This NFL season has once again shown, perhaps more than ever, that rookies can make a big impact from day one.
This Sunday’s conference championship game should prove that to be true again. Perhaps a key play by the freshman star could help lead the team to the Super Bowl.
Here are the rookies for each of the remaining four teams that will have a big impact on Sunday’s postseason action:
Chiefs RB Isaiah Pacheco
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Over the past few seasons, Kansas City’s running attack has seemed stuck in the mud after failing to draft and add positions through free agency.
But they seem to have figured it out recently, with a seventh-round draft pick from Rutgers in Pacheco.
Last week, Pacheco cruised the ground, controlling Kansas City’s running offense and recording 100 scrimmage yards in a big win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. He’s been crucial in helping close out tight games, and will likely be again against the Bengals’ defense, where he’s giving up 4.2 yards per carry on the ground this season.
If the Chiefs can burn the clock and keep the ball out of Joe Burrow’s hands with Pacheco, they have a very good chance of hitting a ticket to the Super Bowl.
Eagles DL Jordan Davis
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When Davis was drafted 13th overall by the Eagles in April, they knew they were getting a huge, athletic stud who could eat up double teams and produce solid pass rushes. rice field.
He may not quite live up to his high school reputation, but he’s been solid since recovering from a high ankle sprain while working rotation jobs behind veteran Limbal Joseph.
Against the Giants last week, Davis closed the gap and was key to limiting the Giants’ offense to just seven points, putting constant internal pressure on Daniel Jones.
Davis will look for more snaps against a creative, balanced 49ers offense this week that could be key to containing a dominant running game led by All-Pro runner Christian McCaffrey.
Bengals OL Cordell Volson
The fourth-round pick from North Dakota is perhaps one of the least noticeable rookies of the season, quietly one of the NFL’s better guards, and the historically volatile Bengals’ offensive line. It is a bright spot along the
Against the Bills last week, Wolson completely blocked Buffalo’s normally ferocious pass rush, keeping Joe Burrow clean and clearing the way for Joe Mixon to 100 yards a day.
Wolson will again be key to producing such a push against a talented Chiefs defensive line like Chris Jones, who can key in a rookie and test him often early on.
49ers QB Brock Purdy
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Purdy’s story up to this point has been well-documented, and for good reason, no one seems to have expected it. Third he joins as quarterback on the string and this helps the 49ers offense to achieve an undefeated record since being forced into his first job.
He’s not just a “game manager”. This season, he posted multiple scores in many games and led San Francisco’s capable offense to achieve his QB rating averaging over 100.
Last week, Purdy faced one of the NFL’s top defenses with the Dallas Cowboys. In football, we managed to get yet another victory.
Purdy needs to be a more impactful player against an Eagles team that casually dropped 38 points to the Giants in the divisional rounds this weekend, and he needs to do it against a defense as talented as he is. There is… he faced last week.
If he can keep his cool, Brock Purdy’s legend will grow further on the road to the Super Bowl.
The story was originally published on Draft Wire