is far from an unknown, as he was the presumed number one pick as soon as anyone started looking at the draft with any seriousness. I wasn’t so hot on Murray, so I’m here to give credit where credit is due. I still don’t think that the Cardinals will win many games in his rookie campaign, but Murray shredded the Falcons on Sunday afternoon. He didn’t look much like a rookie, going 27-37 for 340 yards with 3 TDs in Arizona’s second straight win. Look for a very interesting QB battle
this weekend with the second QB picked in the draft, New York’s Daniel Jones.
Defense: Charles Omenihu, DE, Texans
I don’t usually do this, but I’m going to Omenihu based on the results of one very important play. Why? Because that single play turned the tide right before halftime and ended up being a huge part of Houston’s win over K.C. at Arrowhead. Early in the second quarter, Houston trailed 17-3, but came roaring back following Patrick Mahomes’ first interception of the season. The Chiefs did not take blowing the lead well. With the ball at the twenty and up by one with mere seconds left before the half ended, Mahomes dropped back to try to work some magic and extend the lead. He didn’t figure on Omenihu slipping his blocker on the blind side and coming in clean for a strip sack that his teammate Benardrick McKinney recovered on the three-yard line. One play later, the Texans would take the lead and end up winning and sending the Chiefs to 4-2 on the year. Sometimes football comes down to one play. For the Texans, it was Charles Omenihu that stepped up this week.