NFL Rookies Flying Up Depth Charts This Offseason

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NFL Rookies Flying Up Depth Charts This Offseason
Associated Press
Carolina Panthers cornerback Bene Benwikere (No. 29) and guard Trai Turner (No. 70) are both competing for significant roles on their team this year.

The games have yet to begin, but the competition to climb depth charts has already started throughout the NFL. That’s especially true for the league’s rookies, who need to use every opportunity they can get—including spring workouts—to prove to their teams that they deserve to play right away.

For many early round picks from the 2014 NFL draft, moving up the depth chart will be little more than a formality. Even if they aren’t working with first-team units yet, most players selected in the first and second rounds are expected to at least contend for starting jobs in their rookie seasons.

Draftees from later rounds truly have to earn their playing time. It’s typically a less-than-ideal situation when an NFL team turns to a middle- or late-round choice to start immediately, but some of them are already performing well enough to take advantage of playing time opportunities.

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