20 NFL Rookies Set to Steal a Spot in Training Camp

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20 NFL Rookies Set to Steal a Spot in Training Camp
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New York Giants WR Rueben Randle

Once upon a time in the National Football League, rookie seasons were generally seen as developmental years, and even first-round draft picks were not necessarily expected to emerge as immediate contributors.

Not anymore. Teams now expect all 53 players on their roster to be able to contribute on any given week, meaning that rookies must contribute early to keep their jobs.

This puts added pressure upon the shoulders of NFL rookies, especially those who are drafted early. This can also be very good for rookies, however, because even late-round draft picks and undrafted free agents have a chance to compete for starting spots and earn immediate playing time.

As a result of these increased expectations, most early draft picks will be expected to start immediately. For the purposes of this slideshow, I have highlighted rookies around the league who may not be expected to start immediately, but who could earn a starting spot in training camp by outperforming their veteran counterparts.

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