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: Joe Burrow
Quarterback – Cincinnati Bengals
300 yards passing, TD, Int in win over Jaguars
Y’all. I waited as long as I could. I’m loathe to put in the first overall pick here, because it’s a little silly to call Burrow under the radar, but I have to give credit to the Bengals new face after he got his first win of the season. Burrow has been electric all season, throwing for over 300 yards in three of his first four outings and completing over 65% of his passes. This week Burrow connected with nine different receivers and the offensive line did its job, limiting the Jaguars to only one sack. More impressively, Burrow is on pace to break Andrew Luck’s rookie passing record (4,374 yds), having thrown for 1,121 yds through week four, including a slow start against the Chargers in week one (193 yds). Despite looking like Macaulay Culkin’s younger, more athletic brother, Joe Burrow is showing that all the pre-draft buzz wasn’t a mistake.
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