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. Here are the two NFL week 8 players who we believe made a few waves.
Offense: David Montgomery, RB, Chicago Bears
The Bears didn’t make a huge splash when they took David Montgomery out of Iowa St with the tenth pick in the third round. But they might have gotten a steal in the 5’10” 222lbs. back. He’s never been blazing fast, but he can run over defenders and shows good instincts with the ball. With Mitchell Trubisky struggling, coach Matt Nagy called Montgomery’s number much more frequently this weekend, leading to his career best performance. The rookie toted the rock 27 times for 135 yards and a score. All represent season highs for the Bears newest offensive weapon. Hopefully he can bring some consistency to the run game that will allow their young signal caller to relax and catch the flow of the game again.
Defense: Josh Allen, DE, Jacksonville Jaguars
It’s taken a few weeks for me to get Josh Allen in here, but he’s quietly tied with Nick Bosa for most sacks by a rookie league-wide, with seven but he’s been under the radar, as the Jags aren’t, you know…undefeated. Allen had himself a day on Sunday against the Jets, sacking Sam Darnold twice and forcing a fumble. Allen leads the Jaguars in both sacks and forced fumbles this season, living up to the hype that had him selected seventh overall in this year’s draft. Along with Bosa and Burns, Josh Allen has to be a legit contender for Defensive Rookie of the Year honors.
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