A player’s second year is always difficult. If they have a great rookie season, they have to match it (or do better), but if they don’t have a great rookie season they have to perform even better to make up for the dismal season. The rookie class of 2016 had some bright spots and players who will continue to have success for the 2017 season. It also had some players who didn’t have great success and could see themselves in a slump.
Dak Prescott, Dallas
Last year’s Rookie of the Year looks to continue his performance now that Tony Romo is gone. Prescott’s 3,667 passing yards and 67.8 percent completion percentage look great and no doubt will look better this year. Combine that with 23 passing touchdowns and six rushing touchdowns, Prescott is a dual threat to score. He took Dallas to the No. 1 spot in the NFC playoffs and almost beat Green Bay. He has a solid receiving core with Dez Bryant, Terrance Williams, Cole Beasley and Jason Witten. While I’m usually not one to go after young quarterbacks, Prescott would be my exception.
Carson Wentz, Philadelphia
For such a young quarterback, Wentz has a pretty seasoned receiving core in Alshon Jeffery, Torrey Smith, Jordan Matthews, Zach Ertz, and even Brent Celek. Top that off with LeGarrette Blount, Ryan Mathews, and Darren Sproles, Wentz can easily dump short passes to his running backs. So why I am not buying in on him? He had 3,782 passing yards last year with 16 passing touchdowns (and two rushing touchdowns). He also had 14 interceptions. It will be interesting to see what Wentz does right out of the gate, but I think he’ll continue to struggle with interceptions.
Jared Goff, Los Angeles Rams
Goff only played seven games last year, but he is now in control this year as the starting quarterback (with Case Keenum leaving for Minnesota). How will he perform as the top dog? Through seven games last year, he threw for 1,089 yards, nine touchdowns and 11 interceptions. So, probably not good. I’ve always steered clear of Rams players (yes, even Todd Gurley) so I’m going to stay away from Goff this year, too. You could stash him in case he goes off, but with his receiving core, it seems unlikely.