NFL Rookies That Could Make an Impact in Week 1 of 2019-20 Season

By Ian McCafferty
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The 2019-20 NFL season is still four months away, but we finally know where all the top rookies have landed. While it's unfair to expect every rookie to be an instant contributor, there are a few players who might be talented enough to turn heads right away.

With that in mind, here are three rookies that could make an impact in Week 1 of the 2019-20 NFL season.

3. T.J. Hockenson, TE, Detroit Lions

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The Detroit Lions have usually been a decent passing offense with Matthew Stafford at the helm, but he's never really had a reliable tight end. Enter T.J. Hockenson, who was arguably the best tight end in the 2019 NFL Draft. Hockenson projects as an immediate starter for the Lions, and Stafford could pepper him with targets from day one.

2. Josh Jacobs, RB, Oakland Raiders

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Jon Gruden seems to value tough, hard-nosed football players and Josh Jacobs certainly fits that mold. With Isaiah Crowell now out for the season due to an Achilles injury, Jacobs could see plenty of carries right away. Jacobs has both the talent and the opportunity to make an immediate impact for the Oakland Raiders.

1. Kyler Murray, QB, Arizona Cardinals

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Kyler Murray was the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL Draft, and now that Josh Rosen has been traded, the reigning Heisman Trophy winner should start in Week 1. The Arizona Cardinals completely overhauled their offense, bringing in Murray, head coach Kliff Kingsbury and a host of athletic rookie wide receivers. With Murray's running ability, and Kingsbury's innovative system, the Oklahoma product could take the league by storm next season.


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