NFL Rookies Shine Early in OTAs

Vince Carbonneau
May 27, 2024  (10:28)

Caleb Williams in action
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NFL OTAs Kick Off: First Impressions of Rookie Standouts and Early Takeaways

The NFL's organized team activities (OTAs) are in full swing, providing a glimpse of the new talent joining the league. These early practices offer a chance to see rookies and veterans share the field, setting the stage for the upcoming season. With many first-year players expected to make significant contributions in 2024, let's take a closer look at those who are already making headlines.
We'll dive into standout performances, injury updates, and key players to watch as we progress through training camp and preseason. Let's begin with the first-round quarterbacks.
Caleb Williams (CHI • QB)
The top overall pick, Caleb Williams, has made a strong impression at Chicago Bears' OTAs. While it's too early to gauge long-term success, head coach Matt Eberflus has praised Williams for his leadership and work ethic. Eberflus noted that the team has rallied around Williams, reminiscent of how the Cowboys rallied around Dak Prescott during his rookie season. Williams' infectious personality and dedication are already evident, making him a promising addition to the Bears.
Jayden Daniels (WAS • QB)
Washington Commanders' rookie quarterback Jayden Daniels is already earning respect from his teammates. Defensive tackle Jonathan Allen noted that Daniels consistently beats him to the facility, highlighting his dedication. Tight end Zach Ertz and quarterback Marcus Mariota have both commended Daniels for his work ethic and ability to command the offense. Daniels' commitment and leadership skills are making a positive impact early on.
Drake Maye (NE • QB)
New England Patriots' first-year head coach Jerod Mayo offered a candid assessment of No. 3 overall pick Drake Maye, acknowledging that he has room to grow. However, wide receiver Ja'Lynn Polk has praised Maye's confidence and leadership. Maye is taking advantage of every opportunity to learn and improve, spending extra time on the field and in the classroom to refine his skills.
Michael Penix Jr. (ATL • QB)
Michael Penix Jr., a surprise first-round pick by the Atlanta Falcons, has shown both potential and areas for improvement. According to's Daniel Flick, Penix has displayed moments of brilliance but also some significant overthrows.
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